29 Before 29

So I created this page after publishing THIS post to myself and anyone else who is interested to keep track of my ’29 THINGS TO ACHIEVE BEFORE TURNING 29′ list … I’ll note what items have been accomplished and link to posts for those where it’s relevant to do so … so check back to see how I get along …

  1. Portraits
  2. Hugo & Derek Monthly PhotosOCTOBER is now up … _MG_4869-1 _MG_4827-1 _MG_4868-1 _MG_4964-1NOVEMBER pictures are up too … _MG_6102-1 _MG_6158-1 _MG_6202-1 _MG_6296-1 _MG_6251-1DECEMBER photos are up too … the Boys turned 3 this year … _MG_7040-1 _MG_7042-1 _MG_7069-1 _MG_7065-1 _MG_7077-1JANUARY Photos are up … _MG_1085-1 _MG_1113-1 _MG_1109-1 _MG_1015-1 _MG_1009-1FEBRUARY Photos are up … _MG_2310-1 _MG_2335-1 _MG_2355-1 _MG_2367-1
  3. Try a new Restaurant once a month – for October we tried out TOM & SERG for Breakfast one weekend morning … Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetWe also went to KITCHEN 6 for Brunch with Friends in October… _MG_5331-1 _MG_5364-1 _MG_5385-1 _MG_5353-1In November we tried out the Italian place along the Beach … FRATELLI LA BUFALA … Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetIn December we didn’t get to try any new restaurants … mainly on account of a broken leg and then with my Family over we ended up going to many of our favourite places with them … however on New Years day we did go to BAYT AL MEZZA in Downtown which was new for both Perry and myself … IMG_7632-1 20150101_221034-1 20150101_220554-1JANUARY’s new restaurant was the Maple Leaf in JLT … amazing sandwiches … Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetFEBRUARY we tried out Eggspectation down at The Beach in Dubai Marina before we moved … amazing food …IMG_0439FEBRUARY / MARCH we tried out a couple new places near us in Bahrain … the Leyan Cafe for traditional Bahraini food and Bugerland … Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset IMG_0752 Processed with VSCOcam with a6 preset
  4. Try some new Recipes – In October I made GARLIC CHEESY PASTA Processed with VSCOcam with a6 preset … and we made KATSU CURRY … _MG_5053-1 _MG_5065-1 _MG_5072-1In November I tried my hand at some BANANA BREAD which actually turned out pretty well … Processed with VSCOcam with a6 preset Processed with VSCOcam with a6 presetI didn’t actually do much in the way of cooking for most of December and January mostly because I couldn’t stand in the kitchen long enough to do anything … that and my Mum had fully stocked my freezer with food so I was pretty much eating out of the freezer up until we moved to Bahrain … but since getting here we have tried a few new recipes … these were what we tried out in February and March this year … CHICKEN SOUP & POTROAST BEEF … IMG_0846 IMG_0836
  5. Sort out my Dubai and Saudi visa’s – Perry’s Saudi visa is done and my new Dubai Visa is finally done now … hopefully my Saudi Visa will be sorted sometime in the early new year …
  6. Move to Bahrain – done … and we all got here successfully 🙂IMG_0184 IMG_0230 IMG_0603 IMG_0642 IMG_0537 Processed with VSCOcam with a6 preset IMG_0560 IMG_0698 IMG_0760
  7. Get some plants for our home
  8. Try to grow a small herb garden
  9. Purge Stuff – we did a lot of this as we were getting ready to move and once we moved as well … I think I’m ready to call this one done …
  10. Knit a pair of Socks – I made a chunkier pair for Perry’s Dad for CHRISTMAS … but I’m not calling this one done yet … I really want to make a pair using actual sock yarn … _MG_6325-1 _MG_6339-1So I have knit socks for myself now … I’ve actually made three pairs so far and I think I may have caught a sock knitting bug … they are so much fun to make so I’m actually extending this challenge to see if I can make one pair a month for the whole year of 2015 … IMG_0408 _MG_0876-1 _MG_1311-1
  11. Knit something for Perry – I made him this scarf and hat set for his Christmas Present … _MG_5304-1 _MG_5287-1 _MG_5272-1 _MG_5306-1
  12. Re-Learn how to Sew again and make clothes for myself – Making progress on this one too … so far I’ve managed to make this Dress and Box Bag … _MG_5360-1 Processed with VSCOcam with a6 preset Processed with VSCOcam with t1 preset Processed with VSCOcam with t1 presetI’ve also been learning patchwork and making myself some project bags for my knitting … IMG_0867 Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset IMG_0881
  13. Make Curtains for our home – this has become redundant as the villa we moved into is fully decked out in curtains for every window …
