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Yesterday was my 27th birthday (where did ages 23-26 go!??) and I got to spend it with some of my favorite people. It was pretty low-key but it was exactly what I wanted. I wasn't in the mindset to have a "go out and get crazy" kind of extravaganza or even a huge party at home with all of my friends.
Kyle worked all day (booo) so I spent the day doing little things for myself. I spent the entire morning finishing up some mini-paintings for an upcoming show at the Redtree Gallery. On the way to my parent's house I picked up some Skyline for lunch. I got to spend some time with the fam which was nice and my aunt, Rose, gave me a gift-- 4 different photos of me with various family members in frames. They'll go great on our great room gallery wall! After family time, I dropped the paintings off at the gallery, then headed home. Kyle and I went out to bd's Mongolian BBQ for dinner. He had never been there before (I practically lived there in college) and we got some yummy stir-fry and an apple cobbler to share for dessert. Yummm.
As some of you may know, I like to take each birthday to re-evaluate my goals. Often times these goals are business-related but I think it's very important to have personal goals as well. On my 26th birthday I wrote up my list of "26 Things to do Before I'm 27".
So let's see how I did over the past year!:
Display my work at a Cafe/GalleryI was lucky enough to be featured in the Redtree Gallery's Bike Art Show for the Month of May!
- Pay off my Credit Card
Host a Giveaway on my blogCompleted in November, 2010!
- Run 5k without stopping
Visit a place I've never beenCape Coral, Florida Summer 2011 Start an herb gardenOrdered some delicious herbs from etsy shop, cubits
Create something wearablemy Zazzle Shop is now open and shirts, aprons, etc are available!! Visit Findlay MarketVisited on Sunday 10/23 and got some delicious fresh pasta, pork chops, crepes, and gyros. Mmmm!
- Bake a pie from scratch
- Create a sign for my massage business
Have 150 Facebook Fans for MoKoPoaccomplished thanks to the purchase of a FB ad. Worked like a charm! Reach 40 Etsy salesaccomplished on 3/17/11 after a front page appearance on Etsy!
Sew somethingnot exactly what I had in mind but I sewed up Sadie's dogbed after she ripped it to bits
Make my own granolaI made Alton Brown's granola recipe (here) making some minor adjustments (I used whole wheat rolled oats and craisins instead of raisins) and I will never buy store granola again-- DELISH!
- Sleep outside
- Volunteer somewhere
Read one fiction and one non-fiction bookfiction: House Rules by Jodi Picoult nonfiction: The Big Moo by Seth Godin and others
- See a movie I've never heard of in the theater
Send a hand-written letterSent a handmade postcard to my friend, Jess, in South Carolina Create MoKoPo greeting cardsholiday notecards were introduced 12/10, general cards introduced on 3/15/11
- Get dressed up and go somewhere fancy for dessert
Go vegetarian for 5 days1/3/11-1/7/11. It wasn't difficult to not eat meat, more difficult to remember that I wasn't eating meat. But I did it! And feel great! It worked really well as a "restart" button after eating really unhealthily at the end of 2010. See a playeven though it's not technically a "play" I'm counting the fact that Kyle and I went to see "Shrek: The Musical" on 4/13/11 Add at least 3 more prints to my "Gallery of Other Artists"#1- "Do What You Love" ,#2- "Dream Until Your Dreams Come True" prints by letterhappy and #3- She Believed She Could by valentinadesign
- Build a snowman
- Upcycle something from a thrift store
Stay tuned for my new list of "27 Things to do Before I'm 28"!! I'm excited for another year!