Tuesday, June 11, 2013


Today is my birthday.  The last birthday in my third decade.  Today is the first day of the last year of my thirties.  Not that I'm being dramatic about it or anything, but it's kind of a big deal.

I mean it's 39 you guys.  I have a year left to qualify for the amazing 40 under 40 or whatever a group like that is called.  So, that means I have another year to well, um, do something amazing.  You know, like start a business or a charity or a revolution. 

Up until now, I always thought it was kind of amazing that I have held onto my sanity and sobriety.  But they don't give awards for that dummy.   

I have another year to get all the stuff done that I said I would do before 40.  Like become a fashion designer, singer, soap opera actress/photo journalist, race car driver, bongo player.  Those are a few of the things I said I'd do.  Sure I said them when I was 10, but I said them. I said I would do/be those things when I was a "grown up" and that's 40 right?  It may be too late for some of those things (note I haven't given up and said it's too late for all of those things), but I can still get stuff done.

This week's Pinterest Poser Challenge** is all about a list, a bucket list of sorts.  There are bucket lists all over Pinterest.  This one is inspired by today, my birthday.

 **In an attempt at not being a Pinterest Poser,* every week I  detail a new Pinterest challenge whether it be a new recipe or a craft.   

*My definition of a Pinterest Poser is someone who is all pins and no substance.

If I get those things done in the next year, that's cool.  If not, they will simply be moved to the Things To Do Before 50 list.  Because like I learned in my late 20s and 30s, life gets busy and full of other stuff.  Oh man I almost typed "life is what happens when you are making other plans," oh my gosh sorry for the cliche quoting, but ahem, it's cliche for a reason.  It's true!

My life has been full.  I've grown up more, let go more, lived more, traveled more, seen more, drank more, mothered more, laughed more, cried more and loved more. 
source: Pinterest

Today is my birthday.  The last birthday in my third decade.  Today is the first day of the last year of my thirties.  And I am wiser and more patient. I know no matter what I do this year, I will do my best to forgive, embrace, accept, enjoy and appreciate it all.

source: Pinterest

Do you have a bucket list? Have you made something from Pinterest lately?  Had any great successes? Or advice?  Or warning about a project that's a total waste of time? Do tell.

Please share whatever you're working on in the comments here or over on Facebook.  Come on over and follow my Pinterest boards.

Here are some of the projects I've already attempted, the good and the bad:

Old Door Turned Into A Table- click here
Summer Wish List Chalkboard-click here
Peanut Butter Nutella Cookie Sandwiches-click here
Painted Mason Jar Vases-click here
Cinco de Mayo Paper Flowers- click here
Earth Day Cupcakes- Click here
Nail Art-click here
Homemade Photo Booth Fun- click here
Fake Bangs- click here
DIY Subway Art- click here
Furniture Painting and Bench/Chest Makeover- click here
Thanksgiving-y Project/Gratitude/Holiday Countdown- click here
The Smoothie-click here
The Free Printable Turned Artwork in a Boring Hallway- click here
The chalk board-click here
Seven Layer Dip in Individual Cups (my favorite so far!)-click here
The pumpkin address-click here
The Kitchen Dancing Sign--click here

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  1. Happy Birthday! Your Bucket List is AMBITIOUS (or maybe I just aim low!). I think you've got the right attitude about it - if it doesn't happen just try again next year! I also agree that you've been very busy so you should definitely be proud of all that you've accomplished. Hope you have a great day!

  2. First: HAPPY BIRTHDAY! You're only 2 years ahead of me (I think? I always get confused these days and 37/38 kind of mashes up together. I think I'm 37. Maybe)

    Anyhow- all I can say is YOU WENT TO SOUTHFORK! That's HUGE!!!! At least worthy of a few cross offs on my list.

    As for me, I don't really have a bucket list per year, maybe I should? But right now I'm pretty satisfied where we are and what we're doing- so I have our own bucket list as to what to experience here over the pond :)-- Farrah

    1. HA! Oh my gosh, you are so funny. When I sat down to write the bucket list I thought the same thing. I mean what else is there? I've been to SOUTHFORK!!!! So glad you get me.

      You are living a bucket list every day with your adventures across the pond. I love reading about them and seeing the pictures. You are really appreciating it all and I love that.

  3. Happy birthday Angela!!! Hope you have a great day and an amazing year!!

  4. You're the most gorgeous 39yo I know (or 30-something or even 20-something, for that matter). Some of those things on your list make me hyperventilate a little (hello, marathon and triathlon), but some of them make me wish I could hang out with you for a weekend and teach you (hello, omelets, sewing, growing tomatoes, making salsa). Wouldn't that be fun? I've never been to Michigan.

  5. Happy late 39th Birthday Angela! Hope your day was as fabulous as you are! Love your blog! Sorry I am posting late, haven't been online for a few days. Trust me, the 40s aren't so bad, I am in my 47th year already and it has been great -- time flies so fast, enjoy every day!! Happy Happy Happy!!!!