This year is passing incredibly quickly. The 30 for 30 list I posted last time has been incredibly fun. Purposefully, I added items that were day to day (I tend to be much better at the big and spectacular), and those are the ones alluding me at the moment. The goal is to keep working on them; here’s the official update:
1. Volunteer at a soup kitchen
*** Yet to be scheduled
2. Read one nonfiction book a month
*** Jan: Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg. I really enjoyed this book – not because I now going to try to “have it all” or bitch that I don’t. Instead, what I found more insightful were the inherent and embedded prejudices we all have across genders and cultures, and ideas for how to navigate through them.
*** Feb: Perv by Jesse Bering. This is about the sexual deviant in all of us – a great read, as long as you keep an open mind.
3. Plan an awesome trip
*** In the works.
4. Take a pole dancing/aerial class
*** My goal is to do this March 15. My friend got super into this, and his group is very into the acrobatics of it; not raunchy as well. I’m really excited about developing my core and doing awesome flips. :)
5. Mentor someone
*** Second session this Friday.
6. Turn Gastroporn into something
*** I’m thinking a coffee table book – obviously self-published. We’ll see how this goes. I’m assuming this is a latter half of the year project.
7. Run 13 miles without stopping
*** This is hard. 1) I’m not inherently a runner; even with training, I’m still at about 2.5 miles before I collapse into a heap. 2) I haven’t been going to the gym that much this year, mostly b/c it’s bitterly cold outside and somewhat b/c I’m a lazy-bum. :)
8. Do 30 good deeds
*** I did 3 in Jan and so far, not too much in Feb. There needs to be a better way to keep track (besides mental)/definition of what counts as a good deed vs. what’s just being a human being.
9. Play a sport at least once a month
*** Yikes. Nada so far. Hoping spring/summer will help with the average.
10. Eat breakfast everyday
*** Yeah… not a problem. To be honest, I was awful with this 2 years ago, but my doctor says, if you want to lose weight, do small things. And starting then, I just tried to eat breakfast every morning. It’s not a habit, and my body is used to this. Really proud of myself. It’s pretty simple.
11. Blog once a month
*** Guess why I’m writing… hahaha
12. Get my passport stamped in a new country
*** This is very closely correlated with #3. I’m hoping it’ll be more than 1 new country… *fingers crossed*
13. Kiss someone who speaks French
*** Nothing yet… but if you have a lead. ;)
14. Give away 30 things (must not overlap with #8)
*** Same with 8 in terms of hard to remember/keep track. So far, it’s been lots of money to homeless people – coins don’t really count, so people have been getting $5 and $10 bills from me.
15. Donate 10% of the value of 2014 retail/splurge purchases to charity
*** Likely done at the end of the year with 1 BIG check.
16. Try yoga for the first time
17. Read a short story in another language
*** I have the story. It’s just about sitting down and reading it.
18. Exercise 2x a week on average
*** Because I haven’t really gone to the gym, I’m upping this to 3x a week starting in April – please be warmer then, so I don’t have to change out of a parka to go to the gym.
19. Don’t buy anything online for 30 days
*** DONE!! Incredibly hard since I buy almost everything online (seriously, beside cough medicine b/c I need it right away and splurges, everything else is online). But I went Jan 16 to Feb 18 with no purchases!
20. Find a new go-to restaurant and a bar near me
*** I would say Friend of a Farmer for brunch instead of Gemma. In terms of bar, still outstanding… it’s hard to beat the Library at Joe’s Public.
21. Make a prank phone call and convince the other person that I’m Margaret Cho
*** Hahaha I can’t wait to do this, but it’ll have to be a free weekend with lots of Cho-isms.
22. Drink a 50 year old scotch
*** Likely around my birthday in July.
23. Visit 7 new places in NYC
***Jan: Brooklyn Museum of Art + Neue Museum
*** Feb: Brooklyn Flea Markets in Williamsburg
*** Mar: Guggenheim
*** BONUS: Walking NY tip to tip this Sunday (about 13 miles) + seeing James Franco and Chris O’Dowd in Of Mice and Men (LOVE that novel by 1 of 2 face authors) + eating at Per Se next week. :) YAY!!
24. Don’t use Seamless for 90 days
*** hahahaha this is almost impossible living in NY. That being said. I definitely feel like May through July is possible because I’ll be cooking more.
25. Watch Breaking Bad. All of it
26. Eat 7 new cuisines
*** This is actually incredibly hard – not because I’ve eaten everything, but because it’s less convenient.
*** DONE: Swedish
*** ON THE LIST: Yemeni, Ghanaian, Filipino, Serbian, Hungarian, and Russian
27. Make and print my own pattern on fabric
*** I’m really looking forward to this.
28. Cook for someone once a month
*** Feb: Lovely brunch (picture in this post) with nutty bread, honeycomb, salami, freshly squeezed orange juice, red wine prosecco with Grand Marnier soaked blackberries, eggs, arugula salad, asparagus, ad banana pancakes.
*** Mar: Dinner party for 4. Pictures and menu to come. :)
29. Go diving with sharks (can be replaced with anything else that threatens my ability to keep breathing)
*** Really not sure what this will entail. I’m assuming this will be along with #3 but TBD. I really want to go hang gliding and know for sure LA has this.
30. Celebrate my birthday with the best people.
*** No brainer, but plans still in the works. :)