28 BEFORE 29

Okay, so I mentioned before that I wanted to make a life list.  Today is my 28th birthday and I’m writing this from Alt Summit in Salt Lake City feeling overwhelmingly inspired for my new life and what I can do to fill it with happiness.  Quitting my job last week was a huge first step in order to find more joy in life and in an effort to really put this pivotal year to good use, I’ve decided to start my life list now.

I remember exactly where I was when I read Amanda’s list last year – I was at my parent’s beach house for the weekend during a hard time at work and I looked around and noticed I wasn’t appreciating this life enough.  I had just married the man of my dreams, I was vacationing at this beautiful house, I was healthy and yet life was passing me by.  28 wonderful things to do before turning 29 sounded like such a great idea.  Not an intimidating big 100 things Bucket List, just 28 small, lovely things in one year.  And no chores or obligations allowed either – just fun stuff!


1.) Learn to ski or snowboard

2.) Grow an herb garden

3.) Eat a cupcake from Enjoy Cupcakes

4.) Print an instagram book (including honeymoon pics!)

5.) Practice hand lettering – more specifically, calligraphy

6.) Read 12 books

  1. Divergent by Veronica Roth
  2. Insurgent by Veronica Roth
  3. Drinking and Tweeting by Brandi Glanville (Hey!  Don’t judge me, it was actually a really good read albiet a guilty pleasure.)

7.) Go to 12 new places in my own city (including, but not limited to: restaurants, antique stores, hipster shops, farmer’s markets, maybe a hookah bar?!)

  1. Einstein’s 

8.) Photograph for pure pleasure again

9.) Learn how to can fruits and veggies

10.) Make a gallery wall of framed pitures somewhere in our house

11.) Run across the Golden Gate bridge

12.)  Have anniversary pictures taken in the hills of California

13.) Visit a lavender field

14.) Bake the perfect meringue

15.) Make a painting

16.) Pick seasonal fruit – apples in the fall, strawberries and blackberries in the summer

17.) Make fresh pumpkin butter

18.) Go Stand Up Paddle Boarding

19.) Hike a mountain with Parker

20.) Sew an apron

21.) Make a set of tea towels

22.) Pick wildflowers on the side of the road

23.) Make a necklace

24.) Visit Red Rocks Ampitheater

25.) Have a picnic at the top of Stone Mountain at sunset in summer, watch the firworks and hike down with headlamps and flashlights

26.) Learn to play tennis with Parker

27.) Makeover our bedroom

28.) Make a gingerbread house – from scratch – complete with sugar glass windows


What about you?  Do you think you would ever make a list like this?  Go check out Wit & Whistle to see Amanda’s list and by the way, while you’re there just look around at her beautiful blog.  It’s one of my favorites and she’s so talented.

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