UPDATE: Yeah, I’m a half-century old now, and I still haven’t gotten through this list. Oh well. It’s still a good list, at least I think so. Play along if you like
This is the compilation of my 47 challenges for my 47th year. I’m still deciding how I want to track these, because for some reason it seems like a good idea to do so. After all, it’s hard to reach a goal if you don’t have mileposts along the way, right?
Some of these are daily or almost daily challenges, some are weekly, some are “do better at this” types of things, and some are one shot deals. Others don’t really fit neatly into any of those categories, like learning a new skill.
I’m thinking that the daily and weekly goals could go on a spreadsheet, so I could check them off as I complete them. I do love checking off boxes! I’ll let you know what I come up with, but in the meantime here they are, all in one list.
1. Get at least one piece of writing published, in print, not via internet
2. Commit to eating home cooked meals at least four times a week (eMeals is helping with this one, check them out!)
Leave the house in plenty of time to not rush every morning
Read 47 books
Start a writing group Joined a really good one!
Reconnect with old friends
7. Take my meds
everyday until I no longer need them
8. Use the treadmill at least once a week (hey, you have to start somewhere!)
9. Try Zumba (even though I have two left feet)
10. Finish the charity quilt on my sewing table (I can’t believe this is STILL on my list)
11. Finish one UFO (unfinished object) per month (this would mostly be quilts)
Eat more fruit
Eat more vegetables
Drink less soda
Teach my son to drive (eeeeeeek!)
Take the dog to the dog park at least once a week She hates the dogpark now, it stresses her out.
Finish the office to make it a nice place to work (clear out clutter and organize)
Donate unused items (just dropped off a bunch of items today but there’s more to get rid of)
Leave work at a reasonable hour each day
Limit pinterest addiction (it’s embarrassing, really)
Keep on blogging! At least once a week share thoughts, ideas, challenges, triumphs, etc through this forum
22. Learn how to be a better blogger (and a more widely read blogger)
23. Learn to box, really, I want pink boxing gloves and something to hit
24. Try to improve sleep habits
25. Save up for a really cool family vacation
Try to listen to my teenager better instead of just talking at him
Talk to mom more
28. Discover more of my state (there are tons of hidden treasures I’ve never seen)
Take more photos on my actual camera instead of my phone
Learn some new aspects of the job I’ve been doing for a long time
Figure out some additional ways to get income into the household
32. Take better care of my car (it has over 100,000 miles and it has to last!)
33. Fit better in my clothes
34. Lighten up mentally!
35. Surprise my sweetheart with a weekend away
Girls only day trip (A weekend in NOLA with the girls, baby!)
37. Climb that stupid mountain
38. Read magazines, then recycle (so hard to part with some of them, and no, I’m NOT a hoarder)
39. Push my limits in all ways
Don’t forget to be kind, to myself and others
Look good in THOSE jeans again Screw it, I bought new ones!
42. Give myself a reason to replace my sneakers at this time next year
43. Sing even if I’m not great at it
44. Do more with less
45. Get things done right away when possible
July 17, 2013 at 1:40 pm
Awesome list! This list makes me want to start something similar. Maybe I will the next time I have extra time to think about it and write it down…. Maybe I should make making the list a weekly goal haha!
July 22, 2013 at 11:28 pm
I would say, go for it! Having the list in writing really does make me more aware of some of the choices I make. Besides, it can’t hurt to have goals, after all, there’s no challenge police who is going to go after me if I don’t meet all of them.
July 29, 2013 at 7:39 am
Haha! So true!
September 14, 2013 at 6:23 am
Loved this! Feeling inspired to make the same sort of list sometime very soon.
September 14, 2013 at 7:05 am
Oh I would love to see it if you do! I have enjoyed working on mine very much.
September 29, 2013 at 4:16 pm
What a great idea! It inspired me to do something similiar … am thinking what and how now. Thanks for sharing.
September 29, 2013 at 4:18 pm
I’m so glad! I’d love to see what you come up with if you post it.
September 29, 2013 at 10:12 pm
Yes, but give me time to think it through ha ha.
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November 19, 2013 at 4:34 pm
Great list! I like number 26 a lot. Listening (in my opinion) is the most important communication skill…. And no matter who we are or how old we are, we all simply deserve to be heard. 🙂
November 19, 2013 at 4:38 pm
Thanks. Sometimes it’s hard to shut up and listen, especially when the person you want to hear doesn’t feel like talking. Patience is my mantra these days. 🙂
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June 7, 2014 at 11:36 am
I love that you have this list and that you’ve crossed things off. I’m going to do the same thing! Thank you for the idea.
June 7, 2014 at 6:18 pm
You’re very welcome. My year is almost up, and there are lots of items NOT crossed off, but I’m a work in progress! 🙂
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July 1, 2014 at 10:30 am
Oh dear, we’re two days away and I’m afraid that most of the list is still just wishes. Sigh. Still, I don’t think this past year has been a waste. I’ve written a manuscript, made connections with interesting people, participated in an exciting writing project, sold and bought a house, had a successful first year at a new school, made professional gains in terms of academic growth of my students, and generally been pretty happy and satisfied along the way. I don’t think I can complain! Oh, and the blogging thing has been downright incredible. Thanks everyone!
August 23, 2014 at 9:50 pm
This list is such a great idea…..#14 is my personal Nemesis. Oh, please, anything but that!!!
August 24, 2014 at 7:24 am
I’ve been doing terribly with that one. There are currently two types in the fridge. Oops.
December 5, 2014 at 8:33 am
Your read 47 books gave me an idea. I’m 53 next Friday so I will commit to reading 53 books and blogging something about each this year. Also noticed you wanted to start a writing group – if it’s going to be online I would be interested.
December 6, 2014 at 11:19 am
I didn’t keep track of what I read, but blogging a little blurb about each book is a great way to do just that. I look forward to reading yours!