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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 wait 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 …?


30 by 30 Project Check-In

March 23, 2016 Just for Fun 0

Another year older now — both me and my little blog. I’ve been working (off and) on this little 30 by 30 Project, a list of 30 goals I want to reach by the time I turn 30 years old. 2 years down, 1 more to go! Here’s a little progress report:

  1. Read at least 250 books
  2. Read at least 20 new-to-me classic books
  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
  6. Finish cataloging our home library
  7. Research my family tree
  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
  10. Organize and back up my hard drives
  11. Have a movie marathon
  12. Visit a vineyard or attend a wine festival
  13. Go on a picnic
  14. Go to a geekish con or fest — bonus points for cosplay
  15. Leave the state for a vacation
    ✓ Grade: A

    We went to San Diego in October of 2014.

  16. Spend a day at a spa
  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
  20. Lose weight — ideally, about 50 pounds
  21. Go a month without fast food or delivery
  22. Visit a dentist
  23. Stitch at least 10 wearable/usable things for myself
  24. Sketch or paint at least 10 things
  25. Craft at least 5 gifts for other people or pets
  26. Cook, really cook, at least once per week
  27. Cook my way through a cookbook or food blog
  28. Start a custom recipe book
  29. Vote at least once
    ✓ Grade: A

    Voted in the Texas state + local elections in 2014.

  30. Buy a house
    ✓ Grade: A

    We closed on our first house in September of 2015.

Many of these goals are in progress, meaning I’m either actively working on them or have definitive plans to do something about them in the near future. For example, I’m currently researching my family tree (as evidenced by the genealogy website!) and I’m planning to dress up and go to the Ren Fest next fall!


30 by 30 Project Check-In

March 21, 2015 Just for Fun 0

It’s hard to believe, but my little corner of the Internet is now 4 years old! I started writing here in March of 2011. A lot has changed since then.

The design has changed, as has the typical content. As I’ve gotten more comfortable with a little bit of blending between my online and “real” lives, and as I’ve been increasingly active in certain communities, I’ve really had to clean up around here! Many of my older posts have been scrubbed away. Right now I’m working on bringing back some of the decent content in a way that jives with the current purpose + atmosphere of Lone Star on a Lark.

In real life, the past 4 years has been a whirlwind. I gained a Master’s degree and a new librarian job (plus 2 accidental promotions) and lost a faithful old vehicle. My husband got a new job, too. And I picked up a couple of new hobbies: sewing and genealogy (though I’m still very much in the beginner stage of both). I’ve made new friends and really settled in to our new post-college life here.

I’ve been in kind of a funk these past 2 weeks, but I’m planning a big “blog birthday” giveaway soon, so keep an eye out for it!

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Many people like to make New Year Resolutions. I totally admire that, but for some reason I always feel more comfortable doing the whole yearly review and planning thing around my birthday at the start of spring.

Last year I started a new set of goals: my 30 by 30 Project. Here’s what it looks like as of today:

  1. Read at least 250 books
  2. Read at least 20 new-to-me classic books
  3. Participate in SpoT High 2014-2017
  4. Write at least 40 book reviews
  5. Write at least 100k words for my multi-year NaNoWriMo project
  6. Finish cataloging our home library
  7. Research my family tree
  8. Build a genealogy website to share with my family
  9. Organize + digitize all of our personal photos
  10. Organize and back up my hard drives
  11. Have a movie marathon
  12. Visit a vineyard or attend a wine festival
  13. Go on a picnic
  14. Go to a geekish con or fest — bonus points for cosplay
  15. Leave the state for a vacation
    ✓ Grade: A

    We went to San Diego in October of 2014.

  16. Spend a day at a spa
  17. Have a party at our place
  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
  20. Lose weight — ideally, about 50 pounds
  21. Go a month without fast food or delivery
  22. Visit a dentist
  23. Stitch at least 10 wearable/usable things for myself
  24. Sketch or paint at least 10 things
  25. Craft at least 5 gifts for other people or pets
  26. Cook, really cook, at least once per week
  27. Cook my way through a cookbook or food blog
  28. Start a custom recipe book
  29. Vote at least once
    ✓ Grade: A

    Voted in the Texas state + local elections in 2014.

  30. Buy a house

It might not look like a whole lot of progress, but I think I’m doing OK so far. Many of those goals are “in progress” and a few others can easily be accomplished within the next year or so. Wish me luck!


30 by 30 Project

March 22, 2014 Just for Fun 0

I started this blog a little over 3 years ago, on my 24th birthday, with a 25 by 25 Project.

My last birthday came and went with very little fanfare, but I tend to see my birthday as a “new year” marker — instead of evaluating successes and failures of the previous year or thinking of improvements and adventures for the coming year on January 1st, I tend to get all goal-oriented on the 1st day of spring (that’s right, I have an AWESOME birthday).

The 25 by 25 list wasn’t a completely failed experiment. No, I didn’t achieve all of those goals, but I did manage some of them and I did work towards others and, overall, I think it was a good way to guide my actions for the year.

Now, though, I’m thinking about the next few years of my life (and this blog)… which brings me to my new 30 by 30 Project. In another 3 years I’ll hit the big three-oh, and there’s plenty of stuff I want to accomplish during that time.

  1. Read at least 250 books
  2. Read at least 20 new-to-me classic books
  3. Participate in SpoT High 2014-2017
  4. Write at least 40 book reviews
  5. Write at least 100k words for my multi-year NaNoWriMo project
  6. Finish cataloging our home library
  7. Research my family tree
  8. Build a genealogy website to share with my family
  9. Organize + digitize all of our personal photos
  10. Organize and back up my hard drives
  11. Have a movie marathon
  12. Visit a vineyard or attend a wine festival
  13. Go on a picnic
  14. Go to a geekish con or fest — bonus points for cosplay
  15. Leave the state for a vacation
  16. Spend a day at a spa
  17. Have a party at our place
  18. Write a fan letter
  19. Give up video games for good
  20. Lose weight — ideally, about 50 pounds
  21. Go a month without fast food or delivery
  22. Visit a dentist
  23. Stitch at least 10 wearable/usable things for myself
  24. Sketch or paint at least 10 things
  25. Craft at least 5 gifts for other people or pets
  26. Cook, really cook, at least once per week
  27. Cook my way through a cookbook or food blog
  28. Start a custom recipe book
  29. Vote at least once
  30. Buy a house

Some of these goals are repeats from the previous list, and that’s OK. Those are still things I want to do, after all. Some things involve long-term commitments or new habits, so it will take a while for me to feel comfortable counting those goals as accomplished. Some goals are a little silly or frivolous, but percentage-wise I think this list is a little more serious than the old list.

Maybe not every goal is attainable, but I think most of them are, and I’m certainly willing to try.