#Thisis30 : #30by30

 

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And one year later it has come to an end. My #30by30 list has reached it’s deadline. Today. Welcome to 30. As you go through this list, you may notice it doesn’t exactly reach 30, but I didn’t want to focus on what I didn’t complete but what I did. Through the year some of the things on the list, didn’t seem as important, I lost interest, or financially they have been placed on hold. The ones I did complete, I did so proudly, I’ve spent a year pushing myself, gaining confidence, figuring out who I was and accepting challenges like never before.

This year hasn’t been easy, I went through some things that were personally some of the more difficult habits that I had to face. I’ve come through it stronger, and in a better place than I have been in a while. So what next? I continue to embrace the new. I continue to push, to challenge and to dream. Do I have an exact list? Not really. Do I have things I want to try? to accomplish? to face head on? Of course!

So here’s to 30!
To another year!
To challenges, friendships, goals added, dreams completed.

  Read the Bible from cover to cover.

Finished 2/22/2016- Chronological Reading Plan.

  Volunteer 100 hours outside the church.

 

 Take a row class at the boat house.

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  Read 100 Books of various genres.

I’m going to count this one as complete because this year although I didn’t read the amount of books I set out to, I enjoyed the books I read, I branched out more than I usually do, and I’ve learned a lot through these books. This past year I didn’t feel overwhelmed about having to read fast to keep up with reviews. I simply enjoyed reading.

1. A Brush with Love by Rachel Hauck
2.Sabotaged by Dani Pettrey
3. Hawk by Ronie Kendig
4. Danger in the Shadows by Dee Henderson
5. How to Catch a Prince by Rachel Hauck
6. The Dandelion Field by Kathryn Springer
7. Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe by Max Lucado
8. Seasons of Fire by Lisa T. Bergren
9. Rasmus and the Vagabond by Astrid Lindgren
10. Nourished by Becky Johnson
11. The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest by Melanie Dickerson
12. Three Little Words by Melissa Tagg
13. From the Start by Melissa Tagg
14. Taken by Dee Henderson
15. The Royal Wedding by Meg Cabot
16. A Love Like Ours by Becky Wade
17. Called to be Amish by Marlene Miller
18. Shades of Doon By: Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon
19. The Golden Braid By: Melanie Dickerson
20. Creating Magic By: Lee Cockerell (Read this! It was amazing!)
21. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone By: J.K Rowling
22. Coldshot By: Dani Pettrey
23. The Only Pirate at the Party By: Lindsey Stirling
24. If I Run By: Terri Blackstock
25. You’re the One that I Want By: Susan May Warren
26. Creativity Inc. By: Ed Carmull

 Intentional Friendships/Relationships

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Y’all stole my phone, which makes this fair game.

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 Finish London/Wales Book

This will be completed this week, the mail was delayed for the finishing touches.

  Redefining Me

I’ve made many changes over the last years, wardrobe, job, who I am, growing and learning. I am happy with who I am, I’ve learned to embrace me as an individual quirks and all. I embrace my nerdiness and I am not afraid to show it, in fact I’m done filtering my nerd and just being me.

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Finish Quilt

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 Tithe

 Run Lights during an evening service of Youth America

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 Try a new recipe every month

 


12 Trips in 12 Months

February: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Florida

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March: Route 66- Oklahoma

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April: Cruise- Long Beach, California, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan

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May: Beautiful Offerings Tour

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June: Outdoor Movies

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July: Maryland, Pennsylvania, Niagara Falls, Stone Harbor New Jersey, and New York

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August: Grease Sing-A-Long
Because sometimes the fun things are just down the street.

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September: Disney World

October: Wizard World Comic Con

November:

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December:

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January:

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February:

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Be more decisive

In Progress. Getting better.

Contacts

No contacts but I do have these awesome glasses that I love!

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New York/Niagara

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 Declutter

How have I accumulated so much stuff?

 Be More Positive

This is something I need to remind myself daily, so it isn’t exactly completed but is ongoing.

 Make a decision on where to live/work/move

I have a job!

Have/Join a Small Group

I’ve done both!

 Travel

This is a constant in my life. See any pictures from above!

 

30th Birthday Trip

Hotel booked. Tickets bought!

 

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#30by30 : New Seasons. New Stories.

The end stretch is near! 3 months to go, which feels a bit crazy because A. I have 3 months to finish my list. B. I turn 30 in 3 months. Where has this year gone? There has been some updates to the list that were unplanned, but mostly because life happens. And the past 3 months have been filled with a lot of good, bad and more emotions than I usually admit too.

