29 Things to do Before Turning 30 *Revisted*

Dirty 30…

I am finally here. Guess that means I am grown up? Is there an age where that inherently happens? Or was it the moment a few years back when I was excited toilet paper was on sale? Im not really sure anymore. But here I am regardless. Feeling particularly proud of myself for all that I have been able to experience and live through this year. Grit, grace and gratitude go a LONG way when trying to hand make your life into what you dream of.

1: Try snow shoeing

What a weird and fun thing snow shoeing is! At first I felt awkward and unnatural. But soon, you get used to it. Once you can climb up places that shoes would normally slip and slide on. You begin to love it.

2: Take a dip in a hot springs

Yes please! All the hot springs are welcome. We actually visited two this year and although I like the one in Oregon more. I will never forget snow shoeing up to a hidden mountain hot spring. Two dreams checked off in one day. (Pictured first. Oregon pictured second.)

3: Visit Olympic Peninsula

We have been several times now. Each time I feel like I am coming home. As the ferry approaches the island my heart quiets. My love and I had a dream of watching the sunset on the most north west tip of the United states and we were able to do that on his last spear fishing trip. its a wonderland, truly.

4: Visit Canada (Victoria? or Vancouver? Hell, how about both!)

Vancouver! Although we have only had a little taste of Vancouver, we enjoyed it. Some really amazing food and the most beautiful blooming trees. Plus everyone had their pups hanging out with them which we loved.

5: Bake more pies, I don’t know why.

Im not a huge baker. Never have been. But I do love some peach cobblers or some cranberry/blueberry pies. I won’t make you a cake. But I will bake you a pie with scalloped edges and little puppy dog cut outs on top.

6: Become a master at stews and soups. A skill I feel is needed for living here in Washington.

My love and I have created some very yummy stews over the winter months. Especially with his homemade bone broths. It has been fun to experiment and eat the hearty warm meals that were just not that appealing while we lived in Florida.

7: Learn to arrange and maintain florals/plants

I am finally living out a longtime dream of mine. Become a florist. It is a job that i would secretly wish to have. My best friend said to me the other day while I was feeling low: “Babe you are living your dream. You used to wish to live in the mountains hiking and working as a florist with your pups and love and now that is your life.” She was so right. I had forgotten how much I had longed for the life I now have.

8: Work my way up to a 10miles hike

DID IT! Ironically it was one of the only hikes where I didn’t take any photos. It was a wet and foggy day and I didn’t want to risk damage to my camera. But we did it. Hiked to Bridal falls and then onward to Lake Serene before heading back clocking in our first 10.2 mile hike.

9: See a starfish in a tide pool

I finally saw these beauties. They were everywhere when we visited the Oregon Coast. EVERYWHERE! I love them! The one I am holding we hopefully saved by placing it back in the water.

10: Visit Leavenworth at Christmas. (Reindeer Farm, Sleigh Ride, Ornament shopping)

BEST CHOICE EVER! It is Christmas HEAVEN! I hung out with reindeer, bought the most beautiful finch blown glass ornament and drank glühwein while eating giant pretzels underneath an array of Christmas lights!

11: Cut down our own Christmas tree at Tiny Tree Farm

We didn’t get around to doing this.

12: Tour a beer factory and maybe even a whiskey distillery for my love

This is still on my list. However we mostly stopped drinking back during the holidays. Which has been a great choice for us. Things change, you know?

13: Visit Seattle’s China Town

I always enjoy a good trip to China Town. Today was particularly special because it was the International District food festival. Yummy treats every few feet. I mean that zucchini spiral? and that ice cream!

14: Try jump seating

Perhaps another year. Big time traveling wasn’t in the cards this year.

15: Take moms and sis to get macaroons and champagne

Momma treated us to the fanciest and most beautiful macaroons. I have wanted to try these for a long time and I am so thankful for the treat.

16: Concoct a photographable picnic complete with a plaid woolen blanket

One of my favorite days was creating this special night. Local cheese, meats, chocolates and Komucha. Sunset at the ice caves. My three loves together. Perfect.

17: Print photo for above dining table

I know the photo of The Grand Tetons peak is blurry in this photo. But I was so proud when I framed that baby and hung it over our dining room table. It made my house feel like mine.

18: Renew passport

I am officially able to come to your country now!

19: Get 2nd tattoo (Floral shoulder cap)

It was between getting this or traveling and of course I always choose traveling.

20: Rent bikes in Seattle and go exploring

We have almost accomplished this several times but typically we end up eating and drinking and then don’t feel like cycling up massive city streets. I save the athletic effort for hikes rather than after tacos and beers.

