30 Before 30 | 1 Year Check-In

Exactly a year ago today, I was 30 months away from my 30th birthday and I posted a "30 Before 30" bucket list of the things I hoped to accomplish before I turned the big 3-0. With 18 months to go, here's what I've managed to check off my list:

1. Take an international trip 

2. Read fifty books in a year | I did it, I did it! 2016 was my year. With some help from audiobooks listened to over long car rides, I completed my goal to read 50 books in one year and I still have two months to go! (September 10, 2016)

3. Submit a grant proposal 

4. Get my third (and fourth?) tattoo | My sister came to visit the weekend before her 25th birthday, so we finally got the matching sister tattoos we've been plotting forever! After years (literally) of deliberation, we settled on Madeline- a sweet childhood memory that we share. (October 8, 2016)

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5. Take a kayak trip

6. Pay off a student loan

7. Live with my sister | After she graduated from grad school this past May, Kelly lived with us for about two months and served as our live-in nanny when our childcare arrangements fell through. Charlie grew so attached to her and our house felt so empty once she left for her first big girl job. We miss her like crazy! (June-July 2016)

8. Visit a new state

9. Grow my blog | I suppose that technically my blog has grown since last year, but not much. I'm not crossing this one off yet!

10. Volunteer more

11. Attend regular yoga classes 

12. Finish designing and decorating one room in our house | Most all of our rooms are close, but not quite to my liking just yet. This one stays uncrossed, as well!

13. Learn a new skill 

14. Baby Pep 2.0 | Woohoo! I made another human! (September 5, 2016)

15. Do something BIG for our 5th anniversary

16. Open up a college savings account for Charlie | #MommyFail

17. Have a girls' weekend | After several visits to Ohio, I decided to return the favor and drive to Philly to reunite with my college besties. I pizza-ed, Wawa-ed and Jersey shore-d to my heart's delight. As much as I love my husband's Ohio hometown, I miss the East Coast like crazy. (June 17, 2016)

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18. Invest in a DSLR

19. Run a half marathon

20. Finish Charlie's baby book

21. Do a Wine & Canvas night 

22. Attend a game

23. Visit Frankie's grave

24. Plant a backyard garden

25. Dye my hair a fun color

26. Go to King's Island 

27. Wear my wedding dress again | I specifically bought my wedding dress so that I could wear it again and this past year, I finally got to. Two of our friends throw an annual themed birthday party right before Christmas and this past year's theme was "Masquerade." My sister happened to be in town, so she painted a sugar skull on my face and I rocked my dress for round 2! (December 19, 2015)

28. Get promoted

29. Attend a book signing 

30. Give my husband 3,000 kisses | Working on this one every day! ;)

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6/30 isn't bad progress. I've got 18 months left- let's see what I can do!

Do you have a 30 before 30 bucket list?

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