Tomorrow is my birthday. At 10:42 am central time I will no longer be 26 but 27. Looking back at the list of 27 things I wanted to accomplish by then tells me just how differently I saw my life being right now. That's my way of saying I didn't really do shit on my list.
1. Move back to Minnesota
I remember exactly when I decided I was going to move back to Minnesota. I had flown home for my friend's wedding in September 2014. I also flew home for my cousin's wedding that same month & had to miss 2 weddings. I decided I just couldn't take it anymore, I hated where I was & I missed everyone back home. Right then & there I decided that no matter what I wasn't going to return to my school district. I planned on moving to Minnesota at any cost.
As I'm sure you're aware that didn't happen. I did move north...but only 4 hours north putting me in Fort Worth, TX...not anywhere near Minnesota
2. Get a teaching job
Like I mentioned above, I hated my job. I hated my district & wanted to get a new teaching job so that I could say I at least tried more than one district should I decide I still didn't love teaching.
I did get a new teaching job. In the middle of May I got hired to teach 9th grade social studies as well as coach basketball & softball in a Fort Worth suburb.
3. Get into the University of Minnesota
I have toyed with changing my major before I even finished mine. When I had planned on going to the U of M I was planning on getting my Masters in a program that would allow me to work at the college level in offices such as admissions, greek life, cultural studies, etc.
Seeing as how I didn't go back to Minnesota I assume you know that this one didn't happen either. I am however applying soon to back to school to get my Masters in Communications through Tarleton & will hopefully be starting summer 2016.
4. Get a serving job
In the event that I didn't get a teaching job I was going to need some type of job, especially since school was my back up plan to getting a teaching job.
I got a teaching job so no restaurant/bar job necessary.
5. Visit a new state
This is always on my list. I want to see all 50 & am at 29.
I didn't get to a new one. Right now it doesn't bother me because I'm still at a higher number of states than my age...they're catching up to each other though so a new state is needed soon.
6. Monthly girls' night with Becky (Kickass Cousin)
I had good intentions with this one. Becky is my best friend, girls' nights are fun. When I moved back to Minnesota it only seemed obvious that this would have to happen monthly.
I was an idiot for putting this on my list. Even if I had moved back to Minnesota it wouldn't have happened until June 2015 which means there would've still be 7 months where we lived 1300 miles apart...
7. Read 12 books
Every year I attempt the 50 book challenge. You know how many times I've ever completed that? 0...since 2010. At least I'm consistent. I figured that 12 seemed reasonable. That's only 1 a month after all.
I passed & really that's all that matters. I read exactly 12. I honestly thought for a hot minute I'd surpass that number. I went for a stretch where I was reading about 1 a month but then there was a week this summer where I read 3. Then I went back to slowin my roll. I suppose I could still surpass it if I really wanted to. I'm almost done with a book I've been reading since this summer... but whether I do or don't I still read 12 & that's what counts.
8. Go to 6 concerts
Music is life. 6 concerts in a year seemed totally reasonable for me. One concert every other month? No problem.
Underachiever is what I was when setting that goal. I had it 6 in under 4 months.
9. Run 6 races
I hadn't run a race in almost a full year when I made this goal. I missed running races & doing a 5k every other month seemed like no big deal.
Wrong. I ran 0. Yes, 0. Priorities I guess??
10. Pay off 2 credit cards/loans
I'm so in debt it's not even funny. Which is why I made this goal. I had a smaller credit card & a loan that was almost gone so it was totally doable.
I'm going black & white on this list which is why this is a fail. I paid off one of my 2 credit cards but that little loan is still sitting there with just over $600 left on it. I mean I've been paying on it but clearly didn't pay it off.
11. Create a wreath for each season
I blame Pinterest for this one. Maybe blogging a little bit too. Everyone always has such cute seasonal decor & I figured 4 wreaths wouldn't be that big of a deal to make to spruce up my door.
Making shit is expensive...and it takes time. A lot of time. I made 0.
12. Make 12 new recipes
This one also came from Pinterest. When I lived in my house down in Houston I did meal prep every single Sunday & since I have hundreds of recipes pinned it only made sense to actually use them.
I was making 1-2 different meals a week on average so it took me just under 3 months to make 12 new things.
13. Send someone a card/letter each month
I love getting snail mail. Also, my friend Sonja sends this awesome cards for any holiday you could ever think of & it's fun to get those so I wanted to do something similar by sending a card or a letter to at least one person every month.
14. Do 52 week $$ challenge
As well as wanting to pay off my loans/credit cards ASAP I figured saving money would be a good idea.
