Thirty Before 35 –> Life List

(Read my original Thirty Before 35 post here.)


Tomorrow I turn 35. Yowza.

If you’ve been following along for awhile, you know I set some goals two years ago, when I turned 33. I’ve crossed quite a few off the list, which makes me really happy. I’ve also stopped caring about accomplishing others. Others still, I’m hoping realize one day. And so, I’m giving myself more time.

Indefinite time, in fact. 

I’m going to revise my Thirty Before 35 list, and I’m going to start calling it my Life List. I’ll add to it occasionally, too, because surely I’ll come up with new goals as time passes. I’m excited!

So, here’s my Thirty Before 35 list as it stands today…

  1. Bake a Rainbow Cake.
  2. Sell a novel (or two!).
  3. Complete a 500 piece puzzle.
  4. Have a picnic on the beach.
  5. Read and review a Stephen King novel.
  6. Drink a Hurricane in New Orleans.
  7. Have professional family photos taken.
  8. Run Disney’s Princess 1/2 Marathon.
  9. Attend a writers’ conference or festival.
  10. Order a Stitch Fix box.
  11. See a musical.
  12. Plan and host a tea party with my girl.
  13. Make a quilt.
  14. Take an international vacation.
  15. Watch Friday Night Lights in its entirety.
  16. Complete a three day juice cleanse.
  17. Write a manuscript that’s not contemporary YA.
  18. Pass 2K Twitter followers.
  19. Read Speak (my most shameful YA gap book).
  20. Host a brunch.
  21. Master “Space-A” travel.
  22. Attend a writers’ retreat.
  23. Get a massage.
  24. Make Chocolate Babka.
  25. Add another child to our family.
  26. Visit Mount Rushmore.
  27. Master “Crow” pose in yoga.
  28. Go to a(nother) country music concert.
  29. Plant an herb garden.
  30. Teach my daughter to swim (really well).

And here’s my new and improved…

Life List

Stay tuned for updates. 🙂


10 thoughts on “Thirty Before 35 –> Life List

  1. Allison says:

    Congratulations for completing 18 out of your 30! Wishing you an early Happy Birthday and have fun in your new and improved Life List 🙂

  2. kaitlinbartlett says:

    Happy (early) birthday Katy! Congrats on all you’ve accomplished from your list. 🙂 And best of luck with the new pieces you’ve added to your Life List! I’ve been wanting to take a photography class lately, too…I feel like there are so many buttons and knobs on cameras that I have no clue about!

    And, as always, I’m hunting down the ever-elusive crow pose too! 🙂

  3. Carolina M. Valdez says:

    It’s a good list 😉
    Saw your post pop up in my Social filter right after I’d emptied the folder and thought I’d come by and visit. It’s looking great over here! And by the sound of it, you’ve accomplished a lot in the past two years! Looking forward to seeing how things evolve for you in the next two.

    Wishing you an amazing 35th birthday!

  4. Melissa says:

    Happy Birthday, Katy! Good luck with mastering “Crow” pose. Yowza. That’s something that will never happen in my lifetime 🙂 You’ve accomplished so much and should be very proud of yourself!

  5. Liz Parker (@LizParkerWrites) says:

    Happy early birthday 🙂 I’ve been looking forward to this post! I like that you changed “add” to “welcome,” and I think it’s amazing that you guys have been preparing to foster. You’re a saint, if there really are such things.

  6. Alexa says:

    You’ve accomplished so much, congratulations. I remember when you first posted the list because I liked the sound of a rainbow cake. I can’t believe it was two years ago!
    I love the goals on your new list, best of luck with them all.
    Happy Birthday!

  7. april says:

    Happy birthday! Sounds like a great list. I probably have a “wish list”, but I don’t think there’s anything I feel that strongly enough about that I want to put on a list besides trying to stay happy and healthy and keep my kids happy and healthy. That’s exhausting enough! 🙂

  8. alice says:

    I hope you had a fantastic birthday, Katy! You accomplished *so much* of your 30 Before 35, and I love your new Life List. Great idea, and I have full confidence you’ll be crossing off a lot more of these items soon! 🙂

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