30 before 30: Four-Year Update

30 before 30: Four-Year Update

Before I begin, allow me to express my shock that I am twenty-four years old!  I feel old…but also young…sort of rickety…but also fresh… Can anyone relate?

Anyway…you’re here to read about the exciting things I did this year.  Here you go:


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30 Before 30: Year 3 Review

30 Before 30: Year 3 Review


On Tuesday, I finished my third year of tackling this list of thirty things I want to do before I turn thirty.  Here’s what happened in year three:

1. I graduated on May 5


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Thirty Before Thirty: Land of Oz

Thirty Before Thirty: Land of Oz

Someday I’ll wish upon a star

And wake up where the clouds are far

Beyond me.

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Simple Joy Saturday #3

Simple Joy Saturday #3

Every Saturday, I share three simple things that brought me happiness during the week. These posts may grow or evolve as time passes. Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section!




1. Watching reruns of I Dream of Jeannie

I have no shame. If I am at home at 3 o’clock pm, I am watching Major Nelson explain weird occurrences to Dr. Bellows.

2. Finally getting a job interview

This was my reaction when I received an email asking when I could interview:

3. Land of Oz

Another item marked off the “Thirty Before Thirty” list! I will share more photos tomorrow.


30 Before 30: Year Two

30 Before 30: Year Two

It has been two years since I turned 20 and started completing my 30 before 30 list.  Here is what I have completed this year (to see everything I have finished, go to the 30 before 30 page.

  • Travel to Africa, Europe, or Asia


  • Step foot in 25 states


  • Read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation


  • Play Messy Twister


In total, I have finished 11 of my 30 goals; I am on track to finish all of them before I turn thirty!

30 Before 30: Messy Twister

30 Before 30: Messy Twister

When the deans asked for suggestions for the semester’s first Friday Night Frenzy, I had an immediate answer: messy Twister.


I like it when people agree with me! 🙂

30 before 30: 1 year update

30 before 30: 1 year update

Here’s what has happened since I turned twenty and I began marking items off of my Thirty Before Thirty list.



4. I officially upgraded to a smartphone on May 11, 2015 because my standard phone was doubling letters when I typed, I couldn’t hear while talking on the phone, and I wanted mobile data on my summer road trips.

7. I bought Corrie the Corolla on August 31.  She is as close to perfect as a car can come.


9. Since my 20th birthday, I have been to NC, TX, LA, MS, AL, GA, TN, AR, NM, OK, MO, IL, IN, MI, OH, WV, VA, MD, DE, NJ, NY, CT, and SC.  That means that I visited 23 states in 2015-2016!  I really did not think I would get so many knocked out that quickly.


I have plans to visit Arizona and Pennsylvania this summer, so I should hit my goal before August.

In past years, I traveled to Florida, Arizona, and  Pennsylvania, so I have been to 26 states total.

13. On March 21, 2015, I dashed through the sparkly, colored clouds of the Color Run.


23. I worked for 7 weeks at Pine Cove Christian Camp as a photographer.

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24.  After dropping my brother off at the airport on New Years Day, my parents graciously went with me to the American Girl store.  It was Lea’s release day, and there were so many people that we had to stand in line to simply enter the store.  I bought the newest Kit mystery.


26. Read this post about the Burke Street Food Truck Festival.


29.  In July 2015, I ate a sweet potato roll at a Chinese restaurant near my house.  A few weeks later, I had a California roll.  One of these days, I will build up the courage to eat raw fish.

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30. The letter is written…now just to open it on March 20, 2025.