It’s been a few weeks of pretending everything is okay when it’s not, and a lot of apologies to friends when frustration takes over and I say things without a filter. Although for the most part my reactions are true and transparent, some times they are said in a moment of frustration and come out the wrong way. Thankfully, for the most part, I am surrounded by people who understand and aren’t offended by life.

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1. Read the Bible from cover to cover.

I am using a chronological reading plan, so chapters have been jumping around a bit, I have placed an asterisk after the books I have started but not completed.

Genesis
Exodus
Leviticus
Numbers
Deuteronomy
Joshua
Judges
Ruth
1 Samuel
2 Samuel*
1 Kings
2 Kings
1 Chronicles
2 Chronicles
Ezra
Nehemiah
Esther
Job
Psalms*
Proverbs
Ecclesiastes
Song of Songs
Isaiah*
Jeremiah
Lamentations
Ezekiel
Daniel
Hosea
Joel
Amos
Obadiah*
Jonah
Micah
Nahum
Habbakuk

2. Volunteer 100 hours outside the church.

CYC: 59 Hours

3. Pay off credit card and at least one student loan.

Sometimes things don’t go according to plan, my credit card was very close to being paid off, but life happens. With an unexpected turn of events in my job as well as a flat tire, dead car battery, and dead computer, this goal has not yet been obtained. I am still aiming to have paid off my credit card soon and will continue to work towards that.

4. Take a row class at the boat house.

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5. Lose Weight.

Since the beginning of October I am down 5 pounds, unfortunately the cause was more stress of life related than anything else. However, I’ve started attending an indoor rowing class! So let’s do this!

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6. Learn to play an instrument.

I haven’t done anything towards this goal, I still would like to learn something (Preferably not a harmonica) This may get transferred to my long term list and worked on in the new year.

7. Double Savings Account.

Due to a drop in income this goal has gone in the opposite direction and is farther away to it’s end goal than when I started.

8. Read 100 Books of various genres.

Although my goal is behind, I’ve been reading many different kinds of books and have loved it. There was a good number of weeks where reading was just not going to happen so I will not be upset if I do not hit the 100 book mark. Afterall that would mean 2 books a week all year!

1. A Brush with Love by Rachel Hauck
2.Sabotaged by Dani Pettrey
3. Hawk by Ronie Kendig
4. Danger in the Shwadows by Dee Henderson
5. How to Catch a Prince by Rachel Hauck
6. The Dandelion Field by Kathryn Springer
7. Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe by Max Lucado
8. Seasons of Fire by Lisa T. Bergren
9. Rasmus and the Vagabond by Astrid Lindgren
10. Nourished by Becky Johnson
11. The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest by Melanie Dickerson
12. Three Little Words by Melissa Tagg
13. From the Start by Melissa Tagg
14. Taken by Dee Henderson
15. The Royal Wedding by Meg Cabot
16. A Love Like Ours by Becky Wade
17. Called to be Amish by Marlene Miller
18. Shades of Doon By: Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon
19. The Golden Braid By: Melanie Dickerson
20. Creating Magic By: Lee Cockerell (Read this! It was amazing!)

Currently Reading:
21. Unoffendable by Brant Hansen
22. Falcon by Ronie Kendig
23. Glory Days by Max Lucado
24. 90 Minutes in Heaven by Don Piper
25. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone By: J.K Rowling

 

9. Intentional Friendships/Relationships

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Y’all stole my phone, which makes this fair game.

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10. Finish London/Wales Book

Still working on this, I need to get some pictures printed.

11. Redefining Me

This is going to be a new year, the best year yet. I am updating my wardrobe and just overall making changes to my everyday.

12. Write a book

Not Started.

This goal will be changing.

13. Finish Quilt

In progress.

14. Tithe

I’m crossing this one off the list, because my church has set up automatic withdrawals, so now I don’t have to worry about remembering!

15. Run Lights during an evening service of Youth America

Completed!

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16. Blog twice a week

I’ve realized that maybe blogging isn’t for me beyond occasional updates and book reviews.

17. Try a new recipe every month

I want to try out a new recipe once a month.

March:

Macaroons

#30by30 French Macaroons

April:

Crepes

#30by30 Crepes

May:

Marzipan

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June:

Garlic Parmesean Pasta

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July:

Spaghetti Squash with Spinach, Bacon and Goat Cheese

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August:
Italian Pasta Salad

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September:
Crock-Pot Chicken Noodle Soup Fail.
Can’t get them right every time.

