The year I turned 30  I decided to join in on the 30 before 30 band wagon and come up with a list of things that I had been meaning to get to or that I had been wanting to do for a while as well as somethings that I wanted to get back to doing.
  12 months, 30 tasks, 1 big birthday
  1. Complete a daily sketch, EVERYDAY, no matter how big, small, complicated or simple.
  2. Visit at least 4 local museums/art centers or galleries. Virginia Museum of Fine Art, The Chrysler, Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, The Anderson Gallery  (if you want to go let me know!)
  3. Continue taking Lula’s weekly picture and writing her weekly updates so that I can put them all together in a book at the end of her first year.
  4. Make French macaroons.
  5. Monogram something myself.
  6. Find a new home, color  and use for an old piece of furniture.
  7. Buy one piece of art directly from the artist.
  8. Learn a new technique/skill.  Learned how to make bacon, install glass tile.
  9. Sew something from a pattern.
  10. Teach someone something new, outside of work. ( taught my sister how to knit and make a pattern for stuffed animals on her own)
  11. Read 6 new books.( Chipmunk Seeking Squirrel David Sedaris , Freedom Johnathan Franzen, Sleepwalk with Me  and other Painfully True Stories Mike Burbiglia, The Help Kathryn Stockett ,An Object of Beauty Steve Martin, and My Life in France Julia Child 
  12. Complete a self portrait.
  13. Go through that closet full of that stuff that I will use one day and get rid of the stuff I will never use any day.
  14. Make something with a material that I have never used or that I am afraid of.
  15. Go to a movie by myself.
  16. Write an original recipe.
  17. Make a magnetic felt alphabet and paint a wall with magnetic paint.
  18. Use my punch bowl and glasses.
  19. Condense our CD library and update our digital music library.3/12/2011
  20. Make pickles and jam..
  21. Make one meal with only the items in our garden.
  22. Scan in  all of our old photos  and finish our photo albums.
  23. Write one letter a month, not an email, not a text and not a thank you note- a real letter with an envelope and a stamp.
  24. Really celebrate New Year’s Eve for the first time in 4 years. No going to sleep before midnight.
  25. Genuinely make an attempt to enjoy oysters in all forms, even raw.
  26. Spend a day or two  in Williamsburg rediscovering a place I haven’t spent much time in for almost 7 years.
  27. Watch all the movies on AFI’S 100 Years 100 Movies List and  EW’s New Classics Movie List
  28. Bake cookies/cupcakes every month for birthdays at work.
  29. Have tea with someone, at a tea house or my house.
  30. Celebrate my 30th birthday actually doing something I really want to do, not just what is easy and no baking my own birthday cake!

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