30 Before 30: First Installment of the Dirty Thirty Bucket List

A couple of months ago I posted about my quarter life crisis and came up with the idea to make a list of 30 things I want to do or achieve before I reach 30 years old.

To start the list off with a bang, I decided to become a redhead.

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So that was number 1- Go bold.

I hadn’t officially published any other goals then, but #2 on my imaginary list has since been achieved.  For now, let’s start off with 1 through 10.

  1. Ditch my lifeless brown locks and go for a bold color. See my quarter life crisis for a before and after photo.
  2. Get a promotion at work Title change to Speech Department Supervisor, but no raise. Oh, and I had to let someone go my second week as boss lady. Not as exciting as it sounds.
  3. Take a cooking class. You all know I love to cook and if you’ve read my recent posts you know I once dreamed of living in a patisserie in Paris and getting fat. I NEED to know how to make a croissant like the French.
  4. Go back to Europe. Speaking of croissants…So much culture. So much food.
  5. Get a new tattoo. I’ve had only one for 7 years and brainstormed ideas for many others, but just never seem to get it done. Time to be like Nike and Just Do It.
  6. Gamble in Vegas, baby! It just seems to be one of those places you have to visit before popping out any little munchkins.vegas-baby-vegas
  7. Marry the love of my life. We’ve been together three years and signed a 30 year mortgage together. Might as well get hitched, too!
  8. Swim with dolphins. Could be a honeymoon activity. Right, Ryan? *hint hint, nudge nudge*
  9. Decorate the office/den. It’s a pretty boring catch-all room right now. Doesn’t exactly give me loads of blogging inspiration.

    See? In serious need of some decorating!

    See? In serious need of some decorating!

  10. Have a stand at a craft fair. Fun fact: I make jewelry. I would love to sell my creations, but I usually end up keeping or giving away as gifts everything I make.
    Bracelets I made for all of the bridesmaids in my little sister's wedding.

    Bracelets I made for all of the bridesmaids in my little sister’s wedding.

     

Now that I’ve started the list I hope it helps motivate me to actually start checking things off! What’s on your bucket list?

– C

 

 

Back in the Saddle

So, it’s been almost two whole months since I posted about my quarter life crisis. It wasn’t a conscious decision to take a break, but for some reason I kept putting it off. I brainstormed randomly and had some ideas for posts; I just never got around to it.

Shortly after I went off the deep end and dyed my hair red, things got hectic at work and with life. Each weekend was booked with something- weddings, birthday parties, holidays, etc- and I left work exhausted every afternoon over an hour later than my salary allots (no, I don’t get overtime). This combination left me drained and more willing to vedge out rather than spill my guts on the internet. So, I did a whole lot of sitting on the couch and watching trash television.To sum up my hiatus, I’m feeling rejuvenated!

Some memorable moments from my time away:

I was blessed to be maid-of-honor and witness my little sister marrying her high school sweetheart a couple of weeks back. Their pure and all encompassing love for one another is truly beautiful and such an inspiration. Watching them grin at each other after exchanging rings was probably one of the sweetest moments I have ever witnessed. They are now happily nesting in their first apartment together about 90 miles from my parents.

A two-week vacation from work allowed me to get in touch with my green thumb and begin creating a garden at the new house. I also spent quite some time watching Netflix!

Last weekend, I made a quick trip to my hometown to see several amazing people. First, my good friend Cassie who is a gypsy at heart and has lived on both coasts. Now she is primarily in Cali, but happened to be home so I HAD to go see her and enjoy some good ol’ country line dancing while there. Then, I helped my sister “P” load her 16′ moving van to send her off to Cleveland. Now there is even more distance between us. Finally, my good friend Heather celebrated her quarter life birthday with a hibachi dinner and spilled sake bombs.

This weekend, a friend from high school is getting married and I can’t wait to be there for their special moment. I have trips planned to Rhode Island, NYC, and Washington DC still to come. It’s becoming a summer filled with love, friends, and family. How much more perfect could you get?

I promise to post again soon- maybe with my actual 30 before 30 list 🙂

– C