31 Things I’ve done


The lovely Sarah Von over at the lovely Yes and Yes blog made a list of 32 things to do before her 32nd birthday.

Inspired by her, I’ve made my own list. Well, I’ve actually made two. The first is a list of things I’ve already done. Silly or magical, here or across the globe, they’re all ingredients to what makes me who I am, and I’m proud of them.

Tomorrow I’ll post Part Two: 31 Things I Haven’t Done Yet But Will Do Before I Turn 31.


31 Things I’ve done so far

1. Skinny dipped in the French Riviera on Christmas Eve

2. Moved to another country for a boy

3. Moved back from another country for my family

4. Eaten rose petal and sugar cube sandwiches

5. Volunteered as a conversational partner for a Japanese student

6. Floated in the Mediterranean Sea off the Turkish coast

7. Planned a series of successful fashion show fundraisers [modified style]

Mod Style winner (Alicia Wood, last year’s awesome winner)

8. Started this blog

9. Visited a swingers club

10. Written a 28-page thesis on nonfiction narratives and the death penalty

11. Became vegan

me mountain

12. Baked birthday cupcakes for my mom

b-day cupcakes

13. Purchased and worn a wig, just for fun

14. Ridden a Double Decker bus in London

15. Attempted to learn how to play the guitar

16. Been proposed to

17. Camped at the beach and in the mountains of Oregon

Ramona Falls (At Ramona Falls)

18. Hiked to the top of Multnomah Falls

19. Rode 20 miles in one day on a 3 speed hand-made bicycle

20. Received an anonymous love letter  

21. Bought local produce from a Farmer’s Market


22. Accepted an invitation from a Turkish captain to dine on his boat

23. Drank hot sauce after sampling a ‘miracle fruit’ pill

me and hot sauce

24. Left inspirational quotes tucked under windshield wipers

25. Grown my very own basil and sage

26. Waxed my eyebrows

27. Hugged a koala at a sanctuary

me and gandalf

28. Broken a heart

29. Had my heart broken

31. Purchased and worn a wig, just for fun

30.. Rode my bike in Portland’s annual Naked Bike Ride

 me post bike ride 

[before we took our clothes off, naturally]

31. Owned a really really cool pair of blue boots

me in chairme abby ghetto 


–> What really cool things have you done?

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  • Had sex on Elvis’ back porch (Tupelo Mississippi, not Graceland)

    There are of course many more but that was the first to spring to mind. =D

    • That is so cool, Sayward.

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  • I LOVE the idea of doing a list of things you have accomplished and acknowledging your own self in that way. I’d say one of the coolest things I have done is pass out animal rights literature while my hands were handcuffed in the back and being arrested. And gave a bald eagle fluids at a care center. Scary!

    • Chelsea, that’s awesome! You should make your own list! I

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