21: Visit one of Washington’s famous flower festivals!

One of my favorite little day adventures was heading to see the huge fields of tulips. As a bonus we found the most magical and secret little greenhouse. I considering moving in and hanging out with the statues and doves. My love was a good sport too.

22: Visit Japan

Unfortunately we didn’t make it to Japan. Mainly because the entire family (including my love) wanted to go to Hawaii. I know, I know. Not a bad trade off.

23: Learn to make Creme Brûlée

I purchased Creme Brûlée dishes in Seattle and we had a friend over to try our hand at making this scrumptious treat. In my book we did a fantastic job. The sweet sound of spoon hitting crust was amazing!

24: High altitude sunrise hike.

Rattlesnake Ledge is the best for a sunrise hike. Not too difficult and just look at that view! Basically HEAVEN.


25: Learn to make butter beer

Its no secret that I adore Harry Potter. It had been nearly a year since visiting The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Ready to relive those magical moments of butter beer in the Leaky Cauldron I decided to make my own from scratch. They turned out as beautiful as they tasted.

26: Get our meat from a local butcher

We adore getting meat from Silvana Meats 

27: Visit Mt. Rainer

Mt. Rainer is a beautiful sight. Extremely worth the two hour drive. We have been twice now. Once in the fall and once in the winter. I prefer fall.

28: Buy a fire pit

     My love gifted me a beautiful fire pit for Christmas!

29: *Dirty 30* weekend with my girls

Jokes. I don’t know where I thought all the time and money would come from.

 

29 Things to do Before Turning 30

Dirty 30…

We are starting off pretty damn well. We recently moved to Washington State. I began working at a Floral company. We spend our days cuddled up with our pups in front of our fireplace, drinking cocktails and hiking the multitude of mountains that surround us. To say that I am lucky is an understatement. In the last several years I never dreamed this would actually be my reality. Ok I dreamed it… But I didn’t actually believe it.

This year will provide it’s own sets of ups and downs. It’s own surprises. I am probably not prepared for some of them and others I will welcome with open arms. If last year taught me anything, it’s that life is truly full of surprises and I am much stronger than I ever thought possible. So with that in mind I will offer up another “dreams” list for another year.

A guide to give me motivation when I feel like I am not moving forward. A reminder when I feel down trodden, that magic is just around the corner.

 

1: Try snow shoeing

2: Take a dip in a hot springs

3: Visit Olympic Peninsula

4: Visit Canada (Victoria? or Vancouver? Hell, how about both!)

5: Bake more pies, I don’t know why

6: Become a master at stews and soups. A skill I feel is needed for living here in Washington.

7: Learn to arrange and maintain florals/plants

8: Work my way up to a 10miles hike

9: See a starfish in a tide pool

10: Visit Leavenworth at Christmas. (Reindeer Farm, Sliegh Ride, Ornament shopping)

11: Cut down our own Christmas tree at Tiny Tree Farm

12: Tour a beer factory and maybe even a whiskey distillery for my love

13: Visit Seattle’s China Town

14: Try jump seating

15: Take moms and sis to get macaroons and champagne

16: Concoct a photographable picnic complete with a plaid woolen blanket

17: Print photo for above dining table

18: Renew passport

19: Get 2nd tattoo (Floral shoulder cap)

20: Rent bikes in Seattle and go exploring

21: Visit one of Washington’s famous flower festivals! (Lavender, Tulip and I think there is a daffodil one too!)

22: Visit Japan

23: Learn to make Creme Brûlée

24: Camp at high altitude for sunrise views from our tent. Or camp in a fire look out.

25: Learn to make butter beer

26: Get our meat from a local butcher

27: Visit Mt. Rainer

28: Buy a fire pit

29: *Dirty 30* weekend with my girls

 

28 Things to do before turning 29

1: Attend a proper wine tasting

Thank you Portland Buddies for taking us to our first proper wine tasting! It was a perfect day of beach hopping and wine tasting! xoxo

2: Eat a traditional Korean meal

We are so into Korean food. Especially the various pots of Kimchi served with it!

3:Take a floral milk bath

Although I have access to plenty of flowers, we don’t have a bathtub. So this was a no go.

4:  Make  video of 2018 using: 1 Second Everyday  

I haven’t missed a single day since Jan 1st, 2018! I have a few more months to go, so wish me luck! If you haven’t ever used the app, it’s a great way to stay creative with a minimal amount of time.

5: Prepare a five course meal. or go eat one out

Didn’t try, maybe when we get friends?

6: Go to an archery range or gun range

We went camping in the Olympic Peninsula where we were able to practice shooting.

