1. print at least 1 photo of myself from each of my first 29 years and do something cool with them
Update: I’ve begun starting to look for these pictures, and it is going to be more of a challenge than I thought. Still committed but feeling slightly daunted.
2. cut out alcohol for 30 days
Update: happening in August. I’m going to refrain from drinking throughout the month of August, but I’m starting this a little early (today), because I’m going to need to give myself a pass for one weekend when we’re in Vegas for Viet’s cousin Matt’s birthday. I’ll still refrain for 30 days, just not 30 consecutive days.
3. work out (no cheating) every day for at least 30 consecutive days (try different routines during this 30 day period to see what you like best>>make a list)
Update: happening in mid-August or September
4. plan my own birthday celebration
Update: I’ve been thinking a lot about this one, and I’m having a hard time figuring out what I really want to do. At first I thought it would be nice to rent a house on the beach, but now I’m leaning towards something more low key.
5. complete my golden year progress and make some sort of craft, book, blogging page that summarizes it
6. figure out what comes after Golden Year (project rest of my life?)
Update: I’ve got lots of ideas I’m batting around for this one. The front runner involves writing.
7. learn conversational french
Update: If by conversational I meant that I was able to survive in France, then I guess I accomplished this. I loved learning a bit of french for our trip.
8. make the time to invest in your writing. Prioritize it. Unplug. Go to the quiet. Write just to write. . . and then to share.
9. learn how to shoot in manual
Update: I took Photo 101 from Nicole’s Classes, which walks you through everything you could want to know about shooting in manual. I’ve been practicing and so far I’m really loving shooting in manual. I only occasionally get lazy and shoot in AV. 🙂
10. redesign. reimagine. re-envision. and refocus Not Merely Living
Update: I’m starting my blog redesign with Elembee in mid-August, and I Can’t Wait.
11. drink champagne under the eiffel tower
Update: Done and Done.
14. start a series where I interview my loved ones: parents, grandparents, siblings, friends. real people
15. try codecademy for reals. once a day for 30 days
Update: happening in September
16. come up with a 365 project for 2014
Update: I’m working on this one. I think it will be closely tied to #6.
17. meditate/think on/ work on my insecurities: body image, not being good enough, not being smart enough>> write about it.
18. drive down the coast of california
Update: This is happening! Currently, we’re planning a ladies road trip for labor day weekend.
19. rid my life of anything that isn’t beautiful or useful. Literally. go through all my stuff. This could result in an epic yard sale or goodwill run.
Update: Viet and I have already made some serious progress towards this goal. We’ve been making some major Goodwill runs, and we’re selling/getting rid of some large pieces of furniture. We’ve still got a lot of clutter to get rid of, but we’re definitely on our way.
20. learn 20-30 yoga poses that I can do anywhere
I haven’t started working on this goal yet, but I’m excited to do some research. Does anyone have any books or poses they would recommend I check out?
21. actually schedule appointments for at least two date nights a month (starting in May) and create a list of possible date nights to make this easier to schedule
Update: We’ve been doing this so far. We’ve had Bad Move Mondays at our place, but we’ve also gone out to dinner and movies a few times. I still need to create a fun list of potential date nights.
22. learn how to use illustrator
23. learn to play the guitar
24. walk from one edge of SF to another
25. sew a dress for myself
26. organize all of my photos and all of our music
27. have photos professionally taken
28. take a martial arts class
29. pay it forward
30. host a dinner party
As you can see, there are still quite a few that I need to work on, but I’m feeling pretty good about my progress so far. I really like all the goals I put on this list. I like that there’s a good combination of doing, learning and adventuring. I think next year I might keep up this tradition with 31 things to do before I’m 31 (maybe I’ll wait and see how I do before I commit to that). 🙂
Do you have a set of annual goals for yourself that you’re working on?