Dear 2015,

You were a handful. We had some adventures (good and bad), loss, illness, lots of laughing (mostly at myself), sleepless nights, dance parties, endless conversations with new and old friends and hope. You packed in several years worth of learning into one never ending, very bad, horrible year. Yet, I wouldn’t change a thing. I don’t have anytime for regret in my life and its made me the best Libby I can possibly be. So here’s to 2016. 


Instead of boring you with a list of New Year’s resolutions that may never happen, I’ve compiled a list of 30 before 30 instead. While I’m not a fan of this idea that you must rush and complete a list of to-do’s before your ‘life is over,’ I do like the accountability this list will hold on me. In my opinion, life is only going to get better each year and 30 is just another milestone I’ll reach next Thanksgiving. 

The list below is a rough draft, so please comment, email, text, call, snapchat, or send an owl courier Harry Potter style my way. I’m eager to see what my friends have in mind for me and I am ready to tackle the challenges. 

1. Acrobat yoga

2. Use my passport once in 2016

3. the Escape Room


5. Karaoke bar

6. Rock climbing 

7. Bartend somewhere

8. Join an intramural sports team

9. road trip

10. Fall in love (thanks, LP)

11. visit a national landmark

12. Get lost (on purpose) hiking

13. hot air balloon

14. Learn about my family ancestry

15. Do something that scares me, really, really scares me

16. Ziplining

17. Sailing

18. Music festival

19. Learn a rap song from start to finish (and it can’t be one I already know) 

20. Finish 20 books – mostly the classics 

21. Visit Columbus, OH!

22. Build something 

A few of my favorites from 2015:

 I have also included a recipe for champagne cupcakes to get you in the 2016 spirit. It’s going to be an amazing year! Buy the little bottle of Korbel, which provides the required amount for the cupcakes, plus a few sips for you.


Recipe via Gimme Some Oven 


2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

3 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. salt

2/3 cup butter

1 1/2 cups white sugar

3/4 cup champagne 

6 egg whites


3 1/4 cups powdered sugar

1 cup butter, at room temperature

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 tablespoons champagne, at room temperature

Preheat oven to 350 degrees 

Prepare a cupcake pan with liners.

In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until very light and fluffy. Sift flour, baking powder, and salt together, and then blend into creamed mixture alternately with champagne.

In another large bowl, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Fold 1/3 of the whites into batter to lighten it, then fold in remaining egg whites. Fill the cupcake liners about 2/3 full.

Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean.

Winnie and I patiently wait for the cupcakes to bake    
 The frothy egg whites 



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