30 by 30: October 2013

Today, I arrived home with a printed copy of my 30 by 30 list on my keyboard.  The Husband had printed it and made notes of the items I could cross off.  So, I took that as a hint to update my list.  As the dreaded day approaches, I hope to post about this monthly.

The list is below, but let me summarize the changes.

Seth says that I’ve mastered these three dishes: Crock pot chicken tacos, pesto, and hummus.  He’s a good decider of foods I’ve mastered in the kitchen.  A real expert. With that, I’m able to mark off number 3.

I also tried craisins.  I don’t think I’d ever had them before.  I need to try one more new food to mark number 7 off the list.

Also, I attended a professional photography workshop!  Totally marked that off the list and I want to repeat it.  See my posts about the conference here.

Finally, I set up a 403(b) with my new job.  I’m using that to count as marking off number 22, as rolling over will be a fee and that doesn’t seem wise.

SEE BELOW FOR REFLECTIONS ON MOVING FORWARD TOWARD MEETING MORE OF THESE GOALS.

Health/Fitness [0/3]
1. [EDIT:] Take an exercise class like Zumba or something.
2. Take a swing dancing class
3. Find and master 3 tasty low-fat recipes [According to Seth: Crock pot Chicken Tacos, pesto, hummus]
Arts/Crafts/Hobby [1/3]
4. Complete 3 home-improvement/DIY decor crafts [1: Desk in closet]
5. Organize a scrapbooking/DIY craft system
6. Complete a second photography project [Done: May 2013
Food/Kitchen [3/6]
7. Try 5 new foods [1: Sushi, 2: Udon 3. Scallops, 4. Craisins…]
8. Make home-made pasta
9. Make a Quiche [Done: August 2013]
10. Learn 2 new foodie terms [Done: 1. Blanch 2. Meringue
11. [EDIT:] Harvest veggies from own garden [Done: September 2013]
12. Make homemade fries [Done, twice. In April 2012.]
Travel and Events [4/4]
13. Visit at least 3 new countries [1: Japan, June 2012; 2: United Kingdom, July 2013; 3: Ireland, July 2013]
14. Attend a murder mystery dinner [Done! March 23, 2011]
15. Visit Niagara Falls (not during winter—or fall) [Done! June 2012]
16. See the Pacific Ocean [Done! June 2012–Japan shores]
Family [1/2]
17. Watch my husband graduate [Done: June 2013]
18. Sell my condo [never going to happen… but a refinance is in the works.]
Finances [2/4]
19. Pay off our remaining credit card debt [Done! April 2012]
20. Pay off my student loans [May roll over to a 30 during 30… hopefully]
21. Save to pay cash for UK trip [Pretty much done: July 2013]
22. EDIT: Roll over KY retirement to 403(b) and set up current automatic deposits to a 403(b) plan. [DONE: August 2013]
Educational/Professional [3/5]
23. Finish my educational technology endorsement [Done! Winter/Spring 2013]
24. Earn money for taking pictures (at least three sessions) [Done! 1: Jess and Jon’s wedding June 2012; 2: Rachel and Justin, August 2012; 3: Haleigh and Andrew: September 2012 and more!]
25. Take a professional photography class/workshop [DONE: #iHeartFaces Photography Conference for Women, October 2013]
26. Land that ideal teaching/educational job [Done: May 2013]
27. Publish the 400th post to http://www.rejoicingrebecca.com
Christ-Seeking [1/3]
28. Read five Seth-approved theological books [1: Solid, 2: Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life, 3:Leading on Empty 4: Leaders Who Last, … more in the works]
29. Mentor 4 different college girls [Done! Spring 2013. 1: Kyle, 2: Rebecca, 3. Sarah, 4. Caitlin]
30. Lead someone to Christ

As far as finishing up these goals:

2) I’d really like to take a dance class with Seth.  Maybe that will be a birthday or Christmas gift.  *hint hint*
4) Since winter will be settling in soon, I’m going to look for some in-home DIY crafts to do.
5) I’m half-way to making an method for organizing my scrapbook materials.  After my photography rush is over, I plan to clean up the office area and assess the situation.
7) I’m on the lookout for foods that I haven’t tried that seem interesting.  Seth usually helps me feel safe about trying new foods, except that time I ate scallops.  That’s a no for the future.
8) I need to see if anyone has the pasta-maker attachments for the Kitchen Aid standmixer that I can borrow.  Then, I’ll give it a try.  Maybe even said owner can help me make the pasta.  Maybe.
18) I think the next edit I will make is to change “sell condo” to “refinance condo,” which The Hunk and I did last week.  This may be the best solution for now.  Dang condo.
20) I decided that any photography profit will go toward paying my loans down to deferment level.  Between that and any extra money we have at tax time, we hope to pay mine down a lot.
27) This is my 247th post on this blog.  I hope I can get somewhere near 400, but we’ll see what happens.
28) I am one book away from reading 5 Seth-approved theological books.  In fact, I technically have read through half of one.  We’ll see if I finish that one or start/finish another.
30) This one, as I knew all along, will be the most difficult one to accomplish.  Especially as a public school teacher and someone who is generally around Christians much of the time.

