Tomorrow is September 1. I turn 30 on October 11. I’m almost out of time to finish my list! So here’s an update on my progress so far:
1. Fund 30 Kiva* loans
I need your help on this one!! So far my amazing, incredible, generous, philanthropic, wonderful team has funded 25 loans. We are ALMOST there! Please, please, please join my team if you haven’t already. It’s super easy. Just click this link, pick a borrower, and checkout. At checkout, just be sure to check the option to “Apply to Sara’s 30 Before 30 Lending Team”. That’s it! And if you’ve never loaned with Kiva before, your first loan is FREE. It couldn’t be any easier!
(*Kiva is a microcredit organization that facilitates small loans to borrowers around the world. These loans help the borrowers start and maintain small businesses and therefore escape the cycle of poverty. You can loan as little as $25 at a time. Over 98% of loans are paid back. When your loan is paid back, you can either re-lend the money or you can cash out. Kiva loans change lives. Join us!)
2. Submit something to be published
3. Do 30 Days of Truth
I’m working on it. I’ve only done six so far, which means I have 24 coming up in the next 41 days. We’ll see…
4. Learn Photoshop
5. Get a new tattoo.
I’m doing this really soon! I know what I want, I just have to find a good tattoo place and find a good time to go. I will definitely post pictures when it’s done!
6. Write a novel
I have officially started working on it, as I mentioned here. I’m giving myself until the end of the year to get a first draft done. I have to do some research, though, so I might not quite make it. Keep sending me those positive vibes!
7. Finish Project 52
This is a weekly photography challenge that goes through the end of the year (52 weeks – get it?). I’m on track!
8. Get something published
9. Go somewhere I’ve never been before
10. Climb a 14K
11. Forgive someone
12. Find my go-to Karaoke song
13. Master one yoga pose
14. Do a cleanse
15. Go to an opera
We have tickets for an opera the week after my birthday. That counts!
16. Master a difficult song on the piano
Ok, I don’t know about mastery. That might be asking a bit much. But I did learn and learn well a somewhat difficult (for me at least) song on the piano. I can feel myself improving every time I practice and I’m going to keep playing. That’s what I wanted. I feel accomplished and happy and I love playing.
17. Find a good place to volunteer and start volunteering
I’m volunteering on the planning committee for a fundraiser for an awesome organization, Heshima Kenya. It’s the first and only organization in Kenya devoted to identifying, protecting and empowering unaccompanied refugee children and youth living in Nairobi. I’m so proud to be involved!
18. Start composting
19. Print photo albums
20. Learn how to use camera in manual mode
21. Do something that terrifies me
22. Write a business plan
23. Do something fun for my 30th birthday
24. Audit a science class
25. Take a hot air balloon ride
26. Paint a picture
27. Watch the Godfather movies
28. Purchase a very expensive, staple item of clothing/accessory
29. Get a facial
30. Forgive myself
For those of you playing along at home, that means I still have 11 things to cross off the list. I’m going to be a busy girl! I started this list at about six months out, though, so I’ve kept up a pretty good pace.
Here’s to the last 41 days of my twenties!!!