25 before 25 | recap

Whether you've been following this blog for a while or you're new around here, you've probably noticed that I'm real into goal setting and I love a good recap. Since I turn 25 tomorrow (yay!), I figure it's the perfect time to let y'all know how I did on my 25 before 25 birthday bucket list! I did a check-in back in November for my half-birthday that you can check out here, and if you're interested, you can find the original list posted here.

As of November 21, I had completed 11 out of 25 goals. Since then, I've completed 8 more, leaving me at 19 out of 25! Here's a little update on those:

02. Make fresh lemonade - Completed on 5/17.
09. Pay off my credit cards - Completed 3/11. Thanks, tax refund!
12. Dye my hair a fun color - Completed on 5/16. I waited til the last minute on this one, but I finally dyed my hair a fun shade of rose gold over the weekend! Better pics tomorrow, but here's a quick 'gram.
14. Do an art project for our home - Completed on 2/22. See a cute, summery pic here!
19. Submit a piece of writing to a zine - Completed on 1/3 and 5/4. My 1/3 submission was published in the Winter '15 issue of Vagina :: The Zine and I'll hear back on the Spring/Summer submission soon!
20. Send out family photo holiday cards - Completed on 12/25. You can see our photo shoot with Briley and the card we sent out here.
22. Meet a feminist icon - Completed on 3/22. I met Sophia Rossi at TxSC and then got to see her again last week for the first stop on her book tour! You can read about meeting her the first time here.
25. Make a chapbook of my poetry - Completed on 5/18 with the help of Briley! More on this coming soon.

And the 6 things I didn't complete:

03. Love the way I look in a swimsuit
04. Run a whole mile without stopping
06. Get another tattoo
07. Write half of my memoir
16. Purchase a real camera and tripod
18. Attend a yoga class

I feel 100% proud and content with checking off 19 goals from my list! All six things I didn't complete were things I actively decided I didn't want to do after all. As life changes, goals shift -- I think it's important not to hold yourself to something that isn't right for you anymore or that doesn't get you closer to the you you're working towards.

Looking at the things I did and didn't accomplish, I put together a 26 before 26 bucket list that I'm really excited to start working on! I'll be sharing that list on Friday, so stay tuned!

For reference, here's my 24 before 24 recap!


  1. 15 sounds like a success to me! I'm soo excited to see what you want to complete next year!

  2. I love your goal tracking. I'm working on my 30 before 30, but it seems so not internet-sharing friendly :-P

  3. Seems like a good success ratio to me! I'm excited to see what you have planned for the next year!

  4. Well now I'm inspired to write a 26 before 26 even though I'm almost to my half birthday! I'll have a lot of work to do! Thanks lady!

  5. I love this list series idea. And girl, you rocked it! 19/25 is awesome anyway, and then considering the rest didn't happen because you changed your mind...way to go!! I like that some items on this list are a little more general (do an art project) and some are super specific (hike Enchanted Rock) so you still have room for creativity. And boy do I love lists too. I look forward to reading your list for next year.

    also- HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY! Hope tomorrow is spectacular and you feel celebrated from start to finish. <3 <3 <3

    ♥ perfectly Priya

  6. wow. I will be 25 this August. I don't need such a list cos 1. I do whatever I want at anytime I want and 2. I have a life list and a letter to the 30 year old me like Marshal does in HIMYM. Too many lists I already have :D

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  7. This birthday bucket list idea is so fantastic, Nicole. You're so inspiring, seriously. I really like that you allow yourself to drop goals guilt-free if they just don't resonate with you anymore.


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