Monday, September 26, 2011


I guess that's what this whole blog is about in the first place, right?

Thursday, September 22, 2011

#21: start a regular yoga practice

I have officially started to work toward item number 21 on my list, "start a regular yoga practice"...well, I've kind of started. Today I visited Black Swan Yoga, a donation-based co-op that teaches daily yoga classes in downtown Austin. I went with my friend Lesley, who now knows about the blog, which means she is morally responsible for motivating me to reach this goal, because she got herself in to it. We may or may not have gone to the wrong kind of class for beginners (we did)...but we learned how to take really quick deep breaths & how to chant in unison! That's something, right?
We decided that maybe we should do our own at-home yoga classes together before venturing out in to the public yoga world again. But I feel good that we at least have a starting point. Tuesday nights will now be dedicated to yoga videos until we feel like we have all of the poses down and won't be immediately pinpointed as the newbs at a yoga class. Tuesday nights also means Rachel Zoe Project is on Bravo, what if we're defeating the whole purpose of clearing our minds of first world issues and meditation by watching the show after yoga? At least Lesley came up with the name "yozoe" for our Tuesdays, since we're combining the two. And everyone knows that coming up with a designated name validates everything. 
So, #21, you are far from conquered. But it's a start.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

First Things First

Let's begin with "the list", because that's where this whole blog came from. As I was reading through one of the many blogs that I stalk, sfgirlbybay, I came across several different blogger's Mighty Life Lists. It's a list of 100 or so things you want to accomplish in your life - same concept as a bucket list, but with a name makeover. On a slow day at work, I decided to start my Mighty Life List, but realized that most of the things on my list were pretty short term - how the hell do I know what will be on my life list in 20 years?! So I decided to customize my list a bit, and make a list of things I plan to accomplish between now and my 30th birthday. I plan to use this blog to update the steps I'm taking to make sure everything gets checked off. So this gives me a little less than 6 years to accomplish my "30 Before 30" goals....I think that's pretty doable.
I'll be crossing off items on my list as I accomplish them, so hopefully this will soon be a very crossed off list.


1. visit santorini, greece - 2. learn to speak portuguese (at least conversationally) - 3. go on a girl's weekend trip to a vineyard - 4. own an original art piece - 5. learn how to bake my own bread! - 6. give birth - 7. host a super themey movie night - 8. participate in some sort of marathon or race - 9. plant a thriving vegetable garden - 10. go on an annual camping trip - 11. read at least a book a month for one year - 12. master taking photos the way i picture them in my brain - 13. decorate our "forever home" to reflect both my husband & i perfectly - 14. start a sunday night supper tradition - 15. visit spain - 16. see radiohead live again - 17. become crafty - 18. ride in a hot air balloon - 19. visit maui for 5 year wedding anniversary - 20. start teaching my children how to speak spanish fluently - 21. start a regular yoga practice - 22. sleep in a tree house -23.  see northern lights - 24. host thanksgiving at my house (insead of a parent's house!) -25. take a weekly photo of my child/children for an entire year - 26. take a road trip (more than like 12 hours of driving!) - 27. learn to tango with my husband - 28. take a creative class of some sort - 29. surprise my husband with the best birthday gift ever (still don't know what that is....) - 30. end this whole thing with a 30th birthday bash that's worthy of being blogged about