Alrighty, then.  It’s time for an awkward ending where I say something like…

See ya’ next time,
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30 by 30: Summer 2013 Edition

Alright, before I head back to school for the summer, it’s time to get completely caught up on my blogging.

Today, let’s talk about my 30 by 30 goals:

Health/Fitness [0/3]
1.Complete a mile in less than 10 minutes (a big stretch for me) [never gonna happen; I hate running]
2. Take a swing dancing class
3. Find and master 3 tasty low-fat recipes
Arts/Crafts/Hobby [1/3]
4. Complete 3 home-improvement/DIY decor crafts [1: Desk in closet]
5. Organize a scrapbooking/DIY craft system
6. Complete a second photography project [Done: May 2013
Food/Kitchen [3/6]
7. Try 5 new foods [1: Sushi, 2: Udon 3. Scallops…]
8. Make home-made pasta
9. Make a Quiche [Done: August 2013]
10. Learn 2 new foodie terms [Done: 1. Blanch 2. Meringue
11. [EDIT:] Harvest veggies from own garden [Slated fall 2013]
12. Make homemade fries [Done, twice. In April 2012.]
Travel and Events [4/4]
13. Visit at least 3 new countries [1: Japan, June 2012; 2: United Kingdom, July 2013; 3: Ireland, July 2013]
14. Attend a murder mystery dinner [Done! March 23, 2011]
15. Visit Niagara Falls (not during winter—or fall) [Done! June 2012]
16. See the Pacific Ocean [Done! June 2012–Japan shores]
Family [1/2]
17. Watch my husband graduate [Done: June 2013]
18. Sell my condo [never going to happen… but a refinance is in the works.]
Finances [2/4]
19. Pay off our remaining credit card debt [Done! April 2012]
20. Pay off my student loans [May roll over to a 30 during 30… hopefully]
21. Save to pay cash for UK trip [Pretty much done: July 2013]
22. Roll over KY retirement to 403(b) and set up current automatic deposits
Educational/Professional [3/5]
23. Finish my educational technology endorsement [Done! Winter/Spring 2013]
24. Earn money for taking pictures (at least three sessions) [Done! 1: Jess and Jon’s wedding June 2012; 2: Rachel and Justin, August 2012; 3: Haleigh and Andrew: September 2012 and more!]
25. Take a professional photography class/workshop [slated October 2013]
26. Land that ideal teaching/educational job [Done: May 2013]
27. Publish the 400th post to http://www.rejoicingrebecca.com
Christ-Seeking [1/3]
28. Read five Seth-approved theological books [1: Solid, 2: Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life, 3: Leading on Empty 4: Leaders Who Last, … more in the works]
29. Mentor 4 different college girls [Done! Spring 2013. 1: Kyle, 2: Rebecca, 3. Sarah, 4. Caitlin]
30. Lead someone to Christ

So, I’m about half way there.  I think the most challenging ones to finish on time will be selling the condo (which will just not happen), posting 400 blog posts, and leading someone to Christ.  The rest will just take a little intentionality.  Like seeking out low-fat recipes that are quick.  I mean, does a bowl of celery count?

So, encourage me, friends, as I pursue these goals before that crazy day in March when the dreaded day will come: My sixth anniversary of being 24.

Forever young,
RejoicingRebecca

30 by 30 update: May 2013

It was Jessica’s idea. Well,  I got it from her, anyway. But I am renewing my hope to achieve the things on my 30 by 30 and considering a revision of a few items.

Here’s what I’ve done so far:

