10 Things In The Year of 31


Well, this is it. The last giveaway AND today is my birthday. Today I’m, uh, 31. It’s actually not that bad. I went from 30 to a 30-something. You don’t have to tell me that being 30-something sounds a LOT older than 30. I’m okay with it. BRING. IT. ON.

Before I start the list, I want to thank the kind bloggers for their wonderful recommendations for us. I’m sure they probably don’t know it, but they helped make this a very fun birthday week for me. I think it might have to become an annual thing. I really hope you clicked on the links I provided. Not only were they to the other blogs, but they were some of my favorite posts of theirs. Please, if you have a few minutes, click and read. You can thank me later. Or now. Whatever.

You also still have a chance to win all the other books. You have until midnight tonight to enter for A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller. What did I tell you about clicking links? Do it.

So I’ve made a list of 10 Things I’d like to do this year…in no particular order. So let’s rock this joint…

1. I’d like to go down to Nashville for a weekend and visit a church I’ve been hearing a lot about online lately. Crosspoint, from what I can gather, is the home church of lots of people you might or might not know their names, but if you’ve been reading this week, you’ll have heard of a few. Lindsey Nobles, Jon Acuff and Alece Ronzino is in the process of moving from Oregon to be a part of it. That’s kinda fun. Plus, it sounds like this church is doing some really awesome things. It would be fun to see.

2. I’d like to lose some weight. Kinda like New Year’s Resolutions, right? But really, Monday I’m going sugar free again. I’m also going low carb and no grains. Shouldn’t be too much of a problem. I just need to plan ahead more. I did well last time, but then started celebrating my birthday…for three weeks. (I do like a good celebration)

3. Involved in the losing weight category, I’m going to run a 5k. (Notice I didn’t say try) Our town hosts one in September, I believe. That’s what I’m shooting for. I’m going to get a few of those under my belt before I head down to Nashville for their half-marathon. That’s right. I said it…out loud. Or typed it, I guess. Maybe I can combine the half-marathon with my #1. See. I’m always thinking.

4. I will be 100% out of debt. As of July 3 I will be out of debt with the exception of my student loan. If you know anything about Dave Ramsey, he counts everything but a mortgage as debt in the snowball. I don’t have a mortgage, so I’ve been using my student loan as that debt. Anyway, by the time I turn 32, that will be gone, as well.

5. I’d like to read all these books that were recommended or given away. Plus the two that I’m going to give away today. One I’ve read and one I’d like to read. I picked Visioneering by Andy Stanley because it was a book that made me see the miracle of hard work. (More on this in a later post) I picked Evolving in Monkey Town by Rachel Held Evans, ’cause she’s a blogger that I like and I really like the title. (Actually, read the intro free on Amazon. You’ll love it)

6. I’d like to continue to grow my blog. See that badge on my right sidebar that says that I’m part of the BlogRocket Community? Yeah. Bryan Allain is pretty cool and funny. He’s got a great heart for helping people. Just since joining that community alone my visitors have increased. If you’re serious about blogging, go there.

7. I want to keep learning and keeping being inspired by the likes of Donald Miller, Jon Acuff, Jeff Goins and Jamie The Very Worst Missionary. I listened to an interview with a favorite singer/songwriter of mine once. She was asked how to write a song. She said that really, she just listened to a lot of her favorites, got inspired and was inspired by their style. Now, I don’t want to be a copycat, but I do want to improve my writing. So if I have to keep reading Grit and Glory or I’m Just Saying to become a better writer, to be challenged or inspired, I guess that’s something I’ll just have to do πŸ˜‰

8. I’ve officially decided tonight that next year on the blog we’re going to have another birthday giveaway. I’m considering Christmas, too…

9. I’ll get to meet my new niece. That’s actually next month, so I’m pretty pumped about that. Gotta buy lots of noisy toys to keep my brother and sis-in-law happy πŸ™‚

10. By the time I turn 32 I will have a new (to me) car. And I promise not to back it into my dad’s truck, park in the way for my uncle to back into me or hit any deer with it. Yeah…my car looks goooooood, ya’ll.

