30 Before 30

I will be turning 30 in just under 2 years.  Each birthday after 24 has gotten harder, but this one has been the hardest.  Not  because I am afraid of turning 30, but because I am afraid of turning 30 with little in my life to show for it.  This probably sounds pretty outrageous to my friends and family, but I know deep down we all feel a little bit of it.  I am married to the most amazing man, we own a home together, and I have recently started my own business. I want to do more, see more, BE more!

My list of 30 is a bit daunting as many of them are multi-faceted, but I am up for the challenge!  Without further ado and in no particular order other than category…

30Before30

Health and Fitness Goals

1. Learn to surf (or at least attempt) by taking a lesson.

2. Be able to complete 30 real pushups in a row. 10 isn’t cutting it!

3. Hit my goal weight.

4. Complete a cleanse.

5. Beat my 1/2 marathon time (under 2:17).

Skills

6. Take my photography to the next level.

7. Learn to drive a stick shift.

8. Plant a garden…and keep it alive.

9. Bake my own sandwich bread.

10. Master the art of the macaron.

11. Master make-up application; especially eyeliner and flawless skin.

12. Learn to use a power drill.

13. Become comfortable hanging wall decor on my own (without my husband!).

Business

14. Get professional head shots.

15. Hone my Photoshop skills.

16. Write an eBook.

Home

17. Build a grown-up, well-stocked bar.

18. Completely organize and declutter our home.

19. Complete at least 5 home projects currently on our list.

Personal

20. Conquer a fear – Something like doing a zip line!

21. Establish a skin care regimen.

22. Complete a 30 day challenge.

23. Visit 30 local restaurants that I’ve never been to in Phoenix.

24. Start a collection.

25. Read 12 books in 12 months.

26. Do something cultural each month.

27. Complete 30 Random Acts of Kindness.

28. Unplug for at least 24 hours.

29. Become a morning person.

30. Become a mother.

 

Well, there it is! I will be giving an update of my status at least once a month until the big birthday, but you can check my status any time: here!

Hometown Fav: SAS Fabrics

This place is unlike any place I have ever been.  There is fabric and ribbon everywhere! Most of the fabric isn’t the type I care to purchase, but there are some gems. It is the prices that make this place so awesome!  I used to come here in high school to buy ribbons to tie bows in my hair. Now, I just hoard DIY projects.

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The ribbon prices start at 10 cent per yard.  I am always on the hunt for some grosgrain ribbon, a personal fav.

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This amazing hot pink velvet ribbon was $1.49 a yard and I have some plans for this!

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I didn’t buy any of these, but some of them may look familiar from Etsy. That one in the middle with shades of green and red is on a chair at Crate and Barrel!

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All different kinds of burlap starting at $1.99 a yard.

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I loved this check fabric! I wish I had gotten some because I have a plan for it!

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Checking out with my ribbon. Not tons to choose from today,but I still got some good stuff.

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Just some of the fabric I ended up with!  I have some projects in the works and I hope to get them started soon.

Until next time,

Courtney

Hometown Fav: UNION

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Sunday afternoon, Jeff and I had some time to waste after meeting some friends for lunch. It was a nice, but overcast day and I wanted to go explore. I’ve been meaning to go to UNION since it opened in November.  I don’t really have a good excuse for why I haven’t, but I am so glad that I finally did.  UNION is essentially a collection of small boutiques within one big boutique.  I didn’t catch the exact number of shops, but it is around 18 or so. They all seem so carefully curated and that is what I enjoyed most about my shopping experience.  I’ve selected some of my favorite snapshots to share with you below!

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I just loved these bike bells from British Bicycle Company.  I wish the rose gold bell would go with my bright blue and yellow bike.

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How fun is that? Great way to bring a bottle of wine to a friend’s house for dinner!

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The light fixture above and the pendants below are from Paris Envy. The gentleman working told me that he handmade all of these amazing light fixtures.  At the time, I didn’t catch his name but after exploring their site I found it! Jason Moore. He said that he could do custom fixtures as well. Keeping that one in my back pocket for when we buy a house!

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I didn’t have a use for these iron numbers today, but I am keeping them in mind because I know I will be back!

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Some of the display at smeeks. This is where we found the delightful caramels in the photo at the end. :)

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The marquee instantly grabbed my eye.

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These notecards from frances might just make their way into frames rather than the mailbox.

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Some treats for later from smeeks. I love anything with sea salt!

Until next time,

Courtney