Before I’m 29

It’s official. I’m 28 years old.

This year, I’m going to attempt something a bit different; I’m going to tackle the year head on. If asked where I see myself in one year, let alone five, I couldn’t really say. I don’t tend dream in the long term and that is something I want to change. Not so I can spend my days flitting about between what-ifs, but to be more intentional with the time I have. Inspired by the ever lovely EmilyO, I have made a list of things I would like to do before I’m 29. These are in no particular order, mind you. And if you should be so inclined, feel free to ask for an update on any of them. I’ll answer you honestly be it good, bad or ugly. Accountability is one of the reasons this list has made it past the drafting stages. Now, off we go!

1.) Write at least 3 short stories and 12 poems.

If I want to be a writer, I need to start doing it more regularly. Period.

2.) Submit at least one of the aforementioned creative works for publication.

Web, magazine, or other, the form of media isn’t as important as just taking the risk. It’s been way too long since I’ve submitted anything.

3.) Take more pictures.

I’m certainly not a photographer, but I have a camera that fits in my purse and one on my phone. So really, there’s no excuse for me to not have pictures of the awesome people and events in my life.

4.) Run a 5k.

I signed up for a race last year, but chickened out the day of. This year I want to actually finish a race. Even if I’m dead last.

5.) Read more.

Again, if I want to be a writer (and I do) this is something I need to do a good deal more of.

6.) Post on here at least once a week. Ideally more.

I don’t know why I don’t already. I’ve got this cozy little corner of the interwebs thanks to my husband and I’ve barely moved in. That’s got to change.

7.) Go camping.

We’ve had a tent since last summer that hasn’t been used. Time to break it in.

8.) Go back to school.

This one kind of scares me. It’ll take longer than just one year, but I think I’m ready to go back.

9.)Get out of debt/pay off school loans.

We could be doing better things with our money than paying interest on my school loans. Like saving for an adoption.

10.) Be more intentional with relationships, new and old.

Moving has made me lazy. I’m not reaching out to people like I want to and I’m not praying for them like I need to be. I have an abundance of amazing people in my life and there’s so much more I can be giving them. Including my husband.

11.) Attempt a veggie garden on our balcony.

This is already in the works thanks to some five gallon buckets, but there aren’t any veggies yet so I’m not totally cheating. I’ll have to fill you in on the start up details in the near future.

12.) Try a new recipe at least once a month.

And take pictures. And blog about it. Oh yes, this will be fun.

13.) Be in the Word consistently.

Lately I’ve averaged reading 4 out of 7 days in a week. Not good. And I don’t say that in a “I really ought to do this” kind of way. I need it. Desperately.

14.) Memorize Psalm 1 thru 12.

Memorization is another area I’ve been slacking in. I can quote more song lyrics than I can verses of scripture. I don’t need the words of other people tucked away in my mind. I need the words of God.

15.) Send actual mail.

Yes, I’m referring to snail mail. There’s just something special about finding mail in the mailbox that’s not junk or a bill.

So there you have it. The aspirations of one 28 year old Buckeye turned Hoosier. What is something you would like to do before you’re another year older?