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With less than six months until my 30th birthday, I’m trying to get through things on my 30 Before 30 List as quickly as possible. Here’s a quick update on what I’ve done so far.

1. Fund 30 Kiva Loans. OK, people. I need some help on this one! Kiva is a non-profit that enables people to make micro-loans to borrowers around the world. Borrowers use these loans to start businesses and help themselves. The minimum loan is $25, which is probably not much to you, but combined with all the lenders around the world, makes a huge difference to borrowers. The loans are almost always paid back and you can then re-lend the money or just take it back. Not only that, but if you’ve never lent with Kiva before, you can lend for free the first time! So PLEASE, join my lending team and help me fund 30 Kiva loans. We’ve funded 9 loans so far, so just 21 more to go. I know with your help we can fund 21 loans in no time!

2. Submit Something to be Published. Done and done and done! I got on a roll a few weeks ago and submitted about five different articles. Still waiting to hear back on most of them…

3. Get Something Published. Done!  Oh, did I forget to mention that? I wrote an article about my struggle with postpartum depression and it was accepted for publication in Natural Child Magazine, an online magazine. Ahhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!  I was also published today on The Momoir Project. You guys! I’m a real writer now.

4. Start Composting. Done! I thought this would be easy because Denver composts, so I figured I could just sign up for a compost bin and that would be that. But apparently it’s only a pilot program and they’re not letting anyone else join right now. (Get on that, Denver!) Luckily a friend of mine has a backyard composter, so for now I’m just saving up stuff in the freezer and bringing it over to her composter periodically. Hopefully I can either get a city bin or get my own composter soon.  Either way, I love not throwing away so much food. Woohoo!

5. Do a Cleanse. I’m really excited about this one, guys. I was going to do a juice cleanse, but when I did a little more research I decided on a nutritional cleanse. I’m doing one based on the program set forth in the book Clean. I’ll be eating smoothies or soups for breakfast and dinner, and a solid meal (of limited, healthy food) for lunch. My goal is to do it for two weeks. Expect more posts about that as I’m doing it. I think it’s going to be incredibly challenging and incredibly rewarding. I’m starting two weeks from yesterday. I’m already making some adjustments to my diet to ease into it: less dairy and carbs, more raw vegetables, no processed foods. As my doctor said when I called to get her approval, “It’s funny that we call this a cleanse nowadays, when this is really how we should be eating all the time.”  Amen!  (And just to be clear, this is in no way an attempt to lose weight. This is an attempt to be healthier, to break bad eating habits, and to be more energized.)

6. Find My Go-to Karaoke Song. Again, I need some help on this one. What do you love to sing for Karaoke? I’ve thought of Wicked Game and Landslide as potentials. I’m an alto, so I need something either by an alto or a bass (and I sing an octave up). Or maybe a high tenor. But no soprano songs. I can’t sing that high. So help a girl out. Any ideas??

I also have scheduled or am in progress on several other items on the list. I love having a challenge like this and a list to cross things off of. Please keep cheering me on, I love your support!