Complete a Back Walkover

I was never a great athlete as a kid. My brother was blessed with all of the hand/eye coordination in our family. However, I had a bit of talent as a young gymnast. There are plenty of pictures of me as a child doing cartwheels, the splits, and back walkovers. I loved it. While neighborhood kids were playing on swing sets, I was practicing tumbling. I remember adults making comments to each other about how they could never do that and how great it would be to have the flexibility of a child. I vowed that I would keep it up, that I wouldn’t be an adult that couldn’t complete these tasks.

When I created my 30 before 30 list, I knew I wasn’t too far away from a back walkover. A bridge is a common pose in yoga so it is one that I know I can do. I can also do camel and bow which are even deeper “opening” exercises. However, reaching for the ground from a standing position is something that I haven’t done in sometime. Oh, and in my growing age, I am increasingly afraid of heights. And yes, the ground, looking backwards, is a far distance.

In my last update, when I painted my Message in a Bottle, the girls became very supportive of my list and were interested in what else was on there. When two former cheerleading coaches heard back walkover, they were pumped to make that one happen. So, off we all went into the yard. I did a few stretches to prepare. Lauren spotted me on the first one. Then I was up. First attempt, I kicked up but not over. Very shortly after that, I was able to give it more power and completely kicked over. Yay! Now it wasn’t pretty. Not a lot of gold medals but not bad for a 29 year old, who hasn’t attempted one in 10ish years.

I think what I love about tumbling is that it reminds me how much strength and flexibility it takes. It also reminds you how much trust you need in yourself. This is what I lacked as a child. It was this fear that kept me from advancing in gymnastics. How ironic, since poses like these are suppose to relieve anxiety and depression. And I will admit that this completion did positively impact my self-esteem.

I am running very behind on my list. But, I can check off back walkover. Done.

The List: 30 before 30

Right around my 29th birthday, I was completely inspired when a close friend of mine created her 30 before 30 list. I loved the idea, the principle, the small goals. I felt beyond privileged that I was included in not 1, but 2 items of her list. 30 is an important year for most, but I think especially for professional women. I have thought often about what I would want to accomplish in my next year.

I could never get my list right for me. There weren’t items that were achievable, within my control, fun, inspirational, reflective of me… My list was lame. It included things like: get married, open Blissful Mind Wellness, travel more… yeah that was about it.

You see, I was always able to balance out the things I hadn’t achieved with the things that I had achieved. For instance: I thought that I would be married by 30 but I didn’t think that I would own a house by 23; I thought that I would be further along in my career but I didn’t know that the economy would tank; I miss traveling and wished I had discovered more places but I took my flight benefits for granted when I had them.

I had often reflected on my friend’s list: make an unexpected gift for a friend (which she did for me) and let someone pick a book for me to read (which I did for her). However, I could never do any of those. EVER. I have zero creative ability, and I am VERY particular about what I read. No chiclit for this mama.

As the big 3-0 approaches, I have suddenly become more sentimental about it, more nostalgic. What represents me? What do I want to do in my final Summer before 30. And suddenly the ideas have been streaming in.

My list is not the urgent rush to accomplish everything that I thought that I would do before 30 (which were my initial plans for a 30 before 30). My list is not a random checklist (which I thought I would need in order to create a 30 before 30). My list is a compilation of: 1) things that are relevant to my life now 2) things that I feel are inappropriate or less appropriate to do beyond 30, and 3) Things that I want to carry into my 30’s and beyond. So, here goes it. My list. My 30 before 30 in just over 90 days. I am gonna need your support!

  1. Learn to surf
  2. Send a hand written letter to my favorite people just to tell them so
  3. A girls night out of dancing with reckless abandon
  4. Go skinny dipping
  5. Become a certified yogi
  6. Climb a tree
  7. Paint something, like a picture, and accept it when (or if) it’s terrible (are you feeling my lack of creativity yet)
  8. Go camping
  9. Learn a healthy(ish) and amazing peanut butter cookie recipe
  10. Keep a bottle of bubbly in the house at all times, celebrate, and repeat
  11. Have a throwback girls’ slumber party (think Girl Talk— complete with zit stickers— mixed with Boones Farm but WAY cooler)
  12. Run an 8 minute mile
  13. Throw a tacky theme party– preferably a So You Think You Can Dance Finale Party
  14. Say hello to each one of my friends on Facebook (curently at 467)… and if I don’t want to, delete em
  15. Open Blissful Mind Wellness (the center)
  16. Go to a water park or theme park
  17. Make out in a car, a movie, a dressing room or someplace inappropriate (with my handsome fiance, of course)
  18. Run through the sprinklers
  19. Create prayer space, whether it be physical space in my house or designated space in time
  20. Take a shot or two at a bar with friends during the day
  21. Buy a pair of INCREDIBLE shoes
  22. Attend one of my favorite concerts. Sing during the whole thing
  23. Do the splits
  24. And a back walkover
  25. Purchase lingerie that embraces my gorgeous & natural curvature at 30
  26. Read a ridiculously long classic, like Gone with the Wind or  Atlas Shrugged
  27. Find a penpal or Twitter friend from France (my roots that I have suddenly felt most connected to)… if only I could go visit
  28. Write my fiance a love letter
  29. Drink an amazing bottle of expensive wine
  30. Get a tattoo… It’s now or never, but this is a big maybe!