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October:
Roasted Jalapeno Popper

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November:
Roasted Butternut Squash

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18. Fear less. Love More.

19. 12 Trips in 12 Months

February: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Florida

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March: Route 66- Oklahoma

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April: Cruise- Long Beach, California, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan

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May: Beautiful Offerings Tour

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June: Outdoor Movies

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July: Maryland, Pennsylvania, Niagara Falls, Stone Harbor New Jersey, and New York

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August: Grease Sing-A-Long
Because sometimes the fun things are just down the street.

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September: Disney World

October: Wizard World Comic Con

20. Learn to whistle

Time to head to youtube.

21. Be more decisive

In Progress

22. Contacts

No contacts yet, but I do have these awesome glasses and may stick with them.

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23. New York

24. Declutter

How have I accumulated so much stuff?

25. Be More Positive

This sounds so much easier than it is. I am grateful for the people in my life that are standing in the gap and being positive for me when it’s been a struggle lately.

26. Make a decision on where to live/work/move

I need a job.

27. Have/Join a Small Group

This should start in the beginning of the new year. Can’t wait!

28. Travel

This is a constant in my life.

29. Slide the City
29. Find a job

July 25. Slide the City.

30. 30th Birthday Trip

  1. London?
    Hawaii?
    Florida?
    Australia?
    Seattle?

#30by30 : Update Number 2

Here is my 6 month update on my #30by30 list!

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1. Read the Bible from cover to cover.

I am using a chronological reading plan, so chapters have been jumping around a bit, I have placed an asterick after the books I have started but not completed.

Genesis
Exodus
Leviticus
Numbers
Deuteronomy
Joshua
Judges
Ruth
1 Samuel
2 Samuel*
1 Kings
2 Kings
1 Chronicles*
2 Chronicles
Ezra
Nehemiah
Esther
Job
Psalms*

2. Volunteer 100 hours outside the church.

CYC: 26 Hours

3. Pay off credit card and at least one student loan.

If all goes to plan credit card should be payed off at the end of September and I can start hitting the student loan more!

4. Take a row class at the boat house.

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5. Lose Weight.

This is frustrating.

6. Learn to play an instrument.

7. Double Savings Account.

Closer!

8. Read 100 Books of various genres.

I am behind, I wasn’t expecting to be slightly burnt out from reading.

1. A Brush with Love by Rachel Hauck
2.Sabotaged by Dani Pettrey
3. Hawk by Ronie Kendig
4. Danger in the Shwadows by Dee Henderson
5. How to Catch a Prince by Rachel Hauck
6. The Dandelion Field by Kathryn Springer
7. Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe by Max Lucado
8. Seasons of Fire by Lisa T. Bergren
9. Rasmus and the Vagabond by Astrid Lindgren
10. Nourished by Becky Johnson
11. The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest by Melanie Dickerson
12. Three Little Words by Melissa Tagg
13. From the Start by Melissa Tagg
14. Taken by Dee Henderson
15. The Royal Wedding by Meg Cabot

Currently Reading:

15. Unoffendable by Brant Hansen
16. A Love Like Ours by Becky Wade
17. Called to be Amish by Marlene Miller
18. Falcon by Ronie Kendig
19. Glory Days by Max Lucado
20. 90 Minutes in Heaven by Don Piper

9. Intentional Friendships/Relationships

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Y’all stole my phone, which makes this fair game.

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10. Finish London/Wales Book

Still working…

11. Redefining Me

This is going to be a new year, the best year yet. I am updating my wardrobe and just overall making changes to my everyday.

12. Write a book

Not Started.

13. Finish Quilt

In progress.

14. Tithe

I’m crossing this one off the list, because my church has set up automatic withdrawals, so now I don’t have to worry about remembering!

15. Run Lights during an evening service of Youth America

Completed!

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16. Blog twice a week

Failing…

17. Try a new recipe every month

I want to try out a new recipe once a month.

March:

Macaroons

#30by30 French Macaroons

April:

Crepes

#30by30 Crepes

May:

Marzipan

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June:

Garlic Parmesean Pasta

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July:

Spaghetti Squash with Spinach, Bacon and Goat Cheese

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18. Fear less. Love More.

19. 12 Trips in 12 Months

February: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Florida

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March: Route 66- Oklahoma

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April: Cruise- Long Beach, California, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan

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May: Beautiful Offerings Tour

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June: Outdoor Movies

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July: Maryland, Pennsylvania, Niagara Falls, Stone Harbor New Jersey, and New York

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August: Grease Sing-A-Long
Because sometimes the fun things are just down the street.

