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a very merry half-birthday

It’s my half-birthday today! Y’all know I love to celebrate, and I also love goals, so let’s celebrate by seeing what I’ve checked off my 24 before 24 list in the last six months, shall we?
Wow, I really thought I’d accomplished more than this! Actually, this is an important reminder for me. When I set goals, I like them to be broad and open-ended, because so much can change in a month, six months, a year, etc., and then the goals don’t even really apply anymore! Six months ago, I was struggling pretty badly with my depression, having just gone off my meds, and I thought focusing on starting my own business would help me regain my confidence. I’m okay now with saying that I was wrong–both about stopping my meds and about starting a business.
So, let’s see where we are. 
oo1. Dago and I did throw a really fun housewarming party. I spent way too much money on margarita mixes, and then everyone just brought fancy craft beer because we live in Austin, but it was a blasty-blast. 
oo2. I did attend TxSC, and y’all have heard lots about it already. I plan on going a second time before I turn 24 because the 2014 event is supposed to be scheduled for March!
oo3. You also heard lots and lots about me rallying at the Capitol this summer. Unfortunately, I never did make an awesome, clever sign, but I’m sure I have plenty of protesting left in my bones for the next six months, and this time I’ll come prepared.
oo4. I attempted to use my sewing machine for an outfit I had planned for TxSC, but it was having major problems, so I gave up. Hopefully I can remember to get it fixed and maybe take a class so I can make a skirt before next May.
oo5. I have not baked anyone cupcakes, but I’m helping plan a birthday party for a friend, so now’s my chance!
oo6. Dago and I took a day trip with our friend Shelby (the birthday girl from oo5) to San Antonio to go see the United States Women’s National Team play. I really wanted us to go to Kerville or Fredricksburg or something (it’s on my fall bucket list, in fact), so hopefully we can make that happen.
oo7. Joining a networking group was really important when I was trying to start a business, but doesn’t serve the same purpose now. Instead of networking for business, now maybe I can network with feminists or bloggers or something!
oo8. Totally forgot about wanting to learn to make mojitos, but I’m re-inspired to learn now.
oo9. I’ve not had any time to binge-watch anything. In addition to Downton Abbey, I want need to watch Scandal.
o10. Like oo7, leading a workshop would have had something to do with my business and those goals, but I do still have aspirations to lead a workshop on blogging or on authenticity in blogging. Hopefully more to come on this goal in the future!
o11. We’ve realized that adopting a dog right now just isn’t in the cards. Dogs are a lot of responsibility, both financially and time-wise, and we’re already stretched pretty thin. For now, Dago’s becoming the world’s best “Cat Daddy” (his term, not mine), and we give Contessa lots of snuggles and love.
o12. I checked in with Dago the other day, and he confirmed that we can have and decorate a Christmas tree this year! We probably won’t have a real one, but I’m really just excited to have whatever I can get. I can’t wait for Tess to knock the ornaments off and play with the branches. Is that the crazy cat lady in me talking? Whoops.
o13. Over the summer, I read tiny beautiful things by Cheryl Strayed, 99 Problems but a Baby Ain’t One by Megan Silianoff, and Bossypants by Tina Fey. I’ve also started Wallflower at the Orgy by Nora Ephron and The Truth About Style by Stacy London, and I plan to read Bird by Bird by Anne Lammott.
o14. I definitely haven’t been able to pay all of my bills right on time for the last few months, but now that I have a salary, I plan to make all of my payments before they’re due!
o15. I forgot that I wanted to host a slumber party! Girlfriends, let’s get on this one!
o16. So, I’ve sort of done this one. I have technically sponsored both Ladyface Blog and Breezy Days through Passionfruit Ads, but I haven’t yet paid to sponsor anyone. I’m hoping to do this at the start of 2014 because I think it’s important and special. I’ll write more about this when I do it.
o17. Although I haven’t cooked a meal for Dago yet, I have started sort of cooking for myself a little here and there (by cooking, I should clarify that I mean making things in the toaster oven that require more than 5 minutes). Soon, I’d like to step my meals up to entre + side, so making enough for two could definitely be in the cards.
o18. The post office continues to evade me. This is not high on my priority list.
o19. You may remember that I started walking/running in September. Well, I promptly stopped walking, and then the I acquired a new work schedule and the time changed, so I haven’t been walking since. I know, excuses, excuses. I do enjoy it though! I just need to make time for it.
o20. I hoped to create a positive, productive work environment for my business, but I spend hardly any time at home, and absolutely no time in our “office.” 
o21. I haven’t monetized personal shopping because I honestly don’t have the time or energy for it right now. I do love curating options for friends or taking them shopping and playing “stylist,” but I would never ask for more than queso or a milkshake in return.
o22. Hahahaha. See o17. I haven’t even tried one new recipe, so this probably isn’t going to happen.
o23. Yet another goal inspired by starting a business! Not that having a perfect pair of power shoes isn’t an always-goal, but I have a lot fewer opportunities to wear them now.
o24. I did go to a Zumba class! It was a fundraiser for the agency where I work. It was a two hour class and I made it through 50 minutes before giving up. It was incredibly hard. I learned that, next time, I need to wear baggier clothes and to not look in the mirror so much. I think I liked it, in hindsight, but at the time I just thought I was very actively dying.
Wow. That was a really long post! Does that mean I’m getting old?
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