My 24th Year | Anna's Birthday Bucket-list | Personal

I am 25 years old today. That's 1/4th of my life. Looking back would I change anything? No. It's been just how it's needed to be for me to learn and grow. I love life. I love being here. It's worth LIVING. I enjoy celebrating life by making a list on my birthday of things I want to do for the next year (kind of like a New Year Resolution list, but without the January 1st pressure). 

Here was this past year's list (24 items because I turned 24 last year):

1. RUN A 5K WITH CLAIRE

I love my sister. She pushed me to do this with her (she's ran a half marathon -- aka she's awesome) and we did it! My first run that I had to sign up for! 

I love my sister. She pushed me to do this with her (she's ran a half marathon -- aka she's awesome) and we did it! My first run that I had to sign up for! 

2. MINIMAL WARDROBE

Similar to the next item, I used the KonMari method to reduce the amount of clothing I have. Laundry is easier. I like what I have, so I wear it all. It's amazing how much you actually don't need. 

Similar to the next item, I used the KonMari method to reduce the amount of clothing I have. Laundry is easier. I like what I have, so I wear it all. It's amazing how much you actually don't need. 

3. KONMARI METHOD

If you know me, you know I love KonMari. There is something more to it than just "decluttering and organizing". It's SERIOUSLY life changing. Your mind switches to a better perspective about "things" and there is more focus on what really matters.

There are more moments I have when putting something away (like laundry or just things) or cleaning where "I'm happy about this life I'm living and the way my home feels" pops into my mind because I've gone through this method of discarding/getting rid of what doesn't bring me joy. There is a sense of relief and positive motivation to move forward in life.

Please read this in your lifetime sometime. If you take it seriously, it will change how you view your home and life. You will start to actually do what you want to do. You will start living!

4. STYLED PHOTOSHOOT

I tried my best to contact florists to create something for a shoot (I'd really love to use more floral in my photos) but it never happened. So I went ahead and made a crown for my own maternity photos and I think they turned out really nice! Thank you to my sister, Claire Brooks for taking these for us :)

5. COMPLETE 10 PINTEREST PINS

Mostly food, but here are snippets of my pins of what I did. Some of these apply to other items on my list, but this is where I got the inspiration first!

6. HAVE A 1ST BIRTHDAY PARTY FOR MILO

7. PUT TOGETHER A VIDEO FOR MILO'S FIRST YEAR

8. MAKE A TENT FOR MILO

9. FINISH A JOURNAL

So I haven't finished it, but I started this one and it's made a difference in my marriage. It's a smaller journal that I write notes to Kent in. It's helped me appreciate him more and what he does and who he is. <3

10. HIKE

This was the LAST item on my list and I did it this morning. I had plans to go on a hike to Table Rock back in August/September - that never happened and so then I had plans to go on R Mountain sometime when it got warmer, but that never happened because of how pregnant I was feeling. So this morning Chip and I went on a "hike" to the Temple this morning. It's a stretch to call it a "hike" but uphill for 1 mile while 9 months pregnant was hard enough for me. haha I had to take a break and stretch half way in between. 

11. GET PREGNANT

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Grateful for our Rainbow Baby coming this May!! :)

12. HAVE A DOG FOR A YEAR

We did it. We had a dog for a year. I'm never getting a puppy again unless I have the space, hardwood floors and patience to train one. But we love him (and still have him).

13. BUY A NICE SPORTS BRA

14. PICTURE BY REXBURG SIGN

Again, thank you Claire!

15. FREE ART PRINT

16. MAKE A BOX OUTSIDE FOR PLANTS

Made it, but birds and children kept eating the strawberries. It didn't hold well so I threw it out eventually. I'll stick to basic pots until I really know how to make one!

Made it, but birds and children kept eating the strawberries. It didn't hold well so I threw it out eventually. I'll stick to basic pots until I really know how to make one!

17. PHOTO GIVEAWAY

Karli was my winner on instagram and everything worked out like magic! It was the perfect little giveaway for my business. The Full post of her session is here!

Karli was my winner on instagram and everything worked out like magic! It was the perfect little giveaway for my business. The Full post of her session is here!

18. PLAN A TRIP - HORSESHOE BEND

On our way to visit family in St. George, UT we made a stop to Horseshoe Bend in Arizona. Such an amazing part of this earth to experience! 

On our way to visit family in St. George, UT we made a stop to Horseshoe Bend in Arizona. Such an amazing part of this earth to experience! 

19. MAKE A BOXWOOD WREATH

I still have this and love it. I just love greens and the welcoming feel it has to our home.

I still have this and love it. I just love greens and the welcoming feel it has to our home.

20. NEW HEADSHOT

I got the guts to ask an awesome local photographer if we could switch and do head shots for each other. I'm so glad I did! I love Jaycee! 
http://www.photosbyjaycee.com/

21. HOT AIR BALLOON EVENT

The most amazing little event of the year. My friend Camilla went the year before and I HAD to see it for myself! A beautiful morning!

22. PICNIC

Nothing fancy but it was fun!

Nothing fancy but it was fun!

23. WATCH 'WHERE THE RED FERN GROWS' MOVIE

Found this movie in a $5 bin at Walmart and bought it years ago. Had never watched it until this year. Happily gave it to D.I. after we were through watching it :)

Found this movie in a $5 bin at Walmart and bought it years ago. Had never watched it until this year. Happily gave it to D.I. after we were through watching it :)

24. BE IN THE 140'S

I got down to 135 from 155 because I didn't know I was a type 1 diabetic haha (you loose a lot of weight when you have high blood sugar for a long time). I really enjoyed the weight loss but I was literally dying on the inside. Happy to be a chubby pregnant person right now! I'd rather have my health in good shape than a nice number on the scale. 

I got down to 135 from 155 because I didn't know I was a type 1 diabetic haha (you loose a lot of weight when you have high blood sugar for a long time). I really enjoyed the weight loss but I was literally dying on the inside. Happy to be a chubby pregnant person right now! I'd rather have my health in good shape than a nice number on the scale. 

Other Highlights of the Year:


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I'm excited for this year! You should do one too!!

This year's Birthday Bucket List (25):

  1. Have a Baby :)
  2. Finish the Book of Mormon
  3. Vlog our Daily Life
  4. Wear/Use an Insulin Pump
  5. Run
  6. 1 year Diabetes Video
  7. Baby Birth Vlog Video
  8. Newborn Photos of Baby
  9. Learn to Appreciate Life Now - Journal, Serve, Pray, Worship, Study
  10. Watch Conference Talks While Editing
  11. Listen to Others
  12. Temple
  13. Make Cookies for Someone
  14. Go Home for Christmas
  15. Kiss Kent in the Rain
  16. Keep my Succulent Alive
  17. Write a List of Things That Make Me Happy
  18. Avoid Social Media Every So Often
  19. Meditate
  20. Read the Baby Books (for me filled with information) I own - To see if I want to keep them/use the principles
  21. Make a Bouquet and take pictures
  22. Save a little Money
  23. Get a Haircut
  24. Interview Milo & Make a Video
  25. Create A Lettering Quote