This last year has been fantastic …. this next year will be even better.
I’m 30 today …. I’m not 100% sure how I feel about that.
I mean, I don’t mind getting older. I never have, really. But I suppose part of that is because I skipped a grade so I’ve always been the youngest of my friends anyway.
But now …. it’s not that I feel old – but more like “entering my 30s” signals a totally different shift. Being “in my 30s” feels like it should be something totally different than being “in my 20s” ….. But I never had a typical 20s anyway (never partied, happily married at 23 and spent the following 6+ years saving to buy a house).
So, only time will tell what my 30s bring. Hoping this house gets more put together, for one Hoping I can finish writing one of the many books I have floating in my imagination. Hoping I find just as much joy in my every day life as I do now ….
I was reading Elise’s 26 things post in advance of HER birthday a couple months ago and was gratefully reminded of all the amazing things I have come across, experienced and loved over the last year:
In no particular order:
Our HOUSE - I know it seems like the house is trying to kill me, but once all the big things are fixed and some of the nice little things are bought, the house is going to be AMAZING. I really am so excited to finally have bought a house!! Even all the work we’re doing is fun …. making a real “home” together. Instead of the last 4+ years living in cheap, tiny places without unpacking everything or putting art on the walls, always knowing it was temporary since we were saving for a house.
Pinterest – I waited a long time, but as soon as it was apparent we were getting this house I realized how much Pinterest could help me corral my decor ideas. It has been so helpful!!
Goodreads – Andrew got me into this. I thought I didn’t need *another* social media site – least of all one that I could never stay caught up with. I have more than 20 years of book-reading that will never make it to my Goodreads profile. But then I thought about how much I read and how quickly. So much that I literally can’t remember if I’ve read a book or not til I’m part way through. So I have been loving Goodreads recently to help me keep track of what I’m reading NOW (since the beginning of 2012 at least).
SMASH - I was one of those super cool kids who got their mother to go rent Funny Girl and Guys and Dolls from the video store when I was in Junior High or so. I don’t remember when it started or why, but I have always loved musicals! And now, finally, the rest of America has show enough of an interest in musicals to justify this new TV show about Broadway. Not only a show about Broadway, but a show about a musical with a female lead! I literally could not be more pleased!! I cannot wait to buy the DVD for season 1 when it’s available – to support with my wallet the pop culture that I love.
John Quincy Adams – I am in the middle of a self-guided American History “class” (which basically means I am reading all the American History books I can in roughly chronological order). I honestly have LOVED it – and I fully accept the nerdiness of that. But hands down, my favorite President so far has been John Quincy Adams. Go read the post I wrote about it. Learning about people like this completely inspires me in my own life – no matter how far apart we are in time and circumstances.
Paleo diet - I first heard about this “diet” on dooce.com …. In her typical style, she poked fun at it even as she wrote about how much she loved it. But still, the way she described ‘paleo’ made it sound like it would be something difficult to take seriously. But the more I learned about it, the more I experimented with my own food choices and the more I learned about nutrition in general, the more enthusiastic I am about Paleo recipes! I’m not fully on the Paleo diet (huge fan of dairy), but it’s super helpful to find grain-free recipes just by following some Paleo food blogs! Give it a try!
Dishing Up Nutrition - I started listening to this podcast back in September or so and have completely improved my diet since then. I cannot recommend this podcast highly enough. ESPECIALLY if you have any kind of health problem – from anxiety to eczema. I have learned SO much and feel healthier now than I have in years and years.
I quit Sugar ebook – As much as I DO miss baked goods at every opportunity, I also feel much healthier having significantly cut back on my sugar. I haven’t quit completely, but this ebook from Sarah Wilson is a god-send for anyone trying to cut sugar out of their diet. (I realize these last 3 items on the list make me sound like a crazy health nut. I *promise* I’m not)
Dutch oven + cookbook – I have LOVED my cast iron dutch oven and the dutch oven cookbook I got for my birthday last year. There is nothing easier, tastier and healthier than making a big pot of homemade soup or chili and having leftovers for days…. I need to post some of my (altered) recipes soon!
Scotland – Andrew and I were lucky enough to be able to go to Scotland for a week last summer with very little expense to us. Traveling with Andrew is one of my favorite favorite things – I love sharing those experiences with him! And traveling to Europe, with ghosts around every corner is even better
Alaska – We also spent a week on an Alaskan cruise which was a fantastic vacation for a very different reason. Being on a cruise ship where there’s nothing to do but eat and read and sleep forces downtime that neither of us has had in …. ever? We had so much fun ….
Blurb – After keeping the bulk of my scrapbooking supplies in storage for 4 years, I am realizing more and more how much I feel like I’m “done” with traditional scrapbooking. Too much stuff. I am IN LOVE with the idea of putting together BLURB books more regularly. Same about of time and money investment – far fewer THINGS taking up room. In the last year I’ve made a Blurb book for our Alaska vacation and for December Daily. In this next year, I want to finish my Blurb book for our Scotland vacation as well as several other things! Such great quality books for preserving memories.
30 Days of Lists - God bless Kam for including me in her project a year ago. I never (ever) thought that we would get the response and the enthusiasm that we did. I am looking forward to future sessions and the opportunities to capture small snapshots of my life in lists.
This list is by no means complete, but it is a good cross-section of what 29 looked like for me …..
What are you loving right now?