7: Go to a drive in movie theater, because my love has never been

I want to take him to see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them this November. Super excited!!

8: Purchase a new camera

My love bought me an incredible Canon Mark 4 as my christmas present. How lucky? It is a dream boat. Oh and so is he!

9: Take photos in a photo booth with my love

AHHH. I love Seattle! There are several locations within Seattle that still have legit film photo booths! If your in Pikes Place Market go visit Orange Dracula. If your out looking for a good dive bar head over to Montana Bar for another photo booth!

10: Fancy cheese night, try cheeses I have never heard of

I surprised my love when he returned from one of his last under ways with this spread. I have to say that cheese platters may be their own love language.

11: Get in-design

No go

12: Own our very own house… dwelling… abode… home…

We don’t own our home but we did get the most wonderful house here in Washington. With a yard for the dogs, loads of sunlight and beautiful hardwood floors. I have stayed pretty smitten with it!

13: Find myself in a spontaneous adventure I couldn’t have imagined

When I wrote this list last year, I knew that there was a huge possibility that we would be moving before I turned 29. But I wasn’t sure when or where. Well we were right, we sure did move! From coast to coast in fact. Jacksonville, Florida allllllllllll the way to Marysville, Washington. Taking the opportunity that was given to us, we did an old fashioned cross country road trip. Complete with stops to Rocky Mountain National Park, The Grand Tetons and Yellowstone. I never dreamed that in a year I would visit Colorado, Wyoming and Montana before moving to the dream state of Washington! (Think I will add this “spontaneous adventure I couldn’t imagine” to every goal list!) My love has settled into his new command and I now work as a florist. Our lives have changed so immensely it’s actually quite hard to put it all into words. xo

14: Make Artifact Uprising vacation book

Always and forever Artifact Uprising will be my favorite photo book company. They always turn out astounding! Can’t wait to create a photo book of our cross country adventure. Which I am creating at a turtle speed. Slow and steady wins the race right? bahahaha

15: Buy plants/grow herbs again

With working at a florist, I have had ample opportunities to bring home plants. A wonderful perk of my new digs!

16: Focus on living healthier together

I would say in general we have been able to accomplish this. Admittedly him more than I. But with moving to Washington we have increased our activity with hiking. We purchase our veggies from farmers and our meat directly from a local butcher. We’re cooking/eating healthier this way. I have increased the amount of water I drink, which is hard because I do love my coffee and alcohol diet. bahaha

17: Write a Florida adventure post for people living in Jacksonville

Basically just a little love letter to all the things I most enjoyed about our time living in Florida. xoxo

18: Take pups to see snow

Y’all!!! These dogs and snow are akin to an addict and crack. Ok maybe thats a crude joke, but seriously they couldn’t get enough. Their hyper-ness level increased ten fold!  They would dive head first into the snow and then run around like crazy. Im telling you! Addicts.

19: Plan a Christmas cabin getaway. Wear plaid and make fires

I have it planned! Waiting on my love to give me dates for December so I can book our Christmas cabin getaway in Leavenworth Washington. Its a weekend complete with ALL things Christmas!

20: Visit Savannah

For my 28th birthday the Mr. planned a weekend getaway to Savannah. Complete with the cutest Air B&B and loads of incredible foodie stops.


21: Drink a Florida Mule from Ice Plant Bar

Damn this place is good. I was feeling high on life the night we went. After two years of anticipation this place lived up to the hype. Actually it exceeded it. Just go…

22: Hike with the pups

These dogs were made to hike. 100% would give the energizer bunny a run for it’s money.

23: Visit Harry Potter World. Try every butter beer

I GOT TO GO! Thanks to the best momma in the world, she gave my love and I tickets to spend the weekend with my sister, her hubs and the oldest kiddo at Universal Orlando. It would be an understatement to say I was excited. You can ask the Mr. I was beaming in my childhood dream of going to Hogsmead and trying butterbeer! We rode the Hogwarts Express and pretty much did every nerd thing I could think of. Because you only live once. Am I right?

24: Purchase sage/Incense

Purchased incense. Brought some home to remind me of India.

25: Purchase a book by the artist Peter Beard 

One has not materialized and I have yet to purchase it on my own. Opps.

26: Try an amaretto sour

I have been missing out! My momma said it was her signature drink back in the day. And I can see why! They are easy on the pallet these little temptresses.

27: Learn to make my father-in-laws famous oyster stuffing

This last christmas (2017) we drove back to Virginia to see my loves family one last time before our move. On christmas eve my father in law and I made his famous oyster stuffing together. I can’t wait to make it every holiday for my love to remind him of home.

28: Begin dreaming more, because this list was so fucking hard to write this year