28 Things Before I'm 28!

Hello Lovelies,

I hope you are all having a wonderful day! Today, I turn 27.  This year, I really thought hard about my list of things I want to accomplish before this time next year. I think I did so horribly last year on my list because I didn't make a plan for how to achieve them. This year, theses are being printed out and posted. No more out of sight out of mind. Here goes the list!

  1. Learn Dutch: This is my number one priority this year. I know, I say this every year, but this year there will be no other distractions. 
  2. Learn to Sew: I really really want to learn to sew. Really really! Someone teach me please?
  3. Ride my Bike to Work: My new job participates in the National Bike Program, which means that I can get a brand new bike for very cheap. It would take me 40 minutes each way, which is less time than the bus takes.
  4. Grow my Blog: Just be a blogger in general. What kind of posts do you like? What do you want to see from me?
  5. Be a More Active Commenter: I am such a blog creeper, its time to start connecting with my favs!
  6. Organize More Blogger Brunches: Ladies it has been too long!
  7. Become a Better Photographer: We just bought our first DSLR and now, we want to learn how to use it. And, I want there to be more photos here in each post.
  8. Take Care of my Health: It is time to get serious about my health, especially since there might be a   chance there might be babies in the not so distance future. 
  9. Start Exercising: There is a gym less than a 2 minute walk from my flat. I need to at least check it  out.
  10. Try a New Sport: I promised my doctor I would.
  11. Write More Letters. This is one of the reasons why I love the Snail Mail Collective. I can't wait to introduce you guys to my partner this month!
  12. Be a Better Godmother: Being far away from my family is the only thing I hate about living abroad. I'm going to make more of an effort to have regular skype dates with my godbabies!
  13. Skype More with Friends: I miss you guys! Thanks for still making the effort to be my friend even though I live so very far away.
  14. Become a Better Cook: We have been stuck in a rut. I want to try new recipes and different cuisines from around the world. 
  15. Do More Online Courses: Just because I'm not in college anymore doesn't mean I don't want to learn. 
  16. Save 1/3 from Each Paycheck: Just because I am making more money doesn't mean I need to go on a spending spree. This is a mistake soo many of us make.
  17. Finally Put Pen to Paper on 1 of the 3 Novels Floating in my Head:
  18. Go on More Dates: Hooray for having the same days off as your love!
  19. Develop a Personal Style: I am the queen of t-shirts and jeans, which is great if you are in college, not to cute when you are now 3 years shy of 30.
  20. Keep the House Company Ready at All Times: I hate hate hate cleaning, but I do love how relaxed  and inspiring a clean house can be. I also want to have dinner parties.
  21. Hang More Photos: We have lived here almost two years and there is no art on the walls! No wonder I don't feel like this place is super cozy and welcoming. 
  22. Explore more of the Netherlands: I have more weekend time off to go and explore some places a slightly longer train ride away from Utrecht. 
  23. Take Full Advantage of my Vacation Days: One of the best things about working in Europe, the amount on vacation days you get!
  24. Dance in my Kitchen: Because it makes me happy!
  25. Watch Every Episode of Gilmore Girls, Again: Even though I love living in Europe, I really wish that Star's Hollow existed. 
  26. Appreciate the Magic of Everyday Life: It is easy to appreciate the big events in your life, but appreciating the little things in life can go a long way towards making you happy. 
  27. Accomplish my List this Year: Last year, I lost focus on what I wanted. This year, I am going to check back on my list to remind myself what I wanted to accomplish. 
  28. Be Happy!

Whew, 28 things is a lot of stuff! Think I can do it?

Tell me, what do you want to accomplish this year? How do you keep yourself motivated?

Until next time,




Wow! A lot of things on your list! I like nr.24 :)
Many of these can be also found on my "(really need) to do" list. The chalenging part is, of course, to stay motivated. I can wait for you to organize the new brunch. Maybe this time I will be able to join you!

Happy Birthday!!!! It sounds like an exciting list, I can't wait to hear how it all works out =)

Snap, too so many of the things on your list, like you I made a list a while ago must get round to completing them before I am 40!

Those are some serious goals! Good luck, I hope you have lots of fun when achieving them :)
If you're looking for new recipes, have you tried Mahgreb-region food? In most cities you'll be able to get your hands on ingredients easily and many recipes have struck me as tasty, healthy and easy. 
We often made harira, for instance, (and we made i vegan, but YMMV :)), but many cous cous dishes are also great. 

You aren't to blame for not skying the god babies. Their mother is terrible too :( lol! 

I love the one "watch every episode of the Gilmore Girls." That is my all time favourite TV show!  While I love all the items on your list (and I wish you best of luck with your novel!), I can totally identify with your love of the fast-talking, book-loving Rory and Lorelie!   I'm also living as an expat in South Africa, and I'm trying to learn a little Afrikaans, which is very similar to Dutch in some ways.  X

This is a great list, Kaitlin. I fully support more bike riding, more kitchen dancing, more penpal notes (I'm an awful penpal with the best intentions) and hell yeah, more Gilmore Girls!
Oh yeah, and more meetings with our fun blogger group which fell by the wayside since everyone except me went out of town this summer. Boo. Can't wait to hear about your trip and catch up soon! xox

Have you been to Groningen? I think that's a great city to pay a weekend visit! 
Good luck with Dutch! I learned a lot of Dutch by just watching TV with English subtitles and asking my friends to speak Dutch instead of English around me.