30 by 30 (ish)

I love birthdays! Mine was in July – the big 2-9. I really had a good day. 

30 by 30 lists are pretty popular now, and I’ve been thinking about doing one for a while. Of course, time and resources are limited in this season of my life, but I’ve been thinking about things that I can do. I want to challenge myself in areas that I struggle in. My goal with this list is to stretch myself by practicing discipline, being generous, and stepping outside of my comfort zone. Of course there are a couple of fun things, but for the most part I want to be intentional with what I try to achieve in less than 11 months. So, I’ve decided to not add items that don’t necessarily mean anything just to get 30 items. Some things on the list look easy, but I’ve thought about each one and really feel like I’ll be challenged!

I struggle with discontentment often. And turning 29 has made me think a lot about what I thought life would be like, where I’d be, and what I’d be doing. If you know me well, you know that what God had in store for me wasn’t exactly what I dreamed about. I dreamed about moving somewhere new, living an adventure, doing big things. Our pastor often reminds us that we are where we are (job, neighborhood, city) because God has specifically placed us there for his glory – the greatest adventure there is. So, that’s the goal (in a round about way) of this list – that I would be mindful of how I spend my time and engage those around me, that I don’t have to go far to do big things. I’m learning to have a faithful presence here in the ‘burbs.

So here is my list:

  • Learn to sew.
  • Build and upholster an ottoman. 
  • Raise $1000 for The Stewpot.  
  • Plant and maintain at least one veggie. 
  • Donate blood. 
  • Buy a gift off a random baby registry. 
  • Pay for a stranger’s meal. 
  • Learn about wine and host a wine tasting party. 
  • Go somewhere new with Jesse. 
  • Go back to school. 
  • Meet a neighbor! And have them over for dinner. 
  • Read a book a month (preferably a classic). 
  • Get Copper Grain going.

Not a long list at all! I’m excited to start crossing things off!