30 by 30 – Fourth {and final!} quarter update.

Today, I’m 30.  I am delighted that I managed to cross every item off the 30 by 30 list. As I look over the list, I’m reminded of how amazing the people in my life truly are.  How blessed I am.

Creating and following this list was so fun and I recommend that everyone do one before a birthday – any birthday – at some point in life.

{Original List}   {1st Quarter Update}   {2nd Quarter Update}   {3rd Quarter Update}

Here’s the final graph of quantity items, followed by detail for each individual item.

30 by 30 4th Quarter Progress Graph

1. Find a flattering (key word) red lipstick.

With the help of an expert lipstick consultant, Leann, I discovered Brave Red at MAC.  The name is quite fitting, and I love the color!


Red lip and fleece. A winning combination.

2. Sit at a floor table for dinner at Pars (a Greek restaurant). 

Kevin and I met up with two of our good friends at Pars for dinner in January. Not only did we sit at a floor table, but it was also a belly dancer night.  Kevin and I find the belly dancer nights to be a bit awkward, so we try to avoid them.  But it seemed appropriate that we had the full experience at the floor table.  I love Pars, but I’ll stick to regular tables.  I’m not an especially tall person and my legs were aching by the end of dinner, crammed under that low table!

Pars with K & N - January 2014.

Pars with K & N – January 2014.

 3. Buy a designer purse for myself.

I bought one.  And I love it.  But I’m also struggling with a case of buyer’s remorse.  It is just so expensive.  Thus far, its life with Amy has been spent in the closet, tags and wrappings still intact.  I reserve the right to return and find something, umm, less pricey.  Like a wallet.

Update:  I returned the purse that I’d originally purchased (see the 2nd Quarter update post for a picture), and found another one that I love so much more.  It was still a lot to spend on a purse and I don’t foresee myself regularly purchasing designer purses, but I do really like it.


4. Fund IRA for year.

5. Plan and execute a surprise date.

Read about it here.  It involved choose-your-own-adventure kind of fun and included sushi, bookstore, and game night at home.


6. 52 hours of volunteer work. 52/52

4 hours – El Ranchitos de Los Ninos
5 hours – Chocolate Fantasy gala
3 hours – Charity Cruise gala clean up
3 hours – JL rummage sale to benefit Henderson House
5 hours – JL new member advisor
1 hour – official HUG card writer for JL
4 hours – The Storehouse
3 hours – The Curiosity Collaboration
4 hours – Rio Grande Food Project
3 hours – Mystery Masquerade Red Carpet fundraiser for JLA
1 hour – Coordinating T-day pie donations for Barrett House
6 hours – Festival of Trees benefitting Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation
1 hour – Stocking stuffing for St. Michael’s
1 hour – Foundation board meeting/planning
2 hours – DIAD planning
6 hours – Miscellaneous JL activity

7. Read 48 books. 53/48

1) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – 4 stars
2) Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – 4 stars
3) Anne of Windy Poplars – 4 stars
4) The Fault In Our Stars – 4 stars
5) Devil In The White City – 4 stars
6) Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince – 5 stars
7) The Silver Star – 3 stars
8) Princess Academy – 4 stars
9) Divergent – 4 stars
10) Roots of Empathy:  Changing the World Child by Child – 4 stars
11) Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister – 3 stars
12) The Husband’s Secret – 4 stars
13) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – 4 stars
14) Breakfast at Tiffany’s – 4 stars
15) Me Before You – 4 stars
16) The Paris Wife – 3 stars
17) The Other Typist – 3 stars
18) The Last Summer (of You & Me) – 3 stars
19) Her Fearful Symmetry – 3 stars
20) Heart and Soul – 3 stars
21) I’ll Walk Alone – 2 stars
22) My Name is Memory – 3 stars
23) Dollface – 4 stars
24) The Giver – 5 stars
25) MWF Seeking BFF – 4 stars
26) Sisters of Treason – 4 stars
27) I’ve Got Your Number – 5 stars
28) Girls In White Dresses – 3 stars
29) The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets – 4 stars
30) Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour – 5 stars
31) Lessons From Madam Chic – 4 stars
32) The Happiness Advantage – 4 stars
33) Paris in Love – 3 stars
34) Night Diver – 2 stars
35) Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?  (And Other Concerns) – 3 stars
36) Life After Life – 4 stars
37) The Hobbit – 3 stars
38) The Girl You Left Behind – 3 stars
39) Gathering Blue – 4 stars
40) The Paris Architect – 4 stars
41) Remember Me? – 3 stars
42) Tara Road – 4 stars
43) The Goldfinch – 3 stars
44) Insurgent – 3 stars
45) The Power of Habit – 4 stars
46) The Language of Flowers – 5 stars
47) Ain’t She Sweet? – 3 stars
48) The Last Letter From Your Lover – 4 stars
49) Beautiful Ruins – 3 stars
50) Messenger – 4 stars
51) The Secret History – 3 stars
52) What Alice Forgot – 4 stars
53) Orphan Train – 5 stars

8. Take Kevin to an OK State football game.

He loved it – I wrote about it here.


