Big Things Before the Big 3-0!

29 years ago, something pretty amazing happened….

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I was born!

It is so hard to believe that I’ve been on this revolving sphere for so long. It feels like just yesterday I was celebrating my 4th birthday.

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A lot has happened in these 29 years. Things that I didn’t even think would happen. This year has been one of the best, which I seem to say every year, but it’s so true. Life just keeps getting better and better every day. I feel incredibly fortunate for all that life has brought my way.

For the past few years I have put together a list of things I’d like to accomplish in the upcoming year before my next birthday.

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Those lists have some pretty epic things on them. I start out with DO ALL THE BIRTHDAY LIST THINGS and carry that momentum for about a week.

Then it gets forgotten. I will look at it periodically throughout the year and think “Man, I really need to get working on some of these”

Soon forgotten again.

My 29 before 29 list is not much different.

Some things were crossed off and other things I had all the intentions in the world of getting them crossed off, then nothing happened. 8 out of 29 were taken off the list the past year.

Of course, I want things to be different this year. I mean, next year I turn the big 3-0! *gasp*

I could write out a huge list of things I want to do before July 24, 2015.

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But we all know how that goes.

Then I thought about forgetting it all together. No sense in making a list of things you probably won’t accomplish anyways.

What kind of mentality is that though?

A cruddy one.

I need something though, I love accomplishing big things.

So, that’s what the year before turning 30 is going to be all about.

Big things.

Big goals with small steps.

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What are the big things that I want to happen before I turn 30?

Become a personal trainer and health coach.

This is something I have been talking about a lot lately with friends and family. I keep putting it off because it is a bit expensive. But I know that I can do a lot of great things for myself and others with the certifications. Plan is to find a way to fund it and make it happen!

Write an e-book

I’ve always wanted to offer some sort of product to people that would potentially help them along their journeys to a healthier lifestyle. Not 100% sure what it will entail, but it will be great and helpful!

Move out of the duplex

I love the place we live, it’s roomy and great. There are things I’m missing in a house though, a big yard and more windows.

Take a photo of something that makes me happy everyday.

I love finding things everyday that make me happy. This year I want to document it. My plan is to print the photos off and create a scrapbook with them. I would love to do a monthly post with the pages I make.

Face my fears

Okay, so this one is pretty broad. I want to tackle things that leave me scared. If it gives me that fearful feeling, I want to do it. Skiing, swimming, asking for what I want, etc. Less fear, more life!

So, there’s the big things I want this upcoming year. Nothing that I cannot do! And it’s not an overwhelming list that I don’t think I could accomplish.

Now I’m off to go kayaking with Mr. B before I work tonight!

Feel Good Songs

I love music.

Like a lot.

I was a choir girl in high school.

I’m a lyric lover.

And seriously wake up with a song in my head every morning. (anyone else?)

There’s always a song for whatever situation you’re in, songs for good times, sad times, and times you never want to forget. (I still hear Bon Iver’s “For Emma” and am immediately taken back to mine and Mr. B’s first date)

Music is awesome and here are some songs I am loving lately!

Stolen Dance by Milky Chance

Just loving the beat of this song. Mr. B is digging this one as well.

All About That Bass by Meghan Trainor

How can you not want to get up and dance to this song? I love the lyrics too!

Try by Colbie Caillat

This one has been making the rounds. I LOVE it! I honestly can’t listen without crying. <3

Happy by Pharrell

Okay, this has been around for a bit now. But it ALWAYS puts me in a good mood! Plus it is the song that played right after I met Jillian Michaels! :)

Fancy by Iggy Azalea

I’ve claimed this to be my theme song on more than one occasion lately. ;)

What songs are making you feel good lately?

Also, I’m heading out to Portland/Vancouver today to check out Nautilus and hang out with some other awesome bloggers. David from Keep It Up, David and I are doing a LIVE Q&A tomorrow morning with the Bowflex trainer, Tom Holland. If you sign up and watch, you could win a Tread Climber of your own! Check it out HERE!

Facing Fears: Kayaking

I have this fear of drowning. Like, I can’t stand to have my face underneath the shower head for very long type of fear. Going underwater without my nose plugged….doesn’t happen.

Funny thing, I LOVE water. I love being in it, on it, around it.

Usually though I’m in a sturdy boat, can touch the bottom, or just dipping my feet in.

So, why this fear? No idea. It could be that I do not know how to swim or I can just blame it on my mom. She has a fear of drowning as well because she almost did drown as a child. I though, have never almost drowned.


In fact I used to feel fearless as a child and would jump in the deep end, go tubing on the river, and wouldn’t think twice about it.

Then you grow up and become a thinking adult. Lol.

This fear has held me back from a few things. One of those things being kayaking.

I was sure that I would just tip the thing over and I’d die. (yes, I’m a logical thinker)

Then Mr. B bought a kayak.

I gave it a try, on land of course.


Then I decided that I was going to actually get in water with it. Mr. B promised to give me some lessons and guaranteed I wouldn’t drown. I almost always trust what he says.

So last Wednesday, Mr. B and I headed to Lake George.

He gave me lessons on how to get in the kayak, how to paddle, turn, and all the basics. Then he took his kayak out for a bit while I sat on the shore doing some reading.

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After about 45 minutes he made he way back and declared it was my turn. He asked if I was scared and I actually wasn’t. I saw how easy he made it look and decided that I was more than ready.

I got in and made my way away from the shore.

It was so great! There were hardly any people out on the lake and it felt like I had it all to myself.


I paddled around for about 30 minutes or so before making my way back to the shore.

As soon as I got back on land, I told Mr. B I would need a kayak of my very own.

On Monday, we did just that!

Isn’t she pretty? (ooooo…I totally need a name for her!)


She’s a 10.4 Viper. We got our kayaks at Menards for a super good price of about $200!
We headed out on the lake again on Monday. It was super windy, so a bit choppy on the water. Not going to lie, that freaked me out a bit at first, but I got used to it.


It was so great to be out on the water with Mr. B in kayaks. We’re already talking about possible camping trips that we can take to do some kayaking.


I’m glad that I faced my fears because I have been missing out on something so fun! Including a great arm and ab workout!

I think the next fear to tackle are swimming lessons.

Do you kayak?

Have you faced any fears lately?

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