30 by 30 Project Wrap-Up

April 21, 2017 Meta 3

Well, my 30th birthday has come and gone, so I guess it is past time to wrap this project up!

Let’s see… how did I do with my crazy list of goals?

  1. Read at least 250 books
    ✓ Grade: A
  2. Read at least 20 new-to-me classic books
    ✓ Grade: A
  3. Participate in SpoT High 2014-2017
    ✓ Grade: B

    I had back out of this commitment after only 1 year, because my job changed and I am no longer working in teen services or building teen book collections at our local public library. Still, I worked really hard on this committee’s project while I was a member, so I’m calling this an overall win.

  4. Write at least 40 book reviews
    ✓ Grade: A
  5. Write at least 100k words for my multi-year NaNoWriMo project
    ✓ Grade: F

    Not even close. Which, honestly, is fine — because I figured out that writing a novel is just not something I’m motivated to spend time on right now!

  6. Finish cataloging our home library
    ✓ Grade: C

    I made a good start on this a while back, but I’m already dozens of books behind on this project!

  7. Research my family tree
    ✓ Grade: A
  8. Build a genealogy website to share with my family
    ✓ Grade: B

    Started building it in May of 2015, and started keeping track of my research and posting about particularly interesting finds in January of 2016. It definitely still needs some work, though.

  9. Organize + digitize all of our personal photos
    ✓ Grade: C

    Again, I made a good start on this, but it’s nowhere near finished.

  10. Organize and back up my hard drives
    ✓ Grade: B
  11. Have a movie marathon
    ✓ Grade: A
  12. Visit a vineyard or attend a wine festival
    ✓ Grade: F

    This is still something that I’d really like to do!

  13. Go on a picnic
    ✓ Grade: A
  14. Go to a geekish con or fest — bonus points for cosplay
    ✓ Grade: B

    We’ve gone to Ren Fest 2 years in a row now, but still haven’t managed to put together proper costumes.

  15. Leave the state for a vacation
    ✓ Grade: A

    We went to San Diego in October of 2014 and Chicago in July of 2016.

  16. Spend a day at a spa
    ✓ Grade: F
  17. Have a party at our place
    ✓ Grade: B
  18. Write a fan letter
    ✓ Grade: C

    I wrote a letter to my all-time favorite author, Terry Pratchett. Knocked off a few grade points because I only managed to write it after he died.

  19. Give up video games for good
    ✓ Grade: B
  20. Lose weight — ideally, about 50 pounds
    ✓ Grade: D

    Uuuggghhh. I did lose quite a bit of weight over the last 2 years, and managed to gain most of it back over the last few months for no good reason. Oh, well, I’ve done it once so at least I know I can do it again!

  21. Go a month without fast food or delivery
    ✓ Grade: A
  22. Visit a dentist
    ✓ Grade: F

    This might seem like kind of a weird goal to have, but the truth is that I have a severe phobia of hypodermic needles and I’ve been a bit traumatized at dentists’ offices in particular. That said, I’m working with a therapist on overcoming this phobia, so hopefully this long-overdue task is something I can tackle soon!

  23. Stitch at least 10 wearable/usable things for myself
    ✓ Grade: F
  24. Sketch or paint at least 10 things
    ✓ Grade: A
  25. Craft at least 5 hand-made gifts for other people or pets
    ✓ Grade: F
  26. Cook, really cook, at least once per week
    ✓ Grade: B
  27. Cook my way through a cookbook or food blog
    ✓ Grade: F
  28. Start a custom recipe book
    ✓ Grade: B

    I’m using a combo of Copy Me That and a spreadsheet to keep track of which recipes I want to try, have tried, need to modify, absolutely love, etc.

  29. Vote at least once
    ✓ Grade: A

    Voted in the national, state, and local elections in 2014 and 2016.

  30. Buy a house
    ✓ Grade: A

    We closed on our first house in September of 2015.

Whew. I feel like I did a lot, but there are still quite a few “F” grades up there. Oops.

Still, my average grade is a good solid “C” so… at least that’s passing, right? You know, I never was a straight-A student, haha.

I thought about doing something similar to this and the original 25 by 25 project again, aiming for another milestone and switching up a few of the goals to better reflect my current aspirations. But TBH right now that just feels like a bit too much. I mean, I have short-term and long-term and super-long-term goals, of course, but I’d like to try and focus more on being in the now for a while, if that makes sense.

Have you done something like this? Do you find lists of long-term goals inspirational or stressful or …?

3 Responses to “30 by 30 Project Wrap-Up”

  1. Jillian

    You did great! This sort of thing is always inspiring to me, but I know once I post it I’ll forget it exists. 🙂

    • Louise

      Aww, thank you! I did forget about this project off and on over the last few years, but it was also helpful to have this kind of long-term background motivation to just DO STUFF.

  2. Jenna @ Falling Letters

    Well done! I don’t think long term goals really work for me…I have yearly goals and I find those difficult enough ^^; But I think it’d be nice to look back over a number of years and be able to say “Look at all these things I accomplished”. One of my goals for this year is the same as your #28 – since I plan on moving out (hopefully permanently) in the fall, I want to make sure I have all my favourite recipes from my mom 😛

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