31 Things


Hey, guys! Thanks for all the positive feedback on my post yesterday.

And now for Part Two:


I’ve been feeling rather uninspired and lethargic (and truthfully  I should throw in a bit broken-hearted) lately. Making a list of things to get excited about and goals to accomplish is already lending a bit of pep to my step and vim to to my vigor. Or whatever. You get my drift.

Note: My 31st birthday is on February 28th, 2011. I’m going to try as hard as I can to get all these done in the next five months, but I don’t mind extending my list of 31 Things to Do to my HALF Birthday on August 28th, 2011 if necessary.


31 things to do before I’m 31 (½ ?)

1. Drive a car. Legally.

2. Learn to like beets OR eggplant

P9225133 [<—Gross]

3. Make my own amaretto

4. Start learning graphic design and mad Photoshop skillz

5. See the Northern Lights in Iceland

northern-lights-iceland [source]

6. Revisit an old destination

7. Find the best espresso shot in Portland

8. Donate to a farm sanctuary

me and piggy

9. Write a business plan

10. Go on a night hike

11. Maybe look into possibly perhaps buying a fancy new SLR Camera

12. Write love notes to my friends and family telling them how much I love them

me lovin on abby

[I freakin LOVE this picture of me and my best friend]

13. Grow my hair out

14. Make a lentil meatloaf

me cooking

15. Go sledding

16. Post a photo essay composed on the colors of Fall

17. Visit the California redwoods for my dad

my and dad love

18. Spend a day volunteering

19. Run a 5k

20. Implement and throw an International Vegan Blogging Conference [Vida Vegan Con!]


21. Attend a Quaker meeting

22. Read a book for pleasure

me beach

23. Paint a picture

24. Get another tattoo

25. Pay for the person behind me in line’s movie ticket

26. Attend a bikram yoga class

bikramyoga [source]

27. Compliment every single person I talk to in a single day

28. Make homemade Christmas presents for everyone

29. Eat raw one day a week for a month

30. Start writing in a journal again

31. Take time to smell the flowers

me roses

Some of these are already in the works and some of them haven’t even crossed my mind til I began making this list.

 What do you want to do before your next birthday? If you want to volunteer with me, or teach someone (me!) graphic design or smell flowers with me or send me a killer (no vegan pun intended) eggplant recipe, do it! Let’s find some excitement and start some adventures together.

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About Janessa

I'm a travelin' vegan gal, event planner & writer who loves eating, drinking, hiking, biking, reading, writing, loving, scheming, learning, laughing, champagne-ing and gerunds.
  • I think you’re making pretty amazing progress! And legally drive a car? Pish posh. <3

    • thanks! and legally driving a car is so boring; I’m much better at taking the bus and riding my bike (when I have one).

  • Re: Beets
    Find someone who grows beets in their garden.(Like me, you can have some of mine next summer)
    Pick some small ones from said garden – when they’re NO larger than a golf ball. (Or very fresh from a Farmer’s Market is acceptable, however even those may have been picked a few days before and the taste starts to get more “earthy” the longer they sit out).
    Take them home and cook them THAT VERY DAY.
    Scrub, trim the tops and tails, but do not peel.
    Steam them until easy to pierce with a fork, slip peels off, slice thinly and eat with a little margarine and salt. No fancy-schmancy orange sauce or anything. Just beets.
    Yes, many people bake or roast them, but this intensifies the “beety”, earthy flavor (which I love!!) but if you’re a beet skeptic, you’ll want to start with a milder flavor.
    Check back and tell me if you still really don’t like beets.
    Glad I could help.

    • Oh my goodness, thank you. Small beets with earth balance and salt?
      I am disbelieving, but I will try. Hopefully I will be a beet lover before we know it.

      • Sarah

        Oh Nessar, I’ll get Jackie’s mom’s pickled beet recipe for you. The ONLY beets I have ever not found revolting! They were spiced, like apples are spiced! Not too bad! 🙂 And YES, go give Bikram a try. It’s amazing, not unlike your lovely self!

        • Janessa

          Oh, like dessert beets? I can maybe handle that. 😀

  • Katherine

    Hey, I can help you with photoshop. I don’t do much graphic design, but I do photo-manipulate, paint, and such at a high level. I need to get another copy of photoshop since my old one died with my last computer lol.

    • Katherine;


      I would love to learn! Thank you!

      • Katherine

        Okay, I don’t think I will be getting a new photoshop program any time soon, but I would still love to help you.
        Easiest way to get a hold of me is through my blog: http://livingeatingbeing.blogspot.com/

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  • Kim

    The best way to eat eggplant is in baba ganoush, and the best I’ve had is at Nicholas Arabian Breeze restaurant and Barbur Foods grocery store in the deli. Creamy smooth with a wonderful smokey flavor. YUM!

    • Kim, I’ve been meaning to go back to Nicholas’ for quite some time. Thanks for suggestion!

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