Tuesday, May 5, 2015

29 Before 30...What Actually Happened

it's what's for lunch

Every year around my birthday I do a list in which I write down the most random activities that I'd like to try, complete, or enjoy in the coming year. I rarely get to all of them. In fact, I don't think I've ever gotten to all of them, but I don't like to waste my time, and trying new experiences can be both frightening and exciting. 

This year, however, was a bit of a bust. You can see my 'before', or the 29 Before 30 list HERE, before reading what actually happened with me over the course of 2014. I'll just tell you right now, I missed quite a few opportunities for doing the list, but I also did a LOT over the same year, including moving twice (ugh, I know), one of which was international, and the 'switching over all the things' was actually a 12 week nightmare. I gave myself a lot of grace this year for not finishing, and honestly, there aren't too many things I'd like to re-add to the new list I'll post next time. I'm just plain uninspired to try them now that a year has passed. 

I did not: 
*go snowshoe-ing (I brought it up a few times, it was always shot down by other family members. Bah-humbug)
*explore a new National Park...instead I just explored all the new cities to me in the lower mainland, which sort of makes this one moot
*get a piece published in a kids' publication (don't ask)
*make a My Little Pony costume via Cakies (the overwhelm sets in just looking at these things)
*make homemade bubbles, but I did think about it once or twice. Hah.
*make a collection photo out of collected rocks (but I did think about rather having a shadowbox instead of photos)
*try skateboarding...again
*make a Beci Orphin-inspired embroidery piece, but I wish I had
*make a Moroccan tassle necklace, but I wish I had 
*make a fabric triangle pom scarf via Muita Ihania (but I did make some fabric cuts before scrapping the idea)
*go through Replenish slowly, though to my credit, I requested the library buy this book over 3 months ago and they STILL haven't gotten it! I don't feel like I can be held accountable for that!
*put family photos in my locket, like I wanted
*make a knitted Katniss cowl, but I did buy a pattern

Looking back, of the 29 Things I set out to do, I literally finished half, and didn't finish half. Not too bad for having a pretty chaotic and somewhat draining year. I don't like setting really unrealistic goals for myself, so although getting half of these accomplished feels great, it does NOT feel great to see the other half unmet. I realize they are supposed to be fun, but this time around I think I'll set something a bit more realistic, like "15 in 2015" or something, Look for that next time!

What was the biggest, or most exciting thing you accomplished for or by yourself in the last year? 

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