9. Send 24 just-because letters or gifts to friends. 24/24

10. Go on a blate – with a blog friend that I have not yet met in person.

Click here for a post about my blate (blogger + date) with the lovely Jenny over at Jeneric Generation.


11. Complete the Photo-A-Day challenge following Fat Mum Slim’s prompts. 365/365

You’ve seen the Instagram posts.  You know.  Oh, you know.

12. Run a 5K.

Tiffany decided to do a little informal 5K on the morning of her wedding.  There were six or seven of us and we went at our own pace through the countryside.  It was beautiful and peaceful and I managed to jog the entire 5K without stopping so I’m counting that baby as my official 30-by-30 5K.  And I didn’t even have to pay an entry fee.


Photo courtesy of the official race photographer, Annie B. I’m the one in the purple.

13. Host a murder mystery dinner party.

I hosted a murder mystery party in June and it was so much fun!  Read more here.


14. Visit the Grand Canyon.

I have the best in-laws in the world.  They surprised me with an early birthday trip to the grandest of canyons on the weekend after Thanksgiving.  I wrote about it here.


15. Weekend trip with my mom and sister.

Schedules being what they are, we didn’t manage to get away for a full weekend of fun at the Grand Canyon or Vegas (two ideas we’d tossed around).  But we did enjoy an excursion to some local petroglyphs.  The adventure is recapped in full here.

Mom and Lisa

16. Attend three theatre events or concerts. 4/3

1) Jim Gaffigan – 3/13/2014

Pre- Jim G. smiles on 3/13/2014.

Pre- Jim G. smiles on 3/13/2014.

 2) Avril Lavigne and Backstreet Boys – 6/2/2014

Pre-gaming on the lawn before BSB and Avril hit the stage!

Pre-gaming on the lawn before BSB and Avril hit the stage!

 3) Impulse dance show – 8/8/2014


4) Wicked:  The Musical – 9/18/2014

image17. Attend one of Meta’s weekend yoga retreats OR attend one yoga class a day for seven consecutive days {just in case the weekend retreat options don’t work out}.

The weekend yoga retreat didn’t work out, but the seven days of yoga did!  Read about it here.

Day 1 – 7:30 AM – hot yoga with Meta at a local studio
Day 2 – 5:30 PM – yoga at my gym
Day 3 – 7:30 AM – hot yoga at a local studio
Day 4 – 10:00 AM – Meditation class and practice at the city museum with Leann and Katie
Day 5 – 11:15 AM – hot yoga at a local studio
Day 6 – 5:30 PM – yoga at my gym
Day 7 – 9:30 PM – cosmic hot yoga with Meta at a local studio

18. Take a train ride.

I made the trip to Santa Fe on the Railrunner for a work event.  Like Sheldon, I do love trains.


19. Spend a morning shooting guns (including the one I inherited from my dad) with my friend Tom C.

I procrastinated the planning of this until the last week of December, so it was January 2 when Kevin and I drove south to do some target shooting.  As luck (or something) would have it, it was snowy and cold that day.  We still had a great time with Tom and Shawna and Keith, and we plan to go back out when it’s a bit warmer!  Here I am, with Tom and my dad’s 30-30 (I know nothing about guns and learned that it was, in fact, a 30-30 on the day we went shooting – how perfect that it is a 30-30 for my 30 by 30.).


20. Take a dance class.

I went to Nia with Sue on 11/22/2014.  I’d definitely go back!  Nia is a great way to free your mind of inhibitions and just be active and have a good time.

21. Go see Vanilla Pop play.

Vanilla Pop with the ladies on 6/6/2014.

Vanilla Pop with the ladies on 6/6/2014.

