My birthday was a couple of weeks ago and I’ve surprised myself with how much of my ’24 things to do before 25′ birthday list I got through. I’m such a list nerd! But here’s my little birthday list in review…
Learn Swahili – Pole pole (slowly slowly).
Start a ‘quote collection’ – Check (with about a million others floating around my inbox).
Wear my hair in pretty hairstyles – I tried these out and they were really very easy and looked lovely. But I still tend to revert to a boring ponytail or low bun for work.
Keep a tidy work and personal inbox – done! I’ve gone from literally hundreds of unread emails, to keeping it to double digits all year. So proud.
Make a 2012 Year Book for our little family – Progress here and I’m looking forward to holding the hardcopy version when I’m home.
Organise a ‘Week of Surprises’ for my husband – Check. Lucky boy.
Send 52 tidbits of snail mail – I’ve never sent so many postcards in my life!
Read my Bible everyday – I really wish I had, but I must confess I didn’t.
Memorize a poem – I never got it down pat, but I still love this poem dearly.
Wear perfume everyday – Almost everyday, I’ve been wearing this. Will bought it for me on the last day of our honeymoon, so it always makes me happy.
Make a big deal out of birthdays – Check.
Keep a One Sentence Journal for 30 days – I did this when Kate and PC were here in Kenya and I love reading back over memories from our adventures. Then Kate gave me this One Line a Day journal, and so the one sentence record lives on!
Design some pretty skirts and get one made – check!
Start an ‘Article Club’ with friends back home – Oops, I never got around to this one. I love finding good long reads and wanted to get recommendations. But I did find this great list of suggestions and have worked my way through quite a few.
Turn my 365 Days of Laura project into a keepsake – The final product here. Unfortunately Posterous shut down, so my little 365 Day blog is no more.
Give away some moolah to a good cause – Check.
Start serving at our new church – Welcome team. Scripture reader. Nairobi Full Life leader.
Always have painted toenails – The abundance of cheap nail polish right near the checkout at Nakumatt really helped me with this.
Go camping with Will – Check. Out in the Ethiopia countryside!
Read 52 books – Will you believe me if I said I did indeed read 52 books? In fact, I read something like 70 books this past year. My three favourites – The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin, Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg and Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Won’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain.
Done! Next up, my ’25 Things To Do Before I turn 26′ List