The List – 29 Things After Turning 29

While I was in Florida, soaking up the local color (switching from 100+ spf to 45 spf+ got me plenty), I managed to compile the list. It’s been tweaked and revised in my head so many times that I just need to get it down in writing.

I probably won’t achieve all of these this year.
I probably will think some of them are dumb later on.
I probably will add a few that I think should be on it.

But the good news is that this list is supposed to spur some change and thoughtfulness in the next 357 days. So my type-A personality is freaking out that I’m 8 days past my birthday and the list isn’t up yet… I even briefly had the thought that I shouldn’t even bother anymore because I wasn’t doing it 100% right.

At least I realize that’s a silly thought. And really, reading the number…three-hundred-fifty-seven… in all its glory does make it seem like it’s eons away. So let’s just get down to what I’ll be focusing on, eh? (The photos are extra ones from my trip that I didn’t have a chance to put in the last post. Enjoy!)

Develop a skincare routine. I do a good job at using moisturizer on my face everyday, but I’d like to focus on the other skin on my body, and really the skin around my eyes, neck and back of hands. I’ve also been avoiding SPF in many of my products because I read about it not being good for you in EVERYTHING. I want to make sure that info is accurate and still worthwhile.

Read. I have a stack of magazines in my office that I haven’t gotten to (a best friend of mine could tell you…. as she pulled unread Christmas and Thanksgiving ones out of a box to help me unpack and looked at me like I was insane. Ha!)

Develop a gym routine. I was so good about going Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday that the moment I stopped one day? It was hard to go back.

Walk the dog everyday. Rain or shine. The poor thing is pretty sedentary, and most of it is due to me. 30 minutes each morning.

Look into teeth whitening. I’ve been told it’s a maintenance thing, but in the past 10 years I’ve noticed a significant difference in the white of my pearly whites.


Learn to swim. Everyone is always amazed at this. “You can’t swim?” And then when they try to teach me, they do so by saying, “Just do this!” Yeah…if it were that easy, don’t you think it would have taken less than 29 years?

Go places I wouldn’t normally go to alone. I often say no to things because I don’t have someone to go with. Who knows? I may meet someone cool along the way.

Learn to run. I’ve admired people who run. And I feel like a lot of gals my age are just now taking up the sport. I want to learn to breathe. Learn to run. Learn to compete. And possibly do it in something longer than a 7k. I’d love to sign up for a half marathon!

Research PhD programs. I’m not done with school. I think I can swing starting a program in the next three years. Where. When. How much.

Travel more. I haven’t been to Yellowstone–and I live in the darn state! I want to focus on traveling in the U.S., locally, and overseas. (My best friend gave me a 3-month subscription to Escape Monthly: A Vacation in a Box and I LOVE it. It was such a good gift to inspire me to travel!)


Don’t say no to going out. I say no because I could be cleaning, or working, or sleeping, or watching TV. Am I going to remember those things later on? Nope. Get.Off.Ass.

Develop a chores routine. I’m totally guilty of piling dishes in the sink. It’s just me–so it never makes sense to load the dishwasher for TWO plates. But it needs to happen.

Change name with Social Security, and get new drivers license. It was hard to change it in the first place (I cried), but it’ll be hard to change it back.

Develop a writing schedule. Get something on the calendar. I’m thinking early in the morning, because there’s little ways I can motivate myself to actually work out in the morning. I’m not much of a morning person. Ahem.

Do/Eat only what I love. Life is too short to eat liver. Or mac and cheese. Or carbonated beverages. I’m going to vow to only eat things I truly enjoy in the next year. Then I’ll tell you about the fabulousness.

Get butt on a bike. I have a bike that I love, but haven’t ridden it in a year. It badly needs a tune-up, as well as some cleaning and possibly a new tire. There’s an awful lot of open roads here in Wyoming.


Reconnect with friends. There’s some I haven’t spoken to in ages. Some I’ve never met in person (the internet is a wondrous thing!). Some I haven’t seen since switching jobs. I want to ensure those friendships are solid. Maybe letter writing would be a good option?

Get my motorcycle license. I tried last year and missed it by two lousy points (They docked me for not going fast enough around a turn. Pfft).

Take a baking class or learn to cook something new. There’s no number to this, but I would like to continue to hone some baking skills. I’ve gotten certificates in International Pastries and Yeast Doughs… but there’s a lot more out there. Who wants to eat baked goods?

Keep up with the blog. Yep. I’m one to start something and not often finish. I won’t have a dedicated schedule, but I want to routinely post. For a year.

Start a side business. I’ve been toying with the idea of getting extra income somehow. I’m not certain what this is, but it will be something I enjoy (and don’t spend all my money at. So no clothing stores!).

Finish the inside of the house. Minus the kitchen. Minus the flooring. I’d like to have all the rooms painted. The windows replaced. Lighting replaced. And doors/doorknobs done. But I can’t realistically have the funds to do it all. We’ll see how far I get.


Date night with Grandma. I’ve told myself over and over that one of the reasons why I’m back in Cheyenne is because of my grandmother. She’s 88 this year, and we can either eat food, play cards, talk, or just read. Maybe a trip to the Library is in order.

Eat better. This goes along with the next one, but as a Weight Watchers member, I want to maintain my good eating habits.

Learn to can. I have cans. I have the equipment. I know the how-to. But I haven’t done much of it. Start small with freezer jam and freezer preserves. Then move on to the longer-shelf-life stuff.

Lose 10 lb. Yep. I’m at the high end of my healthy weight. And I want more wiggle room. So that extra 10 that I’ve been waffling over for the past three years is gunna go!

Get my conceal carry, and maintain a shooting schedule. I took the course. I have the guns. I need a holster and the conceal carry. But I think this will help me go to the range more often.

Save/Stick to Budget. Guilty. Of not doing this. I make X then manage to spend X+5 because of student loans. House. Medical. Etc. I’d like to learn more about apps that make this easy for me!


Date quality. And finally…. Date intelligent. Date kind. Date quality. Period.

The List – 29 Things After Turning 29