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You can keep track of the places I’ve been at #12Trips12Months

20. Learn to whistle

Because, why not?

21. Be more decisive

In Progress

22. Contacts

I’m going back on forth in getting contacts, but I have a glasses appt. this week so that’s a step in the right direction!

23. New York

24. Declutter

How have I accumulated so much stuff?

25. Be More Positive

This sounds so much easier than it is.

26. Make a decision on where to live/work/move

Ha. Ha. Ha.

27. Have a Small Group

After summer.

28. Travel

This is a constant in my life.

29. Slide the City

July 25. Slide the City.

I need to replace this one, Slide the City was on the day of a conference I have attended the last 5 years, so suggestions to take #29s place.

30. 30th Birthday Trip

London?
Hawaii?
Florida?
Australia?
Seattle?

Summer? Where did you go?

Where did the summer go and how did August get her? I’ve been AWOL for almost two months now, I didn’t mean to leave the blog hanging abandoned for so long, but with 6 weeks of youth camp, a week of kids camp, foster kids camp a rental camp and a week and a half visit home to Pennsylvania. (That trip will be shared through a few posts including a trip to Niagara Falls, Maryland, New Jersey and a bunch of stops in between!)

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Over the summer I have made some progess on my #30by30 list and there will be an update later this month (on the 23rd!) I am also searching for an item to add to my list as the Slide the City event happened on the Women of Faith conference which I have attended for the last 5 years and since it was the farewell tour I felt like I couldn’t miss it, as Slide the City will probably be around next year.

My final planned trip of the year in Septemeber to Disney World with my nephews so at this point I am also considering where to go next! There are so many places to see! And with nothing planned the world is at my disposal!

-Elle

I want adventure in the great wide somewhere..

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“I want adventure in the great wide somwhere…”

Alright, so maybe I kidnapped that line from one of my favorite movies, but it is so true. I’ve always had it in my head that once I graduated college I needed to find the perfect career, to be in a job that had upward mobility, that I could make a living from and have a retirement from the end. This probably came from my mom continually telling me that she wants me to just find a good job that can go somewhere (I was told this once again earlier today, you think by 29 she’d realize it’s not exactly in the plans for me).

I don’t want to just have a job, a career to be able to have a retirement in my future, I want to have a job that allows me to travel to explore. My moms idea of travel tends to be cruises with excursions that have guides to parts of islands that have been commercialized and show nothing about the culture except what is practiced and rehearsed and allowed by the cruise companies. I’ve taken to traveling on my own, yet haven’t figured out how to tell her I don’t want her idea of traveling.

I don’t want to travel and stay at all-inclusives where you stay on a resort and never leave, I don’t want to take guided tours through a city or see the the latest tourist attraction. I want to stroll through the streets of Italy eating gelato, learn how to surf in Hawaii, watch the aurora borealis from Norway, wander the streets of London searching for fabric. I want to hike through the highlands of Scotland, maybe happen upon a castle or Nessie. I want to take part of a lantern festival in Thailand and explore the marine life in Australia. I want to travel to see the world, to meet new people, immerse myself into a new culture. I don’t want to travel to escape life, I want to travel to experience all the world has to offer and more.

Over the next few weeks I have a lot of decisions to make, what job to choose next, where to move, if I should stay in the states or look elsewhere for a job. Essentially where do I go next, I don’t know what the future has in store, but I do know that I will continue to explore and search for the adventure in it all.

-Elle

#30by30 Number 17: Marzipan

#30by30 Number 17: Try a new recipe every month.

IMG_7964[1]On my Italian side Marzipan is a bit of a tradition. Holidays usually included marzipan fruits, or if it was Easter it was usually in the shape of a lamb. My sister recently picked one up which inspired me to try and make it myself. I decided not to attempt to mold them and decorate. I will say I think I am going to stick with the bakery on this one. It was fun to make though!

-Elle

#30by30 : Update Number One.

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Here is my 3 month update on my #30by30 list!

1. Read the Bible from cover to cover.

Genesis
Exodus
Leviticus
Numbers
Deuteronomy
Joshua
Judges
Ruth
1 Samuel

2. Volunteer 100 hours outside the church.

CYC: 20 Hours

3. Pay off credit card and at least one student loan.

This is been going slower than I was hoping.

4. Take a row class at the boat house.

3 Classes left to go! I will be sad when it ends!

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5. Lose Weight.

Down 4 pounds…I really need to buckle down on this one.

6. Learn to play an instrument.

7. Double Savings Account.

Slowly.

