My Top 30, now that I’m 30!

Top Ten List

I love making lists, it makes me feel organized and on top of things, even if I’m not.  Sometimes I feel like I’m making lists of lists I have to make.  My friend Emily turned 30 a few weeks ago, and shared a list of things she wanted to accomplish by the time she’s 35, and it inspired me to write a similar list.  So, I’m sharing three Top 10 lists with you (for a total of Top 30) in honor of my birthday, to help you get to know me a little better, and so I can share my dreams and goals with you and hopefully it will hold me a little bit accountable.

Go Green Photo by Kevin Jack

Top 10 Changes I Have Made Toward Living Frugally Green:

  1. Cleaning with vinegar and baking soda, making homemade non-toxic cleaners.
  2. Going paperless by using cloth in the kitchen and around the house.
  3. Cleaning my hair with baking soda and apple cider vinegar, instead of traditional shampoo.
  4. Switching to homemade deodorant, or (shhh!) no deodorant at all!
  5. Cloth diapering my babes.
  6. And also using cloth wipes.
  7. Changing my shopping habits – seeking to buy things used, and to be a conscious consumer.
  8. Cooking more from scratch than ever before, making my own yogurt, and bread, and more.
  9. Starting my own garden, even thought it didn’t go as well as I hoped this year.
  10. Using a rain barrel to collect water to water my garden and plants.  (Want to win your very own rain barrel?  Don’t miss my giveaway this week!)
September CalendarPhoto by Andreanna Moya

Top 10 Things to Do in the Next Year:

  1. Finish a Knitting Project that I start – I am terrible about starting projects and never finishing them.  I think I have at least 5 unfinished projects, and I really don’t even knit that much.  I’d like to work on finishing what I’ve started.
  2. Increase my sewing knowledge and skills.  I would love to be able to sew things for my kids and my home.  I have a nice sewing machine, but it doesn’t see the light of day much.  I would like to spend some time in the next year becoming better at sewing.
  3. Write an e-book.  I’m not sure about what, but I think I’d like to write an e-book about living frugally and living green.  Any ideas of topics you’d like to see in an e-book?
  4. Reach 1000 subscribers on this blog.  I would love for this place to grow and become a community of like minded people who are striving to live green and live frugally!
  5. Create a compost bin, or compost pile, and start composting regularly so I can have nice, rich compost soil to use on my garden in the spring. (This has been on my list since last spring!)
  6. Increase the size and yield of my garden next spring and summer so we can actually eat more from our own garden, this year we got a little, but not enough to really feed our family of four.
  7. Replant our front yard with ground cover instead of grass.  We have struggled the last two years with our front yard getting scorched and dying off because of too much sun and not enough water.  We don’t want to use the amount of water it would need to maintain a nice looking yard, so we plan to rip up what is left of the grass and plant ground cover that will need little to no maintenance – either water or mowing!
  8. Paint and decorate the kids room.  Their room is upstairs and doesn’t get used a ton, except for sleeping and sometimes for a change of scenery in the winter time, but we already have the paint picked out and purchased, so we really should take the time to paint and decorate now that we’ve lived here for over a year!
  9. Put up photos of our family around the house.  I have a plan to make a photo wall in our hallway with a collage of picture frames filled with pictures of our family.  I also just want to have more pictures around the house.  If our family is so important to us, then I believe we should showcase the ones we love, and we haven’t done a very good job of that so far.
  10. Make a decision and take action on what it means to live radically for Jesus as a family.  My hubs and I both recently finished reading the books Radical by David Platt and Hole in our Gospel by Richard Stearns (both highly recommended!) and are very convicted/committed to living our lives in a way that points to the hope that we have found in Jesus and gives all the glory to God.

Emily and Kaelyn

10 Things that You May Not Know About Me:

(and maybe you didn’t really want to know, but I’m sharing with you anyway!)

  1. My favorite color is orange.
  2. I was on the pom-pom/dance team in high school – I was not a cheerleader though – there was a difference! :) And I still love to have dance parties with my kids when no one is watching.
  3. I also played soccer and basketball in high school, but athletic is probably not one of the top 5 terms you would use to describe me.  Hopefully our kids got my hubby’s athletic genes.
  4. I was #1 in my high school graduating class, along with 7 other girls, but I was not actually valedictorian.  Hopefully our kids got my “do well in school without having to work too hard” genes.
  5. I majored in psychology in college.  And if I had unlimited time and resources I would love to continue going to school and learning more about psychology, but I don’t actually like to work in the psychology field, so it’s not really worth my time and energy.  I prefer to work in areas that are more positive and encouraging.
  6. I met my husband my junior year of college, but wouldn’t say that we were dating because I didn’t really want to be in a relationship, but I couldn’t let him go either. So finally he said to me, “Emily, this is a relationship!” and the rest is history, we have been happily married for 7 years.
  7. It took us two years to conceive our first child, but our second was conceived the first month that we were not even officially trying.  I have been on both sides of the spectrum.
  8. I am not naturally a good homemaker/home manager, in fact, I didn’t really embrace it as my job until about a year and a half ago, right around the time we were selling our house and moving to this house.  That has made a huge difference, but it is still something that I have to constantly work hard at, every day, to keep up.
  9. I love writing and blogging and the outlet it has been for me, and the connections I have made.  I reconnected with a friend from preschool, who I hadn’t seen or talked to in probably about 15 years,through our blogs.  She writes a great blog about books, crafts, and activities for little ones, and I only wish I was half as crafty as her!
  10. My hubby got me an awesome camera for my birthday (even though we weren’t supposed to do gifts), and I’m so excited to learn how to use it and take great pictures to share with you on this blog!

All right, enough about me! :)

What’s one thing on your top ten list of things to do in the next year?

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  1. Jenica Cory says

    Great lists! And you are right, there is a difference between poms and cheerleading……we were the cool ones!! :) haha


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