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Update: 30 Things Before 30

Last year, shortly after I turned 29, I put together a list of 30 things I wanted to accomplish before I turned the big 3-0. I did make a conscious effort to cross a lot of these items off of my list, but there are still quite a few things I didn’t get to. I’ll be thinking about those pesky items I couldn’t cross off while I’m planning my adventures as a 30-year-old. Well, let’s see how I did!


  • Pay off my credit cards Took some effort and dedication, but I did it.
  • Buy a new car that will get me to the mountains Bought a Volvo XC60 with all-wheel drive. I still only made it to the mountains in the winter once or twice.
  • Road trip home to see my family  Done! Jim and I drove to Arkansas for July 4
  • Spend time on a beach
  • Run a 5K
  • Take a dance class with my boyfriend
  • Hike a 14er
  • Make my apartment look more adult – e.g. get rid of college furniture, put some actual thought into decorating
  • Don’t drink for 30 days As much as I love wine and craft beers, this one was a toughy, but I accomplished it.
  • Go on a spending fast
  • Go biking in Palisade, CO – Colorado’s wine country  Nothing better than biking to wineries. Completed on 7/28
  • Tailgate at a Broncos game
  • Relaunch my blog Done! What do you think?
  • Get back down to my pre-boyfriend weight
  • Host a girl’s night at my house with makeovers and Friday Night Beauty on QVC  This was one of the first things I did and we had an amazing night drinking wine, geeking out over beauty products and making friendship bracelets (yes, just like in the 90s).
  • Spend a night in Estes Park Check! A night at the Stanley Hotel in February.
  • Go horseback riding We did this while in Estes Park. It snowed on us and was absolutely beautiful.
  • Travel somewhere exotic with my boyfriend
  • Take Spanish classes
  • Take a yoga class
  • Learn to fly fish
  • Have $5,000 in savings Done!
  • Go vegetarian for a month and gluten free for a month – It was surprisingly easy for me to be vegetarian for a month. Gluten free, on the other hand, was a little harder to figure out.
  • Get back into making jewelry by making my friends each a piece of jewelry
  • Go out on a lake  Complete! A bunch of friends rented a pontoon boat and went out on Lake Dillon in Summit County, Colo. Even though the weather didn’t cooperate the whole time, we enjoyed it. Jim and I also took a paddle boat out on Lake Tahoe in September.
  • Visit five new breweries  Piece of cake! I live in Colorado, after all.
  • Invest in some professional, comfortable high heels I wouldn’t say I necessarily “invested,” but I did make a concerted effort to buy a few pairs of heels that are professional and work with nearly any office outfit.
  • Build a nightly skin care routine I still am not great at the “routine” of this, but I have tested several products, and I am making sure to keep my skin hydrated and to focus on the areas where I’m getting fine lines, like around the eyes.
  • Read the Hunger Games and find out what all the fuss is about
  • Get my wisdom teeth out

2012 was a great year

I’m heading to BlogWorld…

While sitting at the Rock Bottom at Denver International Airport and enjoying a larger-than-life sized pretzel (no kidding), I realized that since I’m heading to BlogWorld, I should write a blog.

I swiftly packed a bag this morning for this afternoon’s trip to Vegas. Not that I just found out I was going this morning, but just because I procrastinate. Let’s be honest.

It’s going to be a quick trip for me. I arrive tonight, attend the Social Health panels tomorrow, fly out Friday at noon. Oh, and a few meetups and parties in between, of course!

After a few months of being at my new job, I finally feel like we are beginning to head toward some exciting things for the company in social media. I’m looking at this trip in particular as a jumping off point. I’m going to Las Vegas to mingle with others in health care communications and chat with them about social media (brainstorm ideas, talk about barriers, their unique experiences, etc.), hear about the latest and greatest of social media and health care, and meet new folks in general, but I’m looking forward to coming back to Denver motivated. Just like I did after SXSWi.

