20 Before 21 Final Update
Yesterday I turned 21 years old which means that is was the last day I had to complete my
and I have to say that I did a pretty good job. I did a better job at capturing moments in photos, I made a photo book of our wedding photos, read one book per month, and more!
Take More Photos
I am doing so much better when it comes to snapping photos, having a kid helps things like that. For never ending photos form my life be sure to follow me on
Get Serious About Blogging
This is in progress but mostly done. I've nailed down planning out and following my editorial calendar and posting consistently. Stay tuned for a huge change around here on October 1st that I am so excited for!
Plant an Herb Garden
I planted a cute herb garden and within a month every single herb died. All this goal said to do was plant a garden, it says nothing about keeping it alive. I have come to terms with the fact that I do not have a green thumb and that's okay.
Print Wedding Photo Book
A found a coupon for a free 8x8" photo book from Shutterfly and I am quite happy with
5. Learn How to Knit
I've decided that I don't want to learn how to knit, blogging takes up enough of my time.
Be more Social
I have done so much better at being more social over the last year, even when I was exhausted during pregnancy. I am proud of myself.
7. Buy Another Camera Lens
We had this little thing called a baby who ate up a lot of our money (he didn't literally eat it but you get my point) so unfortunately a camera lens is not in the budget at the moment.
Get Blog Business Cards
I am calling this one done because it is in progress and planned. It ties in with the big change happening on October 1st.
Lose the Baby Weight
I gained approximately 30lbs throughout my pregnancy and when I was weighed a week after giving birth I had already lost 20lbs. In the middle of August I was finally cleared to exercise but still had to take it easy because my c-section incision was still seriously sore (and still is if I exercise too hard). So I am calling this goal a win because although I still have ten pounds to lose, I haven't gained any weight despite my ravenous appetite due to breastfeeding.
10. Try riding bike again
Again, I had a c-section. So this didn't so much happen.
Create a Date Night Jar
I didn't make a date night jar but I did create a big list of date night ideas on Evernote that we can check off as we complete them.
Break out the Sewing Machine
I did pull out the sewing machine to make
but pulling out a sewing machine while taking care of a newborn is pretty much impossible, plus it's super noisy.
Create a Weekly Meal Plan
I have come up with a meal/grocery planning dealio that works for us and still allows me to be creative in the kitchen.
Learn More About HTML
I will continue working on this one as my blog grows and develops but I feel like I've got a good understanding of the basics to help me along in blogland.
Read One Book Per Month
Murder in Mesopotamia
by Agatha Christie,
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
by Robin Sloan
No Mark Upon Her
by Deborah Cromble
I watched too much TV this month but made up for it in later months
by Blake Crouch
by Nick Pirog,
Ina May's Guide to Childbirth
by Ina May Gaskin
Death Checks Inn
by Sara Robbins,
by Dorothy L. Sayers,
Innvitation to Murder
by Sara Robbins,
Now You May Weep
by Deborah Cromble
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?
by Mindy Kaling
Born to Blog
by Mark W. Schaefer and Stanford A. Smith
Get a Tattoo
This is in progress and being planned.
17. Learn How to Use Chopsticks
I'm not going to lie, I didn't even attempt this one...
Practice Hand Lettering
Almost everyday for a week I practiced hand lettering and I have decided that it is just not one of my talents and that's okay. There's a reason everyone isn't good at everything and I know lots of people that are great at hand lettering so I can just utilize their talents when needed. Hey, at least I tried!
Go to a Spa
I didn't end up getting a massage but I did spend three hours at
turning my hair back to blonde after not having colored it for nine months.
20. Try a New Food
I bought new foods to try but then they went bad before I could try them. Yeah, I failed.
15/20 goals completed
Overall I am pretty proud of myself for completing as many of these as I did while pregnant/caring for a newborn. I think I finally have the whole being social thing down, plus having a baby really helps in social situations. The one thing that I haven't done well over the last few months is doing things other than watching tv to entertain myself. Sure, I was stuck in bed for a few weeks but there was no reason I couldn't listen to podcasts or read a book instead of watching tv. One of my goals on my next birthday bucket list is to watch less tv. I've also realize that I need to give myself more time to complete my birthday bucket list. My next list, 21 Before 22, will start next month.