Today is exactly 30 days before my 31st birthday and for the first time in my life, I actually feel a bit anxious about it. Oddly, while most of my friends dreaded turning 30, I reveled in it. So why would turning 31 be any different?

Let’s just say that somehow, I thought I’d be further along now than I was at 30. Frankly, I have no idea what this entirely means, but it’s a thought I continue to have.  I suppose I have a sort of “Life List” floating about in my head that I mentally check off as life goes on. And lately, I feel like I’ve checked off so little!

So, in honor of my upcoming 31st – and perhaps to ease a little anxiety (or possibly create more…), I’m going to create a 30 Things to do Before I Turn 31 list:

  • Take an introductory photography class.
  • Take a basic Photoshop class.

Shoot Fly Shoot

  • Recruit 15 more followers to my blog…
  • Transform my hideous entertainment unit into something I can stand a little more!
  • (Finally) Make a stagecoach curtain for the guest room window (which I will definitely blog about later).

  • Start a daily journal.
  • Establish a consistent gym routine – and stick to it!
  • Regularly wake up earlier in order to make and enjoy a healthy breakfast with my husband.
  • Sell 2 more furniture pieces.
  • Reopen my Etsy shop.
  • Find and purchase a new rug for my office!

Souk Rug

  • Find an unwavering confidence in myself…
  • Refinished the recent flea market bread boards I recently purchased.
  • Host an end of summer soiree.
  • Go golfing with my new golf clubs!
  • Finish the wall galleries in my living and dining rooms.
  • Clean out my closet.
  • Host a book club.
  • Read at least one of the dozen books I have on raising chickens (next Spring, fingers crossed!).
  • Tell my husband that I love him at least once a day.
  • Begin drafting a business plan for my non-profit idea…
  • Register for a race (running).
  • Get a haircut – and learn how to wear my hair more naturally.

  • Clean my car.
  • Recruit 1 guest blogger for blog…
  • (With help of husband) Build a console table for behind sofa.
  • Call dentist to schedule removal of wisdom teeth Sad smile
  • Learn how to cook 2 more go-to, quick and delicious meals.
  • Find and paint 3 sample paint colors in kitchen (orange!).

Sherbet Orange + White

  • Take pictures of my home (after my photography & Photoshop classes…) and (finally…) upload them onto “My Home” blog page.

While much of this list is simply a to-do list, I actually do feel inspired and hope to knock this list out of the ballpark over the next month. I’ll be sure to keep you updated!

4 thoughts on “30 THINGS TO DO BEFORE I TURN 31…

    • Thanks Amber! Obviously, I’m a fan of birthdays too 🙂 And I think going forward, I’m going to create a 30 Things To Do Before I Turn (fill in the blank) every year! Hope you’re having fun out there in the mountains!

  1. I think I need to make a to-do list! I have about 20 running lists in my head at any one time…but to write one down and hold myself accountable to year’s completion time would be a good idea! p.s. I’d be happy to guest post for you if you want to check guest blogger off you list! 🙂 Or maybe a blog swap and we could guest post for each other!

    • Jessica, thanks so much for your offer to help (and yes, holding yourself accountable and publicizing your to-do list to the world is great motivation to actually get it done!). I would LOVE to do a blog swap. Why don’t I shoot you an email shortly and we can discuss! Look forward to chatting with you 🙂

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