I’m turning 20 in two weeks! How am I doing on my 20 Before Twenty list? Let’s see:

(and these are in no particular order either)

1. get engagement photos taken –we just finished this! I haven’t posted the pictures yet, but you can see a sneak peek here or the practice ones here.
2. officially set the date for the wedding –we’ve had this date set in our minds since the beginning, so why don’t we just commit to it already! Okay—-May 26, 2012!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚
3. try cooking new things with new ingredients (I think we might pick at least 1 new recipe a week) –we’ve done really well with this one I think! This semester we really have expanded our cooking repertoire!
4. write a substantial poem –well I might be kind-of cheating on this one. I didn’t really write a “substantial” poem per say, but I have written several smaller ones and I signed up for a poetry class for next semester, so I’d say that counts enough. ๐Ÿ™‚
5. launch Drew & I’s combined design business (We’ve been working on it and I’m excited about it!) –YAY! This one has been done for a while! ๐Ÿ™‚ Read about it here.
6. finish the stuff I need to do for my mom’s bow business –this one is pretty much done. I’ve re-designed her site, store, business cards, product tags, and made a custom order form. I just need to order the print products. She also needs a few more pics for the online store.
7. officially decide on a location for the wedding & reception –Well…this is as official as it is going to be at this point. We know where the wedding is going to be and we have a place reserved for the reception, but it is still far enough away that it could change.
8. go bridal shopping and try on my first wedding dress! –Blair and I did this in Nashville over my spring break! YAY! I can’t wait to go again and show my mom and Kelsey and Jill!
9. sew something on my new sewing machine I got for Christmas (I have several projects I want to do) –well……honestly, I haven’t done this at all. I haven’t had time. ๐Ÿ™ I have several projects I want to do for the new house but I have to wait until we get all moved in and that is after I turn 20. I also already packed it up to move it out of my dorm room. But we’ll see. I might just have to unpack it again. ๐Ÿ™‚ Although I did sew this recently, just not with my new sewing machine. ๐Ÿ™‚
10. Have a Corks N Canvas date night with Drew (more about that here) –This one we decided to veto. Or at least hold off on until a later date. At least the official Corks N Canvas one that is. It is expensive to go and we would rather go with a group of people. I am in a painting class right now and have been painting more than enough lately. I even got Drew to work on a little painting too! I would say that has to count for now. ๐Ÿ™‚
11. write another creative non-fiction short story –Well, I didn’t write an official story to count for this one, but I blog about non-fiction stories that happen in my life on a daily basis here, so I think that counts.
12. get a job for this summer –I started babysitting for Drew’s landlord’s baby girl a few weeks ago. I also plan on getting another job (as some kind of design intern) this summer, but for now, I do have a job. (PLUS I mean we have our own business, so I had a job before too. I have been doing a lot more design work lately.)
13. start a bible study that Drew & I do together –I bought Drew a new Bible and an engaged couples Bible study book for Valentine’s day and we’ve started it together! We should have been done with it by now, but at least we’ve started it.
14. Make a budget/spending plan for Drew & I –We are doing pretty well at not spending over the amount we have allotted for that week/month and we’ve been saving a lot more. ๐Ÿ™‚
15. Continue my healthier-self diet & start going on more walks –we’ve slacked a little lately on the carbs and cookies, but overall this semester we have eaten much healthier. We both drink only water most of the time, use almost all fresh vegetables and meat and have been spending more time out and about. Babysitting Lucia has been good for this because I take her on walks in the afternoons! ๐Ÿ™‚
16. work on decorating Drew’s apartment so it feels more “homey” –We’ve been working on this one too! It is coming together! Soon it will be “our” apartment and not just Drew’s so in the new house, this will automatically be much better because I have a lot of “homey” decor. ๐Ÿ™‚ Just recently we bought a couch, which definitely works for this one by itself!
17. finish my 50 hours of community service for my scholarship that I need this semester –ummm…this one still needs some work. Or a lot of work.
18. make my creative portfolio of all my art and design work –I’ve already made a list of all my design work that I’ve done recently and I plan on creating the design and print portfolios on our website soon! Just as soon as I get done with my final exams!
19. get my first apartment –DONE! DONE! DONE!!!! YAY!!!!!!!!! I can’t wait until we move in on May 15th! See our new house here.
20. work on the design for my wedding invitations and other various wedding planning –Ahh, well I have some some sample designs for the wedding invitations and I’ve looked into printing and envelopes and papers and all that jazz. I just can’t decide for sure on what I want them to look like. I have done other various wedding planning though. I obviously have a lot left to do. ๐Ÿ™‚

Not too shabby. Most of them are completed. At least to my standards. Which luckily are the only ones that count in this project. What do I have left? Just sewing, community service, portfolio and wedding planning. Not bad. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ve got two weeks left to get it done!! Wish me luck! ๐Ÿ™‚

P.S. I just noticed that I used “we” on pretty much all the descriptions on these. HAHA! I love how it started out as my project, but Drew automatically gets roped into everything I do. ๐Ÿ™‚ I don’t think he minds though. Most of them applied to him anyway from the beginning. ๐Ÿ™‚


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