 22. Cook 15 new recipes. 27/15

1) Melt-in-your-mouth baked chicken – recipe
2) Spaghetti squash in the crockpot – recipe (if it can even be called that)
3) Swiss chard with honey roasted garlic – recipe
4) Slow-cooker beef brisket – no real ‘recipe’ but I’d never made this before, so I’m countin’ it – just cooked a beef brisket (seasoned with McCormick steak seasoning), a can of cream of mushroom soup, a chopped onion, sliced mushrooms, and four cups of beef broth in the slow cooker on the low setting for 7 hours
5) Dairy free pesto – recipe (the first time I made this, it was a complete FAIL because I over-toasted {read:  burned} the pine nuts and the pesto tasted burnt and gross)
6) S’mores treats – recipe
7) Mediterranean Orzo salad – no official recipe to share (cooked whole wheat orzo, kalamata olives, grape tomatoes, spinach, olive oil and lemon dressing seasoned with salt and pepper, and feta cheese)
8) Jalapeno cheese dip – recipe (slight variation from recipe:  I used a different brand of jalapeno dip seasoning.  It was still a hit with the family at Easter.)
9) Slow cooker brown sugar glazed pulled chicken – recipe (I didn’t have soy sauce so I used a Hickory and Brown Sugar BBQ sauce instead.  It was still tasty.)
10) Asparagus and ham sandwiches – recipe
11) Greek chicken – recipe (we did bake rather than grill, unlike the recipe)
12) Slow Cooker Ground Beef Lasagna Soup – recipe
13) Mediterranean Quinoa Salad – recipe
14) Lemon & Garlic Chicken – recipe
15) Steak Parmesan – recipe (made a few adjustments but followed the general recipe)
16) One Pot Zucchini Mushroom Pasta – recipe
17) Kale Chicken – recipe
18) Beef Stew – recipe
19) Sausage & Butternut Riggies – recipe
20) Salmon and Dill Chowder – recipe
21) Slutty Brownies – recipe
22) Crock Pot Cheddar Creamed Corn – recipe
23) Pasta with Chicken and Brussels Sprouts – recipe
24) Gingerbread cookies – recipe
25) Stuffed Bell Peppers with Brown Rice and Sausage – recipe
26) Chocolate Saltine Toffee – recipe
27) Corn Chowder – recipe

23. Go on twelve date nights. 12+/12
(This one has proven difficult to track because Kevin and I go out to dinner at least once a week and every dinner out feels like a date!  But for the purposes of this 30-by-30 list item, I counted assorted nights that felt especially special.  Let’s just say that we far exceeded 12 dates!)

24. Enroll in a continuing education class.

Attended a HIPAA class on 2/18/2014.

25. Send twelve More Love Letters notes. 12/12

26. Take tea in a tearoom – topped off (haha!) with a fancy hat, naturally. 2/1

Tea with new work friends at Figments on 3/22/2014.

Tea with new work friends at Figments on 3/22/2014.

Tea with Joy at the Phoenician - 4/25/2014.

Tea with Joy at the Phoenician – 4/25/2014.

27. Journal 52 times. 52/52

I learned that I’m just not too into journaling….  On January 3, I wrote six journal entries.  Trust me…I was scraping the bottom of the insight barrel by the end of it.

28. Assemble a framed travel map.

Kevin bought me the most beautiful world map when he traveled to the Pacific Gulf Islands over the summer.  We had it framed and stuck some pins in it.  Learn more here.


29. Attend a festival. (Jazz Fest, Lavender Fest, etc. – whatever I happen to stumble into.  The sky’s the limit when it comes to fest-ing.)

I went to the local lavender & garlic festival one weekend in July.  Two of my favorite things under a blue clear sky on a summer day?  Don’t mind if I do.


Lavender & Garlic Fest – 7/12/2014

30. Explore a city I’ve never visited before.

Seaside in San Diego - June 2014.

Seaside in San Diego – June 2014.


21 thoughts on “30 by 30 – Fourth {and final!} quarter update.

  1. Happy Birthday my friend, welcome to the 30s! Despite popular belief (amongst 20-somethings), the 30s are a blast, filled with fun, confidence, and the knowledge that going to bed at 9 is NOT lame, but good for the body and soul (and much more fun than clubbing.) Congratulations on your list being completed! So impressive! Enjoy your special day and a decade full of awesomeness!!


    I’m excited. Hence the all caps. Hurrah!
    I neeed to hit up the GC before I turn the big 3-0! Love your picture in front of it.

  3. This is amazing, 53 Books!? AND you rated all of them!?! It was so much fun reading this, and definitely has inspired me to do a list of my own. You did some great stuff girl, I love your motivation! Thanks for sharing! <3

  4. Dude. DUDE. This is impressive! I’m amazed that you did all of these things (not amazed in a way that I didn’t think you could do them, but in a way that anyone could do all of these fun things). I remember so many of these posts. Your life is so full and seems so happy! Happy (belated) birthday!

  5. AMY!! i’m late to wish you a happy birthday and i’m feeling rather awful about it. seems more like i shoulda shown up at your work with cupcakes and balloons, right? if ya lived closer, i could promise that <3 but anyway, HAPPY (belated) BIRTHDAY — your 30 by 30 list is so very inspiring :)

  6. Love, love, love this!! Amy, I am SO happy for you! What a neat thing to have actually accomplished all of these things from your 30 by 30 list! So cool! I love how intentional you were about all of this. And not only did you have fun things on your list that you enjoy doing, but also hours of volunteer service too. That’s awesome! :) Happy 30th, friend!

  7. This is SO impressive! Most people don’t complete all of their goals on lists like these. You did a great job, and an equally great job documenting it all. I’m most impressed by your reading list. Inspiring!

  8. This was a super impressive list… having never been to your blog, I could not stop scrolling this list! So cool and inspiring!!! I think I’m gonna grab a pen and paper right this instant…

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