30-before-30 (month 5)

Feliz quinto del mes, amigos! Happy fifth of the month, friends! And, you know what the fifth of the month means… 30-before-30 update time!

Before we get started, I want to mention a couple of things: my friend Melissa (West Coast Nest) is turning 30 at the end of this month. She’s got a 30-before-30 list too, so go check her out! Also, my (newer) friend Courtney (The Fig Tree) gave me a super sweet mention on her blog last week, in which said she’s enjoying reading these updates, which made me happy – because that means at least one person besides me (and my mom) is enjoying these updates! And they take a long time!

Ok. Here we go. As usual, I’m only talking about the things I’ve made progress on this month. If you want to see progress against the entire list, I’ve updated that as well today; you can see the entire 30-before-30 list here!

Item 4: Book and shoot at least 10 15 weddings as the primary photographer.

I’ve booked 13 weddings this year, so I’m so close! I’ve also got a pretty serious enquiry from a travel blogger friend I met in Turkey four years ago for her 2013 wedding, which is super exciting and would be my first 2013 booking!

I’ve spent the last 6 weeks experimenting with different types of advertising: Google adwords, which was expensive and didn’t result in a single inquiry, or much traffic. A Facbook ad, which is medium expensive, and has has resulted in lots of “Likes” to my facebook page and three inquiries. No bookings though. Which is interesting, because usually my conversion rate from inquiries is much higher (80-90%).

In terms of other marketing strategies, next week I’m going way outside the internet box and am going to try out a pretty expensive campus postering campaign. That worked really well for Rob and Lauren when they started their business. So, we’ll see if I get any bites!

Item 5: Creative Live Application

About a month ago, Jasmine Star announced she was going back to Seattle to teach another Creative Live course. And I really, really, really want to go!

I spent a month working on figuring out how to say all that I wanted to say in one short minute. On Saturday, the hubs and I went out and filmed all the footage. And, though it was super awkward to be behind the camera, I’m very excited about how the final project will turn out. I’m going to spend the next few days editing the video until it is as close to perfect as it can be. then I’ll share it here and with the rest of the world! Scary! And exciting!

Item 6: Learn to Tango

Remember last month when I told you I was thinking of giving up this goal? Well a few days later my mom arrived and we went to the La Boca neighbourhood, where a man in a tango show dragged me up on stage to dance. I can now say I’ve checked the box on this goal (“learn” is a vague word, people).

Notice from :07 to :17 where a man on the street tells my mom I am his “big fantasies”. Ahh, Latin America.

Item 11: Improve my Spanish

I’ve sort of given up on the online Spanish course. Also on an in person Spanish course. Instead I’m concentrating on improving the Spanish I’m actually using. Talking to shopkeepers. Ordering at a restaurant. The fruit and vegetable market (where you don’t pick out your fruit and veg, the market person does at your request). My experience at the market on Saturday was about 1000x better than my first experience, I can order vegetables! And food! And I’m better at describing the fruit and veg for which I don’t know the name. And I’m so glad I picked a word like “improve” for my goal.

Item 20: Workout Regime

Finally I’m getting into the swing of things. My ankle has been awesome, and yesterday I went for my first “long” run (8.86km) in awhile. (While this is “long” for 2012 me, I still feel pangs of loss for 2010 me, for whom that would have been just a run.) Are you on Runkeeper? Wanna be on my street team? I love it and find that it keep me accountable!

I signed up for a 7km race next Sunday here in BA (with a super cute race t-shirt) and for the 10km Sun Run on April 15 in Vancouver. I’m back people.

Also, in the back of my mind I’ve started to concoct a crazy idea about something I might do the weekend that I turn 30. It relates to running. It’s in Kelowna. It depends on my ankle. We shall see.

Finally – I’ve now got abs of steel. Want them too? Get a TRX and do some suspended crunches. Better yet? Atomic push ups. For serious. Abs of steel.

Item 21: 365 366 project

I did pretty well this month! I experimented on and off with #febphotoaday (now #marchphotoaday). I found that I preferred to not be limited by the suggestion. However, if I needed some inspiration – I like having the suggestion! Though I missed 7 days this month, I did start thinking a lot about the quality of my photos. Sometime this month, I started to really value these photos (it only took 140 days). Taking an extra moment to think about colour and composition has completely changed the way I feel about this project and it no longer feels like a burden!

As usual, you can follow my 365 366 project on tumblr. Most of these images are taken using instagram. Though I often take more than one instagram image every day, I only post one a day on tumblr and twitter.

Item 25: Interview Photographers

I (finally) drafted my interview with Tara McMullen – it’s out for her review. I’ve also contacted a couple of BA photographers to see if they’ll be interested. My heart’s breaking that I don’t think I’ll be able to afford to go to Santiago and meet with Kyle Hepp – but it’s just so far, and so expensive. Maybe I’ll cross paths with her another time!

Item 29: Food Posts

I missed a week in my “getting back from Antarctica” funk but I did manage to write a food post every other week. Also, last week’s post on broccoli had three recipes in it. I say that more than makes up for missing a week! Seventeen. Eighteen. Nineteen.

I’ll be blogging more than one food post a week in the coming weeks. Bust since this post is already eleven hundred words long, I’ll tell you more about that on Wednesday!

4 thoughts on “30-before-30 (month 5)

  1. Congrats on all of your successes :) You are making fantastic progress. You should be so proud of yourself. My “30 Before 30″ is a bit slow going. I am turning 30 in June and am hoping to do my first 5K the weekend before my big 3-0. eek! I’ve been able to tick a few things off my list and hope to get a few more done before my 30th.

    Thanks so much for the lovely mention :) You made my day! *hugs* I really do love your updates and find them very inspiring. Your blog is always full of great stories, photos, recipes etc.

    Hope you have a wonderful week. *hugs*

    • Thanks so much Courtney! It’s going – that’s for sure. But it’s funny how goals shift and change throughout the year, I’m not sure that I will finish my list, and actually might end up quitting some of my goals. But I think that’s ok – as long as you make the conscious decision to quit them – and do it because they aren’t a good goal for one reason or another!

      Congrats on the 5K, that’s super exciting!

  2. Thanks for the shout out lady! Your list (and updates!) are going much better than mine! I’ve given up and will just do one big recap the week of my birthday…24 days to go! Eeep!!

    The Hubs and I are doing the Sun Run as well! It’s insanity running with 10,000 other people…but kinda neat. IF you’re feeling up to it, I’m starting to solo train for my first half in June (the Scotiabank half) so if a half marathon is something you’re interested in doing you have an insta-training buddy!

    On that note…you’ve motivated me to get my butt to the gym for a workout! :)

    • I think if I was still working full time, the updates would have had to fall by the wayside! They take a ton of time. A ton. But, they are a good opportunity to sit down each month and measure myself against my goals – so that’s good.

      I’ll think about the half, for sure. I did a half right before I injured myself two years ago (and I injured myself racing by 60 year old boss in a corporate 5K, ergh) and rocked it (1:49). And also loved it! I’m toying with the idea of training for the Kelowna marathon on Oct 7. Might be a good way to “celebrate” turning 30?

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