30 Before 30: Fail. But Ongoing.

In 2011, I came up with a list of 30 things I wanted to do by the time I turned 30. It was a lofty list, for me, at least. But at the time, I thought I had more than 2 years to complete it, and back then, I didn’t think I would be moving out of state to Florida, either.

Well, I turned 30 last month, my friends, and here’s what’s been completed and what remains. I made a few edits in 2012 to add a few Florida-centric things I wanted to do….

My 30 before 30 list

1. Learn how to dive into a pool.

2. Learn how to turn a cartwheel.

3. Learn the basics of sewing.

4. Learn how to scuba dive. [almost done!]

5. Learn how to drive stick.

6. Learn how to bake my mom’s cheesecake recipe from scratch.

7. Learn how to keep a houseplant alive, and keep one alive, the way my mom can!  

8. Find THE purse. [Completed 10/10. Found it and bought it! The J.Crew Brompton hobo in espresso.]

9. Then, sell or donate a bunch of other purses.

10. Lose 55 lbs., or fit into a size 8, whichever comes first.

11. Run a Disney 5K.

12. Donate all my old “fat girl” clothes.

13. Get debt/finances under control.

14. Visit the NASA VAB at Kennedy Space Center.

15. Drive with my husband in his Jeep on Daytona Beach.

16. Stay overnight at a Disney deluxe resort for first time since honeymoon.

17. Find a signature wine. [Goats do Roam red and white varieties. Thanks Epcot Food & Wine 2010!]

18. Figure out my signature cocktail, and how to make it. [My go-to: a vodka tonic or gin & tonic. Simple. easy.]

19. Network with 30 people in Orlando.

20. Visit Disney World again in 2011 …[Moved to Orlando Aug. 2011]

21. …and in 2012/13, after the Fantasyland expansion is complete or at least partially opened.

22. Visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios.[Visited Sept. 2011]

23. Volunteer for an organization. [Alabama Social Media Association executive director, 2011; Gamma Phi Beta regional coordinator, 2013]

24. Go on an overnight camping/kayak trip.

25. Tour a winery.

26. Get a stamp on my unused passport.

27. Go horseback riding.

28. Go deep sea fishing.

29. Unpack every box after Aug. 2012 move, and get rid of/donate everything not being used.

30. Embrace turning 30!

So, I’m 18 items away from being done. But these are all still things I want to do or learn to do. We’ll see how long it really takes for me to complete! Bets, anyone?


My Dream Jobs – What Are Yours?


I’ve been doing some fun, pretend-y thinking lately on dream jobs. If you could create your perfect job, what would it be?

In some person’s case, it might be my current job — it’s a scuba diver’s dream! I’m so fortunate to have landed my current position at Bonnier Corp., shaping digital content for Sport Diver and Scuba Diving magazines and brands. And as I learn to scuba dive myself, I think there’s a really good chance it will morph into my dream job.

But, if you could create your dream job, either by striking out on your own, or creating your own job within an existing organization, what would it be?

I’ve been tossing around a few ideas for myself:

1) Social media consultant for meteorologists. I love weather, I love social media! If I did this, I would get a meteorology degree and travel around, teaching mets the best way to communicate with their captive audience and help save lives.

2) Career consultant for creative millenials. So many college grads have been affected by the recession, toiling away at jobs not related at all to what they studied in school. I would love to help these young people position themselves for a true future career.

3) Digital content/marketing in food/dining. I write freelance for the Disney Food Blog. And well, I just love food in general. My husband is a chef, we’re always cooking up new things, and I would love to figure out a way to make a career of it.

4) Personal assistant to the Stefani-Rossdale family. I adore Gwen Stefani and I feel like she and her family would be so much fun to be around and manage. Hey baby, hey baby, hey.

So, then, what’s your dream job? Maybe one of these? Share.



>On branding and work vs. personal

>For those of you who don’t know, I work as a Web producer. It’s a newer type of journalist — though my company has had Web producers for more than a decade, other companies are just now hiring folks like us to oversee all content aspects of a website — news-related or otherwise.

And it’s sort of strange — because I work online for a living, I have developed 2 online personas — the work, and the personal. But lately I’ve been thinking about that. I’m considering letting the two worlds collide.

Basically, what I am thinking is of buying a domain name (I have one in mind) and running that site on WordPress or Typepad Pro — I have accounts with both.

Then, I would use that site to link up to this blog — which I don’t wish to move from Blogger — as well as to my online professional work and all my social media accounts. It would be a one-stop shop for everything Southern Web Girl.

Because I don’t have anything to hide, and because I work as a Web producer, I think it would behoove me to brand myself appropriately, to show that I can work on multiple CMS, manage several social media accounts, and have fun while I’m at it.

I think the only negative to this is that I might worry about people knowing too much about me. It also means that all of you would know where I work, and that those I work with professionally would have access to this blog if they wanted. But I’m sure that right now, you could probably connect all the dots with a few clicks of the mouse anyway.

So, thoughts? And if you prefer WordPress vs. Typepad Pro, I would love to hear thoughts on that as well.


Bittersweet Day

Today is a very bittersweet day. Today I stepped down in my volunteer position with my sorority to give myself more time to plan for the wedding and more importantly, to give myself more time with my fiancee and my family.

2008 has been a full-speed-ahead type of year. If I wasn’t dashing down to Tuscaloosa to help with the sorority, I was on the phone or e-mailing with wedding vendors or at work doing my thang. It left little time to tend to housework and it left very little real quality time with my fiancee. I would come home once or twice a week exhausted, sometimes crying even, and tune him out. Or I would just want to vent and not hear what went on with his day as he struggled to find a new job and carve out his place in life before the wedding.

I also haven’t been able to spend enough time with my parents, who moved 6 miles away from me last fall. I hope for more quality time with them as well. My dad could find a new job in a new city any day, so I need to take advantage of my parents being close by for as long as possible.

It’s been extremely tough for me to give up my sorority volunteer position, but I’m about to embark on some major personal changes in my life.

So now my mom and I will be able to tie up some more loose ends with the wedding and I won’t be super stressed as the wedding date approaches. Right now we are 138 days away! Ekk!