28 Things To Do This Year

Happy Monday! Today is my 28th birthday. Wow, that year went fast. So much has changed in the past year: moved to another continent, quit my job, and visited a bunch of new places certainly top the list. Below is one of my favorite pictures from our Salzburg trip.


For my birthday, I thought I’d share 28 things I want to do in this next year of life. The closer I get to 30, the more I want to check off my bucket list, especially now that we live so close to a lot of the places where I want to visit. Here’s to making 28 the best year yet.

  1. Keep learning German. I want to make more of an effort to learn German this year. I have been decent at studying German once a day, but I  could definitely step it up a notch. We are living here, so I should speak the language.
  2. Travel. This is a huge one and could probably take up half of the things I want to do this year. Here’s my bucket list.
  3. Blog. I love writing every day for this blog as a way to share my thoughts, feelings, travels and random musings. I want to take this year to learn more about the behind the scenes of blogging and maybe doing a redesign or something.
  4. Spend time outside. I’m currently writing this on our balcony with the sun shining and listening to country music and Copley laying next to me. I love summer and the sunshine and want to be outside as much as possible.
  5. Explore German bier gardens. Because when in Rome, right?
  6. Run another half marathon. I love having a fitness goal. And it’d be really fun to run a half marathon in Europe. I should probably start training now!
  7. Finally write my darn book. I’ve been wanting to write a book pretty much since I was in high school. Now’s probably the time to start doing that.
  8. Play a lot of tennis. I’ve written about my want to learn tennis already, but it definitely deserves it’s spot on the list because it’s a large goal/priority for me.
  9. Read Anne Frank’s Diary. I have attempted to read this book since I was in middle school, I think. I always stop reading at the same part. Maybe this year can finally be the year I read the whole thing, especially if we do make it to Amsterdam this winter.
  10.  Make a recipe from Julia Child. I consider myself a decent cook, but I’m certainly not a trained chef. I would really like to step up my cooking skills. I find myself making a rotation or variation of the same kind of food. I think something from this website, like the roast chicken.
  11. Take an online writing course. Writing is certainly leaving it’s mark on this list. As I mentioned, I have a lot of ideas for a book but I’m not sure how to go about the writing process. I know there are online writing courses and I’d love to take one this year.
  12. Decide if I want to go get my MBA. No explanation. I just need to decide.
  13. Watch TV less. Yes, that’s right. I want to watch less tv. There are definitely more productive uses of my time. I can’t give up tv, especially the Housewives, but it’s probably good for my overall well being to cut back.
  14. Learn to edit photos. I really don’t know how to edit anything except grammar and I’d really like to be able to. I used Photoshop during a class in college and I just could not figure it out. I could envision what I wanted the end product to look like, I just couldn’t get it there. It will also help elevate the blog’s photos. Maybe I’ll take a class on Skillshare.
  15. Finally organize all of the paper sitting around. Yes, boring, but necessary. We just have piles of paperwork next to the desk and it needs to be organized. Like finally put into a labeled file and in the filing cabinet. It’s just annoying to do and I keep putting it off. If I write it, I’ll do it!
  16. Get Google Analytics certified. Another thing that’s been on my to-do list for far too long. I started taking the online classes in my last job and just couldn’t finish. It will be great for my resume and help with the blog.
  17. Try my hand at having a green thumb. I can barely keep our basil plant alive, but I would love to get more plants for our balcony to add some life to the space and hopefully some more privacy.
  18. Purge my closet. I did a lot of purging before our move, but I definitely have things in my closet that are way too old…like a shirt from high school (!) and I don’t need anymore. It’ll make more space for new things. Win/win.
  19. Put myself out there. Specifically to make new friends. Being in a new place is hard and not having any friends is hard.
  20. More date nights. Vinn and I love our date nights and make them a priority. We love going out to dinner the most, I think. This year, I want to go on more date nights (because there are never enough) and doing some new things together around our new area.
  21. Take a really nice picture of Copley. I have SO MANY pictures of Copley. It is borderline ridiculous. But, I don’t have a really nice, semi-professional picture of her. I’d love to take one with my nice camera
  22. Make a 2016 “yearbook.” I had this idea to make a book every year with all the photos from that year. I made a book of our honeymoon and my last family trip to Europe and I love looking at all the pictures at once. I think this will be a fun tradition to start. Maybe I’ll even go back to 2013 – 2015 so we have one since we’ve been married. That’s pretty ambitious.
  23. Learn to make tiramisu. I love tiramisu. Actually love is probably an understatement. Obsessed is probably the word. I’d love to learn to make it at home and make it my go-to homemade dessert.
  24. Go to a concert. Small, but true. Vinn and I love live music, but I haven’t been to a concert since the life-changing Sir Paul McCartney.
  25. Take a class at the gym. Similar to putting myself out there, but this is something I want to do.
  26. Wine tasting. I love, love, love wine. Just like with travel, I’d love to go to as many wine tastings as possible in the next year. Yes, please!
  27. Do some future planning. In the next year, we’ll need to really start thinking about our transition back to the US. Wow. We need to figure out where we want to live, if we’ll buy a house, how to save even more for a house, when to have kids. Man, I guess there are a lot of changes coming my way!
  28. And last but not least, just have fun! The last five months have been a roller coaster of emotions. And the biggest lesson is to have fun in any and all situations. To find the humor in even the trickiest circumstances and that life is too short, it’s time to live it!

I think 28 is going to a great year!

*Check out the 27 things you don’t know about me from last year.


  1. Ara Lawrence | 13th Jun 16

    Happy Birthday, Darlin’! I remember when you were little you asked why I called you “Darlin'”. I think that I may have replied “that’s the KY version of “Darling”! Well, this KY gal wishes the best birthday of your life for you. I am so proud of your “bucket list”; especially the putting pics in albums. Wish I had done that and I would not have a huge box of pics to deal with – wouldn’t know where to start. See you soon.

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