24 by 24: 24 things to do before I turn 24

Setting goals are important and without writing them down on paper [aka blog] I’d probably forget and not stick with them. So here’s my 24 by 24 list:

  1. Post this list on by blog by January 31. completed on 1/30/2010!
  2. Attend South By Southwest.
  3. Redesign my blog and make it pretty.
  4. Go on a weekend getaway with just the girls.
  5. Visit a national park or monument.
  6. Be craftier; make at least 1 new project a month.
  7. Visit my grandma in Marin more often. She always has the best stories.
  8. Get out of debt (damn you school loans!). As of 1/16/2011, my Net Worth was –$713.88. By 24, I want to be out of the negative. Update: I sold my old car and leased a new one, so my net worth is embarrassing now.
  9. Learn to cook a new main dish for dinner and perfect it.
  10. Attend a networking event at least once a month.
  11. No more impulse shopping. Make a list every time!
  12. Blog on 52 Bands in 52 Weeks more frequently.
  13. Read one book a month.
    1. January –  Half in Love: Surviving the Legacy of Suicide by Linda Gray Sexton (client)
    2. February – Engage by Brian Solis
    3. March – Does This Make My Assets Look Fat by Susan Hirshman
    4. April – Trust Agents by Chris Brogan
    5. May – tbd
  14. Sign up for Bikram yoga again and do the 10 day challenge.
  15. Find a relative in another country and learn enough about them to write a short story. -great suggestion from @VictorCanada.
  16. Bake delicious cupcakes that look aesthetically pleasing. [insert picture here]
  17. Take a road trip.
  18. Put down the cell phone more often. Or better yet, turn it off sometimes.
  19. Donate blood.
  20. Learn how to make fried rice like my friend Gabie’s mom makes.
  21. Ride on a zipline.
  22. Cook a four-course meal (and share with a good friend).
  23. Call someone I haven’t spoken to (in at least 90 days).
  24. Play golf. So I can say I did it. And hopefully won’t have to ever again.
  25. FINISH THIS LIST BY THE TIME I TURN 24 on May 5, 2011 (yes, my birthday is Cinco de Mayo and it’s awesome).

Things I Love: January Edition

These adorable Cupcakes & Cartwheels paper clips @CityMama gave me for Christmas.
Beaded Paperclips from Cupcakes & Cartwheels

@CityMama gave me Sugar Grapefruit Handcream from Love&Toast and I am addicted! This stuff smells SO GOOD that eating it has crossed my mind.

Love&Toast Sugar Grapefruite Handcreme

Harnessing the power of social media for social good, like @SVTweetup and @Twestival.

Silicon Valley Tweetup

Twestival

Drinking for a cause ONEHOPE Wine. 50% of all profits donated to charity.

ONEHOPE Wine Wood Gift Set With 5 Mixed Bottles Wine www.onehopewine.com

My job (and the fab ladies I work with).

Clever Girls Collective Social Media

Pomegranates.

pomegranate seeds

The 2010 World Series champions, the San Francisco Giants!

San Francisco Giants 2010 World Series Champions

My mom’s KitchenAid mixer. One day I’ll have my own.

KitchenAid Mixer from Amazon

Christian rock band Future of Forestry from southern California. Amazing video below.

Barcelona, a talented indie rock band from Seattle, Washington.

Because who wanted the gifts to end so soon?

Nanny Goats in Panties hosted an Online White Elephant Gift Exchange Party and I joined in on the fun. This is the first online white elephant I’ve participated and probably won’t be my last – because who doesn’t like opening the mailbox to a package addressed to you? Exactly.

I received my gift in the mail from Pennsylvanian Joanie at Joanie’s Random Rambling. Packaged in fairy wrapping paper, I shook the box and wondered what was inside…

white elephant gift from Joanie's Random Ramblings

A puzzle that will be perfect for a rainy day. Thanks Joanie.

white elephant gift from Joanie's Random Ramblings puzzle

See what everyone else received for the Online White Elephant Gift Exchange by clicking here.

EVENT: Silicon Valley Tweetup: Ring in 2011

Silicon Valley Tweetup: Ring in 2011
Date: Monday, January 24
Time:  6:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: Blowfish Sushi To Die For, 355 Santana Row, San Jose
Cost: $10 donation

Silicon Valley Tweetup 2011

After a two-month hiatus, Silicon Valley Tweetup is back and better than ever. We’re hosting our first event at Blowfish Sushi To Die For at Santana Row and we’re raising money to benefit the Anissa Lopez Foundation. The Anissa Lopez Foundation is dedicated to supporting George Mark Children’s House, a nonprofit organization that provides the gift of time to children with life-limiting illnesses and their families – time for kids to be just kids and parents to be “mom” and “dad”, instead of round-the-clock caregivers.

As usual we’ll request a minimum $10 donation that will go directly to the charity, and attendees will receive drink tickets and appetizers. And some great networking, of course.

Please RSVP as this helps us plan. We really hope to see you there!

Cheers!
Jennifer, Michael & Gabriel

Related Links:
http://www.anissalopezfoundation.com/
http://www.georgemark.org/
http://www.blowfishsushi.com/
http://www.siliconvalleytweetup.com/