Thursday, January 30, 2014

What Twentysomethings Should Have

You know the trendy list-centric journalistic formula that is everywhere? "37 Things About Kate Middleton You Didn't Know," or something along those lines. I think it's a little bit of a silly trend and I think most posts like this are actually meant to be silly and light-hearted and fun. Sometimes, though, I'll come across one of these list-type-articles and find that it has actually made me think.

This article, "20 Things Every Twentysomething Should Have," which was published in Relevant Magazine, is much more sincere than a lot of other pieces that follow this formula and I think it's really worth reading. Some of my favorite ideas:

A Constantly Growing Library
Yes! We have piles of books around the house and I have big plans for a library with built-ins someday.

A Pastor/Priest Who Knows You By Name
We're still working on this one. I think it is really important and I look forward to the day when we find a church that's right for us.

A Passport
My husband and I renewed our passports (mine with my married name) right after our wedding, mainly because we were tentatively planning to honeymoon in Rome. We chose Napa Valley instead but now our passports are ready to go for some other foreign adventure that has yet to be thought up! (And we actually needed them on our cruise to the Bahamas over Christmas.)

A 5-Year Plan
I've never been too big on making detailed 5-year, or 10-year plans, but I do have a pretty good sense of what I hope and pray my life will look like when I'm 30. I'm mainly just trying to take things one day at a time, to make good and healthy decisions, and to love and pray with all I've got. I think that living well in the present leads to a joyful future.

Subscriptions To A Few Quality Magazines
This is a good one. I know everything is online these days but it's thrilling and such a fun surprise to get a new issue in your mailbox every month. I subscribe to Verily and Cook's Illustrated.

A Hard Copy of A Bible
I have one that I grew up with but this Christmas, I gave my husband a really beautiful hard-cover Bible that is now officially our "Harvey Family Bible." I plan to write our children's names and birth dates in it and everything.

What do you think? Anything to add? I think I might have to add, "A very handsome husband who happily eats waffles with you on the piano bench because your table is occupied by a jigsaw puzzle."

Happy Thursday, friends.


  1. I LOVE this list!!! Our Priests know us by name and it just makes a deeper and more special connection with our parish when they call us by name every Sunday! We aren't just a stranger in the crowd.

    I also like the idea of both husband and wife having passports and being able to be ready to travel spur of the moment if you wanted or needed to. I have mine, my hubby still needs to get his.

    I too enjoy my hard copies of Verily and Cooks Country! Have you tried Cooks Country? I actually prefer it to the Illustrated because it's more colorful and somehow that just appeals to me! ;) Happy Thursday!

  2. I love the idea of the family bible! I actually saw one in a historical film once and learned, in history class, that people would record family births and deaths right on the cover. It sounds like the PERFECT family heirloom!

    And hard copies of magazines are fun. Well, I guess…I don't know, it often seems like I skip two pages of irritating ads for every page I actually read.

  3. I need a new passport. I didn't change my name until we came back from Costa Rica on our honeymoon, and so it's been something I've avoided. But I need to do that ASAP because we may take a vacay this spring/ early summer and I want the options to be ENDLESS.

    I'd add that 20 somethings should have a quality hobby that they can go to when not working (sports, music, blogging, whatever). It just matters that it isn't what their friends necessarily do, but what THEY themselves want to do.

  4. I haven't tried Cook's Country but maybe that will be my next subscription. And how awesome that you and your husband have found a church you like where you aren't strangers in the crowd. I'm so excited for that!

  5. I don't know what exactly what came over me but I just decided one day that we needed a family Bible, one that is just ours and could be passed down :)

  6. Good luck getting your passport and good idea on doing it soon! The government is anything but efficient! Can't wait to hear where you choose for vacation. And agreed 100% on the hobby addition.


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