#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 : 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?

#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?

Tracking my Travel

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I always wanted to have a way to show where I have been. One of the ways I do this is that I always purchase a Christmas ornament (or something I can turn into an ornament) from every place that I have been. However, I still wanted something that I could show year round, without having random souvenirs cluttering the house.

I know there are a bunch of websites and apps and things that you can use to track where you’ve been and where you want to go. I wanted something more tangible that I could show off, a map that I could physically hang and stick a pin in.

I ordered a 24×36 Bulletin Board, a silver and black map of the world from Amazon and because I’m a little particular I ordered map tacks through Etsy. You can easily get them at Amazon and in multi-color packs, but I found a seller on Etsy that I could choose three colors for a set.

I chose my colors based on my favorites and what I wanted each to represent.

Purple: Places I’ve been.

Blue: Places I want to go.

Green: Places I want to return too.

I had to trim down the map to fit the board, and plan to paint the edge of the bulletin board once I commit to the color I want.

I also plan to add a quote to the corner, I just haven’t found the right one. Any suggestions?

Overall though I love this piece and it now hangs over my bed, and I cannot wait to switch out pins to mark the new places I have been!

-Elle

#30by30

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Over the last few years I have seen a few friends commit to creating and accomplishing a 30 by 30 list, and throughout the last few months I have been compiling my list and things I wanted to accomplish by the time I turned 30. I admit that my list is slightly on the selfish side but I have also chosen many things that are going to be a challenge for me. So as of today I have exactly one year until I turn 30 and I decided that was the perfect time to share my list.

Throughout the year I will continue to post updates about where I am at on my list, and you will also be able to go to my #30by30 page to see updates.

I will also add as a disclaimer, that although I plan to complete this list, some items are open to flexibility due to schedules and finances, but I aim to complete each one, and if one is not possible the list will be updated with something in exchange.

Alright, that’s enough of me babbling, here is my list in no particular order…

1. Read the Bible from cover to cover.

For how much I read and I’ve tried numerous Bible Reading plans there’s just something daunting about trying to get through Leviticus and Numbers, the New Testament I can handle, but some of those Old Testament books are a struggle. However, this year I am committed to finishing!

2. Volunteer 100 hours outside the church.

Last year I was volunteering regularly with Habitat for Humanity, when I picked up a second job to pay down some debt I ended up giving up a lot of my free time. This year I want to get back into doing something that I love. I added the stipulation of outside the church because I work for my church and still serve at my church regularly, I love it and it is nothing against my church but I need to push myself a little more, and I would like to meet some different people along the way.

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

No explanation necessary. I am tired of debt.

4. Take a row class at the boat house.

I’ve always thought about taking a class doing something that sounded fun and different but have always backed away because I didn’t want to do it alone, or I wasn’t sure I could keep up. I’ve always had some interest in learning to row and than I found out our local boat house has a month long introductory course. I like that it’s only a month long, because if I find I don’t like it as much as I think I will it’s ok to try something new and I wouldn’t be committed to anything long term. However, if I love it I could always advance!

5. Lose Weight.

I need to get in shape. I have an amount in mind that I won’t be revealing because some people have discouraged me by saying it’s to much. I will say this about my goal though, it’s a healthy weight, I will not be crash dieting or doing anything insane, I am just choosing smaller portions, healthier options and exercise. The number may seem high but that is only because my body type is great at hiding how much I actually weigh.

6. Learn to play an instrument.

I’ve always wanted to learn an instrument. I’ve never played anything before, unless you count my brief time attempting to learn guitar. What instrument? I don’t know. Any suggestions?

7. Double Savings Account.

Exactly what it says.

8. Read 100 Books of various genres.

I read a lot. However, I tend to get stuck in the same 2-3 genres, this year I want to expand on the books I read. You can keep up with the books I am reading at 100 Books.

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

I’ve been working on a scrapbook from my trip last October and it still isn’t done. Time to change that.

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

It doesn’t have to be amazing, or even mediocre but I’ve always thought about writing a book some day.

13. Finish Quilt

I started a summer quilt this past fall, and I will admit it hasn’t made much progress since Christmas. I would like to have this done by Spring…or before the time it’s to hot to use my quilt lined with fleece.

14. Tithe

In the past I have allowed my finances to dictate my tithing, this year that is going to change and I am going to be making sure I am tithing regularly.

15. Run Lights during an evening service of Youth America

I’ve run lights for Youth America a few times just not an evening service, last year I had an opportunity and I was completely overwhelmed and things just didn’t go as planned. This summer I am determined to run lights during an evening service. What is Youth America? Check it out at YouthAmerica.org

16. Blog twice a week

You’ve probably noticed my blogging game has been a bit sporadic. This year I commit to blogging two times a week, the only time I am giving myself a pass is when I am away.

17. Try a new recipe every month

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

18. Fear less. Love More.

This is kinda my mantra for the year. I want to say yes more, to take more risks. I want to be me around everyone and not be concerned of what they may think. I want people to see me for me.

19. 12 Trips in 12 Months

I  am committing to taking a trip every month. Financially this would be impossible but I am including things that are local, restaurants I’ve never tried, festivals throughout the state! You can keep track of the places I’ve been at #12Trips12Months

20. Learn to whistle

Because, why not?

21. Be more decisive

I’m not necessarily a people-pleaser but I am a peace-maker (it’s a middle child thing) so I want everyone to enjoy what is they are doing. I want to be more decisive in choosing the things I like to do, and not always negotiating.

22. Contacts

This one really has no real rationale except I’ve been thinking about getting contacts for years, and maybe if I put it on this list I will actually do it.

23. New York

No specifics for this yet,I have a friend in New York who I have attempted to make plans to visit every time I have been home the last few years. I am planning to make it work this year.

24. Declutter

Over the last five years I’ve managed to gain a lot of stuff. I really want to just simplify my life and declutter in every aspect.

25. Be More Positive

Sometimes I get sucked into negativity and this year I am going to be more positive, and be more aware of where/when I am negative and work on counteracting that.

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

I am giving myself a year to either commit to where I am living now, finding a real career or if I am going to move on to some place else.

27. Have a Small Group

I’ve considered leading a small group for years now, it may be time to make the jump.

28. Travel

Because it is a part of me, and will always make it onto any list of things I want to accomplish.

29. Slide the City

Because this looks awesome. Slide the City.

This one may change because the date hasn’t been announced yet.

30. 30th Birthday Trip

Because I will be 30. And another excuse to travel…not that I need one.

-Elle