So today is my birthday!!! On April 11 of 2016 I turned 31 and around that time I created a post about the things I’d like to do before my next birthday. This list consisted of a wide range of goals including trips with the family, school goals, and friends goals. You can find that post here. Back in July, I posted my first update at a quarter of the way through the year and in October I posted my progress at the halfway point. January marked the 3 quarters point. Now here we are a full year later.
Guys, my birthday is just 2 weeks away! I'm excited! Is that weird? Am I too old to be excited about birthdays? Eh, oh well. My husband tells me that I am the worst person to shop for. He thinks my picks are far too practical and often ends up opting for things that don't really get much use. The thing is I hate clutter and I value presents that make my life easier/better. So I put together my busy mom birthday wishlist for everyone to see. Hopefully, he'll read this post too (wink, wink)!!
This past weekend was Tyler's 4th birthday and the theme was Willy Wonka. This was Tyler's first party where he had school friends to invite. This meant a little more planning as far as food and activities, but overall it was so fun to put together. Best of all, the kids had a blast!
Tyler's first big boy birthday party is coming up. He is in preschool this year, so he actually has friends his own age to invite to his party and play games with. In order to make sure this event goes off without a hitch, I created my own party planner. Let me walk you through it!
So on April 11 of 2016 I turned 31 and around that time I created a post about the things I'd like to do before my next birthday. This list consisted of a wide range of goals including trips with the family, school goals, and friends goals. You can find that post here. Back in July I posted my first update at a quarter of the way through the year and in October I posted my progress at the halfway point. Now here we are closing in on the last 3 months before 32.
Yesterday was my 31st birthday. We spent it quietly at home since the day before was Hailey's baby shower. I was inspired by this post over on my friend ShannEva's Blog to create a list of things to accomplish in the coming year. I decided to name my list: Things to do Before 32, because it rhymes and its catchy. The plan is to regularly update you guys on my progress through the list as the year goes by and hopefully you guys can help keep me accountable!
1.Make 5 recipes from Pinterest - How many times have you pinned a recipe that looks super healthy or delicious only to never look at it again? I want to make at least 5 of those recipes this year.
2. Go to the zoo at least 3 times - T loves the zoo and we have our annual membership so we want to make the most of it. Plus, we will have to introduce Hailey to the zoo as well.
3. Go on a real vacation - Our family hasn't been on a vacation where you fly somewhere and stay for a week and then come back since our honeymoon. It has all been road trips and often times for another purpose, like pageantry. This year I want to take a vacation where we just relax and enjoy being away with each other.
4. Read 2 inspiring books - With work, grad school, and now 2 kids, reading time is at a premium. I hope to make time to read 2 inspiring books this year.
5. Rent or sell my house - We have really outgrown our current home. It is a small 2 bedroom and with Hailey coming, along with my husbands abundant collections of toys and movies, we have just run out of space. It is time we move on.
6. Move to new home - Well, the clear consequence of selling our home means we have to move to a new one. I hate moving but if it means more space for my family, then I am all for it. This is a top priority for the coming year.
7. Get back in shape after baby - If you have been following along, then you know that I am a dancer. It is important to me to get back to dancing and performing once Hailey is born. That means getting back my dancer's body. This is also something that I plan to document on the blog as I make progress towards my goal.
8. Perform in 2 dance productions - So in order to have motivation to get back to working out, I want to perform in at least 2 productions before I turn 32. That means I have to be in dancer shape with enough time to perform twice. I have every confidence that this can happen.
9. Finish writing my book - I have been making super slow progress in writing a book on the best apps for busy moms. These apps cover all aspects of mom life from health, food, money, shopping, travel, and more. I want to finally get this done, so it can actually start helping people and I can move on to a new project.
10. Start creating vertical images for blog - I know how important this is for Pinterest and I know the websites to use to make this happen. What I haven't done is actually sat down to do it. It is high time this got done.
11. Do 3 DIY projects from Pinterest - Along the same lines as the Pinterest recipes, I want to actually make more of the awesome DIY projects that I pin.
12. Declutter - I think this is self explanatory. We just really need to go through our stuff and get rid of what we don't want and don't need. Our plan is to go room by room and just purge.
13. Plan a T and mommy date at least once a month after Hailey is born - Now that I am going to be a mommy of 2, I want to make a point of having alone time with T. Whether it's a simple pizza date or a trip to the park, I want to make sure that we still have some one on one time.
14. Complete 27 credits of grad school - I am well on my way to this goal. By the end of this semester, I will have completed 15 credits. I am signed up for 2 summer courses and 2 in the fall which would bring me to the 27 credits. Then just a few more classes and requirements and I will be a Math Master!!
15. Have consistent date nights with the hubs - This is super hard for us because I work days and he works nights. On top of that he has plays to perform in and I have dance performances, or I will after Hailey is born. But in order to keep our relationship on course this is super important, so we are making this a priority.
16. Complete cookbook for my nonprofit - As you may know, I founded a non-profit to support youth dance called, I Hope You Dance, Inc.. Last year we created a calendar as our major fundraiser which is still currently on sale. This year with the new baby, I will not be able to run photo shoots over the summer. Thus, we are looking to do a dancer's cookbook as this year's fundraiser. The plan is to compile the recipes from various dancers and then print and create the book.
17. Have a couples game night - This has been a goal of mine for forever, but it just never seems to come to fruition. It WILL happen this year!
18. Plan and have a girls brunch - I have been feeling the need to reconnect with my girl friends for a while. We see each other at events, but we haven't just hung out as a group in forever. This needs to change! ASAP.
19. Participate in 2-3 charity walks - My brother is a diabetic and in recent years he has had serious complications as a result. Currently, he is legally blind, has had several fingers amputated, and is in kidney failure along with numerous other ailments. He will be turning 33 this year. So I will definitely be participating in the diabetes walk again this year. I also plan to do the March for Babies and possibly the Autism Speaks walk.
20. Run a donation drive - In the past I have organized a Coups for Troops drive where we collected coupons for military families and a pajama party where we collected pajamas and books for children. I hope to run another drive along these lines this year.
So that's my list. Some of these are major, and some not so much. Many are things that should be done all the time, but we never seem to make time for because we always think it so simple, we can do it any time. Then any time never comes. Other than performing a few times, these goals are mainly oriented around family and friends. I have decided to make that my priority this year.
Do you set goals for the year at your birthday? Have you been able to follow through? Let me know in the comments. Feel free to write some of your goals in the comments and we can keep each other accountable!