I turned 33 last week!
I remember when I was fresh out of undergrad, I thought 33 would be “middle aged.” Now? I still barely feel like an adult (though ten years ago as a newly married grad student I thought myself quite grown up).
Perspective. It changes.
I got to spend my birthday on vacation visiting my sister, who lives in the Bay Area, and my brother and sister-in-law, who live in LA. I went to visit my favorite places, ate amazing food, read some great books, and came home feeling rejuvenated.
It was amazing, and I’ll be sharing more about my adventures (and some big news!) soon.
The year ahead is going to be full of big changes (hello, Santa Barbara!) and I’ve been thinking of what I want it to look like.
33 Goals on my 33rd Birthday
- Get all my original art and prints framed and hang a beautifully curated gallery of the art.
- Find a new way to volunteer.
- Master a macaron recipe.
- Build a little free library.
- Learn how to put on ‘cat eye’ eyeliner.
- Work out an average of 3 times a week.
- Get a new car. (RIP Jetta).
- Organize my photos.
- Make new IRL friends.
- Finish an embroidery project.
- Grow an amazing succulent garden.
- Send letters to friends and family every month.
- Start electrolysis.
- Try out a vegan diet for one month.
- Buy no more than 12 new books.
- Read all the books I already own.
- Resize my wedding ring.
- Pay down my student loan debt.
- Downsize my wardrobe.
- Get a new (paid) writing gig or write a (paid) article for a new publication. Build my freelance writing portfolio.
- Write an average of 3 posts a week here.
- Finish my current WIP.
- Query my 1st tier of preferred agents.
- Join a writing critique group.
- Run for YALSA board (since I didn’t this year).
- Present at a national conference.
- Become proficient in Photoshop and InDesign.
Travel + Experience
- Visit a winery.
- Visit the beach every week.
- Go whale watching.
- Go camping on Channel Islands.
- Visit Palm Springs.
- Get Comic Con tickets.
I’ll be checking in with these as part of my small goals posts to hold myself accountable, and since I’m embarking on a new adventure, they might evolve over the course of the year. What are your goals for the next year?