30 While 30: Day 91 – 90 Days in review

So, as I mentioned on Monday, I am one quarter of the way through my 30th year.  Seems as good a time as any to take a look at the list, see where I stand, and see where I am going, and how I can better make progress on some of the larger goals.

Here we are:

1. Read 30 books.

To be honest, this has been one of the easiest ones to get rolling.  To date, I have read 5, and am in progress on 6,7,8 (the Bible, Turbulence Training, and The Happiness Project).  I’ve been able to sort my list a bit, and am getting a general framework for the books next to read.  For instance, I am smack in the middle of a “motivation” strain, having already read Just Do Something, reading now The Happiness Project with Drive next on the list.

2. Lose at least 30 pounds.

This is a work in progress.  I will beat 30 by Christmas, maybe even sooner, well ahead of the one year mark.  I have instead (mentally anyways) increased the goal to 50.  This week, started the “6-a-weeks”, which involve 3 days of weight training, and at 3days of training for the 5k/10k/13.1mi.  Really expecting to break through some of the weight plateaus here in the next weeks/months.

3. Climb a mountain. (complete)

4. Learn to ride a motorcycle.

No real progress on this.  I know of several sites that have the class and test that you can take on a simulator, but I still don’t have access to a bike to learn to ride on.  Sad face.

5. Run in 2 5k Races.

Summer is running interference for me on this one, trying to get races identified.  With the recent heat wave that Tennessee has been in the last few weeks, looking to probably chain these in the late summer and fall.

6. Run a 10k.

See 5k.

7. Run a half marathon.

I think I am sold on the St. Jude’s run, in Memphis TN.  A great cause, and Summer ran the full marathon this past year, and says its a pretty decent first course.  Will be completing registration on it soon.

8. Earn my carry permit / take a handgun course.

There is a shop near our city that does these, just about getting it on the calendar.  Summer seems like a good time to do this.  Hot Dogs, American Flags, and Handguns.  Yup, it’s summertime.

9. Find a good table wine (and understand what makes a wine a “table wine”). (complete)

10. Find a good mixed drink.

I think that I am very close to this one.  I have sampled several things in the last 3 months (always responsibly) and think I am going to settle in the Margarita family.  Maybe a specific recipe, but this is probably where I am going.  Not settled all the way yet.

11. Be free of carbonated beverages for one calendar year.

This is another surprising one that has been rather simple, and easily incorporated into life.  Now listen, you are reading the blog of someone who was known to (at times) having at least one, and sometimes two 20 ounce bottles of golden goodness.  March 10th … cold turkey.  I am honestly, probably most proud of this one.

12. Visit another state. (complete)

13. Get off Lisinopril.

Had my annual checkup last week at a new doctor in the town that we are living in now.  Blood work is good.  EKG is good.  The rest of my body is primed for the push in the next several months to break through this weight plateau.

14. Paint a Picture.

No real progress on this one yet.

15. Have a photograph published.

Working on this one.  While we were flying to Colorado, Summer shared with me one of those magazines that are in the back of the seat in front of you … y’know the ones that you only look at when you can’t find your Cosmo.  Well, one of those mags has reader submitted photos in their pages.  Seeing as we got some nice shots, especially of the trip on the Cog Railway, I’ll be doing some minor edits and seeing what that brings.  Here’s hoping.  Sure, it’s no Popular Photography, but it’s a start.

16. Fly an airplane.

Yeah …. still working on this one.

17. Attend a nerd conference.

There are a couple of options with this, but Summer and I are going to have to do some financial planning.  Most of these are on the coasts, which means travel and airfare.  Going to keep looking, maybe there is something closer.

18. Invest myself in a cause greater than myself, outside the shores of the United States.

This is one that still in development.  Passports are still in process, and I can’t really report on this one much until those are taken care of.

19. Complete 30 random acts of kindness to 30 total strangers.(complete)

20. Write 30 old-fashioned, snail-mail letters to 30 people that have had a meaningful impact in my life.

I have begun listing the people that are going to be recipients, and it seems like this might be a bit harder than originally thought.  Sure there are the givens, but these are serious business.  A little intimidating to say the least, and I am going to have to pace myself to make this one happen.

21. Take a cooking class.

This one has been fun to look for, but haven’t found anything just yet to meet my needs.

22. Get a professional fitting.

This one isn’t going to happen at least until #2 is taken care of, so no reason to put energy in it just yet.

23. Begin to learn a foreign language.

Yikes, this is getting a little embarrassing.  Haven’t touched this one yet.

24. Go vegetarian for a month.

We’ve set our minds on September.  It’s deep enough after the summer, and before all the bonfire hotdogs … it appears to be the least of all the evils.  This one is going to be hard.  I like meat.  A lot.  I mean really.  I like meat. A. lot.

25. Write an original song.

While Summer may complain that I don’t pick up my guitar, I have been rattling some lyrics around in my head. Setting aside some time in the next three months to work more on this seriously.

26. Blog regularly.

Hooray for this one.  I’m going to give myself a month of not missing nor having a late post before I check this off, but can I just say I am rather proud of myself for this one.  Considering I think that this blog “officially” started like two years ago, well … it’s just a testament to my previous writing frequency.

27. Launch my professional entity website.

This is still very much in project stage.  I am using this blog to gain some experience in format, presentation, marketing, spreading the word on the blog, among other things.  All of this is to help the addition of the professional site (the one that will be my public face for my counseling and consulting activities) when that time comes.  Still looking at some format and domain things.  Targeting this for right around the New Year.

28. Decide on whether or not I am going on to my PhD.

I am sad about this one.  While Summer reminds me that it is an honor to even experience it, I was not accepted into the TSU Counseling Psychology PhD program.  I did however make the alternate list … and while nothing is final I guess until August, it is still a touch disheartening.  I’ve been looking at two other programs, and will send out another round of applications (including a re-app to TSU) for the next round in December.

29. Finish my Paw-Paw’s book.

This is probably, in all honesty, one of the most major tasks on this list.  I haven’t been able to touch it just yet.  I am also intimidated by this one as well.

30. Go on a polar-bear plunge.

Cold water.  Jump in.  Not that hard.  Planned for January or February.


So ….. maybe you didn’t make it to the end of this post.  Even as I finish, I wonder if there is a better way to do these inventories at the end of each 90 days.  That’s a task for another day.

Taking a look at this list in context shows me that while I feel like I am on track … well, I have a bit to go.  There are some major things on this list that I have yet to even begin.  I guess that’s why I gave myself a year.

Yikes, I just realized I have no wise or quippy saying for this post.

Ummmm …… how about this.

“Do … or do not.  There is no try.” – Yoda

Yeah, that’ll do it.



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