With the light research I’ve done, I can already tell that BlogWorld is going to be different than SXSWi. I think it will be a little more intimate, a little more focused, and have a little bit of a different crowd. I’m excited for what’s to come.

But, speaking of procrastination, I think my flight is boarding. I should try not to miss that flight to Vegas. Eek!

My SXSWi takeaway? Motivation.

Needless to say, my brain is still decompressing from the amount of awesomeness that was SXSW Interactive (SXSWi). A couple of days ago I wrote about SXSW Interactive and QR codes on MGA’s blog, but for this blog, I wanted to write about some of my personal takeaways. First off, I was lucky to room with a great group of friends from the Denver/Boulder area–Elaine, Ingrid, Cali, Meredith (pictured with me to the left) and Mike. Throughout the week I met fantastic people, ate delicious BBQ, listened to awesome people speak, and made stronger friendships with the massive group of Colorado folks in Austin. These were all things that I absolutely expected to happen while there.

The big takeaway for me was a theme that followed me throughout the whole week and while it was unexpected, it was definitely welcome. I wouldn’t say that it came from any particular panel or conversation, but a culmination of the whole experience. We all need a kick in the pants sometimes, and this was mine.

I left Austin feeling motivated. Simple as that.

Motivated to work hard. Motivated to make things happen. Motivated to be the one people count to “get ‘er done,” as we say in Arkansas.

I think the hardest thing about being “motivated” is turning that motivation into action. For me, it starts with spending time after work and on weekends at poaching wifi at coffee shops working on:

  • This blog (which is proving to be harder to keep up with than I thought);
  • The Denver nonprofit I’ve recently started managing social media for (yes, I can end this sentence fragment with a preposition because under my domain, I make the rules); and
  • Any work projects that I can complete to begin Monday with a head start.

Also, since I’m a big fan of to-do lists, I’ve started keeping a personal list so I can mark off accomplishments and progress I’ve made for myself.

While I realize that I’m young and that I could find more “fun” ways to spend my free time, the way I figure, the more time I can spend getting these little things done in my spare time, the less stressed my life will be. It’s all about shifting your mindset.

So if you find yourself working from a coffee shop in Denver, let me know. It is highly likely that I’ll be plugging away at a cafe in Capitol Hill or Uptown on the weekends, at least until Rockies baseball season starts. Then all bets are off!

Preparing for my first SXSWi experience

My flight to Austin leaves Wednesday afternoon. This leaves me approximately 48 hours to tie up all the loose ends, figure out what I’m going to pack (most importantly, which shoes I will take), and ultimately de-stress myself. Oh, and sleep.

Yes, I have been a total stress wad the last week or so. But, I think I have figured out why. Usually when I go on trips I am that person who has thoroughly researched every last teeny-tiny detail before departure (I’m sure I completely annoyed my travel buddies while planning our trip to Spain last September). I could draw you a map of where the hotel is located with my eyes closed. I have walked the area with Google Street View and know (roughly) how many steps it is to the nearest pub. My packing list and the details of each activity I want to do has been written down on a crumply piece of paper for at least a week prior to my leaving. I just do better with a plan.

So, as I said, my flight leaves in 48 hours. I haven’t gone through the SXSW panel list hardly at all. I don’t have the slightest clue what shoes I am packing. And, I still have loads of things I need to wrap-up at work before I depart for a week.

What is saving me right now is knowing that I have amazing friends who remind me to do things before I leave (thanks to Aimee for the iPhone prep e-mail, and Josh and Cali for sending along events I need to RSVP to). Also, I do know where my hotel is, and I do know that I am going to have an amazing time.

Last year I wanted to be at SXSW Interactive so bad and I am really excited to make that happen this year. Honestly, I don’t think I could have handled watching the #SXSWi hashtag run through my Twitter stream again without being there.

If you have any last-minute recommendations for something I may forget, please let me know! I’ve got the Emergen-c, umbrella and multiple power cords covered.