Health/Fitness
1.Complete a mile in less than 10 minutes (a big stretch for me)
2. Take a swing dancing class
3. Find and master 3 tasty low-fat recipes
Arts/Crafts/Hobby
4. Complete 3 home-improvement/DIY decor crafts
5. Organize a scrapbooking/DIY craft system
6. Complete a second photography project (Working on a Photo a day in May project) 
Food/Kitchen
7. Try 5 new foods [1: Sushi, 2: Udon 3. Scallops…]
8. Make home-made pasta
9. Make a Quiche
10. Learn 2 new foodie terms [1. Blanch
11. Learn how to prepare a quality fish
12. Make homemade fries [Done, twice. In April 2012.]
Travel and Events
13. Visit at least 3 new countries [1: Japan, June 2012…]
14. Attend a murder mystery dinner [Done! March 23, 2011]
15. Visit Niagara Falls (not during winter—or fall) [Done! June 2012]
16. See the Pacific Ocean [Done! June 2012–Japan shores]
Family
17. Watch my husband graduate [slated for June 2013]
18. Sell my condo
Finances
19. Pay off our remaining credit card debt [Done! April 2012]
20. Pay off my student loans
21. Save to pay cash for UK trip [slated for July 2013]
22. Roll over KY retirement to 403(b) and set up current automatic payments 
Educational/Professional
23. Finish my educational technology endorsement [Done! Winter/Spring 2013]
24. Earn money for taking pictures (at least three sessions) [Done! 1: Jess and Jon’s wedding June 2012; 2: Rachel and Justin, August 2012; 3: Haleigh and Andrew: September 2012 and more!]
25. Take a professional photography class/workshop
26. Land that ideal teaching/educational job
27. Publish the 400th post to http://www.rejoicingrebecca.com
Christ-Seeking
28. Read five Seth-approved theological books [1: Solid]
29. Mentor 4 different college girls [Done! Spring 2013. 1: Kyle, 2: Rebecca, 3. Sarah, 4. Caitlyn]
30. Lead someone to Christ

Um, thoughts.

About that whole 10-minute mole thing. I have now realized the level to which I despise, loathe, running. Ugh.  Suggestions for another physical fitness goal?

I don’t really care about making fish now. Should I?

I will have to post almost every day to hit 400. Here goes nothing.

Wish me luck,
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Blog every day in May: I know stuff

When I shared this daily blogging thing with The Husband, he thought it was cool. I mentioned today’s prompt (teach about something you’re good at) and asked him what he thought I should write about. He said “Love and Respect.”
Have you ever heard of this concept? Actually, it’s a book, too. The concept is Biblical but also heavily researched. Basically, it’s this: While women need unconditional love, men need unconditional respect. Now, don’t go crazy. Respect does not mean we become doormats or barefoot in the kitchen with a baby on our hip. It simply means that we ladies uplift our husbands, speak highly of him, and actually like him. Not just love him. He needs respect the same way we need to feel loved no matter how royally we mess up or how horrendous we look without our makeup or how horrible we feel about ourselves.
This is not naturally easy for either of us. I struggle with respectfully suggesting things to him without being naggy. I mean, what man loves to hear a woman constantly telling him he’s doing a bad thing? My husband is fabulous, but men can sometimes struggle with sharing affection,  aka, helping their wives feel loved.
So,  what happens is called the crazy cycle. The wife feels unloved or the husband feels disrespected and, next thing you know, the couple is fighting– either for a while or for an extended period of time. Sometimes these problems run deep.
When a wife feels loved, she may be moved to respect her husband if she knows what that looks like. And a husband who feels respected will be more likely to express love toward his wife. This will become the energizing cycle.
Of course, both spouses need to be on board or this is difficult. If one spouse isn’t game, the other will have to carry the burden of going it alone until a change of heart occurs.
So, wanna know more? Read the book. Check out the website. It will change your relationships with everyone in your life. Father, mother. Brother, sister. Cousins, friends and colleagues.
But while this is simple, it’s not always easy.
This does require… talking . Which is difficult, you know. But find out how you can be his cheerleader. Find out how you can love her heart– not just her body. It will take work, but the rewards are far more than worth it.
The fact that my husband suggested that I write about this means he must feel respected by me. What a high compliment! This explains why he is so loving!

Blog every day in May: About me

Okay, so, I really have been thinking of blogs in my head, but they are never quite making it out of my fingers to this blog.
In an effort to really pound the keyboard this month, I am going to join up with my lovely friend, Jessica, and attempt to blog every day in the month of May. Like her, I will try to use the theme from the Story of My Life blog. I may not always be on topic, but I will at least have a topic assigned if I need one.
Today: My life in 250 words.
I was born in Northern Kentucky to amazingly hardworking parents. I was raised in church and grew to find the Jesus of the Bible as my personal savior. Looking back, I realize that my stubbornness is what has pushed me to go for the things I’ve wanted. I did pretty well in high school, but was not naturally brilliant or naturally popular. I struggled to find a safe place to be myself most of the time. About the time I was turning 16, some things went terribly wrong in my family. We were victims of hatred and ignorance. I threw myself into school and two jobs to avoid dealing with the pain. I was accepted to and began attending Georgetown College as a first generation college student, joined a sorority, worked my butt off, and found out more about myself in Christ. Attended graduate school, began working as a teacher, graduated and then was able to find complete healing from my teenage pain. As God’s grace would have it, I met a wonderful, God-focused man who I later married and followed to Central Ohio. Since getting married, I’ve learned more about how stubborn I am, but more importantly, more about the relentless grace of Jesus Christ.

Man, that sounds boring. And probably more than 250 words.