Friday, January 10, 2014

2014 & my 30before30 list

i know i'm a few days behind (9, to be exact), but i've decided on which 30before30 goals i'm going to focus on for 2014:
-learn to speak portuguese fluently.
i've mentioned this before, but my mom is brazilian and unfortunately i never learned portuguese from her. my brother & i both learned spanish first, then english...and it was probably going to be pretty overwhelming to throw in portuguese in there, but i'm still just a little bit bitter about it. i definitely understand 90% of it because it's so similar to spanish and because we've heard my mom speak it most of our lives here & there, but it is time. it's time to sit down & really learn it, so that next time i go to brasil, i can sound really fancy.
so, last night i started on rosetta stone! it was only 30 minutes, but it's something. and just for the record, i got a 96% on my pronunciation. just sayin'.
-own an original art piece.
this is not something that the husband & i expected to do for a few years, but on our recent trip to mexico we came across an artist that we became slightly obsessed with, and now we are working on getting one of her pieces. more on that later! but this is also in the works.
-decorate our forever home to reflect both my husband and i perfectly. okay, so this is actually pretty much done. it's just the pictures that haven't been taken, and the goal above - the original art piece - that we're waiting on.
-go on a road trip. planning for this goal is already underway, so i'm pretty sure this one will be a really fun one to cross off this year.
-plant a thriving vegetable garden. luckily, i got started on this last year and now have the perfect box garden for it. i'm hoping to get kale, watermelon, jalapenos, tomatoes, mint, green bell peppers, and carrots throughout the year.
okay, that's it. there are 2 or 3 more that i'm pretty certain i can accomplish in 2014, but those are the 5 major ones that i will get done, no matter what!
there are also a few things that are not on my 30before30 list that i'd love to do this year, like going to a fun cooking class with the husband, volunteering at urban roots again (any austin friends want to come with? it's really fun!), and reading more (in 2012 i crossed off a reading-related goal that i'd maybe like to try again).


  1. Hi Ale! (discovered you via cupofjo)
    First of all how awesome that your mom is Brazilian, i'm obsessed with all things Brazil! (and i'm not Brazilian) Also I'm LOVING these goals, Portuguese is really a gorgeous language, original art is also on my list, there is something so satisfying in art drawn by an actual person - it's magic. The other three are also on my list! The house decorating... I don't think that ever ends really! Anyway rooting for you, glad to have stumbled here!

  2. I love these goals and can't wait to see how they go! owning a piece of artwork is one of those things you will take with you forever and ever,

  3. Great list. Hope you achieve it all. :)


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