Thirty Things To Do Before…

Thirty Things to do Before I’m Thirty

When I was 20 years old I thought why wait to make up a bucket list for when you are dying. So I decided to make a list of 30 things to do before I am 30. I also plan to make a a 40 and a 50 and so on. I have only gotten through 16 and I am already 27 I am thinking of switching to 20 things to do in my 20s but anyways here is my list (also note this list has changed throughout the years as life has changed)

Done 16 out of 30 SOOO MANY TO DO IN 3 YEARS

1. Get a passport (Done (Card))

I got my passport when my husband and I were gonna go to Canada (we didn’t end up going but used it when we went  on our cruise)

2. Go to 15 of the 50 states

I am at 13 so far 🙂

3. Go to Ireland

I have dreamt of going to Ireland since I was a little kid. My grandmother (my Dads mom)  use to sing a song called Molly Malone. My Moms family is Irish and My Dads family is Scottish and German. The full dream is to go to every country we are from, as I have always loved learning about our ancestry.

4. Stand on the state line

Okay so we live not even 20 miles from the state line and we have driven over it many times but I haven’t gotten to stand on it lol.  Maybe later on I can go stand on the 4 corners.

5. Move out of my parents house. (Done)

I moved out of my parents house back in 2012 when I moved into my then boyfriends (now husbands) families house so I could go to school for one semester near them to finish my degree.

6. Start my own Photography business (Done)

I started this back in 2008ish but definitely have more work to do.

7. Be successful in said business

This may take longer then 3 years but I have faith in God and myself that I can make this happen.

8. Learn to play piano

I know the basics but it will take me awhile to get it down. I have an issue (that runs on my moms side) where it is hard for my 2 hands to do 2 different things at once so when I try to do a chord on one hand and play the melody with my right hand it doesn’t always work out.

9. Learn to play guitar

Same as above the issue makes strumming hard.

10. Start a non-profit. ( I was apart of a start up so Done)

Last year I was blessed to be apart of the start of LEADS which is a non profit for families with members whom have disabilities.

11. Learn to swim

Okay so I know how to swim its the wading in the water that is hard for me.

12. Do something Important (Done)

I may be biased but I think that raising Ella is important 🙂

13. Do something worth remembering (Done)

I think going through a major surgery to save my daughters life is worth remembering.

14. Be an advocate for my daughter (Done)

I will always be an advocate for my daughter. Feel free to follow her Facebook page, A little Dragonflys journey with down syndrome – Ellas story

15. Go on a missions trip

I may not be able to go on one far away but maybe a local one I could do, because I would love too.

16. Write something that gets published (Done)

My blog post “What the Doctors never told me” got published on The Mighty 🙂

17. Finish one of my stories

I love to write non-fiction stories….was told in college that I should be a writer (One of my professors read the beginning of one of my stories and told me I need to finish it and get it published cause she couldnt put it down)

18. Get a picture published (Done)

I did get a picture published in my college newspaper.

19. Take a picture for an art gallery

I am not sure why, but I always wanted to get a picture put into an art gallery, I think that would be such an honor.

20. Finish College (Done)

WOOOHOOO and man let me tell you it took forever. It then took 2 years after I graduated to get my diploma.

21. Visit NYC

One day I would love to go to a broadway musical and then visit Times Square.

22. Get a better camera

The one I have is fine for small things, but with what I want to do in the future of my photography I definitely need a new one.

23. Build up enough endurance to be able to run without my asthma kicking in

I have really bad endurance asthma, so it makes it really hard to run exercise and things like that. I am really hoping I can get it under control so I can one day do a 5k.

24. Get student loans out of collections (Done)

I was able to get that done this year and I also got it fixed so I can actually afford payments.

25. Pay off 2 of the 4 other debts I have

My 2 smaller ones shouldn’t be that hard….should it? Then I will work on the larger ones. That will be for the next 10 years.

26. Get my license (Done)

Okay so I may have been 25 when I got it, but that doesn’t make it any less done.

27. Get a car (Done)

I am thankful my dad gifted me his old one when he got a new one.

28. Fall in love (with someone who is worthy of me) (Done)
Sometimes ya gotta be silly 🙂

This one took a long time, through a lot of heartache and pain till I finally found someone who cares for me, through all my flaws and anxiety and depression he still loves me for who I am.

29. Get Married (Done)

I am so excited to say that we will be celebrating our 2 year anniversary this September. 🙂

30. Start a family. (Done)
This photo is 2 years old but I still love it

It might not have been in the most traditional way, like getting married first, but I wouldn’t change it for a thing.

New Years Resolutions

Everyone has New Years Resolutions right?

Well here are some of mine and why its important.

  1. Become More Physically Healthy
    • Eat Better- Right now I eat like I don’t care. I have an issue drinking water and I know that is something needed every day.
    • Exercise more- I am always tired so I spend most of my time inside on the couch or playing with Ella. Unfortunately I don’t usually have the energy to play. I have heard that if you exercise more you get more energy so I am hoping that it will help
    • Loose a little weight- Before I had Ella I weighed about 115 now I weigh about 150 now that wouldn’t be bad if it was muscle weight but its definitely not so i’m hopefully gonna try to build muscle and loose fat what everyone hopes to do
  2. Become More Mentally Healthy
    • I have Depression and anxiety so this year I am going to try to do things for me. Every week take a mental health day to reflect on the week and to see what I can do to relieve stress, anxiety and depressive episodes
    • Start learning yoga and Meditation. I have downloaded apps and looked on pinterest to find good beginning yoga poses for well beginners.
  3. Become Financially Stable
    • This past year my husband lost his job. It took about 6 months to find another one so we fell behind on bills and such. It was hard, but this coming year I have a job and so does he 🙂
    • This year I want to be able to pay down debt. I am hoping to pay off everything that isn’t student loan debts and if we finish that at a decent time I am hoping to go full speed to pay those down.
    • Stick to a budget…. it is so hard to do that when your brain wants to be in 50 million places at once. So I am hoping to keep it straight and such I can do that right? YES I CAN (gotta start on positive side)
  4. Become More Organized
    • I am very organized in my head, not my thoughts but of how I can be organized. I have so many ideas to stay organized but when people come around and then mess things up I start feeling like a failure and give up. Well this year I am determined to not let that get to me and continue to be organized.
    • I will clean out/off my desk and continue to keep it clean all year. I will make that my space to organize my thoughts and such at the end of everyday to help with not becoming overwhelmed.


I may add more but right now this seems like a good starter.


What are some of your New Years Resolutions?

Who I am is not ready to be who I want to be.

So who am I?

Aright so here we go with the typical about me page to find out who the author of  this blog is. Well that’s the problem, I don’t know that yet.

What I do know is my name is Holli, I am a 26 year old wife and mother. I have been married for over a year, and have a little girl with down syndrome. I have always dreamed of living in the south, but I was born and raised and live in Pennsylvania. People have always told me I have a heart of gold. I had a friend in collage give me the nickname Jesus as all I wanted to do was help people out.

I am currently a stay at home mom hoping to soon start my own photography business. Then I can start being a work at home mom and still get to spend everyday with my little girl. Hey maybe this little blog can help too. Now most bloggers that blog about starting your own blog say stay with one topic. The problem is, I love to learn. Having a child with down syndrome is like having a class taught by yourself you learn as you go. I also want to learn about other things like homesteading, making homemade things, and becoming self sufficient. As a person with medical and mental illnesses I also want to learn about how to become healthier both physically and mentally. I want to write about what I learn and the process of learning, who knows maybe I can help someone there going through the same thing.

So stick around and learn with me. It may be multiple topics but that’s how you learn to live life.