29.5: A Reflection of the Last Six Months and What Lies Ahead

20 Jun

Note: I wrote this post almost a month ago…I just never hit publish. Ooops.

The other day it hit me. May 22. I was officially 29.5 years old. Six months behind me and six months to go. The dent on my list? Not as big of a dent as I’d like.

Yesterday, I was able to spend some time with my dear friend Christiana, author of the AWESOME blog DIY Philanthropy.

We spent the afternoon talking about life goal, aspirations, weddings, and just pretty much everything under the sun.

Christiana and I were introduced through a mutual friend, who thought I might be interested in her documentary on an Orthodox girls’ orphanage in India. We bonded instantly. Over the last three years, our friendship has evolved. We went from being “virtual friends” to being real-life friends. And pretty soon, our adventures will be endless. In several months, I will be moving to Virginia, less than 30 minutes from this special friend in my life.

I guess the reason for all of this back story is because she has an even more special part in my life.

When I initially posted my “30 Before 30” list back in November, I kept three of my “goals” a secret. They were probably the most sacred and special goals on my list.

Back in the fall, when I started compiling my list, I knew that “30” would be the year that I would find love. For whatever reason, that “item” had found its way into my heart and I trusted Him to protect my heart.

A week before my birthday, I received a phone call from a childhood friend of Christiana’s. He was a teacher from Virginia, who grew-up in Tucson. For a week, we spoke daily. We were able to form a quick friendship, and a week later, when he was home for Thanksgiving, we met up for coffee. The rest, is history. He is my everything.

But as I started to think about this post. How I wanted to reflect on the six months that had flown by, I realized that when I thought about my “finding love” line item…I had found it in so many ways. Not only, did I meet the person I was supposed to spend the rest of my life with, but he has helped me search for something I love in terms of career. He is my inspiration.

This week, as I was traveling to DC, I packed a book to read on the many planes I’d be sitting on. The book, The Happiness Project, has my head spinning with ideas. The book is on my “30 Before 30” list as well. The author, has left me with a huge project. Perhaps it can replace that defunct 365 project? Only one person know the answer to that. ūüôā








That Moment When…

12 May

That Moment When...

…you accidentally eat mushrooms. Guys…there were two things involved. Cheese and potatoes. But…there were mushrooms hiding. I am still alive. 3/30 foods tasted. Making headway.

28/30 to go :)

7 May

Hi friends!

Remember the item on my 30 Before 30 list? The one about trying new foods? Well, I have been TRYING to be adventurous. 

I also decided that trying new cheeses, shouldn’t really count. (Liz- This rule isn’t weird is it?)

So what have I tried?


1. Black beans…sure they were in the form of dessert (brownies), but they TOTALLY count.

2. Garbanzo beans…in a salad, masked with feta and spinach, but not horrible at all.


Baby steps, people. Baby steps.

xo- Glitz

30 Books Before 30

11 Feb

One of the items on my “30 Before…” list was to pick 30 books and commit to them.

Here they are..

  • Mere Christianity- C.S Lewis
  • A Short Guide To A Happy Life- Anna Quindlen
  • Kisses From Katie- Katie Davis¬†Completed
  • The Green Shore- Natalie Bakopoulos
  • Born to Run- Christopher McDougall
  • So Long Insecurities- Beth Moore
  • From The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E Frankweiler- E.L Konigsburg (reread)
  • The Great Gatsby- F Scott Fitzgerald (reread)-¬†Currently REading
  • To Kill A Mockingbird- Harper Lee (reread)
  • Perks Of Being A Wallflower- Stephen Chobsky
  • Between, Georgia- Joshlyn Jackson¬†Completed on 6/26/13
  • Birds Without Wings-¬†Louis de Berni√®res
  • The Happiness Project-¬†Gretchen Rubin¬†Currently Reading
  • The Legend of Sleepy Hallow (reread)- Washington Irving
  • Crazy John- Dionysios A Makris
  • The Scent of Holiness- Constantina Palmer
  • For The Life Of The World- Father Schmemann¬†Currently Reading
  • InstantMom- Nia Vardalos
  • The Marriage Plot- Jeffrey Eugenides
  • The Icing On The Cupcake- Jennifer Ross
  • Eleni- Nick Gage
  • Sad Desk Salad- Jessica Grose
  • The Giver- Lois Lowry
  • Mountain of Silence-
  • Proof of Heaven- Dr. Eben Alexander
  • The 5 Love Languages- Gary Chapman
  • The Sweetness of Forgetting- Kristin Harmel
  • Steph’s Pick
  • Em’s Pick
  • Something Borrowed- Emily Giffin (reread)

29- Day #81

11 Feb

It’s crazy that in less than two weeks…29 will be 1/4 over. I feel like I’ve slowly started to make a dent on my “list” but I have a LONG way to go. Mostly the crazy stuff…like perfect 30 recipes…read 30 books…try 30 new foods. I think I may have gone just a tad overboard, but the competitor on me is determined to execute!

Speaking of competing…I am sort of struggling at the moment. With myself. I’m doing a fitness challenge at my gym and last week was the first week I missed my “goal” when I stepped on the scale. The funny thing is…I am 100% content where I stand. I’m healthy & fit. Could I use a little more toning in some places? Sure, but overall I am happy.

