About one week before my 29th birthday, I informed you of my 30 before 30 bucket list, which listed things I wanted to do and places I wanted to go before my 30th birthday hit.  It has been over a month, and I’ve knocked off a few items.  No, I am not pregnant!  I said I’d keep you informed of my progress with this list, so here goes!

Baby #2
I don’t think I will update here on what’s going on with that. Once people think they know or know you’re trying the questions never end.  So, until it happens, if it ever happens before I hit 30, I’m keeping mum.
   
Wok on my career as a makeup artist
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week took over New York City earlier this month, which was a blessing to me, since it enabled me to participate in one of the Harlem Fashions Row SS ’14 Shows for the following designers: ESPION Atelier, Modahnik, and Kimberly Goldson (pics here).  It was fun learning experience that allowed me to meet other artists while improving on my makeup skills and timing.

Next, I need to work on getting myself featured in Essence Magazine or on Essence.com in some way.
Work out for 30-days straight
I haven’t worked out for 30-days straight, yet; however, I did purchase the Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30-Days workout DVD and have used it a few days consistently this week. I started previously and slacked off, but was more consistent this past week.  I’m praying to get the strength to continue and complete this. Finding the time is where I’m struggling most.  

Read at least 12 books for the year
I purchased the following three books from Barnes and Noble:
1.  What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
2.  The Baby Trail by Sinead Moriarty
3.  And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hossani
So far, of the three, I’ve completed The Baby Trail, which was a quick, easy read, but the ending was a little disappointing.  I began what Alice Forgot yesterday during my commute home, and I’m on page 48.  I love this book so far.  Yes, there’s a common trend in the themes of the first two books, loss and infertility.   If you’ve gone through either of the two, they’d prove to be good reads for you, too. 
And the Mountains Echoed is by one of my favorite authors, Khaled Hossani.  He wrote Kite Runner, and A Thousand Splendid Suns.  Normally, when I get anything new to read, I keep them to myself, but since I know my mom loved both of his books I offered it to her to read first.  At any rate, I can’t wait to read it. 

I need 9 more books, so if you have anything in mind that you’d like to recommend, please comment to let me know.  For reference, I don’t like love stories. I’m mostly a fan of historical fiction novels.
Go with my mom to her “spot”
I finally went with my mom to her spot. It was near my birthday, so I figured why not. My sister’s boyfriend’s mom came, too.  It was okay, just not my forte.  I don’t like giving away my money for no reason; there isn’t anything fun about that – at all.
Get my driver’s license
Okay, I have yet to get my license, but, I did get my 5-hour class certificate.  Now, I just have to practice driving more, and take lessons. Lessons are pointless if I’m not practicing in between. Plus, with us saving, and everything else coming up, finding money for lessons is hard.  Plus, if/when I move out of the city, I’m going to need it. 
Make more time for me
Lately, I’ve been walking home, which takes about 30-minutes. It allows me to think, and have just a few moments to myself before I come home.  It definitely helps.   Plus, I’m making time to enjoy reading again like I used to.
I think that it being only one month in, I’ve accomplished a lot.  Here is to knocking off more items from my 30 before 30 bucket list.

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Kim is the do-it-all mom (and wife) who not only works full-time and is a freelance makeup artist, but also blogs about her love of family, travel, beauty and skincare. Now that she has a kindergartener, Kim has added Class Parent to her resume. These are all tough jobs, but somehow, she makes them look easy.