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Twenty-Seven Things – Final Update

Since I shared my list of twenty-eight things last week that I want to accomplish when I’m twenty-eight, today I wanted to share the recap on how my list of twenty-seven things went.

First off, at this time last year life looked a lot different. All the adoption doors we knew of were closed in our face (but one opened up a few months later), so I was imagining life would look a lot different than it actually has.

  1. travel to Africa again or a new country – nope, but we did go to California again
  2. do 27 of my Pinterest pinsI didn’t keep a tally but I’m sure I did at least that  many
  3. take a blog rest every seven weeks – I started and did it a few times and then realized that taking breaks made me want to blog less, the more I blog the more I want to and the more ideas I have, seems strange, but whatever works!
  4. send some happy mail each month – oh boy, I started, sent a couple and then stopped
  5. keep dreamingI keep this on my list every year, it’s an easy one to cross off, my dreams are so different now than they were a year ago
  6. buy fair trade more oftenI’ve definitely done a bit more of this
  7. buy ten house plants and keep five alive – um, I’ve only got a pot of succulents and an aloe vera plant left, not surprising
  8. make blessing bags to keep in the van and giveaway when needed – nope, and no excuses either
  9. make some lunches to take downtown and give away – same as above
  10. tutor some elementary students – nope
  11. make forts with Raecawe’ve made a few!
  12. teach Rae preschool – no, not really but we’ve done some school-ish activities
  13. sew a quiltyes! a cute chevron guy, check him out here
  14. start or get involved in a social enterprise – hmm, nope
  15. go on a weekend getaway with Jared – we totally had one planned but he was sick over that weekend, so no again
  16. sew an article of clothing for myself – I did!
  17. create a reading corner in Raeca’s room – we had one for a while but it all changed now
  18. do a month of crossfit – ha, what was I thinking?! no.
  19. “run” 10K – nope
  20. go on a picnic with my little familywe had one with my parents and brother when we went to Fort Carlton last summer
  21. photograph each of my grandparents, and Jared’s grandpa too – no, but it’s on my list for this year!
  22. continuing writing monthly letters to Raeca – unfortunately I haven’t been too consistent with this
  23. meet an online friend – yes! I meet an Instagram friend and a couple of blogger friends!
  24. take riskswe started with our fourth adoption agency, I’d count that as risky
  25. get back into my morning prayer routine – some days are better than others
  26. pray for the entire world – nope
  27. teach an art classI’ve taught quite a few photography workshops

For a grand total of 11/27 – that’s a pretty awful total. For my twenty-six things I was able to complete 21/26. But like I mentioned in the beginning, some of it really had to do with having completely different expectations for the year (aka the adoption on hold) but after a few months things completely changed (hello adoption agency #4!). Hopefully I can do a lot better for my list of twenty-eight things. I actually plan on keeping you updated through the year this year, so maybe that will help.


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  1. girl, KUDOS i know you don’t think that is a good turn out – but i do! you’ve accomplished some great things!

  2. Even though you didn’t check off as many things as you wanted to, it sounds like you’ve had a great year of accomplishment, growth, and faith. Wishing you another great year full of happiness!

  3. I totally love this idea….starting it next year!
    And, you know what 11 out of 27 isn’t that bad for real. A lot of people never think to make lists like this, so good job for having goals and ambitions! Here’s to many goals and dreams being accomplished and fulfilled this next year for you!

  4. This is so impressive, it’s really a lot considering all the things you have going on. Congrats on everything…. but what is a blessings bag?

  5. the chevron quilt is so cute! making blessing bags is such a good idea. we usually just buy $5 gift cards at mcdonalds or some fast food place and hand those out whenever we see someone who might need a meal..

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