My half birthday, is today! 6 months from now I will be 30
years old.  As of now, I do not feel
panicky about any of the goals I set out to accomplish in my 30 Before 30
Bucket List because I still have six months. I figured that now is the best time
to go over the things I did manage to
accomplish. Even if I do not manage to accomplish everything I’ve listed within
the next six months, I’m not going to stop there.  I have all of the time I’m alive to get it
done. No excuses!

30. Make more time for me
Even if it just taking longer showers, or spending 20
minutes painting my nails or, even just taking the longer route home, I’ve
managed to cram in some ‘me time’ here and there. One thing I do want to do is go away maybe for a weekend on a spa retreat, just to get some real good relaxation time in. 

28. Learn to use my cameras & 15. Upload YouTube video
tutorials again
I haven’t truly mastered my cameras, but one thing I have
done, which is just as important, is learn how to work with lighting.  That’s one thing I’ve struggled with when
taking photos of products or myself, and while recording.  Speaking of recording, I’ve also been doing
well at uploading some makeup tutorials on my YouTube channel. Even though I
need to do more, I’m happy that I have started again. The only thing that makes
creating these tutorials a painstaking process is my 2008 Macbook.  I believe it needs more RAM; therefore, it
shuts down or slows down whenever I’m in the middle of editing.

24. Spend more time with my friends
I’ve made it a goal to set up a one-on-one brunch date with
one of my closest friends either around their birthdays or just because.  Even if it is just once a year, I think it’s
important to get together and dish on what’s going on in each other’s lives,
and build on our friendship.

20.  Grow a plant and
keep it alive
One thing I hate doing is running to the market to buy
cilantro and scallions.  Over a week ago,
I purchased some scallions, and whatever was left of the unused portion, I
wrapped in a wet paper towel, and watered it every few days in order to keep it
from drying out. Now, I do not have to run out and buy any.  Hopefully, I will soon have a garden of my
own to plant as much cilantro and scallions as I need because I love using
fresh herbs.
17.  Get my driver’s
license
I do not yet have my driver’s license; however, I have been
driving more and gaining confidence as a driver.  I can’t even gloat over this without giving a
big thanks to my husband who has helped me drive, and have the patience, and
trust me with his life on New York City streets, and on the highway. Yes, I’ve
driven on the highway, and it wasn’t as bad as I thought it’d be. 
Currently, I’ve been putting aside money to save to take a
few lessons at the driving school along with paying for my road test.  Once I have enough, which is soon, I am going
to set up everything. This is one thing I know I will accomplish before I turn
the big 3-0.

16. Turn off my phone when I’m with family
I’ve been doing really well with this. I don’t completely
turn off my phone, but, it isn’t in my hands as much, which is good progress.
15. Learn to use final cut
See #28.  I had to
remove Final Cut from my Macbook because it would slow down my computer, and
the program wouldn’t run.  One of the
other things I have to save for is another Macbook.  Hopefully, I can get a new one soon so that I
can push out weekly YouTube videos.

13.  Read at least
twelve books
So far, I’ve read the following books:  What Alice Forgot by Lianne Moriarty; The
Baby Trail by Sinead Moriarty; And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hossani; We
Are Water by Wally Lamb; and 12 Years a Slave Narrative by Solomon Northup, and I’ve just finished reading Then Came You by Jennifer Weiner. That would make me
about half way done. I’ve learned that it’s much easier to read books in iBooks on my iPhone rather than toting around a book in my bag. 
8.  More date nights
with the husband
We’ve been fortunate enough to be able to have more alone
time.  We’ve gone to dinner, and recently saw “About Last Night”.  FYI: I do NOT recommend that movie. It was funny, but lacked substance. Restaurant Week is back here in NYC, so I plan on scheduling something for us to have dinner somewhere.

7. Become a home owner
We will soon no longer be “property virgins”, which is
exciting.  It’s been a long process, but
well worth it. This process has helped us grow together as a couple, and it allowed
us to see how much we can really save in one year just by cutting out the
crap.  I think I’m going to write a post
on how to save in one year. I think people know they should save, but don’t know how.  Read: How We Saved Tens of Thousands of Dollars in One Year!

As you can see, I have a lot more things to knock off, but,
I’m getting there. I’m not discouraged because I know with time, patience, and
hard work, and maybe a little help and words of encouragement from my family, friends,
and you, my readers, I will be able to accomplish each and every one of these
goals. 
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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.