#30by30 : Update Number 2

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


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.

1 Samuel
2 Samuel*
1 Kings
2 Kings
1 Chronicles*
2 Chronicles

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.


5. Lose Weight.

This is frustrating.

6. Learn to play an instrument.

7. Double Savings Account.


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


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


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16. Blog twice a week


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


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.


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


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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Murder and Mayhem!DSCF019910665213_808996846973_9022506969154487250_nDSCF0205One of the cool things you see all throughout Hay are honesty boxes, where you pay for the books you purchase in the little box attached to the shelf.

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.


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!


Nerd Tours Tuesday: Route 66

Spring has arrived! With the cold weather moving out the days are just calling for long drives with the windows down and some country music. I’ve always loved Route 66, and with a beautiful day this past Sunday I thought it would be the perfect time to head out and enjoy the weather.

I am also using these places as my 12 Trips in 12 Months post, because you don’t always have to fly or drive far away to enjoy a trip, sometimes it’s just a few hours spent in your own city.

Route 66 ranges from Chicago to LA, however, since that road trip is a bit more time than I had available, I am focusing on the Oklahoma City portion. One of the places I take anyone who visits me is to the restaurant Pops on Route 66. They have bottled sodas from all over the world! With over 700 flavors it will be a hard choice to make! However, I always go for the Dr. Pepper, mostly because it’s one of the few places you can get it with cane sugar instead of the normal corn syrup!


Be careful though, although they have your normal flavors like Cherry and Birch Beer, they also have Peanut Butter, Bacon and some others! Enjoy browsing all the types of sodas and enjoy a burger while you’re at it!



Just down the street is the historical Round Barn in Arcadia. Over the years it has been restored, there is a gift shop on the lower level where you can also learn about all the history, and on the top is a room that can be rented out. Although this doesn’t take a lot of time, I always swing by and walk around when I am out this way.


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Route 66 spans many states across the country, you can check out websites like The Mother Road to find other things to visit along Route 66, whether it’s on your next day trip, or as you travel across the country. You can also make an amazing playlist with all the songs about Roadtrips, Route 66, and about Standin’ on a Corner in Winslow, Arizona