Pay for someone else’s coffee in the Starbucks drive-thru. #30Before30

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July 16, 2015
I plan on doing this more often.

Grow some of my own vegetables. #30Before30

Summer 2015
This tomatoes plant started out as as seed from the $1 section at Target. It grew inside our pantry all winter and then was upgraded to our sunporch come spring! The tomatoes are delicious! Colin was very helpful in remembering to water it. 

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Become puppy parents.  #30Before30

Meet Denver. He came home on 11/26/2016 @ 8 weeks old.

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Start a book club. #30Before30

Horray! I finally found my book-club buddy, Calliemae. Together we have started the “Cross Country Book Club” with the motto: We run. We read. We lead. Established on Oct 6th, the CCBC brings readers and runners together from states apart.

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I’m pretty thrilled and this week Calliemae even sent me a commemorative book mark solidifying my membership into our book club. How awesome is that?! We are always open to book suggestions and new members! (In case you haven’t heard, our book club is even better than Oprah’s!!!!) You can check out the list of books that we’ve read and our reviews here, and see what we are currently reading below.

CCBC Currently reading:
For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards by Jen Hatmaker

 

CCBC: Books Read

 

The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls
Read: October 2015
Calliemae’s review 4/5 starsThe only thing that held me back was how it seemed to start slow initially. I’m big into books sucking me in right away.”
Mandi’s review: 4/5 starsHard to read at parts, but also hard to put down. An amazing story of resiliency.”

 

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Read: November 2015
Calliemae’s review: 4/5 stars “I really enjoyed the message(s) she had. And the book is very relatable to all demographics. I also liked that it was of a religious genre but still tied in the ups and downs of everyday life. My only dislike was the writing style. It was hard at times for me to grasp what she was talking about. Otherwise a recommended read.”
Mandi’s review: 4/5 stars “Honest and truthful. Full of good reminders of what really matters. Fell in love with Jen a little bit while reading this book.”
Ali’s review:

 

 

 

Join us! XOXO

Tackle a DIY project that I’ve pinned (and blog about how it goes). #30Before30

DIY Race-Bib Holder 

I was pretty proud of how this project turned out, and I had most of the supplies around the house – which made it even more awesome! I did not really follow a tutorial, I kind of just went my own way through this project. My husband helped me with some of the shopping for supplies and taught me that all sand paper is not created equal. Who knew! 😉

I have really needed somewhere to store my race medals other than in a crumpled heap in the corner.

We had this extra piece of decorative wood laying around. I bought a can of chalkboard spray paint which was super easy to use. I had to sand the piece of wood first because it wasn’t entirely smooth.

The hooks are just the kind that you screw in by hand, so that part was easy too. I had the letters/numbers in my crafting box from a scrapbooking project a few months ago. They are just stickers. I screwed them in randomly because I did not have a ton of space to work with and I wanted the weight of the medals to be distributed somewhat evenly.

On the back, I hammered in two hangers so that it could be hung on the wall. I plan on using chalk to fill in my PRs next to each race distance!

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Do a blog giveaway.  #30Before30

12/1/14 – 12/12/14 I did my first blog giveaway! You can read more about what it was about here.

Here are a few things I learned doing my first giveaway and a few things I would do differently next time.

  • Talk about the giveaway and promote it more. I only had 2 consistent participants, but that actually turned out to be pretty fun. And I was able to give them BOTH a prize which was also exciting. Amber and Kate never missed a day and I had fun hearing about their workouts!
  • Take my photos ahead of time so that they would be ready to be posted each morning. If I couldn’t take a picture of myself doing each pose until evening, I felt that it wasn’t setting a good example for the challenge. Also, some of the poses might have required a visual example which I could have better provided if I planned my posts earlier.
  • Engage more. Comment and share more of what the participants are doing.

All in all I had a bast, and I hope that Kate and Amber did too! Thanks for participating, ladies!

Congrats, Amber!

Congrats, Amber!


Congrats, Kate!

Congrats, Kate!

12/1/14 – 12/12/14 I did my first blog giveaway! You can read more about what it was about here.

Here are a few things I learned doing my first giveaway and a few things I would do differently next time.

  • Talk about the giveaway and promote it more. I only had 2 consistent participants, but that actually turned out to be pretty fun. And I was able to give them BOTH a prize which was also exciting. Amber and Kate never missed a day and I had fun hearing about their workouts!
  • Take my photos ahead of time so that they would be ready to be posted each morning. If I couldn’t take a picture of myself doing each pose until evening, I felt that it wasn’t setting a good example for the challenge. Also, some of the poses might have required a visual example which I could have better provided if I planned my posts earlier.
  • Engage more. Comment and share more of what the participants are doing.

All in all I had a bast, and I hope that Kate and Amber did too! Thanks for participating, ladies!

Congrats, Amber!

 

Congrats, Kate!

 

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30 Before 30

  1. Complete an Indoor Triathlon.
  2. Complete an Outdoor Triathlon.
  3. 10 marathons.
  4. Hike a 14-er in Colorado.
  5. Volunteer at a race.
  6. Plan a surprise trip away with Colin.
  7. Donate to Locks of Love.
  8. Pay for someone else’s coffee in the Starbucks drive-thru.
  9. Make homemade hummus.
  10. Catch up on Grey’s Anatomy.
  11. Qualify for Boston.
  12. Start a book club.
  13. Start my doctorate in Higher Education.
  14. Learn Spanish.
  15. Do a blog giveaway.
  16. Yoga handstand.
  17. Take a social media hiatus.
  18. Camping trip with Colin.
  19. Go to a movie by myself.
  20. Grow some of my own vegetables.
  21. Travel out of the country with Colin.
  22. Become puppy parents.
  23. Take a Creative Writing class.
  24. Finish reading the Harry Potter series.
  25. Participate in NaNoWriMo.
  26. Plan a getaway weekend with my cousin Lauren and make it happen.
  27. Pull-ups, ugh.
  28. Visit Ty at Colorado State.
  29. Tackle a DIY project that I’ve pinned (and blog about how it goes).
  30. Feed a giraffe a cracker. 

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Try writing your own list! For tips, check out my post here.