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Friday, July 11, 2014

26 before 27

This Saturday officially marks me being closer to 30 than to 20. Gulp. Yep. It'll be my 26th birthday.

OIt's hard to believe this picture was taken more than two decades ago.

I've become inspired by some other bloggers that have made these goal lists, (like this) so I'm going to list a few things, 26 of them in fact, that I hope to accomplish over the next year.

1. Try out for a sport
It's always been a dream of mine to do roller derby. I'm not sure why. But next time the Steel City Roller Derby Team has tryouts, I'll totally be there! I don't even care if I get my ass kicked.

If that doesn't work out, I would like to join a rowing team again. I rowed throughout high school and in college.

2. Read more
I'm constantly reading news articles all over the interwebs and writing stories. But my leisure reading is seriously lacking. I hope to maybe read 20 books over the next year. It's still not that much, but I feel like it's an attainable goal.


3. Travel to a new city
This is an easy one. I already have a trip booked to Austin next month.

4. Revisit the Pacific Northwest
With friends in Seattle and Portland, this shouldn't be too difficult. I hope.

5. Plan to my passport
I got it in 2007, and have yet to use it. It's a long story about why I haven't used it, but now, I need to use it before the damn thing expires. Plan is the operative word here. So if a European backpacking trip is planned by a year from now, I'll be in amazing shape. :)

6. Get outside more


7. Make and/or reconstruct one piece of clothing a month
This will hopefully motivate me to take my new sewing machine out of the damn box.

8. Knit something that isn't a scarf
Scarves are easy. I want a challenge.

9. Get a pet
I want a dog so badly. But I make take anything at this point: A turtle, a cat, a salamander. Whatever.

10. Buy more secondhand
This is mostly about my closet. While I buy a ton of secondhand housewares, I would say only about 1/3 of my wardrobe is thrifted or bought at buy/sell/trade stores. I'll try to make it half my wardrobe by next year.

11. Send out more snail mail
I used to be great with sending out letters and postcards to family and friends. I've gotten out of the habit of doing it. With my weekly feature, it's pretty obvious that I'm fascinated by mail. If it's worthwhile, I might consider reserving a PO Box to swap mail with other bloggers. :)


12. Host a party

13. Organize a fancy picnic

14. Run a race

15. Go on a road trip

16. Complete another t-shirt quilt
I sewed a Pittsburgh Pirates themed one for Mark ages ago. I have a bunch of rowing shirts that I would like to make into one.

17. Open an Etsy shop
It's always been a random, vague dream of mine.

18. Make an apple pie

19. Experiment more with cooking
I'm a jam canning pro, but how about pickling?


20. Get a tattoo

21. Volunteer

22. Host a major holiday feast

23. to 25. Visit (three) out-of-town friends

26. Love more; appreciate more
I have a tendency to be super critical and self deprecating. It's a bad habit, to say the least.

So. This is a very expansive list. But I thought, at least, why not try? What are some of your personal goals over the next year?


  1. happy birthday!!!! (: it sounds like you have a a great list going here. i think it's always a good idea to set out different goals that you have, and a birthday is a perfect time to do that! my birthday is coming up on the 26th so i might have to copy you and think of some things lol

    1. Thanks! And yes, the list is an idea I had for awhile. Hopefully I can cross some of these things off!

  2. Happy Birthday!! I love these lists, I might be tempted to write one when I turn 25 :)

  3. Hey! Happy belated birthday <3 Haha oh man. I remember when I was 26. Seems like forever ago. Probably because it is forever ago. >_<

    - Anna


    1. Thanks! You must have great genes, because I never would've guessed you were older. ;)