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a birthday unlist

What do you want to do before turning thirty? Did you have a big list or a simple one? After seeing many friends make their 30 by 30 or life lists, I was a bit overwhelmed with the prospect. Giving myself more boxes to check just isn’t my thing these days, instead we made an “unlist”.

Matt and I jotted down a list of the things we’ve learned so far. A list of funny, wise, honest, and helpful lessons that have compiled over the past thirty years.

We wrote them on scraps of fabric and are planning to add to them each year in hopes that one day we will be able to pass down the wisdom of our good choices and our faulty ones. “Steak should only be turned once” a very helpful lesson learned. “Dance in the rain, it’s okay to get wet” a fun mantra we have adapted to our life. “Always check the oil in your car” a much more costly lesson.

As a part of our thirtieth birthday celebration, we tied all these lessons together onto a bunch of balloons, grabbed the cake we would later blow out and celebrated all that it means to have lived, learned and enjoyed the many boxes already checked throughout our quickly fleeting twenties.

Photography by Carly Taylor.

PS. The rest of the celebration… Invites, our match stick candle, curly cue confetti & a summer float bar.


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  1. Just because you can buy a house doesn’t mean you should. Love it. that made me smile.

    Love these photos and you two crazy kids.
    We miss you guys like crazy and are so glad you’re part of our lives!

  2. Very nice! congratulations both! You are so a beautiful couple with very good thinkings!!I’m 46 years old, and my life is beginning again! excuse my english…kisses!!

  3. These photos are adorable and I looove the idea of your unlist. I also liked reading the few that I could…memories for me to read and some good advice!!

  4. Such a great idea! It’s so important to stop and reflect on things that have happened in life…good or bad. It really helps you appreciate what you have learned and things you have accomplished! I love what you said about not wanting to add more to your checklist, to many wants and to-do’s can be so overwhelming!

  5. Hi Victoria! I’ve gotten lost in your site from the video “You Can’t Grow A Blog as an Island” on the Alt site. I loved watching the video, and I loved getting lost in here. I’m looking forward to following along with all of the parties and merriment :)

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