That’s all she wrote! Thank you for coming to celebrate my birthday week with me! I’ll start announcing winners at noon CST tomorrow and each day for another week. If you won, you’ll get an email from me. Good luck! Love you all!

Dont forget to answer the question and repost to win!!

What is one thing you want to do before your next birthday?

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  • JamieP

    Love the blog idea. My next birthday is in two months. The only thing I can of that I’d like to happen before then is to figure out what to do with my blog. I’ve reached a plateau and can’t decide what direction I want to go in, if anything. Boring I know, but that’s all I got for 2 months away.
    I’m loving the 5k and 1/2 marathon goal!!! If I can stick with my running, maybe I’ll run the half with you here in Nashville next year. =)
    Hope you have a wonderful birthday Julie! Congrats on being debt free (school loans really shouldn’t count anyway!)

    • That’s not boring at all! I would definitely check into BlogRocket. A lot of people there collaborating together and helping each other out. I love it! If I get down there for the half marathon, I’ll let you know! That’s my goal for sure! Thanks, Jamie!

  • Since my next birthday is 5 months away, im going to give myself a year like you have. By this time next year I hope to have at least m first draft of a manuscript I’m working on finished, and really, I’d like to be done with the second or third, en route to sending to an agent.

    I’d also like to weigh less.

    And I’d also like a job. preferably sooner rather than later.

    • So here’s my proposition. You finish your first draft, and I’ll finish mine. By June 12 next year, we’ll at least have written something. Also, going Primal tomorrow if you’re interested!!

  • yay! happy birthday!! =) fun list too!

  • Happy Birthday and what a terrific week of posts.
    My birthday is only a week ago, so I don’t have much time to do anything in that week. Nothing pithy to write. Not smart enough.
    Seriously though a great week of posts. Keep it up and happy birthday again.
    Tweeted and Facebooked.

    • Thanks, Tim! I’m glad you hung around with us all week!

  • Cathysnyder80

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY dear friend! My goal is to run a 5k and a half marathon. I am half way through my couch to 5k program and I’m really doing it. My husband, Matt, and I are also working on creating a healthier lifestyle. We aren’t dieting, we are just trying to make wiser decisions. Also, I’d like to have all our adoption application materials finished before my next birthday πŸ™‚ whew…I think that’s enough πŸ™‚

    • I’m going to do the couch to 5k program, too. You’ve got a big year coming up, friend! So glad we get to experience it together!!

  • My birthday is in September and that seems too right around the corner to accomplish anything. But I would like to consistently be reading more and wasting less time. I would like to develop part of the curriculum for the new class I’m teaching in the fall. AND go to Honduras to spread the love and hope of God. (Yes that’s easy because I’m going on Wed.) But I want to be useful while I’m down there.

    • All you gotta do is love on the kids. There’s nothing ever useless about that! Praying for you, Andrea!!

  • I have eight months till my birthday and by then, I want to win my current battles with 1) writer’s block/procrastination, 2) unhealthy eating, and 3) clutter. And spend some time in Joplin and possibly Alabama, doing some disaster recovery work…my heart is starving for that and the need is so big (and that’s an easy one for me to get started on, since I’m going in July!)

    • That sounds like an awesome list! Adding a couple of those to mine, too!

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  • Nancy

    I feel so limited! Just ONE thing I want to do before my next birthday? After reading other responses I see that others have put more than one…so that means I can, too ;). I want – let me rephrase – I will consider myself a “runner” by my next birthday (given my bum foot gets better soon). I will have lost more weight – kinda have to for my new life insurance policy :). I WANT to read more…my kiddos tend to keep me from reading as much as I would like..and I am not one to stay up and read…I’d rather go to sleep ;). And I will see my Illinois friends VERY soon!! Love it!!

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