8.27.2012

Twenty-Seven in 27



Am I really 27? 

I am.  Most days I feel like I am much younger, too unaccomplished and as terrified as a recent graduate that can't find a job.  I often accidentally tell people I am 25. Shouldn't a 27 year old be set on a career path, own more than her car and be able to afford a vacation? Occasionally, like when I am making big life decisions or feeling particularly successful, I feel like I can say I am 27 with pride. Those moments are usually few and fleeting.  So in an effort to not be surprised a year from now when 28 is on the horizon, I am making a list of goals to accomplish this year.  You have probably seen these posts floating around the blogoshpere lately.  It's time for me to jump on board!  Plus it was easy to steal some from my 30 before 30 list.  Stealing...multitasking...same thing. 

1. Move to a new state- this one is super easy seeing as I'm already here.  I like to start off with things I know I can accomplish so I can get the momentum going!

2.  Lose 50 pounds.  I have a hard time with committing to weight loss, but I am thinking that in addition to my location change I will try some lifestyle changes as well.  And let's be honest, I plan on spending a lot of time on the beach and I would prefer to do that with a little less fat.  If part of my routine could include dance classes, that would be great!

3.  Run a 1/2 marathon.  I was not born a runner.  I have yet to mold myself into a runner.  I am going to do it though.  Even if I hate it. 

4.  Learn how to paddle board.  I have a lot of anxiety about being in water that I can't see the bottom of.  I feel pretty good about being on top of it though.  Since I am moving to the beach, it seems like a good time to give it a try.  Plus I hear it's a great workout.

5.  Again since I will be near the beach, I think it is time I actually learn how to ride a bike.  Then I will have a reason to get a really cute yellow beach cruiser!

6.  I really want to do an urban race or one of those obstacle course races.  Who's in?

7. Make something old new again.  And by that I mean some kind of Pinterest project to redo an old piece of furniture.  Considering I sold off all of my furniture, this seems like a very likely necessary item to check off the list soon.

8.  Go to LA to the new Sprinkles Ice Cream shop. (and explore.  I haven't been to LA since I was 13.)

9.  Go to Vegas for Meagan's bachelorette party.  I. Can't. Wait.

10.  Get comfortable in my new job.  I expect that to take a solid 6-12 months.  It's a big step, but a step that feels right. (It's one of the things that actually makes me feel 27.)

11.  Go see the Bethenny Show live.  I would settle for Ellen too.

12. Spend a day at Disneyland with a kid- specifically my little brother.  Don't read this Colton, you'll spoil your birthday/Christmas present!

13. Reach 500 followers on my blog.  I love interacting with all of you.

14.  Give up soda.  Seriously this time.  Good thing I have a year to do it.

15. Join a team.  A kickball team, softball team- whatever.  I love playing on a team.

16. Pay off  a good majority of debt and cut up all but one of my store credit cards.  If you are wondering, the lucky card that won't get the ax is my Macy's card.  Solidify and stick to a budget so that someday I will be able to buy a home, go on vacations and eventually retire.

Man coming up with 27 things is kind of hard. 

17.  Visit a state I haven't been to.  Is it cheating if I already did that when I went to Virginia last week?

18. Take a vacation with the boyfriend.  We've always visited people.  I'd like us to do something together, just us!

19.  Buy a DSLR camera.  Savings plan in action!

20.  Go on a cruise with all my girlfriends.  Who doesn't want to do that every year!

21.  Make a definitive decision about Grad school.  Should I even get my masters? What program should I do?  When should I start?  What do I want to be when I grow up?

22.  Start working on a book.  I have some awesome ideas, it's really more about setting aside the time to get it going. 

23.  Find a permanent place to live, preferably near the beach.

24.  Embrace being comfortable with who I am.

25.  This might sound weird, but increase my water intake.  I think that will happen naturally when I stop drinking soda.  I'm constantly dehydrated.

26.  Get organized.  I have a tendency to be a little messy if everything doesn't have a home.  When I take the time to give things a home, things never get messy.

27.  Really appreciate and enjoy this next year.  It's definitely starting a new chapter and I don't want to miss a single opportunity.

Whew, that was way harder than it looks!  What are you going to do this year?

14 comments:

Dani @ Inspire Motivate Love said...

You crack me up! I am 27 too, and feel the exact same way. I own nothing besides my car, am not done with school for 10 more months (well...I AM going into my 5th year of a 4 year program. Going to college as an adult is a lot harder than right out of high school!) I am constantly feeling like I am "behind everyone else."
But - I have realized that I am probably right where I need to be, and everything will fall into it's place. Sometimes, taking the road less traveled and not being settled by 27 is a good thing.
Here's to accomplishing a lot before we turn 28! <3

The Framed Lady said...

A lot of our goals are the same. I want to go on a cruise with my girlfriends, visit a new country, finish my last 2 classes, get better spending habits.

Here's my 30 for 30 list:
http://www.theframedlady.com/p/30-before-30.html

Tess

JKT said...

Love it! I did this a few weeks back and it was fun!! I'm 25 but I have a habit of adding a year to my age....weird, I know! That's an awesome list- I think if you did even 1/2 it'd be a great year!! :)

Megan10e said...

Ashley! I just started a linkup for bloggers with bucket lists! You can find it here! I just ran a half marathon this weekend, and my post about it is going up tomorrow! Good luck with all your goals!

Shaping Up To Be A Mom

Jennifer Hanson said...

Great list! So inspirational too.
Great to find your blog via the blog hop!

Have a great day!

-Jenn

~julee~ said...

In my mind, 27 is the most perfect age. Enjoy this year (and many, many more)!

jes @ twosmuppies said...

following from the blog hop!
i want to do all of these things.
except the 1/2 marathon. because i am NOT a born runner.

jes @ www.twosmuppies.com

Hilary said...

Visiting from the blog hop. If you don't mind me asking, where did you move to in CA? That little star looks awfully close to me :) I'm a little more west though I think.

So many of these goals apply to me as well. I just started making a 25 before 25 list. You've inspired me to add some things to it!

I'm your newest follower!

Jessie said...

I would LOVE to see Bethenny live!!! Also the sprinkle ice cream shop sounds yummy. I am obsessed w their cupcakes

Julie said...

Great goals, good luck with them!
New follower via the hop. Check out my blog and follow back if you like.
Have a great week! :)
Julie @ The Path to an Organized Tomorrow

Rachel said...

It sounds like a lot of your goals work well together, so you've done some good planning i.e. no soda, more water, lose weight, run a half-marathon
You've got a busy year ahead of you, though! go for it!

Mrs. Jones said...

I'm staring down 27, and it will be here in just 11 days.... I'm a little scared about this age! Love your goals. You're going to do so well! And Sprinkles ice cream!? How did I miss this?!

Jill J @ Classy with a Kick said...

You have to Paddleboard! I did it last year for the first time and am addicted. It's so fun, easy and a great workout! I am thinking about trying SUP Yoga but am a little scared about that.

I am happy I found you on the blog! Excited to keep reading more!

xo, jill from Classy with a Kick

Kari said...

Found your blog through the blog hop! You have some great ideas on your list. I just recently made a 30 Before 30 list (ugh...30)...we should keep each other accountable! Good luck :)