So I woke up bright and early this morning (ok, 7:30 is early for me…), plopped myself in front of my laptop with my ritual cup o’ joe, and lo and behold, there was Google morphed into a birthday cake. And then it dawned on me, today is my birthday!

After 30 years of fabulous and often and sometimes over-the-top birthday parties, I’m finally settling into my ripe old age of 31. And guess what folks? There’s no birthday party this year. There’s no it’s-all-about-me day. There’s no I-can-do-whatever-I-want day. Nope. Today is just another day, and I’m feeling good about it.

In fact, I’ll actually be headed down to Norfolk this afternoon to celebrate someone else – my cousin is getting married! So while it won’t be about me – it’ll still be a heck of a good time with friends and family. Tonight is the rehearsal dinner, and I’m quite certain many margaritas will be had by all.

But while we (or at least ME) are on the subject of my birthday, let me share with you my just because Wish List…

Wish List


Have a great weekend everyone – I know I will!


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!