Thursday, April 17, 2014

25 before 26 ... well it is what it is!

So this is how I did: 11/25. Not great you guys. That is technically a failing grade! In retrospect, I think I should have chosen a little more wisely because a lot of my goals were super expensive! The DSLR camera ($600) attend a conference (put both together it's about $1000! yikes!) buy a house (unspeakable!) visit Austin & San Antonio, see Jim Gaffigan live? Those things all did or would cost a lot! So I am not beating myself up about the fact that I didn't get everything done, and I'm still pretty proud of what I did. I am going to make another list for before I turn 27 and be more realistic about it!

1. Buy a house! This was the big one and we managed to pull it off. Yay! Here's a tour from before we moved in.

2. Read at least one book per month. I did this for the first few months, and I even joined a book club! Then I got stuck on a few books and have been trying and failing at reading one book for the past four months. I think I just read so much stuff on the internet that I don't want to read books for fun anymore? But is that sad? I used to love it so much and I miss having the drive to read! My favorite read from this year was Ready Player One. It was kind of sci-fi-ish and I thought I would hate it but the whole society is obsessed 80's pop culture so there were a ton of fun references and the story was really gripping. Highly recommend!

3. Go on a road trip to the South.  Tentative plan - visit my BFF Syb in Durham by way of New Orleans and Atlanta. I am not sure when this is going to happen, but I think I will roll it over to my next list and see if I can't make it a priority in the next year. I really want to do this one!

4. Eat fruit and veggies daily. Well I've been better at this. I think this is a good goal for me to have overall but I don't think it really fits in on a 25 before 26 list. I think I need to stick with things that need to be done once instead of daily habits. Live and learn!

5. Sew something. Anything. I am sewing something today! Also I sewed a button on a jacket last week. Winning?

6. See Jim Gaffigan live. Yeah, I set myself up for failure here. Right after I put it on my list I realized he wasn't coming anywhere near Houston and it's not like I am going to fly to like... Canada or something to see him when he is touring all over the place. This is still going to be on my someday list!

7. Repurpose a free piece of junk furniture. I troll craigslist regularly but everything scares me! And one of my best friends just had bed bugs and now I'm totally paranoid. This one might need to be free from a friend. HMMM. Does something I already have that was free count?

8. Find a happy mail pal. I got to send some fun mail to our Pretty Providence contributors! But no, I don't think I can count that.

9. Attend a blog conference.  I went to Blog Elevated in September, and next week I'm heading to SNAP! Conference! I am so excited and kinda proud of myself for making TWO conferences happen.

10. Watch The Big Bang Theory. Yup. This all thanks to Michelle, who let me borrow the first six seasons. It was so fun to watch them all in order.

11. Make friends in Houston. Check! I have made some really rad friends in the past year and it's almost all thanks to Blog Elevated and the Houston Blogger Social Club! If I hadn't gone out of my comfort zone and started going to those events, I wouldn't have made 90% of my friends here. To those friends - I love you all! Yay! I've even taken it off auto a few times... still have so much to learn.

12. Buy a DSLR camera. Yay! I've even taken it off auto a few times... still have so much to learn...

13. Learn photoshop and illustrator.
I finally buckled down and forced myself to start using Illustrator more. I'm working on giving Pretty Providence a facelift - the new header is looking so much better! I am loving it so far but it is hard. I would LOVE to take a class of some kind - and not an online one but maybe at a community college or something but we'll see. After May I should be able to get in-state tuition here!

14. Get a plant and keep it alive. Some pretty lilies are blooming in my flower bed! I didn't plant them though... that was a fun surprise from the last owners. I think I need to just get some succulents.

15. Throw a party. Yes! I helped throw a sweet Star Wars birthday party for my nephew last fall. I really want to throw a party at my house now. Preferably a girl kind of party.

16. Adopt a pet. I guess I will just look at everyone's pups and kitties and be jealous because I love animals but apparently I am not ready to act on this one.

17. Refinish my bedroom furniture. Ugh.. I still really want to do this but it's crazy how when you buy a house your priorities change completely. We're saving all our pennies for new countertops so even though this would just take a gallon of paint and a few days I just haven't gotten it done.

18. Blog here at least once a week. Kind of a fail but I've done a lot better here so I'm counting it!

19. Decorate a cake. I did the cake for my nephew's Star Wars party and made really fancy cake pops - which were so time consuming but definitely a hit.

20. Plan a girls weekend. Still want to do this. One friend even proposed a fun girls weekend in Austin but due to budget restraints I couldn't make it happen! So sad. I hope next time the opportunity presents itself I can afford it! Would've killed two birds with one stone on this list.

21.Make a "dinner rotation" binder.  Oh boy.

22. I just realized there was no 22 on the original list. #fail

23. Visit Austin and San Antonio. I'm really hoping that I can make this happen soon! It would be pretty simple but it's a matter of money and here's something I am learning about living far away from your family: you spend all your money just going to visit home! I'm starting to wonder if we'll ever go on a real vacation again!

24. Discover a new band or artist to be obsessed with. I did find a new artist I love! Her name is ZZ Ward and you've got to give her a listen.

25. Plan a fancy date night with husband once a month. EEK. If fancy means me asking him to go to a dollar movie two hours before it starts then yes I'm doing great. This is also maybe not the best for a 25 before 26 list. Still a goal I should be working toward more. We do a lot of fun things though, so I don't feel like we are super in need of fancy dates.


  1. Sarah, when was your birthday?? We need to celebrate! Also, I love this list and I think it's such a great idea! You did pretty great considering that you had some really big goals!