30 by 30

Yesterday was my 28th birthday which means it is time to update my 30X30 list. Frankly, when I made this list several years ago I was very different and some of the things I was hoping to accomplish at that time in my life are different than what I would put on a list today. Some have become more important, some have become less, and new things have taken their place. Nonetheless, I am still going to honor the list and post my updates to track my progress. The updates for this year are in orange…the list was created in 2008, 2009 updates were in green and 2010 updates were in purple.

  1. Finish my MA degree (3 more classes!)(Graduated in August 09).
  2. Become a mother (on the road to adoption)(Still on that road!) (I honestly have no idea when this will happen).
  3. Visit a new country (went to Japan–summer 08 )(Ecuador in June 09) (Went to Canada this past summer and I am headed to Uganda and Kenya in March).
  4. See (for the first time) a white sandy beach with clear, blue water (saw some white sand but definitely not the clear water in Japan)(Saw beaches in Florida and Ecuador this year–still holding out for an even better beach)(Just saw the beach in Hilton Head, SC…it was pretty but I still want a tropical location).
  5. Go to California.
  6. Participate in a foreign mission trip (I’d love to make this happen summer 09)(It did indeed happen…went to Ecuador in June)(Going to Africa in March on another mission trip).
  7. Support a child through Compassion International or a similar organization (have been waiting for two steady incomes to do this).
  8. Go to Disneyworld (Now that Stephanie and Nathan live in Orlando this might become a reality).
  9. Donate several more times to Locks of Love (donated once more)(and again)(I think I am close again right now!).
  10. Take a photography class.
  11. Sell a painting (for more than just the cost of supplies) (I had a painting that sold at a charity auction, but I am holding out for an actual customer)(actually did a couple of things for money this year).
  12. Have my own business (Doing the little bit of art I do on the side might count, but I’ll hold off on crossing this one of the list).
  13. Learn how to drive a vehicle with a stick shift (I don’t really even care much about this anymore).
  14. Become skilled at shooting (did some practice this year for the first time in a while)(still practicing!).
  15. Purchase a hand gun (or I guess someone could give one to me) (have been looking and considering).
  16. Get my concealed handgun license (I have pretty much decided against this one).
  17. Own a Scottie dog (Still trying to convince Jason).
  18. Become a regular volunteer for a local organization.
  19. Participate in a book club (had a great time!).
  20. Go sailing.
  21. Go on a girls-only trip with the women in my family.
  22. Get a second hole pierced in my ears.
  23. Actually finish the AFI Top 100 Movies list.
  24. See a Broadway show.
  25. Read at least 10 books a year (it was more than 10 this year)(Again, it was more than 10 this year)(met this one again).
  26. See the Grand Canyon.
  27. Learn to sew.
  28. Move.
  29. Play tennis regularly–maybe even be in a league.
  30. Organize my mother & grandmother’s old family photos–possibly even scrapbook them (I am hoping for this to be a summer 2010 project)(after perusing some of these photos this summer I realized what a huge, monumental task this is going to be!).

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