I did it. I turned 32. And that means, 32 Things Before Turning 32 has come to an end. While I didn't check off every single item, I feel good about all that I did accomplish.
1. Take a horseback riding lesson- Big Fail. I was ever so close again but didn't follow through.
2. Update my recipe binder- Making progress here. I just need one or two dedicated days and it will be done.
3. Complete Anna and Katelyn's presents- this HUGE sewing project is almost done. I'm so close and will never do anything like it again. (Update: Finished 3/1/12)
4. Paint and sketch more
5. Get my next tattoo
6. Preserve White Sox memorabilia
7. Scrapbook 2009 and 2010
8. Death to Dessert
9. Attend a blogging conference
10. Go to an NHL game
11. Go to an NFL game
12. Write 5 chapters of my book Or you know, write it entirely.
13. Go on a mission trip- I looked in to a few but nothing worked out. It'll happen.
14. Serve consistently- I have looked for opportunities to help out friends but I have not started volunteering locally or at church. I can make all kinds of excuses, some good, some not. But this is something I plan to change.
15. Shop only at resale stores for the year (some exceptions apply)
16. Start a Dinner Club
17. Meet my blog friend Mary Kathryn From blog friends to real life friends!
18. Favorite Auntie Project
19. Read Eric Metaxas' biography on Bonhoeffer
20. Read a biography on Nelson Mandela So, so good.
21. Organize/finish decorating my office
22. Buy a new digital camera
23. Go to Bluebird Cafe- I was going to try to sneak this in over the weekend but it didn't work out. (Update: saw Jon Troast play 5/20/12.)
24. Go to Cheekwood Botanical Garden
25. Tour The Parthenon
26. Eat at 5 Nashville Originals (Pancake Pantry, Sunset Grill, Germantown Cafe East, Jackson's, tayst, and Noshville)
27. Retool my budget and set a lifestyle cap This worked out differently than intended, given my change in employment. But I'm proud that my level of giving didn't change, even though my income temporarily did.
28. Limit my book/music spending- $25 per month Super tough but huge savings
29. Go to The Hermitage, the home of Andrew Jackson- There was a Free Day this past Sunday but I couldn't make it happen. There's always next year!
30. Go to Arrington Vineyards
31. Visit one other Southern state
32. Fall in love...with God, with my life, with family and friends
25 out of 32. I'll take it. Instead of writing 5 chapters of my novel, I wrote the whole thing. I'm super proud of myself! However, it took certain concessions. While I can't blame the incompletion of 7 items solely on that effort, it does factor in.
People have asked me if I'll continue the tradition and create a 33 Things Before Turning 33 list. The answer is: heck no. Coming up with another 30-something items with a one-year deadline isn't in me.