  14. Make Perry a Shirt – I think this was probably quite an ambitious task in the first place … I’m not going to get rid of this challenge completely but I will change it … Perry wear’s a white t-shirt under all of his work shirts so he has quite a pile of those in his wardrobe … but many of them are getting a bit worn out now with all the wear … so I’m going to endeavour to make him a new set of white T-shirts in place of making an actual dress shirt …
  15. Sew my first Quilt – I’ve picked out all the colourful fabric for this already …
  16. Go to a Show (Either Theatre or Music or if possible do both)– Perry and I went to a very intimate but wonderful Katie Melua concert in November that was really a lot of fun … her voice is just amazing … Processed with VSCOcam with a6 preset Processed with VSCOcam with a6 preset Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset
  17. Travel to at least 2 new places –  We made a very memorable trip to Iceland before Christmas …_MG_7720-1 _MG_7830-1 _MG_8023-1 _MG_8016-1 _MG_8690-1 _MG_8657-1 _MG_8625-1 _MG_8296-1 _MG_8840-1 _MG_8948-1 _MG_9087-1 _MG_9418-1 _MG_9441-1 _MG_9446-1 _MG_9911-1 20141217_195453-1 Still not sure what the next one will be yet …
  18. Have a UAE Staycation / Road Trip – We didn’t get to do this before we moved … one reason was we were just so incredibly busy in the run up to leaving … but also my broken leg didn’t help the situation either …
  19. Make My Own Notebook –  
  20. Do Some Volunteering – I’ve been volunteering with Feline Friends in Dubai helping them to streamline their databases … move it over to a new platform and making them more user friendly …
  21. Marina Boat Cruise – Finally did a boat trip with Perry’s family when they were over … it was a lot of fun … _MG_6627-1 _MG_6632-1 _MG_6688-1 _MG_6840-1 _MG_6870-1 _MG_6884-1 _MG_6958-1 _MG_7000-1Perry even got to go ANOTHER TIME with my Family while I was at home with a broken leg … FullSizeRender copy 4-1 FullSizeRender_1 copy 2-1 IMG_7670-1
  22. Picnic/BBQ – we managed to do both of these together … we had a BBQ picnic at the park with my family and some friends over the Christmas Break … IMG_7353-1 IMG_7343-1 _MG_0780-1 _MG_0783-1
  23. Get Perry on an Abra ride on the Creek … finally got this done when Paul and Rachel were over … _MG_4092-1 _MG_4078-1 _MG_4026-1 _MG_4010-1
  24. Dune Buggy rides on the Sand Dunes … another fun thing we did with Paul and Rachel … _MG_4344-1 _MG_4190-1 _MG_4490-1 _MG_4510-1
  25. Take part in another 5 km run – So we took part in the Contagion Run in the end … so much fun getting to dress up as zombies for the race … Processed with VSCOcam with a6 preset DSC04534-1 DSC04510-1 DSC04497-1 DSC04494-1 DSC04481-1
  26. Go Parasailing – I think this one is off the cards too for a while anyway … I’m still not 100% with my leg and frankly I think trying to do something like this is probably not the smartest idea when my leg isn’t completely healed and back to normal …
  27. Start a Craft Blog – Well I haven’t exactly started a Craft Blog per se … but I have started a Knitting Podcast … which I feel is similar and if anything its a lot more scary than writing a blog post … you can watch the episodes on YOUTUBE or the blog linked in the title … 
  28. Take up Pilates again or some other Exercise Class – this is already well underway … I’ve started to go swimming in the mornings and trying to do Pilates 1-2 times a week … I’ve also started doing exercises on a fitness ball at home to try and stretch out my back and strengthen my core muscles … I’m a bit intermittent at the moment with the exercise … mostly the leg is what is slowing me down … hoping to improve this over the year …IMG_0722
  29. Keep Blogging – I’m still going so I guess that is a good sign …

So that is pretty much my list … some will be easier than others … some will be more fun and others will be just plain tough / stressful … but I hope to be able to cross all of these off by the time I turn 29 …

I’ll be doing a roundup post around my Birthday to recap how it all went and what I thought of the whole experience of doing this challenge again this year … it should be interesting and I’m excited to start marking things off …

Let me know if you are doing something similar and link to your list … I’d love to see what has made it to your list …

Till next time …

Mina X

P.S. I came across this BLOG POST a couple weeks ago and I think it perfectly sums up why I enjoy setting goals for myself … its a great way to get motivated …


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