Category Archives: 30 before 30

30 Before 30: UPDATE

I wrote my 30 before 30 list when I turned 26… it’s been a full year and my interests have changed, so I figured that bits of my 30 before 30 list should change, too! =)

Anni2My 30 before 30 list (with updates):

1. Travel to Europe.  Go back to Hawaii.
2. Ride in a helicopter.  hot air balloon.
3. Read the entire Bible.
4. Finish the Modern Library’s Top 100 Novels of All Time list.
5. Get married to my best friend.
6. Build something from scratch.  Crochet a blanket.
7. Have a job I love.
work8. Have another lead role.  Complete a short story or poem.
9. Paint something on canvas.
10. Get sponsors for my blog.
sponsor11. Sew my own pajamas.
12. Dye my hair a fun color [even if it's just the tips].
tips13. Celebrate New Year’s in NYC.
14. Go to Seattle.  Visit my two nieces again!
15. Move out of Indiana.  Fill a journal.
16. Take a trip with my Hawaii girls.
17. Own a Holga camera.
holga18. Make my own short film.  Make Sock Monkeys for all of my nieces.
19. Do a Skip-it 100 consecutive times.
20. Make my own Christmas cards.
21. Fill my quote book.
22. Plan a theme party.
23. Dance on the rooftop of a building.
24. Get another tattoo.
carousel horse tat 1
25. Do a 365 days photo challenge.
17526. Sell something I made.  Participate in a Color Run!
27. Get a professional photo shoot.
28. Make Thanksgiving dinner myself.
29. Hold a newborn babe.
baby greyson30. Take a trip to celebrate my 30th birthday!

30 Before 30: Project 366 [the ending]

25. Do a 365 days photo challenge.

I did it!!! Granted, it ended up being a 366 days photo challenge [leap year, my friends], but I still did it!! I took a photo every day for a year… and what a year 2012 has been! It’s been pretty overwhelming, but I’ve loved every minute of it. To see all of the Project 366 photos click on the hyperlink for Project 366 below this entry. It’ll take you to all the photos from last year!

And without further ado… the last of the photos from 2012:

Photos 310-366 [Nov 5 - Dec 31]

310 311 312 313 314 315 316 317 318 319 320 321 322 323 324 325 326 327 328 329 330331 332 334 335 336 337 338 339 340 341 342 343 344 345 346 347 348 349 350 351352 353 354 355 356 357 358 359 360 361 362 363 364 365 366 367

30 Before 30: Have a Job I Love

Having a job I love is so important to me. I can’t imagine living a life, day in and day out, spending most of my time in a job that I absolutely abhor. Most of my post-college career has been like that. In and out of jobs I disliked and hated, jobs where I was being mistreated or under-appreciated. My potential was not being utilized to it’s full ability and it made me complacent. I felt like I was going nowhere, I constantly felt the urge to turn around and run away from the careers that were suffocating me.

Until this job.

I have been technical writing for military systems, writing Operator’s Manuals, proofing, copy-editing, and overall just doing the supposed “grunt-work” of writing. AND IT HAS BEEN INCREDIBLE!!!!!!!!!

Not only do I love copy-editing and proofing, crossing our T’s and dotting our I’s, but I’m actually writing for my career. I’m being fully utilized and appreciated. My supervisors have let me know how invaluable I have become and how quickly I’ve caught on. I’m trusted and my thoughts on how the manuals are constructed are considered. Nobody undermines me and makes me feel like my job is lesser than theirs. I’m just as integral a part of the team as anyone else and I do not go unnoticed.

I really cannot say enough about loving my job. It’s really shed a new light on what life can be like when you feel respected at work as much as I am at home. I’m smitten with the job and I doubt I could ever go back to being misused in the workplace.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that words cannot express how blessed I feel to be 26 yrs old and to love my job.

DIY: Tie Dye Hair Pt 2

So this time I left the colors in for a bit longer and GLOBBED on the colors. The purple came out more purple and less dark blue and the turquoise is actually turquoise instead of light blue. I’m officially in love [and also a little bit of a my-little-pony] with this hair-do!

