Monday, January 30, 2017

Happy Birthday! 30 Before 30 Update

Two years ago, I made myself a list of 30 things I wanted to do before I turn 30. In 2015, I crossed a lot off my list like road tripping across the United States and visiting national parks. In 2016, I've only crossed off a few more things. AH! I only have 3 years left!

New: I have highlighted things I hope to complete this year! I have also changed #17 from "Ride an elephant" to "Go on safari in Africa" because I learned that (many times) the elephant's spirit must be broken in order for them to give rides to strangers all day. How could I be sure the elephant I rode was not treated like this? Do I want to support that kind of industry?

30 Before 30
  1. Grow a garden of fruits or vegetables and eat them
  2. Own a dog
  3. Go to a music festival
  4. Learn to drive stick
  5. Own a sari and know how to wear it
  6. Go on a spontaneous trip  - Some would say I did this, but I more meant like show up at an airport or train station and pick a place.
  7. Skydive
  8. Visit Zion National Park
  9. Take a road trip across the United States
  10. Ride a train overnight
  11. Take a cooking class
  12. Get professional, classy nudes done
  13. Visit Thailand
  14. Win a chance contest
  15. Stay in a 5-star hotel
  16. See the Grand Canyon
  17. Go on safari in Africa
  18. Go to Patagonia
  19. Visit Yellowstone
  20. Eat at a 5-star restaurant
  21. Get paid to work full-time for a magazine, literary journal, publishing house, etc. - Even though I didn't stay at that position long, I try it. 
  22. Publish another book
  23. Take a "Girls Only" trip with female friends
  24. Visit Japan
  25. Take a nude drawing class
  26. Go on a cruise
  27. Live in another country temporarily
  28. Adopt or have a child
  29. Visit all seven continents
  30. Pay off a loan and own something big - My credit cards! Since I've had two cars declared totaled this year, they've been paid off completely too.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Update: Where am I (again)?

The last time I updated I was in Lakewood, Colorado and our lease was coming to an end. After a second car accident, we had decided to return to Hawaii with pit stops in Maryland and Ohio.

A few things that have happened:

  • I took my first overnight train from Denver to Chicago to Cleveland
  • I started writing for The Suburbanite (somewhat) steadily
  • My freelance business is taking off
  • I'm rebuilding my website at
  • BF, Sister #3, and I went to Costa Rica
  • Thanksgiving with the BF's family in Ohio
  • Christmas and New Years my family in Maryland
  • BF and I returned to the Big Island in Hawaii
  • A deep, overarching and long-lasting depression
I've tweeted (I think) about how you can tell I'm depressed by the lack of writing. This includes a lack of blog posts. If you look back, those months where I skip posting (or I only posted once) are usually depressions. At least 2016 seems like it was better on me than 2015.

I'm thinking about writing a post about my depression--because doesn't everyone like to complain on the internet--but I'm not sure I have anything insightful to say. That aside, depression and anxiety still feel very embarrassing to talk about. 

I'm not sure if this last depression is over or if I'm just in the eye of the storm. I always seem to start to new year stronger. Maybe because my birthday is coming up.