Kate Steinbeck and Brooke Griffin

Kate Steinbeck and Brooke Griffin

Hi everyone, I’m Kate Steinbeck and so happy to be guest blogging on the one and only SkinnyMom.  First and foremost, I must give a small disclaimer; I am not a mom (someday, but not yet)!  After recently sharing a big challenge I created for myself with our dear Brooke she asked me if I would like to share with all of you and I couldn’t turn down the opportunity!

A little back story on how I arrived here:  Over the past five and a half years, life has certainly thrown me some curve balls…. I lost my dad to his battle with cancer, I lost my entire apartment to a fire barely escaping in the middle of the night with only the clothes on my back (literally), and my relationship of multiple years ended, and to add salt to the wound my ex got engaged less than 4 months after breaking up with me (a dodged bullet and a story for another day indeed).    However, with a lot of faith and the help of my wonderful family and friends I survived it all and have somehow become a stronger and happier person despite these events.  Even through all the bad I have always tried my best to see the good in each day and to “live in the moment”.  Then about a month ago it hit me, I am single and 15 months away from the big 3-0.  In complete panic mode that my life had not turned out quite like the fairytale I once had in mind and looking for some reassurance that it would be OK, I ran across this quote by F. Scott Fitzgerald, “For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be.  There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want.  You can change or stay the same; there are no rules to this thing.  We can make the best or worst of it.  And I hope you see things that startle you.  I hope you feel things you never felt before.  I hope you meet people with a different point of view.  I hope you live a life you’re proud of.  If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again” and I realized I had one of two choices:  1. Stay the same and make the worst of it or 2. Change and make the best of it.  It may go without saying, but I chose #2!

Instead of dreading my next big birthday, I have created a list of tasks, a journey if you will, to make the next 15 months fun and exciting.  I have called it my Birthday Bucket List.  I hope that I see things that startle me, and feel things I have never felt, and meet people with different points of view, and live a life I will continue to be proud of!

So, without further ado I give you my “30 BEFORE 30”

  1. Blog/Keep journal everyday for one year.
    2. Tour and sample at Yazoo Brewery
    3. Go Skydiving
    4. Karaoke at Lonnie’s by myself (completed/performance recorded)
    5. Go on a hot air balloon ride
    6. Serve a meal at a homeless shelter
    7. Meet an elephant
    8. Go to The Ellen Show
    9. Have a picnic and tour Arrington Vineyard
    10. Take a shot with a famous person
    11. Spend a weekend in a tree house.
    12. Zip Line at the Mega Caverns in Louisville, KY
    13. Snow Ski while drinking a beer
    14. Run a full marathon
    15. Get published
    16. See a show at the Blue Bird Cafe and Station Inn
    17. Take a pole dancing class
    18. Learn to shoot properly using my gun
    19. Go one FULL day unplugged… no phone, computer, TV
    20. Go to New Orleans
    21. Go on the Bourbon Trail
    22. Volunteer for Habitat for Humanity
    23. Learn to bake an apple pie from scratch
    24. Read all John Steinbeck books you have not read
    25. Go to the Grand Old Opry Show
    26. Make treats for a nursing home and take once a quarter for a year.
    27. Put five places in a hat and one hour before draw one and take a day/weekend trip impromptu style!
    28. Spend NYE 2013/2014 in a different country, one that I have never been to
    29. Save at least $800 dollars to go towards a trip to Australia before the age of 40.
    30. Masquerade Ball!! (for my 30th birthday party)

It will definitely be a challenge, but as Ayn Rand once stated, “The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me!”  I hope to keep you posted on the progress!!  Wish me luck!!