28 Things to Do This Year Check-In

Tuesday was my half-birthday. I’m halfway to 29…and that feels really weird. It kinda feels like that scene from Newlyweds when Jessica Simpson says, “I’m 23, that’s almost 25, which is almost mid-twenties.” I’m almost 30. Whoa.

On my birthday, I wrote 28 things I wanted to do during my 28th year. And since it’s my half-birthday, I thought it would be fun to check in with how I’m doing with my goals for the year. Plus, it will be really good to see where I need to focus the next 6 months!


  1. Keep learning German. Doing fairly well with this one. I still have my lessons twice a week and do my homework, but I can definitely pick up the pace.
  2. Travel. I can say that we have doing a great deal of traveling. Since my birthday we have been to Venice, London, France, Munich and Switzerland! And we have plans to go to Amsterdam, Dublin and Vienna before my birthday. I should have made this number one.
  3. Blog. Well, you’re reading this, so I think I’m doing okay here.
  4. Spend time outside. I’m surprised by how much time I’ve been spending outside during the cold weather. I hope it continues.
  5. Explore German bier gardens. We went to the original Haufbrauhaus in Munich, so yup!
  6. Run another half marathon. Um, failure. Maybe on my birthday.
  7. Finally write my darn book. Definitely another goal for the next six months. I haven’t spent much time (read any) time writing my book, so I think I know what I’ll be doing for the next few months. Thank goodness winter is dark and I want to be on the couch.
  8. Play a lot of tennis. Decent amount of tennis has been played, but once spring hits, I hope to get back into it.
  9. Read Anne Frank’s Diary. Reading it now!!
  10.  Make a recipe from Julia Child. Oooh, this sounds like the perfect thing to do over the holidays.
  11. Take an online writing course. Something else to do during the cold winter months.
  12. Decide if I want to go get my MBA. Still not sure, but I’m leaning towards no.
  13. Watch TV less. Failure.
  14. Learn to edit photos. Yes! I bought Adobe Elements, the poor man’s version of Photoshop, and have been edited a bunch of pictures lately. It’s exciting that something can be checked off the list!
  15. Finally organize all of the paper sitting around. Some days are better than others.
  16. Get Google Analytics certified. I honestly forgot about this one. It’s still a good thing that I should do.
  17. Try my hand at having a green thumb. Probably a bad idea to put on the list during winter, so maybe spring.
  18. Purge my closet. Slowly but surely. I’ve gotten rid of some pants, shoes and coats. Hooray.
  19. Put myself out there. I am happy to say that we have found a nice group of friends recently. It’s certainly bonding to have people going through the same thing you are to talk to. I hope to have more things like Friendsgiving with them!
  20. More date nights. With all the visitors we’ve been having, it’s been hard to have time to ourselves. I’m excited to incorporate more date nights into our routine.
  21. Take a really nice picture of Copley. Check. See above
  22. Make a 2016 “yearbook.” Still to do.
  23. Learn to make tiramisu. Check. See the recipe I used here.
  24. Go to a concert. We are going to a Dave Matthews concert in Vienna in April. No, it’s not my first choice, but it counts.
  25. Take a class at the gym. Check. I’ve taken several Bodypump classes at the gym and like it, I wish it wasn’t on Wednesday nights, though.
  26. Wine tasting. Our trip to Switzerland included a wine tasting, but I would like to go to a vineyard. There’s still time!
  27. Do some future planning. All.Day.
  28. And last but not least, just have fun! I can honestly say that I have been having the most fun ever. I am loving life and anticipate loving it even more in the next months. The best is yet to come.

What do you want to accomplish in the next six months?

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