8. Read 100 Books of various genres.

1. A Brush with Love by Rachel Hauck
2.Sabotaged by Dani Pettrey
3. Hawk by Ronie Kendig
4. Danger in the Shwadows by Dee Henderson
5. How to Catch a Prince by Rachel Hauck
6. The Dandelion Field by Kathryn Springer
7. Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe by Max Lucado
8. Seasons of Fire by Lisa T. Bergren
9. Rasmus and the Vagabond by Astrid Lindgren
10. Nourished by Becky Johnson
11. The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest by Melanie Dickerson
12. Three Little Words by Melissa Tagg
13. From the Start by Melissa Tagg
14. Taken by Dee Henderson

Currently Reading:

15. Unoffendable by Brant Hansen
16. A Love Like Ours by Becky Wade
17. Called to be Amish by Marlene Miller
18. Falcon by Ronie Kendig

9. Intentional Friendships/Relationships

This year I am committing to being more intentional about my relationships, instead of talking about meeting up for coffee I am going to schedule time. I am going to make sure to stay in better contact with friends, and reach out to good friends that I haven’t talked to as much as I would like.

10. Finish London/Wales Book

Still working…

11. Redefining Me

This is going to be a new year, the best year yet. I am updating my wardrobe and just overall making changes to my everyday.

12. Write a book

Not Started.

13. Finish Quilt

In progress.

14. Tithe

In progress.

15. Run Lights during an evening service of Youth America

Youth America isn’t here yet.

16. Blog twice a week

Failing…but getting better!

17. Try a new recipe every month

I want to try out a new recipe once a month.

18. Fear less. Love More.

March:

#30by30 French Macaroons

#30by30 French Macaroons

April:

#30by30 Crepes

#30by30 Crepes

19. 12 Trips in 12 Months

February: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Florida

March: Route 66- Oklahoma

April: Cruise- Long Beach, California, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan

You can keep track of the places I’ve been at #12Trips12Months

20. Learn to whistle

Because, why not?

21. Be more decisive

In Progress

22. Contacts

Soon

23. New York

Planned! July will be here soon!

24. Declutter

How have I accumulated so much stuff?

25. Be More Positive

This sounds so much easier than it is.

26. Make a decision on where to live/work/move

Ha. Ha. Ha.

27. Have a Small Group

After summer.

28. Travel

This is a constant in my life.

29. Slide the City

July 25. Slide the City.

30. 30th Birthday Trip

London? Hawaii? Florida? Australia?

Nerd Tours: Hay-on-Wye The Town of Books Part 2

I’ve been organizing my pictures lately and found more from my trip to Hay-on-Wye so decided to share them. See the first post Here.

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Nerd Tours Tuesday: Hay-On-Wye the Town of Books

Hay-on-Wye: The Town of Books.

We’ve all seen the pictures on pinterest. A town full of books, shelves indoors and outdoors, rows and rows of books in one small quaint town. This is the place only book-nerds dream of! And than the impossible happens! You discover that it exists! This is how your average book addict/travel blogger would respond.

giphyOnce more, once you discover this town and learn it is within 2 hours of where you are staying in Wales it is time to plan your visit. Hay-On-Wye is in Wales and literally translates as “The town of books.” The town is literally full of book stores, many of which are themed, mostly second hand and antique books but so much phone to get lost in. My only regret was that I was not there during Hay Fest in May, it’s a HUGE book festival that has hosted J.K Rowling, Steven Moffat and so many more! Some day I will be there for the festival!

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Also if you have time stop by one of the local restaurants for a meal, we were there on a Sunday and had there Sunday dinner special! It felt like a home-cooked meal and the restaurant felt like we were just hanging out at a friends house and enjoying a meal together.

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I loved my time and Hay and cannot wait to go back sometime to experience Hay Fest! The town is literally on the England/Wales border and although out of the way is a beautiful drive and so worth it!

-Elle

#30by30 Number 17: Crepes

#30by30 Number 17: Try a new recipe every month.

April: Crepes

Apparently I am on a French kick lately. March was macaroons and now it’s time for crepes! Maybe this means I will be venturing to France some time soon!

I was considering a dessert crepe, and than I realized it was dinner time and I didn’t want something sweet. They may not look very pretty but they tasted great (my room mate can vouch for me!)

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The filling is sauteed mushrooms, spinach, bacon and ricotta! I also added parmesan to the crepe batter. These were actually really easy to make, and I am sure that I will be making different types of crepes in the future!

Any suggestions for next months Time to try something else…maybe a different country theme?

-Elle