#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.


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.

1 Samuel
2 Samuel*
1 Kings
2 Kings
1 Chronicles
2 Chronicles
Song of Songs

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.


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!


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


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




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



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.



#30by30 French Macaroons



#30by30 Crepes





Garlic Parmesean Pasta



Spaghetti Squash with Spinach, Bacon and Goat Cheese


Italian Pasta Salad


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


Roasted Jalapeno Popper


Roasted Butternut Squash


18. Fear less. Love More.

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


May: Beautiful Offerings Tour


June: Outdoor Movies


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.


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.



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?

Two Roads Diverged…

I didn’t plan to be writing so much about seasons. It’s not necessarily because of the new year that I’ve been thinking about the future so much, it may be part of it, but looking at this coming year I see deadlines, end dates, contracts up, leases needing renewed or preparations to make to move on. I’ve been in the same state for almost 5 years. It’s not that I am restless, I love where I am, I love Oklahoma but there is still that part of me that wonders if this is where I should be?

Moving on doesn’t scare me, and honestly if it wasn’t so difficult to get a Visa to live in the UK I would probably be making preparations by now.


I’m always up for a change of pace, to see somewhere new. Staying…that’s another story. Staying means looking at the past 5 years and answering the questions of why I am not where I want to be. Why I haven’t developed deeper friendships, figured out a career, why I’m not as financially stable as I would like to be. Staying means answering those questions. Leaving means a chance to start over, a new beginning, new friendships, new relationships. New adventures to find.

I haven’t decided what I want to do, if I moved I have no idea where it would even be too. I have no idea what to pursue as my next job choice, I would prefer to find something closer to a career, something that I would enjoy and love. Maybe something with social media? Something that would allow me to travel would be ideal.

Right now I have nothing keeping me from staying, but I also have nothing that is keeping me from going either. Nothing is holding me back…well nothing except for making the decision of what to do next.

So now time to start considering where the next 6 months will lead me too…