B’s List

Thirty by Thirty

1. Visit a new country
2. Run (complete) a 1/2 marathon
3. Read 8 books (one a month)  X X X X X X X X
4. Learn to use a circular saw
5. Visit a new state OR major city
6. Cook 8 new recipes (one a month)    X X X X X X X X
7. Re-upholster an arm chair or build a piece of furniture
8. Learn to change the oil in my car
9. Lose 10 pounds
10. Sew/Make a Christmas stocking OR sew something really useful for my house
11. Go caffeine-free for 7 days straight
12. Stop biting my nails
13. Write a song
14. Stain master closet organizer
15. Surprise my husband (somehow)
16. Taste 8 new foods (one a month) X X X X X X X X
17. Blog more regularly
18. Take a yoga class
19. Do some sort of musical & kid-related volunteer project
20. Take an official cooking class
21. Learn Bach’s Concerto No.2 in E Major
22. Memorize the book of James
23. Watch Gone With The Wind
24. Learn to speak Spanish (conversationally)
25. Read up through Luke 13 OR finish reading the entire Bible
26. Create a daily schedule
27. Eucharisteo
28.”Family History Tour” of Lincoln County, TN
29. (One week) 30 days! of no iPhone games
30! Complete a “sprint-length” triathlon

UPDATE: I’ll boldface any goal a I reach it to show that it’s been accomplished…and if it’s a multi-goal like the recipes and books, then I’ll put a boldface X next to the goal to represent each step reached. (and link each X to the blog post of whatever recipe or book review or whatever it represents.)


6 responses to “B’s List”

  1. Alice Duett says :


    While reading your list, I began to think about how talented you are musically. Being a teacher, I immediately thought about how music really is a lost art form in elementary schools. I work at a Title I school. I would be willing to bet that only a handful of students at my school have ever heard a true musician play any instrument. So, you could look up local schools in your area. Figure out which school is listed as a critical needs area and see if the principal would let you perform a concert. I am sure those young students would love it!

    Alice Duett

    • bethanybordeaux says :


      A) I love hearing from you! It’s been WAY too long!

      B) This is an awesome idea. I’ve gotten two opportunities to go overseas and play at elementary schools (in Peru) and after school centers (in Kenya), and it was amazing to share music with children who had mostly never even heard of a violin! However, there are so many schools in downtown areas in America that lack exposure to the arts as well…and you’re right. I should totally do something about that. Thanks so much for the idea! I love it!

  2. Sally says :

    I vote Fort Worth, TX for #5. And if it doesn’t count as a “new” state, the good news is, we have a Blockbuster around the corner. I’ll treat you to a “Gone With The Wind” viewing and tell you all about how to survive your 30’s … as I near my 40’s! Ouch. Time to make my “40 things to do before I turn 40” list.

    Great blog. So glad I found it. 😉

    • Bethany says :

      Sally –

      Sadly it wouldn’t be a new place as I was born there and lived there until I was almost 12! However, a trip to see you (with Gone With The Wind thrown in) sounds lovely! I’ve been promising hubs a trip to see where I grew up so who knows what might happen.

      I’m likewise glad that I found your blog! Lovely! (You’ve obviously been at this longer than we have….maybe I should get some tips?)


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