7.17.2014

On Creating An Awesome Next Year Of Life

it took me 28 years and I finally got the wine glass to mouth motion down ;) 
wine glass from tiny wishes creations // use code SUMMERFUN40 for 40% off [making it only $6]

It's official--the big 28 is upon me. You know, I am not sure if I have ever had expectations of what I would be doing, what I would be like, and so on when I was younger of the year that is to come. I am assuming if I would have had expectations they would have gone something like: I will not laugh at people when they fall, I won't say your mom jokes in response to serious questions, and I will certainly not desire mac and cheese for 20 out of 21 meals per week. However, because I never planned to not do all of the above, here I am. Laughing, saying immature things, and eating like it's my job. The lesson here is screw expectations, you are much better off without them.

Being that I am a turning a year older and am a maniac when it comes to making lists and resolutions [that I never follow through on] I figured what the heck, lets do another list. If there is one thing I have learned in my old age, it is that if you don't plan for your life to be awesome, it will suck. And because I am not a fan of sucking [well, you know] I present to you [or really myself...] twelve different things I want to do in my 28th year of life to keep it suck free. 

July: Master the art of making the best Moscow Mule on this planet. And then serve them to friends in copper mugs. Preferably these copper mugs. <--- last attempt for a birthday gift from my husband. While on the topic of birthday gifts, perhaps add something additional monogrammed from Alison + Ivy. It only took me 28 years to get something monogrammed and now that I have something, I feel like I need everything.

ring found here // use code LIY+A&I for 15% off 

August: Create an office for my myself with a teal/aqua ceiling

September: Quit blogging and all things social media cold turkey for one week. Learn how to read a book, write with a pen and paper, photograph things with a real camera, spend time in the kitchen, listen to music, enjoy time with friends and family, and do it all while not sharing it with anybody virtually. 

October: Host an emoticon party. Everybody dresses up as their favorite emoticon, I dress up as the salsa dancer. Dreams will come true this night.  

November: Eat at RPM steak in Chicago 

December: Have a picnic in the snow with my nieces-the main course being hot chocolate and cookies.

January: Sleep in a homemade living room fort for at least one week out of the month complete with white twinkly lights and real wood burning fires.

February: Organize a progressive Valentines dinner with friends. One course here, another course there, drinks and more drinks everywhere. 

March: Go to Turks and Caicos. This can actually take place at any time during the year however, March seems like a good time to get away. But then again so does always. 

April: Buy a sweet bicycle with a bottle opener, cup holder, and front basket. Ride that thing like a mother. 

May: Go to a casino and play black jack with real men while drinking whiskey on the rocks. Try not to puke or lose thousands of dollars in the process. 

June: Learn how to line dance at a country bar. That or do The Wobble in a country bar. Basically just go to a country bar and dance, enough with being picky. 

And if all of the above doesn't pan out, drinking a cold beer and laying on a couch sounds pretty good too. 

Bring it on 28, I'm ready for you. 

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36 comments:

  1. January & June would have to be my favourites.
    What a great idea! I love that they are measurable too, instead of the usual "by the end of this year I will..."
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  2. Happy Birthday my young friend! Enjoy your 20s like it's your job! They go by so quickly and you never want to look back with regrets and I should've done thats!

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  3. These are fabulous!! Can I please come to your emoticon party??!! And omg so play black jack at a casino with real men. I entered a poker tournament in AC in my early twenties so not only was I young, I was a female (the horror) and I made final table and all the men hated me but it was such a rush!! Great experience!!

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  4. Happy Happy Birthday!!! Hope you get everything you wish for!!!

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  5. Happiest of Birthdays to you, Erin!! May all your birthday wishes come true! And, hey! If you're ever in Texas I'd be happy to take you dancing in a country bar. And, I promise we can do the Wobble. oxox, Amanda

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  6. i'm obsessed with October. emoticon party?! YES. love it.

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  7. I love everything about your 'to-do' list. Happy birthday lady!!!

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  8. Happy birthday Erin! Looks like you have an awesome list to do :D

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  9. ohh i adore these goals. so good. cheers to 28 years!! happy birthday erin!

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  10. That sounds like one awesome year! Probably should just get started now on the planning for the Turks and Caicos trip, because that sounds uuhhhmmaazzing

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  11. Happy birthday Erin!!! Cheers to another awesome year :)

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  12. I love this post!! What a fun idea! Happy Birthday Erin, have a great rest of your week!!

    xo, Taylor

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  13. Happy birthday! I'm jealous that you never had any expectations for your future. I totally did so now I am constantly letting myself down.

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  14. I think if October happens, your life will be complete. Let me know when you need my address to send my invite ;)

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  15. Happy Birthday! I turn 28 this year too and this is very inspiring. I think I may need to make my own list.
    Mana
    Fashion and Happy Things

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  16. I LOVE YOUR LIST! I am going to make one, too! :)

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  17. high five to July cancer birthdays! Also, the tent, please tell me it will look like the one from The Holiday, because that's a goal of mine!

    What about a valentines dinner where everyone comes as their favorite emoticon?! I claim the beer glass!

    East Willow Grove

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  18. Happy Birthday! And this list rocks ;)

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  19. Can I pleeeeeeeeeeease be invited to ANY of these?! Any!!

    Happy Birthday girlicious - 28 looks good on you :)

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  20. That is an amazing list!! I might have to steal some of these ideas for the next time I make a bucket list!! :)

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  21. Love your blog! And think your list is pretty cute. I had mine of things to do before my big 30! All accomplished. Now I have another one for when my number 40 comes along. :-)
    ♥ Anna
    www.annadusek.com

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  23. Happy Birthday!! Great list. I think it may be a new kind of new year resolution for many except you don't have to start in January! As always, well done on the list and motivating others to follow your lead on making life that much more enjoyable. Cheers pretty lady!

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  24. December and January sound awesome - such good ideas! Happy birthday!

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  25. Happy birthday!! Love your list, especially the emoticon party.

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  26. This post is AWESOME. Way to forecast for awesomeness. Oh, and Happy Birthday Doll!

    xoxo, Kali

    www.204park.com

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  27. Cheers to this being your best year ever! Can't wait to see this ceiling!

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  28. LOL! This is cute :) HEre's to a good year

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  29. Your list is pretty stellar. Cheers to 28! Let's make it one for the books!
    xoxo

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  30. Obviously, January is going to be an amazing month. May kind of sounds like my worst nightmare, but you have my full support!!! 100%! Erin, I wish you a very happy birthday and a fantastic year of conquering goals.

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  31. I LOVE this list! Happy Birthday! Mine was on the 7th and I might have to do a list of my own. It sounds like you have a pretty awesome year upon you!

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  32. Happy Birthday!!! Those mugs are fabulous! Perfect for moscow mules! And that's the exact bike I want. We're like twinsies... except not because I wasn't born in July...

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  33. I always forget you are younger than me. Happy Birthday! I want a teal/aqua ceiling!! That sounds FAB.

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  34. I love this so much. I think I'm going to start bucket listing each year by month with equal parts hilarity and practicality. Obviously The Wobble is mostly just practical. Mostly.

    lovelovelove,
    Erica
    cominguprosestheblog.com

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