20 Before 21 Final Update

Yesterday I turned 21 years old which means that is was the last day I had to complete my

20 Before 21 birthday bucket list

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

the results


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

William's mobile

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

January -

Murder in Mesopotamia

 by Agatha Christie,

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

 by Robin Sloan

February -

No Mark Upon Her

 by Deborah Cromble

March -

 I watched too much TV this month but made up for it in later months

April -


 by Blake Crouch

May -

3 a.m.

 by Nick Pirog,

Ina May's Guide to Childbirth

 by Ina May Gaskin

June -

 Death Checks Inn

 by Sara Robbins,

Unnatural Death

 by Dorothy L. Sayers,

Innvitation to Murder

 by Sara Robbins,

Now You May Weep

 by Deborah Cromble

July -

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?

 by Mindy Kaling

August -

 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

Plum Salon & Spa

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.

Total Completed:

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.