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30 before 30: September Update

September 23, 2016

It has been one month since I turned 29 and began my 30 before 30 quest.  I am proud to say I have started working toward some of my goals!


5. Learn Japanese

My new friend Beth (who speaks great Japanese) told me about an app called Mind Snacks.  It is a game where you are given a lesson (which is a selection of words with a theme- numbers, fruit, greetings, etc), and games to play to help learn the lesson. Each time you play you earn points and unlock more features.  You can learn in Romanji, Hiragana, and Kanji.  I have playing for a couple of weeks and I am on lesson 9 and level 15. I am having a ton of fun learning.  Mind Snacks is available in a bunch of languages- German, French, Spanish, Chinese, etc. 


While I am nowhere near fluent, I feel like I am starting to understand more.  I can pick out words, and get the general idea of a conversation.




6. Run Half Marathon #3 in 2016

Training has been going well.  Okinawa has the unique challenge of hills and humidity, but thankfully it is starting to cool down here a bit.  I am running 4ish days a week- 3 shorter runs and 1 long run.  I am going to need to push back my race by 2 weeks due to hubby having a work commitment.  No worries though, 2 more weeks of training won’t hurt. 


I have been trying out different running groups and I am trying to find the right one for me.  Not a lot of slower runners in any of the groups I have tried so far.  I was spoiled in Fort Collins, and I miss my mommy running group <3




14. Learn calligraphy

This has been my favorite so far.  I took a Watercolor Brush Calligraphy class  from Brit + Co. and it was perfect!  No new supplies (brush + paint + water) and a medium I am super comfortable using. I have had a ridiculous amount of fun learning and practicing.  I hope to start integrating brush calligraphy into some of my art.  And if you are getting a Christmas card from us this year it is likely I will use addressing 50 cards as an excuse to practice.




19. Make New Friends

Lots of work in this area. I am getting better at reaching out to people and I joined a few local groups to try to meet more people. One of those groups is Okinawa International Women’s Club.  It is a group of 250+ women who come together to learn about each others cultures. My first meeting was a luncheon where we were encouraged to wear a yukata.  Yukata is a kind of summer kimono.  Everyone looked so beautiful dressed up.  The artist in me loved all of the different patterns and colors.




See all 30 things I want to accomplish before I turn 30 here.








I would love to hear:

What has been your greatest accomplishment in the last month?  Please share in the comments!



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