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Friday, January 7, 2011

30 before 30...

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My good sister friend, Barbie, and I were having a great conversation a couple weeks ago. We started taking about how life is so amazing and how things have changed for her since she and her husband have had their little darling diva, Lillian! She and I talked about all the things we wish we could accomplish soon that would just be the icing on our cakes! Our conversation got me thinking and before it was over we decided to both write a list of activities/goals we wanted to accomplish before we both turned 30.


I want to share with you my list and I will keep everyone posted on what I accomplish throughout the months. I will also place the list on the right bar of my blog and mark off the goals as they get accomplished. I have until September 26, 2013 to reach all of my goals.

Wish me luck!!!
My 30 before 30

1. Perfect making omelets
2. Howard Homecoming with Barbie
3. Travel to Italy and Greece
4. Visit vineyards in California- rent a convertible
5. Buy a house with a BIG kitchen, 4 beds, at least two baths, a man cave, big yard to share with all our family and friends
6. Host a major holiday in my new house- where I do all the cooking
7. Have 1 more healthy Dean baby
8. Make a really great gumbo without my mom’s help
9. Write a memoir of my family’s account/story of surviving Hurricane Katrina- even if not published something to keep in the family
10. Take French and Italian cooking classes
11. Organize a successfully romantic and super fun couples retreat for our close friends
12. Sew a dress from scratch
13. Master my sewing machine
14. Reunite with Zeta- become a financial active member
15. Skinny dip in the ocean
16. Get more involved at my church through a community group
17. Go on a mission trip with my church
18. Get on schedule to save $1,000/yr for each boy to give to them when they are 18 (set up accounts)
19. Volunteer with the boys at a soup kitchen
20. Organize a massive yard sale/purge all my stuff and donate the money to a battered women’s shelter
21. Pay off at least 3 major bills: car note, student loan, credit card- become debt free
22. Start a small business: I am too creative not to!!! - even if just on etsy (tooting my own horn)
23. Travel to visit all my girlfriends- by myself, no kids or hubby for some quality girl time (Texas; 2 parts, DC, Columbus, Cleveland, Cali, Arizona, etc)
24. Take a long train ride somewhere fun!
25. Master basic photography
26. Take better care of my health and encourage my family to do better
27. Communicate more with my grandmother and Scott’s grandmother- pick their brains for family history and stories from “back in the day”
28. Visit my dad at least twice a year
29. Continue to be the best wife and mommy I can be
30. Pray more and worry less- continue to grow in my walk with God and understand that God is in control.

xoxo,
Ronita

2 comments:

Barbie said...

I love it! Is it cheating to steal some of yours! I have three years.. ;)

Talea Renee said...

Your list is so perfectly you! I love it! You encouraged me to make my list too, especially since we are 6 days apart...

1. Read the Bible Cover to Cover
2. Weigh 160 lbs and maintain it
3. Get 2 ct. diamond studs (round cut)
4. Become ABD (all but dissertation)
5. Travel to Vegas
6. Go on a major wine tasting weekend with Alex
7. Go to the Carabana
8. Travel to Cabo, Mexico
9. Present at ACPA alone
10. Become a Mommy
11. Own a home
12. Earn a promotion at work
13. See Alex earn his Masters
14. Complete my "5 year plan" I started at 25
15. Take a couples retreat with my fav couples!
16. Totally re-decorate our bedroom
17. Design and decorate the CUTEST baby's room
18. Plan and take an all girls' trip
19. Find a couple's dance class and take lessons with Alex
20. Do some work with the MAC, BCS or NCAA
21. Go to a Bengals vs. Browns game in Cincinnati on the 50 yard line
22. Go to an OSU vs. Michigan game
23. Begin training for a mini-marathon
24. Get involved in a church ministry (spiritual step team)
25. Pay off my car note
26. Take a couple's cooking class for a date night
27. Take 1 romantic get away with the hubby once a year
28. Become financial and active in Zeta again
29. Cook an entire Thanksgiving dinner without Mommy's help
30. Re-vamp my closet (clothes, shoes, purses, scarves, jackets, etc.) Monica is my inspiration :-)