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almost thirty

11 Apr

I’m not thirty YET. But I will be this summer. And I’m not sure about you, but I can HONESTLY say that I am pretty stoked to be turning thirty. I am so done with my twenties. My twenties were amazing, horrible, wonderful, painful, thrilling, and devastating all at the same time. And all at different times. I don’t think I’ve ever grown more in my life that I have in my twenties. And for that, I am thankful. But I finally feel like I know who I am, know where I want to go with my life and what I want and need out of my relationships. I’ve learned A LOT and wouldn’t change the growth I endured during my twenties. Growth is good. And I hope I continue to do so. I don’t know what it is. It’s just a self confidence level I’ve reached, and I have been told countless times by countless people who said they experienced the same thing as they approached their thirties.

I’ve heard your thirties are your best years.

While I wouldn’t know if that was true or not yet, I AM excited to venture into the new chapter of my life in a few months.

All this to say, I stumbled across a cute little article about 30 Things Every Woman Should Have and Should Know By The Time She’s 30, from Glamour Magazine. I’m linking to the article, but I’m also going to list the items here so that I can have them on my blog. (Did you know that I’m printing my blogs into blog books? So I want this list in there.)

Check it out. And if you’re afraid of being thirty, girlfriend, DON’T BE. The best years of our lives are ahead of us. So long as you eat right, wash your face, and exercise. It’s going to be awesome!

By 30, You Should Have:

  1. One old boyfriend you can imagine going back to and one who reminds you of how far you’ve come.
  2. A decent piece of furniture not previously owned by anyone else in your family.
  3. Something perfect to wear if the employer or man of your dreams wants to see you in an hour.
  4. A purse, a suitcase and an umbrella you’re not ashamed to be seen carrying.
  5. A youth you’re content to move beyond.
  6. A past juicy enough that you’re looking forward to retelling it in your old age.
  7. The realization that you are actually going to have an old age—and some money set aside to help fund it.
  8. An e-mail address, a voice mailbox and a bank account—all of which nobody has access to but you.
  9. A résumé that is not even the slightest bit padded.
  10. One friend who always makes you laugh and one who lets you cry.
  11. A set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill and a black lace bra.
  12. Something ridiculously expensive that you bought for yourself, just because you deserve it.
  13. The belief that you deserve it.
  14. A skin-care regimen, an exercise routine and a plan for dealing with those few other facets of life that don’t get better after 30.
  15. A solid start on a satisfying career, a satisfying relationship and all those other facets of life that do get better.

By 30, you should know:

  1. How to fall in love without losing yourself.
  2. How you feel about having kids.
  3. How to quit a job, break up with a man and confront a friend without ruining the friendship.
  4. When to try harder and when to walk away.
  5. How to kiss in a way that communicates perfectly what you would and wouldn’t like to happen next.
  6. The names of: the secretary of state, your great-grandmother and the best tailor in town.
  7. How to live alone, even if you don’t like to.
  8. How to take control of your own birthday.
  9. That you can’t change the length of your calves, the width of your hips or the nature of your parents.
  10. That your childhood may not have been perfect, but it’s over.
  11. What you would and wouldn’t do for money or love.
  12. That nobody gets away with smoking, drinking, doing drugs or not flossing for very long.
  13. Who you can trust, who you can’t and why you shouldn’t take it personally.
  14. Not to apologize for something that isn’t your fault.
  15. Why they say life begins at 30.


101 in 1001 days list update

4 Feb

In August of 2009, Jay and I put together this list. It’s our 101 in 1001 days list and it’s a list of things we’d like to finish or accomplish in 1001 days. We started this list on August 7, 2009 and May 4, 2012 will be our 1001 day deadline! It’s crazy how much time has gone by since we compiled this list. As I was updating the list I was also astounded at how much of this I would change if I could redo the list. And it also reminded me of some of the goals that we set that we’ve lost our way on a little bit. It’s really interesting how much you can change in just a little over a year. If I was creating this list today, it would look a lot different, that’s for sure! But I’m not going to change the list. I’m going to finish what we started and see how much of it we can accomplish before May 4, 2012. I am excited though, to create a new list once this one is over. It’s been a great way to reach our own personal goals and to look back and remember how much we’ve done and to be reminded of the things we’d still like to do! So I thought you’d like to see our updates here.

