10 before 28

I can't believe it's already that time again! For the last four years, I've celebrated my birthday by putting together a list of goals I want to achieve before the next one -- a birthday bucket list! I mentioned in this month's small goals post that I was about to start working on my 28 before 28 list when my dear friend Ariel gave me a great idea. Instead of setting 28 goals, of which I'll probably accomplish only half, I've decided to focus in on 10 things I really want to do in my 27th year. (Plus, 28 is, like, a lot of goals!)

When putting these goals together, I looked back on what I didn't get done from my 27 before 27 bucket list as well as what I did accomplish. These 10 goals are a combination of things I haven't yet done and the next step forward from things I have. All that said, here's what I plan on doing in my 27th year:
10 before 28

For record and accountability's sake (and since there are only 10 this time around!), here's a little more about each goal:

1. Get My Passport // I have had a couple of opportunities to take work trips out of the country that I had to turn down because I don't have a passport. I just need to do it so I have it on hand if anything comes up! Any passport-getting tips appreciated because I was 11 the last time I had one?

2. Launch Phase 2 of Feel Good, Dress Better // Depending on how the initial launch is received, I have a couple of directions I'd like to take Feel Good, Dress Better for Phase 2. You'll have to stay tuned to find out!

3. Speak On Intuition-Based Dressing // At the heart of Feel Good, Dress Better is a lesson in listening to your intuition. In terms of what I feel I could speak on in a workshop or conference setting, I think an introduction to that idea would make a cool presentation. I knew I wanted a speaking-related goal, and since I already have a handful of speaking events lined up for work into the next year, I want to focus on what I have to say as me.

4. Sign Up for a Consistent Exercise Class // Signing up for some form of exercise class has been one of my goals for years. Being that I'm finally comfortable with my body, I think I'm actually ready to do it. I had a more specific goal of signing up for Camp Gladiator listed originally, but made it more vague in case I end up falling in love with yoga (which I'm trying today for the first time in a group setting! Wish me luck!) or another form of exercise.

5. Take a Week-Long Vacation // This is one of those 27 Before 27 goals that never panned out that I'm dedicated to making happen this year. I've still taken hardly any vacation in the two and a half years I've been with my job, so it's about time I do!

6. Upgrade Our Bed + Mattress // Again with a goal from last year, but now with the upped ante to include getting a new mattress. Hoping those workbook funds come through so we can celebrate with a new bed and mattress! I've pretty much decided on Tuft & Needle for the mattress, but if anyone has suggestions for nice and reasonably priced mattresses or beds, send 'em over!

7. Get My Second Tattoo // I'm excited to share an update on this goal! It's been on and off my lists for the last four years and I finally figured out why. Back in 2014, I wrote a post called To Tattoo or Not Tattoo. That should have been the moment when I realized that the tattoo I wanted next -- a fork on the inside of my left bicep -- was just not something I wanted permanently on my body. The reason behind the tattoo is very personal; it was meant to be a symbol of eating disorder recovery and control over food. However, I just couldn't picture myself at 40 still explaining that part of my life. A couple of months ago, it hit me that I was obviously putting off this tattoo for a reason. Since that post in 2014, I've also had a "third" tattoo that I wanted: a botanical piece on top of my right thigh. As soon as I determined that I was moving on from the fork tattoo, I got so excited to get the thigh one! I need to save a little bit of money, but I'm pumped to get it done this summer to enjoy during shorts season!

8. Find My Signature Cocktail // I'm not much of a drinker, but when I do find myself in a bar, I never seem to know what to order. I would love to have a go-to cocktail I can order anywhere and enjoy. I've been recently trying to branch out, only to find that I dislike most alcohols and end up handing my drink off to a friend. I like gin and tequila, and I like fruity. Lemon seems pretty safe? Anyway, this is my year to figure it out!

9. Build Relationships with Dream Brands // When I think about my goals for Writes Like a Girl, they are not monetary. Maybe this isn't the place to talk about this, but I've just realized that I'm not all that interested in writing content I don't care about to make some extra money. Which, by the way, is why I haven't. I can count the number of sponsored posts I've done in the last six years on one hand. What I do want, however, is for this space to allow me to collaborate with brands I'm passionate about as well as to share those brands with you. Some of those dream brands are bigger retailers, but most of them are indie brands I care about and think you should too. I've always been sheepish when it comes to sending pitch emails, but now that I've decided money doesn't have to be an issue, I'm just excited to reach out and see how I can work with people doing cool things on a consistent or continued basis.

10. Go Camping // I was supposed to go camping before turning 27 and it didn't happen. Let's make it happen before 28, okay??

So that's it! If you missed the recap on my 27 before 27 goals, you can find that in yesterday's post!

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