Monday, March 14, 2011

wish BIG, revised

I first posted this list on March 14th in 2009. I am pretty disturbed by how many of these things I have not done yet and still need to work on. That was two years ago, people! It's upsetting. Ahem.

Okay, then. Well, I'm not going to let it get me down. I am going to press forward and continue working on my goals. Perhaps I need to implement a system of review, so I can check in on them more frequently...

I was really inspired by Hannah's list of 101 things she wants to do. I started working on my own and found it much harder than I anticipated! In fact, I could only come up with 50 items. (But I reserve the right to make additions to the list, if/when I think of new ideas.)

I'm posting this on my birthday as a personal reminder of the things I hope to accomplish in this new year of my life. I will add it to my sidebar and update it periodically. Here's to wishing BIG!

1. learn to knit
2. finish Bob's Blurb book (!)
3. finish bookshelves
4. implement the chore stick system
5. sort through the kids' clothes
6. get the black shelf hung in the entryway
7. purge/organize hall closets
8. brush up on my French (for real this time)
9. remove 20 pounds
10. start strength training again
11. increase duration and difficulty of cardio
12. publish year 1 of my blog
13. stay in a bed & breakfast
14. make family prayer a habit
15. get everyone involved in planning FHE (rotation)
16. paint touch-up in main living area
17. get garage completely cleaned up! (although it needs to be done again)
18. organize food storage and make a plan
19. read the manual for my new camera
20. use tag books more frequently
21. figure out solution for Max's schooling for Fall semester in Paris
22. learn more about couponing
23. print photos monthly
24. sew a dress for Eva (or maybe just more skirts)
25. (re-)learn to crochet
26. send out Christmas cards
27. get back to piano lessons with Lucas and be consistent
28. enroll Eva in swim lessons
29. read 5 books in one month
30. remove another 20 pounds
31. come up with a new blogger birthday gift (and now I need to do it again!)
32. pay off credit card debt with our tax refund
33. check into a pediatric immunologist
34. expand my bread-making repertoire
35. turn Eva's room into a big-girl room
36. purge and organize my studio
37. do better at remembering nieces' and nephews' birthdays
38. enroll Lucas in a sports camp
39. give Eva her first real birthday party
40. stretch
41. write and send more notes just because
42. re-commit to regular flossing
43. plant something with Eva so she doesn't lose her interest in gardening
44. take the boys on more dates
45. seriously look for meaningful service opportunities
46. be a better visiting teacher
47. be more mindful of taking opportunities to teach my children
48. strive to return to intuitive eating
49. keep looking for handmade gift ideas and keep good records of said ideas
50. pray always
51. teach Max to drive!
52. implement a little-bit-every-day cleaning routine, for real
53. paint my kitchen cabinets
54. make doing my knee exercises and wearing my braces a habit so I can keep them in good shape
55. think of a good 20th anniversary gift for Marc!

to be continued...


Susan said...

An admirable list! And I'm quite impressed with the ones that you have accomplished! Great going.

Happiest of days today!

I love you.

Rebekah said...

I'm seriously impressed with all of the things that you've knocked off this list. Good for you!

Elizabeth said...

Happy Birthday! A worthy list indeed!

Neighbor Jane Payne said...

Wow. Wow. Wow. I think it's incredible what you have done. Just think of what wouldn't have been done if you hadn't have set the goal.

I'm proud of you.

And a very, very, very happy birthday to you. I hope it is grand.

Melinda said...

Happy Birthday Michelle! I hope you are having an enjoyable day. This is a great list and you have done quite a few. I think that is worth celebrating.

Amie said...

Happy Happy Birthday!

I'm impressed with how many things you have done on your list. I think you are doing great!

I hope you are having a great start to your new decade!!!

Jill said...

Happy 40th Birthday!!!! I think you've accomplished A LOT of things and should celebrate those. I'm sure lists like this are helpful, but only if they're motivating rather than guilt inducing.

Claire said...

Thanks for the idea of making a list of things to do and post it on a blog. I once made a list of things I wanted to do during my life but have since lost it.
Thanks for sharing some of your own goals as well. :)

Price Cream Parlor said...

HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY! I hope that this year is a happy one for you!

I enjoyed reading your list and felt the need to make my own - but am a bit overwhelmed at all the things I want to do... ?

jt said...

Well, I never finished my 101 list either because I couldnt' come up with that many things! I have been revising it and hope to have it ready soon.

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