This before that. 2012.

Well…. here I am. 29-years-old. Time for another This before That list! I was NOT very good with my list last year… seriously. I only did half. This year: I will do it all! Yup. I want to. And, I will!

Here are my 30 freakin’ things before I’m freakin’ 30!

1. Finish our fireplace project!

2. Plant and actually enjoy my garden this year! AKA: water it. hee…

3. Go to BlogHer ’12.

4. While in New York for BlogHer: visit a couple museums!

5. Strive to keep a healthy work and life balance in my life.

6. Make it to Alt Summit again in 2013!

7. Keep up a workout routine.

8. Try two new restaurants in Portland.

9. New camera body this year? Hmmm… maybe. Kinda spendy though.

10. Many many dates with my husband.

11. Build and keep up a portfolio for my illustrations.

12. Learn how to use Illustrator.

13. Learn 3 new techniques on Photoshop.

14. Keep up with my visual journal.

15. Finally take out the dead tree in our front yard before it falls on our house.

16. Maybe chickens this year? At least set up our yard to get them in 2013.

17. Try and get into selling at some sort of craft fair this year.

18. An inexpensive family trip. Maybe to the beach a couple times.

19. 90% of my holiday purchases will be handmade or thrifted. Again.

20. Plan another PNW Blogger Meetup.

21. Organize and clean up broken links on my blog. There’s quite a few since my move to WordPress.

22. Potty train the kid. Not looking forward to this.

23. Organize our garage.

24. Pretty up our back yard.

25. I’d like planter boxes. Get my hubby to help me with this.

26. Buy most of my clothing thrift.

27. Bake a pie!

28. Many DIY’s for the bloggy.

29. Keep up with composting.

30. Tell my girl I love her each and every day!


Well, that’s it! There’s my list for this year. I think I can really so it this year. I was just so unorganized and overwhelmed last year. I think I can… i think I can.

Do you have a this before that list? Are you making one? Please do share. I’d love to see!

{Related Posts: This Before That 2011// This Before That 2010 // I’m no chicken}



  • imlivinginadream on said:

    You've got a goals list, how awesome! Something we've got in common 🙂 I'm currently completing my 23 Before 23 and having lots of fun doing it, but I should probably start crossing more of my goals off if I wanna be done by July! Your list is really awesome- BlogHer has always really intrigued me, I'd love to go sometime too.

  • Bonnie on said:

    This is my last year in my 20's too! Let's do this!!
    Sorry about the potty training thing…it's only 1 of a few things I don't like about my job as Mama.
    You're gonna rock it…don't worry.

  • Roxana on said:

    I want to work on my gardening skills too! I have a great book I can let you borrow. or you can just go to the website which is really awesome too.

  • torie on said:

    Love it! Don't stress about the potty training. The first 3 days are hard but after that it gets better every day. She is a smart girl! She will get it 🙂

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      Aw man. I just don't even want to try. Ha! Diapers for the rest of her life.

  • lindsay on said:

    I usually only finish 1/2 too, haha. Then I add the ones I really want to do to next years list. I guess if I don't do it in 2 years I need to take it off my wishlist right? Haha. I really hope you complete all 30! You can do it 🙂 Here's my list for this year:… I just found your blog via Sometimes Sweet. I'm looking forward to checking it out more!

  • Valerie on said:

    We have chickens! You should do it! Coolest pets ever!

  • Sara on said:

    great list!! i should have done this…i have 8 months before i turn 30. oye! haha! 🙂

  • Mandy chiappini on said:

    Whoops. The post as philipchiappini was really me

  • philipchiappini on said:

    A lot of those things are on my list too. Well I don't have an official list, but if I did… You know.

  • sam on said:

    Inspired, is my birthday next week must make a things to do before Im 27 😀

  • Nicole Andrews on said:

    What if I'm already 30? Can I do negative 30? Like things I won't do now that I'm 30?

  • Emily @ Peck Life on said:

    This is a great list! I have a 30 before 30 that I actually dusted off last week…and hope to share soon. I only have 14 days to finish it 😉 BlogHer 2012 is definitely on my list this year and it’s a requirement that we see the city a little, I’ve never been to NYC – SO FREAKIN EXCITED.

  • Molly on said:

    Looks like a good list to me! My list was just – make it to 30 alive – hahaha! It has gotten better since then 😉

  • Jessica on said:

    lovely list! just wanted to let you know that there are TONS of wordpress plugins to help you clean up your broken links instantly. let me know if you need help finding them!

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      Oh hey! That's awesome! I'd love some help. Or, just a list of what you like. 🙂

  • kayleigh on said:

    Pretty pic! Do people tell you all the time that you look like Regina Spektor?

  • Leigh Ann on said:

    30 is the best! It's the age when you finally become comfortable with yourself. I'm closer to 40 than 30 now and I don't know how I feel about that.

  • Britt on said:

    Great list! I mayyyy have to steal this! My bday is this month and I'm only going to be 26 but never too early to start with the 30 before 30 right?!?! Hope you had a great bday!

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      Oh yes. Never too early. Or, you could even try a 26 before 26. 🙂

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