It's almost here... I turn 30 years old in 2 weeks! It's been an incredible year and I think that a lot of that will come out as I wrap up my 30 Before 30: 30 things I wanted to accomplish, watch, even buy, in the year before I turned 30. This is just Part 1, I'll do a couple now and a couple more until I've covered all 30.
So here we go!
My original post will be in italics, then I'll type up my summary in good ole' normal type.
1) Save Face
I was born with a cleft lip, I donate money to Operation Smile to help kids less fortunate than me get the life changing surgery that I was blessed enough to get when I needed it. Over the course of this year I’ll donate enough for one surgery ($240), please join me in donating if you so desire. I set up a OneSmile page where you can donate along with me here: http://tinyurl.com/PetesOneSmile
I have indeed donated my $240 for one surgery (which I'll do every year by the way). I set another goal to raise donations for another $240 for another surgery and a bunch of awesome people donated and we raised an additional $300!! I'm going to try to push for another $180 on my birthday so that all in all 3 kids will have had their lives changed, but even what we did already is pretty cool. Thank you to anyone who donated.
2) Don’t Run in Place, Run at a Place
I’m going to run a 5k! Hopefully a fun one that involves beer or inflatable obstacles or mud or something. This will be probably pretty tough for me and I’ll have to do some training for it. I’ll keep you posted on which one I do so you can come along. Maybe I’ll run for Operation Smile and raise some more money!
Man, this one was pretty cool. First of all I was able to raise money for Operation Smile through running the 5K. I ran the LA Harvest Festival Pumpkin Run and at the end I got a pumpkin! Another cool part about this goal was that I hated running but through training for the 5K I kind of got into running and now I run a couple days a week, so this was a life changer.
3) Let Me Upgrade Me
I use my laptop computer every day at work, I write scripts and things on it, I’m writing this on it currently, right this second. I got my MacBook before Facebook was invented… It’s old. I need a new one. I’m going to do the damn thing and invest in a new laptop.
All I have to say about this one is... bling blinggg (and see picture below).
4) A Novel Idea
Here’s a big announcement… I have a deal with a publishing company to publish a novella I wrote. This is beyond a dream come true, it’s a dream that I never knew I had in me really, I didn’t think it was possible. I will write about this in length as the different steps happen. So excited!!
In June of 2015 my first novel The Happenstances at the Yellow County Community Swim and Racquet Club the Summer Before Last was published by Koehler Books, it has been such a cool experience! I've been working hard to try to get the word out about the book. I've bought ads, been a guest on some of my favorite podcasts, and really hit the social media hard. In fact, if you still haven't bought the book you should go here: www.tinyurl.com/TheHappenstances and get the paperback or kindle version, what are you waiting for!?
AND, I'm working on a follow up novel to The Happenstances... where we'll pick back up with the Yellow County crew a couple of years later. Look out for that in probably 2017.
Here's a picture of me when I first got to hold a hard copy of my book:
5) Be a Sport
I like sports, I like to play sports, but I hardly watch sporting events. I’m going to make up for my total lack of sporting knowledge by watching the ESPN 30 for 30 documentaries.
OK, this will be the last one for today, and we'll end this group on a failure... I only watched 8 of these (list below) but every one I saw was excellent and I learned a ton that I didn't know before. I am definitely going to continue to incorporate these and of course other docs into my life. There's nothing better than a well-done documentary.
So those were my first five 30 Before 30 goals and how they turned out. Stay tuned for the rest of the list...