If you haven’t done it yet, I encourage you to start your own 101 list. I will warn you though, thinking of 101 goals you’d like to reach is not as easy as you’d think! It took us quite awhile to put together this list and we were so jazzed when we finished it. We weren’t expecting it to be so difficult, but coming up with 101 things is a bit challenging! It was a great challenge though and makes you think about what’s important to you and what goals you’d like to complete. Not only that, but it gives you a deadline to complete it all in so it’s not SO overwhelming. It was a fun project for us, even though I’d change the list a bit now. It’s amazing how much you change in a year and a half. And now that I’m in my late twenties (YIKES) I find myself changing more than ever and also settling into who I am somewhat. So that’s kinda cool.

Check out our list! And stay tuned for the next one. Well, in 2012.

101 in 1001 Days

1. Get out of debt

2. Go to New York

3. Have another baby- completed 09.10.10

4. Go to San Francisco

5. Photograph a wedding- completed 10.31.09

6. Complete P90X

7. Sky dive

8. Take the X Train Photoshop Class

9. Visit the Strehle’s- completed 02.10

10. Get a second camera- completed 04.10

11. Buy a new car- completed 06.16.10

12. Go to a Coldplay concert

13. Take Cruz to Sea World- completed 09.09

14. Redo our back yard- completed (sorta) 04.10

15. Visit Aunt Teri & Uncle Bill in Georgia

16. Finish creating our dream board

17. Go to The Ellen Show

18. Give all the money we make from 1 wedding and 1 lifestyle photo shoot to someone who needs it- anonymously.

19. Eat at Fred’s- completed 05.10

20. Learn to play the piano

21. Paint Cruz’s bathroom

22. Take vocal lessons

23. Get our photography blog up and running- completed in 2009

24. Go on a missions trip

25. Put Cruz in swimming lessons

26. Go to Yellowstone National Park

27. Take an all girls vacation for one weekend (Jess)

28. Take an all guys vacation for one weekend (Jay)

29. Go fishing

30. Get passports for all three of us

31. Visit Grandpa Stribling’s gravesite

32. Stay at a Hyatt Resort somewhere other than AZ

33. Swim with Cruz in the ocean

34. Go on a Disney Cruise

35. Finish decorating our bedroom

36. Write our will

37. Take a nap together in a hammock

38. Take a dance class (Jess)

39. Print our favorite pictures from certain photo shoots and print on canvas’s to display

40. Finish school

41. Kiss in the rain

42. Visit Grandma in Payson

43. Clean the carpet- completed 04.10

44. Eat at Serendipity’s in New York

45. Take Cruz to the snow- completed 01.11

46. Lose 15 pounds (Jess)

47. Make our family Christmas card- completed 12.09

48. Turn our blogs into blog books

49. Make our promo video

50. Create our family photo albums

51. Read the whole Bible

52. Take a gondola ride

53. Go to The Cinema Supper Club again

54. See Harry Potter in the theatre

55. Take Cruz back to Disneyland- completed 01.11

56. See Phantom of the Opera live

57. Serve on a Second Saturday

58. Have dinner at the Compass Room

59. Get all of our personal pictures backed up and organized

60. Buy a new iMac- completed 12.10

61. Do a cash flow plan every month- ongoing, but so far successful

62. Learn how to do couponmom.com the right way

63. Get health insurance

64. Finish decorating/organizing the office

65. Stop gossiping

66. Blog 2-3 times per week (Jay)

67. Get better at sending birthday cards

68. Spend more time together

69. Treat someone to lunch once a month

70. Get a Flip Mini HD Camera- completed 11.10

71. Visit Ron & Anna Merrell

72. Set up our business policy- completed 03.10

73. Plan Cruz’s 1st birthday party- completed 11.10

74. Go to 3 or more baseball games each season

75. Go to The Oprah Winfrey Show

76. Go to the batting cages and hit balls

77. Get an iPhone- completed 11.10

78. Groom Audio regularly

79. Get ice cream at The Sugarbowl- completed 10.09

80. Go on monthly date nights (or more if possible!)

81. Go to a concert at The Hollywood Bowl

82. Rent a luxury car for a date night

83. Get a Wacom tablet

84. Ride a zip line

85. Buy a new router

86. Fix the couch

87. Be intentional about sending thank you cards

88. Finish the plate collection

89. Resave our emergency fund- completed 10.10

90. Read a new book every month

91. Pick a pumpkin at Schnepf farms

92. Purchase a piano and restore it

93. Get a Disneyland pint glass for our collection

94. Clean out kitchen cupboards- completed 04.10

95. Get ink for our printer- completed 07.10

96. Get a massage

97. See John Mark McMillan in concert

98. Get a Wii

99. Start working on our next 100 list

100. Book a boudoir photo shoot (Jess)- completed 02.10

101. Get new curtains- completed 03.10