29 before 29
Happy New Year! Today I’m sipping coffee, petting Willie, my parent’s pup, hanging with my mom and enjoying the newly fallen snow back in Missouri. This space has been dormant for much longer than I ever intended, but part of it could be because I’ve been so busy enjoying all the wonderful events of 2013. I got a new job working for the San Francisco Chronicle and have been developing my editing and design skills. I’ve celebrated with friends who have moved on to new jobs, started grad schools, got engaged and had the sweetest of babies. I bought a tent (and used it!), mastered paddleboarding and attended my first outdoor music festival (hello Pitchfork). I baked my first pie from scratch, became a donkey sitting master and pushed myself farther than I could ever imagine at a morning boot camp. But along the way, I’ve really missed chronicling all of it on a blog.
So I thought I’d kick off the New Year right with my new 29 before 29 list. I’m hoping as I accomplish these personal goals throughout the year, I will get back into posting regularly here and reconnecting with the blogging spirit! So here’s the list. I definitely will need some help from friends!
29 Before 29 (Deadline: Dec. 27, 2014)
— Bake a loaf of bread from scratch: Now that I have a KitchenAid, it’s time to get baking.
— Go to Yosemite: I know, I know. I’ve lived in California for five years and have never made it to Yosemite. I feel like there could be multiple trips in my future.
— Make a necklace for myself every month: I always craft jewelry for everyone else, but rarely make something that I end up keeping for myself. But I’m ready to upgrade my own jewelry collection with some pieces.
— Renew my passport.
— Take a skiing lesson. As a flat lander, I’ve only been skiing three or four times, so I’d like to at least try it a couple of times so I can conquer the bunny hill.
— Welcome a group of friends into my home once every two months: Sometimes I can be nervous about opening up my home (Will there be enough chairs? Do I have time to prepare a meal? Are the window sills clean?)But I need to embrace the Kinfolk aesthetic of grabbing some cheese, some bread and a bottle of wine and everyone is guaranteed to have fun.
—Take a cooking class: I’m thinking Cheese 101.
— Go to a Cardinals game, preferably two: one in San Francisco and one in St. Louis.
— Purchase and learn to use my Canon camera (finally!).
— Go horseback riding: I’ve never actually done this aside from pony rides.
— Cook with six new veggies/fruits, preferably from the farmers market.
— Use the library’s new Spanish language software to relearn basic words.
— Kayak or paddleboard in at least one new location. I’m feeling like a Tahoe camping trip might be a perfect opportunity.
— Discover a new writer.
— Hand write a letter a month, even if it is just a post card.
— Learn how to can or jar something.
— Create a Super 8 video. Preferably of a road trip.
— Purchase supplies to be able to whip up three different cocktails for guests. I already have whisky drinks covered. Maybe margaritas and a decadent vodka cocktail.
— Go to a play.
— Make and hang a piece of artwork in my home. Maybe one using paint store sample.
— Scale down my bloggers on Bloglovin’ and make it a point to read it once a week. It just makes me so happy.
— Try the Ripped class at the gym.
— Make and print an Artifact Uprising photo book.
— Cook one recipe from The Kinfolk Table every month. I’ve never been so excited about a cookbook!
— Go to Daffodil Hill. I’ve wanted to do this every year but always seem to miss the season. It’s in March. I will make it this year.
— Take a beading/jewelry class to learn a new skill.
— Try 12 new beers.
— Volunteer at least five times.
— Give thanks daily with a thanks jar. I’m a horrible daily journaler. I’ll forget it when I go on weekend trips and it’s just hard for me to keep up-to-date with this. I’m hoping this is a way to start thinking about gratitude every day. My plan is to write on post-its, scraps of paper, maybe some cute scrapbooking pages every night and stick them in the jar (or save them until I return to the jar. Then, at the end of the year, it will be great to look back on all the things that I appreciated throughout the year. I’m hoping to get friends and family to help me write them too so they also can share the thankful feeling.