Lauren, you've inspired me to look back over my 30th year too. Granted I'm well into my 31st (almost half way), but part of the power of making goals is reflection. So here's my progress:
1. Start a blog
Started, yes. My followthrough needs some work though...
2. Be a mentor
I certainly was, with or without the blogging evidence. I had the privilege of working with a student teaching for six weeks in the spring. She was wonderful and made mentoring truly a joy. It was inspiring to watch someone learn and grow and bloom as a teacher. Helping her also made me reconsider how I teach, and why I do what I do, which is always insightful. Hopefully she got as much from the experience as I did.
3. Buy a house
Yeah, I did! It's like a sanctuary and an art project and freedom all rolled into one super sweet house-shaped package. And haven't regretted it once. Not even when I was in jeopardy of losing my job earlier this summer. Not even when I have to mow the lawn in the 100+ heat. Best decision yet!
4. Get a dog
Uhhhhh...I looked at a dog. She even came over for a visit. But in the end I decided I wasn't finished living completely alone yet.
5. Throw a party
Actually I've thrown several! A housewarming party in August, Pie Night in November and a July 4th bash. And those are just the ones I remember.
6. Bake a cake from scratch
The last thing I baked in my oven was clay. A small step towards overcoming my fear of the hot beast. Surely cake baking will be next!
7. Dress with style
I don't know. Do you consider this shirt stylish, because I really want it!
8. Have an artwork displayed
In my house - totally! In public - not so much. I really should be more specific with my intentions.
9. Ask someone out
Is that a chicken I hear? Oh, no, it's just me. I do have someone in mind. But does he have me in mind too? I guess I'll never know until I suck it up and ask.
10. Meditate regularly
Worst - Meditator - Ever. It's on a plaque on my mantle. I know meditation is not about judgement and all things take practice and patience and time. But life is so darn distracting! I know it's important, so I'll keep trying.
11. Visit the Grand Canyon
Checkedy check! Did it! Loved it!
12. Learned to dance
I faithfully watched "So You Think You Can Dance" and danced along. That counts, right?
13. Keep a gratitude journal
I'm actually pretty good at this one. Journaling about all the little, wonderful things that make up your days puts life back into perspective.
Nope, but I would still like to. I do sing songs out loud randomly in public places. So I've got that!
15. Rock Climb
Not yet. I did look into places to take lessons.
16. Sell something I make
Not that I can think of off hand. I did make plenty of things and give them away. I know, not the same.
17. Read more books
More than what? I did read quite a bit this past year. I'd say more that usual, but not intentionally.
No - when can we go! Now? I'd love to escape this oppressive heat!
19. Help a stranger
Sure. Do I remember a specific time? Not off hand. But I'm always looking for opportunities to help!
20. Do an Urban Challenge
My aunt and uncle were in town. But I still want to. Probably as much as I want to ask that boy out. Maybe I should combine the two goals in to one, big SUPER goal! Brilliant!
21. Meet new people
Absolutely. All the time. Not necessarily on purpose though.
22. Write the "perfect" curriculum
It's on my to do list for next week.
23. Keep my cool
Much, much better at this! I can now stop and assess a situation before I go into freak out mode. Usually.
24. Make my house beautiful
yes, Yes, YES! It may be one of my favorite things to do. My house is like one big collage I keep adding to and rearranging and playing with. I love it!
25. Go on a canoe trip
Indeed, I did. And I felt like I was floating for quite awhile after I had left the canoe. It was wonderful! I heard about a canoe trip down the Colorado to the Grand Canyon. Sounds like a new resolution to me.
26. Sit in the front row of a concert
Well, I wasn't technically sitting, but I definitely could have touched the stage if I really wanted to. We saw this band on St. Patrick's Day, and afterward made a pact to never go out on St. Patty's Day again. At least not to lower Greenville. Those people CRAZY! The band rocked though!
27. Design my own Converse
Even better - I bought art for my walls instead.
28. Go to all 50 states
I made it to Nevada. That's a new one! I've got 23 so far.
29. Learn a song on the guitar
No, but I learned half of one on the piano.
30. Go to Vegas
And I spent my gambling money on shoes!
I fulfilled 9 completely. 7 mostly. And the rest had fabulous excuses! I didn't feel regretful about any of the missing resolutions except 1 or 2 (you can guess which ones). It was interesting to go back and see what I had wanted to do, and what I had forgotten. And what I remembered about the year in general. Overall, I'll keep year 30 - It was good to me and I was kind in return.
Next time I go a-bloggin' I think I'll post my goals somewhere I can see them on a regular basis. Lauren, even though I wasn't the best blogging buddy, I sure did have fun working on this project with you, and seeing all the awesome changes that happened in your life as well as mine.