Not bad for a fat girl

47 for 47 Challenge

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


CheckboxThis 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!)

3. Leave the house in plenty of time to not rush every morning

4. Read 47 books

5. Start a writing group Joined a really good one!

6. 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)

12. Eat more fruit

13. Eat more vegetables

14. Drink less soda

15. Teach my son to drive (eeeeeeek!)

16. Take the dog to the dog park at least once a week She hates the dogpark now, it stresses her out.

17. Finish the office to make it a nice place to work (clear out clutter and organize)

18. Donate unused items (just dropped off a bunch of items today but there’s more to get rid of)

19. Leave work at a reasonable hour each day

20. Limit pinterest addiction (it’s embarrassing, really)

21. 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

26. Try to listen to my teenager better instead of just talking at him

27. Talk to mom more

28. Discover more of my state (there are tons of hidden treasures I’ve never seen)

29. Take more photos on my actual camera instead of my phone

30. Learn some new aspects of the job I’ve been doing for a long time

31. 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

36. 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

40. Don’t forget to be kind, to myself and others

41. 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

46. Have fun

47. Enjoy life

26 thoughts on “47 for 47 Challenge

  1. 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!

  2. Loved this! Feeling inspired to make the same sort of list sometime very soon.

  3. What a great idea! It inspired me to do something similiar … am thinking what and how now. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. 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. 🙂

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  13. 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.

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  15. 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!

  16. This list is such a great idea…..#14 is my personal Nemesis. Oh, please, anything but that!!!

  17. 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.

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