Original Colors here! I used the following dyes:
Manic Panic Cotton Candy

30 Before 30: Tie Dye Hair

12. Dye my hair a fun color [even if it's just the tips].

I did it, guys! I tie dyed my hair!!!!! Aren’t you proud of me? I’ve always wanted to do something crazy and fun like this!! I got the okay from my boss and with Pitchfork [concert festival] this weekend, I had to change things up a bit!! =) I’m a wild child and I’m definitely loving this look. It’s laid back and not overly abrasive, LOVE.

30 Before 30: Hold a Newborn Babe

I am completing my 30 Before 30 list fast these days!

29. Hold a newborn babe.

Well, guess what?! I held my friends’ 5 day old baby boy Greyson Kelly! He is so absolutely perfect! I loved feeling his whole body stretches and supporting his teeny back with my arm! He also smelled like HEAVEN! Baby smell is so appealing! He napped in my arms for a bit! We really shared some Auntie Sarah baby Greyson time together. It was just what I needed! Mitch said it’s the happiest he’s ever seen me! =)

30 Before 30: New tattoo

I completed another one of my 30 before 30 goals!!!

24. Get another tattoo!

Ignore my eyes in this photo. lol.

Colin McClain from Skinquake in Bloomington, IN did this tattoo and I am SO HAPPY with his work! He’s doing all my future tattoos, I’ve decided!

SO READY to start this beast!! =)

I should mention that watching someone get tatted up for 3 hours is not as exciting as it may seem. Poor Mitchel was such a trooper! My brother even lasted through half of the process, too!

Outline is DONE!!!!

Only the roses left to color!!

So freakin’ happy with the final product!!

Honestly, before I started getting tattoos, I never thought I’d be the type. I never considered putting something on my body permanently. It’s such an art form though. It’s turning my body into a work of art, and you might not want tattoos for yourself, but you’ve got to appreciate the beauty of it. It’s a realization, too… tattoos don’t change who I am. I’m still me… still positive and happy-go-lucky. Still a Christian!! This is just part of who I am. Part of what I love and enjoy out of life. This is me living my life to it’s fullest. =)

Thank God for my supportive family and Mitchel. They may not want tattoos themselves, or even agree with them, but they have been nothing but supportive of me and my happiness. I’m pretty blessed in that department! =)

30 Before 30: Get Sponsors for my Blog

“10. Get sponsors for my blog.” on my 30 Before 30 list!!!

Hey guess what?! I have some beautiful, talented, and amazing blog sponsors!!! And I have for a couple weeks now! Don’t worry, I’ll do a full on, Sponsors-post…  but for now I just wanted to say thank you to the lovely ladies who Sponsor my blog. =) You gals are incredible and make me feel super, super special!!! <3

30 before 30: Holga Camera

I was going over my 30 before 30 list the other day and then it hit me, I’ve already completed one of my tasks!! =)

# 17: Own a Holga camera.


I got one for last Christmas [2011]!! And it’s beautiful and magnificent and I’ll be posting photos once I finish up the roll and get them developed. Oh, jeepers… this new year seems so photo-centric in my life already, doesn’t it? =P

30 Before 30

A couple weeks ago I decided that it was a little crazy that I did not have a 30 before 30 list! I’m 25 years old… it seems about time to prep for my 30s. haha. Either way, here goes:

My 30 before 30 list:

1. Travel to Europe.
2. Ride in a helicopter.
3. Read the entire Bible.
4. Finish the Modern Library’s Top 100 Novels of All Time list.
5. Get married to my best friend.
6. Build something from scratch.
7. Have a job I love.
8. Have another lead role.
9. Paint something on canvas.
10. Get sponsors for my blog.
11. Sew my own pajamas.
12. Dye my hair a fun color [even if it's just the tips].
13. Celebrate New Year’s in NYC.
14. Go to Seattle.
15. Move out of Indiana.
16. Take a trip with my Hawaii girls.
17. Own a Holga camera.
18. Make my own short film.
19. Do a Skip-it 100 consequtive times.
20. Make my own Christmas cards.
21. Fill my quote book.
22. Plan a theme party.
23. Dance on the rooftop of a building.
24. Get another tattoo.
25. Do a 365 days photo challenge.
26. Sell something I made.
27. Get a professional photo shoot.
28. Make Thanksgiving dinner myself.
29. Hold a newborn babe.
30. Take a trip to celebrate my 30th birthday!

What about you all? What is on your bucket lists?