30 by Thirty Check In

Yesterday I celebrated my 28th birthday! I had a great birthday that I spent mostly with my family and close friends.

I have share with you these delicious sweets I had. The were as good as they look! I went to a Tapas spot with one of my sisters. This chocolate cake was divine!

..and these cupcakes! My sis makes the cutest and yummiest cupcakes and cakes ever. These are german chocolate cupcakes with toasted coconut. Don't these look good! She made them special for my birthday!

So, last year, I wrote this post about 30 things I wanted to accomplish by the time I turn 30. Ya'll I have a long way to go. Looking back at this list I'm realizing I haven't done much, so I need to get to work over the next two years.

So here's my list, I have scratched off things I accomplished and provided some deets below:

1. Take a Cruise
2. Get a passport
3. Travel Internationally - anywhere!
4. Visit California
5. Visit D.C Capitol and historic sites
6. Climb Stone Mountain
7. Take road trip cross-country

8. Get Bachelors Degree in Marketing
Yaay! I finally got my degree! I finished May of this year and I could not be more happy!
9. Learn Spanish
10. Start Blog
This was accomplished during year 27, so nothing new here
11. Participate in Community Service providing any expertise I have on Marketing/Social Media
12. Start career in the Marketing Field - specifically online/internet/email/social media marketing

13. Get Married
14. Have 2nd child
15. Adopt a dog
So I adopted a dog, but it didn't work out for our family, so sad we had to return him. But we did get to experience adopting a pet and the best advice I can give on this is to know that a dog, like people, have set personalities and if you are adopting an older dog (as we did) it may be difficult to adjust. So I say, go for a puppy if you can, unless you have patience.
16. Have 1 year worth of living expenses saved in the bank
17. Be completely debt free (Student loans included!)
18. Finish decorating entire house -- but can you ever really finish...?? :) 
19. Purchase 2nd house (this can spill over into 30 but I want to be on my way to another home)

20. Skydive
21. Skinny Dip
22. Go to Gun range
23. Get another tattoo
24. Go skiing
25. Go camping

26. Try Shrimp, Lobster and Crab
27. Take professional family pictures
28. Get facial
29. Learn how to use 2 big power tools
30. Plant a vegetable garden and actually use it

So as you can see I have a ways to go! But I think I'll get started on this soon so that I'll have something more to report next year.


  1. Happy Birthday, Alaya! Glad you had a fun night out with your sister. You accomplished a major goal on your list and you should be very proud of yourself. I can help you cross #27 off your list if you like. I'm by no means a professional, but I'm cheaper. Just let me know!

  2. Thanks Brandi! and yes about #27. I'll be emailing you soon as I get down a few lbs!

  3. And I can help u cross off that international travel one ;) ;)

  4. Happy belated birthday and congrats on your degree... Woohoo!!!

    By the way, that's some list. Some of the things on your list are things that I'd like to try as well... except skinny dipping... lol. Have a good weekend.

    1. Hi Dee! Thanks! I do think the skinny dipping is really pushing it.. lol but you only have one life so hey!


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