Yet, last Wednesday, I stepped off the scale mad at myself for messing up. I had a little pitty party, was given a dose of tough love, and went about my day. I’ve been writing little motivational e-mails to my fellow challengers. I think, I am going to start posting them on here. Perhaps, it will inspire some of you.


Anyway, here is last week’s e-mail.


xoxo- Glitz


For most of us, we have three more weigh-ins to go.
I was thinking about what to write about this¬†week. Mustering up my best words of encouragement, and it’s been tough. The first weigh-in that you DON’T make your goal is always the worst. It feels like that band-aid you DON’T want to rip off because it is going to hurts like heck.And then you rip it off, and it hurts, but eventually you suck it up and the pain goes away. Right?
That’s sort of what happened this morning. I didn’t make my “goal” but I didn’t gain anything. For a good ten minutes, I was upset. I did¬†everything¬†right….at least in mind. It took a little tough love, from more than one person, to make me realize how THANKFUL I should be. How far I have come since the day I first walked into Zone.¬†
Being okay with what you see on the scale, when you are doing everything right, is the best way to move forward and conquer the next week! 
I found this interesting article, that I posted on the FB page about water. A fellow challenger, who referred label themselves a camel, increased their water this week and saw results! Drink up!



Happy New Year…probably the most Debbie Downer post EVER

10 Jan

Happy 2013!!!

I seriously cannot believe how quickly time flies. I remember being a kid, having all these hopes and dreams for what life would be like atTHIRTY!

But sometimes life will hand you limes when you expected lemons…or beer when you want champagne. Coach Dad likes to joke that sister and I have “champagne dreams on a beer budget.”

I look at this last football season, for both my teams, and can see how quickly hopes and dreams can change.

The entire spring and summer, it was all about “unfinished business” and coming off sanctions to win a National Championship. Then Stanford happened, followed by Arizona, Oregon, UCLA (ouch), and Notre Dame (ouch again).

Dreams were crushed. Kids put their OWN lives and dreams on hold to experience one last season, only to lose to Georgia Tech in their bowl game.

The Cardinals. Do I even go here?? At the end of Week 4….they were undefeated. 4-0. Super Bowl dreams….end the season with a losing record and no head coach.

This is turning into a sad and depressing post….I’m sorry, but I promise there is a point!

I’ve thought about where I would be at thirty, for a long time. I made the bucket list at 29, and I’m still sticking to it. Lets see where it takes me.

I have a feeling 2013 is going to be a HUGE year. It will be a year of discovery, big dreams and change. It should be fun journey in football and life.


PS: wrote this on the iPad….I’ll edit later…so please excuse any typos.

Happy Thanksgiving AND 30 Before 30

22 Nov

Well kiddos. It is officially the 22nd here in Arizona. I hope you and your families have a VERY Happy Thanksgiving!

It’s also my birthday! Woohoo!

To celebrate the last year of my 20s, which frankly is pretty scary and exciting all at the same time…I made a list of 30 things I want to accomplish in the next 365 days.

Several other bloggers have done this, and it has been fun seeing them cross items off their list. As a matter of fact, a few of these items are “borrowed” from other lists.

I’ll be pretty open, about my list, and I will definitely share my experiences with you all, but three things on this list…they stay a secret until the day I turn 30. If you are lucky, you may even get to know one of them before…intrigued?

1-3. Top Secret

4. See the Cardinals play at UOP:¬†This SHOULD be happening next month. Fingers crossed. Completed on 12/23 when I saw my mama’s Chicago Bears destroy the Cards

5. Do a 365 Project:¬†Since I have less than 24 hours to figure this out…I am going to devote this project to documenting this year either through this blog or my journal. Day 1/365….check! (I have to credit Allison at¬†www.liveitloveitblog.com)

6. Finish writing a novel: STOP PROCRASTINATING!!!

7. Read the Bible cover to cover (I have to credit Elizabeth at www.emyselfandi.com for this one!)

8.Learn Yoga

9. Run two half-marathons:¬†This one is half done. I didn’t PR at Disney Princess…due to an injury, but I PRed at Pat’s Run! Shaved six minutes off my time from last year!

10. Learn to sew:¬†Can you say…pretty aprons??

11. Perfect 30 signature dishes/desserts (list to come)

12. Create a fun side business

13. Volunteer with Girls On The Run

14. Pray more While this is still a work in progress, I definitely prayed more this year.

15. Lead a Bible Study with the Senior Goya girls

16. Surprise a friend

17. Mail out Christmas cards This was halfway accomplished. I mailed out one box of cards. However, I did reach out to some old friends. It was fun.

18. 30 reading list:¬†List has been posted…now to start reading!

19. Try a barre class

20. Impromptu road trip Drove cross-country with my dad this summer!

21. Color an entire coloring book

22. Improve my Greek dance skills

23. Learn to wear makeup

24. Try 30 new foods- 2/30 DONE

25. Run a marathon

26. WRITE to my Pen Pal!: snail mail…it’s all the rage!

27. Knit a scarf

28. Spend a few days at St. Anthony’s

29. Learn to appreciate wine: You know, since I am a big girl now…

30.  Work with the AHEPA Family on Cyprus and other relevant issues.

Big thanks to the friends who helped contribute to this list. You know who you are.

xo- Glitz