My 30 Before 30 List: February & March 2012 Update

April 6, 2012 in 30 Before 30

I’ve been so tired today.  I’m recovering from my red eye flight from Vancouver and maybe a little jet lag too.  I went to Vancouver for the Association of Fundraising Professionals International Conference, but it was also a good way to cross off #18 (Visit a Foreign Country) off my list.  Traveling can get expensive but I saved money by splitting a room with two other people, taking public transit instead of cabs to the airport, packing snacks and breakfast food and taking advantage of the free lunch and food and drinks at cocktail receptions during the conference.  I wish that I had more time to explore the city, but walking around during the breaks and visiting a free festival next to the convention center (that’s where the Stormtroopers shown below came from) made my stay fun and affordable.  I’m going to miss seeing the mountains, but I’ll take the 80 degree Atlanta weather over Vancouver’s cold and rainy days.

Here’s an update about the progress of the other things on my list:

  1. Make a Large Donation to a Nonprofit Organization
  2. Speak at an Event about Saving Money  {I Spoke at Chocolate Chat in January 2012.}
  3. Pay Off My Student Loan {Slowly but surely.}
  4. Take a Risk
  5. Mentor Someone
  6. Find a Mentor
  7. Blog Twice a Week {I’m getting closer to this one.}
  8. Go to a Blogging Conference
  9. Take a Class
  10. Go on a Date
  11. Help to Grow My Sorority’s Young Alumnae Group {Ongoing. If you know any Alpha Gamma Delta sisters in the Atlanta area, send them my way.}
  12. Run a 5K (Instead of My Usual Running/Walking Method) {I finished a 5K by walking/running in 40 minutes, so that doesn’t count. I won a weekend stay at hotel from a raffle at the race, so it was definitely worth going to!}
  13. Fit Into the Overly Priced Jeans I Bought a Few Years Ago
  14. Write a Will
  15. Make a New Cooking for One Recipe Each Month {Taco Soup and I also came up with some Xpress Redi-Set-Go recipes that I’ll post soon.}
  16. Perform a Random Act of Kindness Every Month {In February, I spent a week picking up trash whenever I saw it during my walk to work. In March, I bought a rotisserie chicken for someone who ran out of money at Publix. She was embarrassed that her card was declined and I hope she enjoyed her chicken.}
  17. Visit a Friend Who Has Moved to a Different City {I’m visiting Lauren in Boston next month!}
  18. Visit a Foreign Country {I visited Vancouver in March 2012}
  19. Go on a Mission Trip
  20. Visit Three States That I Haven’t Been To Before
  21. Visit Dollywood
  22. Go to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival
  23. Go to High Tea {I won a gift certificate for Afternoon Tea at the Four Seasons Atlanta! I’m excited about going with my mom soon}
  24. Get a Proper Bra Fitting
  25. Throw a Party
  26. Join a Singles Group (and Actually Go to It)
  27. Have a Spa Day
  28. Mail a Card to Someone Every Month {I sent Valentine’s Day cards to friends in February and a birthday card to my grandmother in March}
  29. Bake Something Every Month {I made Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies in February and “Slutty Brownies” in March.  Both were Pinterest finds}
  30. Decorate My Loft

How are things going with your goals for this year?

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Whitney April 6, 2012 at 6:13 am

You will LOVE high tea! I went to high tea in DC with a frind as her send-off, before she moved back to India. It was so much fun! It was a long, leisurely experience, and we didn’t feel rushed to finish and leave. I hope you and your mom have a great time

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Single & Saving April 6, 2012 at 11:54 am

Thanks, Whitney! I’m hoping for a long, leisurely experience too. There’s something about spending an afternoon eating miniature sandwiches and desserts that is really appealing to me.

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Mandi April 6, 2012 at 11:37 am

Yay for your International trip– Canada is one of the places I want to visit. My company has a branch in Toronto so I’m hoping that one day they find a reason to send me there to visit, but hopefully it’s during the summer! LOL

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Single & Saving April 6, 2012 at 12:04 pm

You have to find an excuse to go! I grew up in Upstate New York and loved visiting Ontario when I was a kid. It gets kind of hot in July and August, but late spring or early summer would be the perfect time to visit.

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Lauren April 6, 2012 at 11:40 am

#17 – Yay! So excited!
#18 – Your pictures are so pretty – Vancouver looks like a great city!
#23 – I love that you won this! Can’t wait to hear how it goes!

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Single & Saving April 6, 2012 at 12:24 pm

I’m so excited about #17 too! It’s going to be an action-packed weekend :) Can we cross off something from your 30 Before 30 while we’re there?
Vancouver was a great city. I want to go back and fly on one of those seaplanes.
I didn’t know what the prize would be when I entered the Four Seasons’ Facebook contest, so it was an excellent surprise.

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Alonzo-MochaMoney April 12, 2012 at 2:52 pm

Traveling is the best. I love getting other people’s perspectives on life and other things. I think if more Americans traveled and were exposed to other cultures we’d wouldn’t have as many problems as we do.

They also say that we get more happiness and utility in spending money on experiences like travel than we do from spending money on actual objects like purses, electronics, or cars.

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Single & Saving April 13, 2012 at 1:54 pm

I totally believe that we get more happiness from experiences over material things. I’ve been trying to avoid buying new clothes and other things that aren’t necessities, so I can travel more this year. I love going to new places, eating new foods and seeing new things. Thanks for your comment!

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