In the next year, I will…
- Pay off all of the credit cards and medical bills.
- Create a regular writing practice again.
- Go fishing with my daughter.
- Ride my horse regularly.
- Read at least 15 new books.
- Learn to laugh again.
- Create rituals and traditions.
- Hike more.
- Build my greenhouse.
- Eat the way I used to: homegrown produce, fresh eggs, raw goat’s milk.
- Eat twice a day. Off of a plate.
- Make sure that my voice is heard in the current political climate.
- Remember when to turn off, unplug, walk away.
- Ski more.
- Remember to play.
- Complete all of the small-ish house projects which remain.
- Simplify and streamline our home.
- Donate to causes I care about.
- Get enough sleep.
- Spend more time with Audrey, one on one.
- Call old friends more often.
- Finish at least three major knitting projects.
- Go on at least three local-ish road trips with the family.
- Spend more time looking at the stars.
- Keep a reasonable/normal schedule.
- Say yes more.
- Go to bed calm… No more stressing out, or binge-reading news.
- Find gratitude daily.
- Get back into a regular yoga practice.
- Forgive more.
- Organize a neighborhood “cleanup day”.
- Make art. At least a bit.
- Reboot my clothing, and pay attention to what I’m wearing.
- Take time to do my hair and/or throw on some makeup, at least sometimes.
- Rebuild our savings.
- Play piano/dulcimer/guitar.
- Take a class or start an academic group.
- Take Audrey to a play or ballet.
- Find space for tiny meditations.
One foot following another. Following another.
Rhythms that rock her to sleep.
Coming home to you.
I stole the list idea a year or two ago from Christina, who writes this blog, among other things. (Incidentally, you should follow it, if you don’t already. She is a fantastic writer.) As I was already making “new years lists”, it was pretty easy for me to fall in love with the idea.
So, here is this year’s list. complete with far more web links than really necessary, but they serve as good reminders for me.
34 Things Before 34:
- Run a 5k with the whole family.
- Plan an amazing birthday/anniversary trip for Aaron.
Make strawberry jam.
Work the community garden plot at least three times a week.
- Get back into climbing.
- Forgive myself more.
- River trips… at least five of them.
- Take Audrey backpacking.
- Make a few new friends.
Build a new kitchen table and hutch.
- Start drawing again.
- Play my guitar. Learn a couple of songs by heart.
- Same thing for the dulcimer.
- Rebuild the business website.
- Teach a workshop.
Make myself a few lovely skirts. And wear them.
Take Audrey to Tucson to meet her grandmother and great-grandfather.
- Start writing down the “Audrey stories”.
- Look into options for regular columns and/or blog posts.
Zoo trips — including one to see the Zoo Lights.
- Take Audrey to the symphony.
- Finish the kitchen cupboards and the fireplace tile.
- Host a nice dinner for friends.
- Learn to cultivate mushrooms.
- Dance with my husband more.
- Read at least one novel a month.
- Harvest huckleberries with my sister and her family.
- Arrange at least two Unbook Club meetings.
Bring back this blog, and post at least two recipes a month.
- Take more photographs.
- Ride on a train. (Light rail doesn’t count.)
- Laugh more.
There’s a blog I read in which I noticed this little “tradition” last year, and whole-heartedly stole it, because I think it’s great. I did it last year. Here’s this year’s list:
33 things to do before I turn 33
1 ) finish remodeling the Trail house and sell it.
2 ) add a Barnevelder and a Welsummer to my backyard flock.
3 ) evening walks with the dog.
4 ) find a new house, with a real yard, and fix it up. (Hmmm… maybe next year…)
5 ) decide where to live long-term (Well, we’ve narrowed the list a little)
6 ) pursue the business full time.
7 ) run at least two 10ks, and one half or full marathon (possibly the Gorge Marathon)
8 ) river trips
9 ) camping
10 ) make huckleberry pies
11 ) start some proper square-foot garden beds
12 ) vacation with Aaron
13 ) a dinner party for no particular reason
14 ) take my mom out for a manicure/facial/whatever
15 ) say thank you more
16 ) plant one of those ridiculously overpriced french apple trees
17 ) have a baby
18 ) make the dork bike my primary form of transportation
19 ) keep the “unbook” club going
20 ) read at least four books I never would have picked out on my own
21 ) multi-day ski trip
22 ) volunteer
23 ) create a donation garden
24 ) tell my students (past and present) how much I appreciate them
25 ) host a block party
26 ) knit myself a sweater
27 ) make the etsy site an actual secondary source of income
28 ) hike some new trails
29 ) run 8 minute miles
30 ) laugh more
31 ) plan an overseas trip
32 ) visit the relatives
33 ) start taking pictures again