30 Before 30

It is time, my friends- time for 30 before 30!

Bucket lists are usually not for me, but I’m really embracing this one! My birthday is on NYE, and that makes it a great time to review and assess what’s happening in my life. Last year I turned 29 and, while I’m not having any kind of life-crisis about turning 30, it really is one of those nice, round milestones. At this point, I would say that I am abundantly satisfied with my life, but there are a few of those areas that are ripe for tweaking and updating.

Enter: 30 Before 30.

30 before 30

Some of the items on here are habits or behaviors that I’m hoping to develop and embrace. Some of them are skills that I’d like to enhance. Some are actual, physical items that I am in pursuit of. Everything on this list is something that I am committed to doing, and that I truly believe I can accomplish in the next year {DREAM BIG, amirite?}.

So this is what I have going on this year, and I’m crazy excited for it! If any of you have experience or resources in these areas and care to share, please text, email, or comment at me—if there’s anything I’ve learned over the past few years, it’s to embrace my community 🙂 Otherwise, keep an eye out for updates as I check off everything on the list over the next 11.5 months.

{Can we just talk about how we’re already down ½ a month?? Also, I’m taking four classes/12 credits to finish my masters this semester. So maybe hold your enthusiasm for me until early May, as that’s when I’ll be back up to breath.}

Also, what am I missing? Let me know what you have on your must-do list for this year!

Welcome to 2016!

Good morning, and happy Monday, friends! It’s the first Monday of the New Year, and I am feeling energized! Now, to see how long that lasts 🙂

You know that I love to set themes for each year—last year I dedicated myself to the idea of ‘Wellness’ and this year my theme is…

Dream big


This year is a crazy year for me- I turned 29 on the 31st, so it’s my last year in my 20’s (keep an eye out for my ’30 before 30’ list, coming soon to a blog near you)! It’s also the year that I finish my master’s (God willing), maybe transition to a new career with greater challenges and responsibilities, maybe a year that we think about expanding our family, maybe think about expanding our family, maybe do some major home renovation, maybe go on a vacation of a lifetime! Overall, I think that this year will be a transition year and friends- if I’m going to transition, I want to have GOALS!!

So this is a year for thinking about new chapters in life. I want to design a life that is insanely fulfilling, and that requires planning and intentionality. Life happens, and you certainly can’t plan for everything, but you can set your bus in the direction that you hope to go and give yourself some help in getting there. To that end, I’m making goals on goals on goals, with the help of some awesome tools.


I’m using three main tool groups. First, planners—I love a good planner, and I’ve gone through so many of them over the past few years (from Emily Ley and Plum Paper all the way to bullet journaling in a Moleskin). This year, I happened upon a few planners through Kickstarter campaigns, and I’m only a little embarrassed to admit that I backed three projects and, as a result, came out with three physical planners for the year. Right now, I’m working with the Commit30, the Spark Planner, and a Passion Planner. I’ve heard so, so many great things about Passion Planner that I actually ordered several and gave them as Christmas gifts, but I’m looking forward to using each of them to see which works best for me. I hope to follow up more next month and these and let you know how it’s going!

The second group of tools are my books— I love a good self help/motivational book! I’ve read Thrive about three times now, but will plan to read it again this month. I think it’s a great book on self-care, perspective, and life balance, and that is critical for finding any kind of success. I’m also reading The Happiness Project, which I’m a little iffy about. I’ve heard great things about Brene Brown, so she made my short list (both Daring Greatly and Rising Strong). Finally, I’m most looking forward to Rise: 3 Practical Steps for Advancing Your Career, Standing Out as a Leader, and Liking Your Life. All three of those things are high on my list of priorities for the year, so I am really excited about this book! I’m certain that I’ll pick up a few more books as the year goes on (I’m constantly browsing) but this is what I’m starting with.

Finally, my third set of tools are interactive- worksheets, journals, etc. To some extent, this includes my planners (the PassionPlanner, especially, is designed with lots of brainstorming and review items). I also have a few other things up my sleeve. First, I’m working with some of the activities from What Color is Your Parachute– there are some great processes that help you work through identifying your interests and skills that might not be as intuitive as you think. Second, I was very kindly gifted an Inspire Journal for Christmas. It has inspirational quotes/prompts on each page that you are encouraged to write to, and I’m hoping to use it regularly to brainstorm. Third, the book Five—it’s about 70 pages long and filled with activities and exercises that encourage you to think about different areas of your life in new ways. The end game is to imagine/design where you will be five years from today, and I’m really looking forward to working through this book over the next several weeks. Finally, and maybe what I’m most excited to use, is a set of PowerSheets from Lara Casey. People rave about these worksheets, and I’m looking forward to getting into them and seeing what all of the excitement is about!

So that’s what I’m working on for 2016- not necessarily a specific goal, but definitely developing some longer term plans over the next three, five, ten and twenty years so I can start to shape what my adult life will hold. For me, that seems pretty exciting! So tell me- what’s your theme for the year? Or what are you hoping to accomplish? If you can dream it, you can do it!