Resolutions are hard. We all know this, and I bet you’ve already broken yours (stop being a lame-face, jump back on ’em and get going!). So this year, I elected to not make any specific resolutions. Instead, I was inspired by this post and came up with 52 goals.
I loosely started them in January, but when I first decided to take on this list of goals I was out of town, and then ended up traveling way too much for the rest of the month.
So what’s a lady to do?! I couldn’t get into any type of routine while hopping around on different couches. Luckily, I remembered reading a suggestion to start my new year in February. I ended up doing my best to clear my schedule and past commitments during January, in-between work and traveling. Starting in February was the best decision for this. I’ve been able to be way more proactive on these goals because I wasn’t stressed about sticking to a resolution for January 1.
The best thing I like about taking on my year in this way is that my goals are my own and they can be as difficult or easy as I choose. Many of the things listed I have done before, yet haven’t in awhile and I want to remind myself to make them a priority. I also love how the pressure to complete all 52 items is almost none. If I only hit 20 items on my list, then I get to say that I completed 20 goals for 2014. If I hit 30, or 40, or more, then ALL THE BETTER! Woot! Go me!
Maybe this makes sense for you, maybe it doesn’t. In either case, I hope you enjoy my list of goals I want to accomplish this year. If you see a number that you think you can help me with, speak up! Let me know and let’s get together.
1. Focus on discipleship and prayer2. Go on a hike with family 3. Become more comfortable with speaking Spanish 4. Write and publish 2 short scripts online 5. Get back to blogging, about anything! 6. Cross a border internationally (and come back…) 7. Have a therapy session 8. Send more physical mail to my friends 9. Watch at least 28 sunrises 10. Figure out what my retirement fund is in and how to grow it 11. Get to Nashville 12. Save up an emergency fund 13. Pay off my student loans 14. Pray outside of my comfort zone 15. Make more crafts with Ashley 16. Hug a hurting stranger 17. Organize a group picnic (bucket list) 18. Create a time capsule (w/nephews or cousins) 19. Sing and video record a song with Ritchie20. Find a co-founder for my business venture 21. Memorize more specific scripture verses22. Do a BIG ANONYMOUS GIVEAWAY 23. Write a letter to Anju (my World Vision child) 24. Go to a live music concert at the Avalon 25. Overnight outside camping trip 26. Journal during two trips 27. Share more pictures for fun 28. Cook homemade soup (that’s different from the typical Chicken Noodle) 29. Collaborate with another artist (preferably a painter) 30. See the dueling piano bar 31. Go “off-grid” for a day 32. Go kayaking 33. Go ice-skating 34. Make it the Best Birthday Ever! 35. Attend a movie marathon 36. Print more of my favorite pictures 37. Get into a workout routine 38. Mentor a person specifically on a weekly basis for at least a month if not more 39. Do as many crunches in a row until I collapse 40. Go on a Segway tour 41. Read & finish enough books to fill up an empty self (Jon Acuff reference) 42. Eat a raw/vegan diet for 10 days minimum43. Dance in the rain 44. Hold a newborn baby 45. Play with paint on tarp 46. Find a salamander 47. See if my cats will play with a laser 48. Attempt to learn stick shift 49. Sell/giveaway a significant amount of things 50. Find a dancing partner (local to where I’m living) 51. Finish writing my bucket list52. Make a new list for next year
Anything stand out to you? Give me a shout-out if you take on this idea yourself or want to do a goal together.
Next time: Let’s talk about one of the worst feelings ever, “The Impostor Syndrome.”
More like… thinking about actually completing the one I started over a year ago. My list currently has 29 items on it. I would like to write 100 since I’d feel more challenged. In review, I have one life goal fully crossed off and am in the process of another two. The majority involves international travel, which unfortunately I’m just not able to go right now. But, my dear friends, consider this; I am young, single, and of the capacity to be more untethered to a location than I probably will ever be again. Now if only the money would follow, I’d be good! 😉
Back to the reason why I had to write about my bucket list. In all honesty, I have to admit that I’ve lost a lot of my drive. In school, I had a strong vision and will to succeed in life. But lately I’ve been more content to consume than create. Which is the biggest reason this blog has gone nowhere. Something has to change, and listing out life goals as a strong motivation could do wonders for my productivity and attitude. Maybe if I finish I’ll post the entire list online. Here’s a few of my favorites right now though.
5 items on my bucket list;
1. Take a tour in a helicopter.
2. Have dinner with a celebrity, and be prepared to pay.
3. Take a picture with a friend(s) in all 50 states.
4. Fall asleep in the middle of nowhere, at a random part of the day.
5. Own an Alpaca in Peru.
*Seeing the Pyramids, Summer 2010
What’s on your bucket list? Share/post a link if you have one!
*Taken before the list was created, but would have been on it anyway.