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50 things before 25 | 08

It is my plan to continue blogging even after this semester and class ends. This blog may not continue in the same format or under the same name, but I think having an online portfolio of ideas and writing is invaluable, especially in today’s job market.

Going All In

To do this, I needed a camera to document my writings, using original material. I’ve always been interested in photography, taking a class in high school, borrowing others’ cameras when possible, and dabbling in photo editing and modeling. I just never thought I have the skill set to need a nice camera, so I didn’t consider investing in one.

However, I recently told my mom about this list that I’m trying to accomplish and that I’m planning on saving up to purchase a camera of my own, and she offered me hers! I couldn’t believe it. I had borrowed her camera during my time studying abroad in London last summer, and it was everything I wanted out of a camera.

I will edit this post soon, to include an image with, or of, the camera. I’m so happy to have already checked one of the items off my 50!

50 things before 25

Photo Courtesy of Steve Adkisson

Photo Courtesy of Steve Adkisson

For the past few years, I’ve noticed my own decline in the search for a more inspiring life. I can’t say every aspect of my life has represented this, but I don’t see the world through the same open eyes that I did when I was in high school. To combat this, I’ve compiled a list of things that I want to accomplish before my 25th birthday. At that point, three and half years from now, I hope to be living a creative, professional life. Along the way, I want to photograph, and post about, the following:

1. Go to Europe again
2. Buy weather-proof shoes
3. Invest in professional “adult” clothes
4. Bake a from-scratch cake or cupcakes
5. Learn calligraphy
6. Join a college club [done]
7. Submit my writing for publication
8. Get a camera [done]
9. Keep a consistent blog
10. Learn cooking basics & master a few dishes
11. Sort through all of my emails/subscriptions
12. Try yoga
13. Throw a “Finer Things” party
14. Visit Springfield, MO.
15. Finish my 365 Day journal
16. Buy a coffee maker
17. Embroider/knit/sew something
18. Volunteer [done]
19. Try good sushi
20. Write to “Dear Abby”
21. Don’t wear make-up for a month [done]
22. Don’t drink pop for a month
23. Don’t eat meat for a month
24. Don’t drive to class for a month
25. Wake up at 5am everyday for a month
26. Read “Emma” by Jane Austen
27. Read every book I own, and donate all the ones I don’t hold dear
28. Take a college art class
29. Figure out what wine I like
30. Go on a juice cleanse
31. Make a collection of handmade cards
32. Make a “London” scrapbook
33. Make a “Miguel + I” scrapbook
34. Make a high school memories scrapbook
35. Visit Mrs. Van Natta
36. Photograph my parents
37. Photograph my grandparents
38. Photograph my hometowns
39. Move all of my (non-storage) belongings out of my parents’ house
40. Move into a non-student housing apartment
41. Have my own business cards
42. Keep a plant alive
43. Go to Mexico
44. Go to Canada
45. Write up a solid resume
46. Buy decent cooking utensils
47. Make my internet presence my portfolio/brand image
48. Try 10 new (to me) restaurants/businesses/places in the surrounding area
49. Obtain an internship (or two)
50. Graduate college