Again I'm going to be black & white here & call it a fail. I made it through week 23. At one point this summer, up until not all that long ago actually, I had more in savings than I would have had I just done the 52 week challenge. However, I didn't finish challenge, & I don't have anywhere near the $1388 in my savings I would have had if I had finished it.
15. Get motorcycle license
Another thing that has been on my list for years. I told my parents in elementary/middle school I wanted my first vehicle to be a motorcycle. They laughed at me & said no.
I actually thought I'd have this one, or at least be on my way because my roommate has hers & when we met back in June we talked about it. However, we don't talk...like ever...so I haven't gone to do it on my own.
I think paddleboarding looks so sweet & really wanted to try it.
The didn't have to be a fail. Becky & I went to a lake over the summer & had every opportunity to choose paddleboarding...we chose a pedal boat instead.
17. Keep 6 word day journal
I'm not good at writing in a journal every day. I've made that a goal before. Writing 6 words a day seemed way easier though because it's just 6 words...
I completed 4 months & some days it was like pulling teeth. 6 words is not easy. It's almost harder.
18. Turn Pinterest quotes into book
I was going on a big clean out of all of my Pinterest stuff. I only wanted to keep stuff that I could actually use. Why was I pinning stuff I was never going to buy or look at again? That meant bye bye quote board but I also love quotes & didn't just want them to disappear forever.
I had a Shutterfly code for a free photo book so I took the quotes & turned them into a coffee table book. When/if I ever have a daughter I want to write in it randomly & then give it to her has a graduation present. (Some of the quotes are too gender specific to give it to a son...because well I'm a girl & pin girl shit)
19. Visit 1 new MLB ballpark
I eventually want to see as many MLB ballparks as possible & one in a year seemed doable.
Wrong. Could've driven to Milwaukee, Chicago, Kansas City...all within under 8 hours. I moved to DFW & could've easily gone to a Rangers game. I went to 0 baseball games. In fact I haven't even been to a MLB game since 2012.
20. Attend a MLB, NHL, & NFL game
My last MLB game was in 2012, my last NFL & NHL games were before that...I wanted to change that.
Again...black & white with this list so fail. I didn't go to a MLB game as you know because of my #19 fail. I did manage to go to a NFL game at Cowboy Stadium & a NHL game at American Airlines Center. So I did get 2 out of 3 but I didn't hit the trifecta. If only I had made #19 visit a new stadium instead of being so specific...
21. Attend MN State Fair
I hadn't been to the MN State Fair since 2011 & it used to be one of my favorite things so because I was planning on moving back to MN that had to be rectified.
Well I didn't move back. The fair is the two weeks leading up to Labor Day...when I'm already back in Texas so it's impossible for me to go. I did go to the Texas State Fair but that wasn't my goal & it's definitely not the same.
22. Attend a food festival
I had been to a beer festival before & had seen multiple bloggers post fun pictures from different food festivals from all over the country. It was something that I wanted to do too!
But I didn't. I still want to someday...
23. Photograph Minneapolis-St. Paul
This has been a goal of mine so many times. Even though I grew up 1.5 hours away MSP will always be my home metro area & therefore my favorite.
The problem is...I don't exactly know what I mean by this or how I want to execute it. I mean I have an idea of what I want these photos to look like but I don't know exactly what in MSP I want pictures of, if I want to do this alone or when I'm out with others, or how I want it to work logistically...
24. Set up online dating if single by 27
When I made this as a goal what I meant was if by tomorrow I was still single I'd start paying for online dating. So not quite sure how I expected to pass or fail that one but whatever.
I passed anyway. Back at the end of August when I moved over to Fort Worth from Dallas I started using Tinder again which isn't exactly paying but it is using a dating site. Then, at the beginning of this month I got a free month on Match.com which is what I had in mind by paid site. I've been on dates with 7 different guys since moving down here because of this.
Heights scare the shit out of me. It's something I really want to do though! Everyone always says how happy they are that they did it.
But I still haven't. I also still need to go ziplining.
26. Learn to play guitar
I got my first guitar at the age of 15 when my friend & I thought we were going to start a rock band. I thought I could teach myself to play it. I couldn't. Then I moved down to Texas & at 24 bought myself an acoustic guitar.
I still haven't learned to play that guitar. Actually I just brought that one to Goodwill because I won a way nicer one this summer...which I also haven't learned how to play. These are the things I need to sit down & make time for.
27. Go fishing 3 times
I used to love fishing & being out on the lake. I hadn't gone in years & years.
I still haven't gone.
7/27 completed...that's a 26% y'all...pitiful!
1 day until my 27th birthday!!