Tuesday, February 15, 2011

My (New) 101

A few years ago, I stumbled onto this site. This way of keeping up with life goals is very natural to me (I'm definitely a list-maker.), and so I tried it. I ended up crossing off about 60 percent of my list, and I had alot of fun along the way. I've re-evaluated the items I didn't complete last time, chucked some of them, and added new goals. See below for the new list! Wish me luck!

101 things to do in 1001 days

Learn to juggle
Take a martial arts class
Make a will
Make a living will
Train to run 3 miles without stopping
Try a yoga or pilates class
Go to the Lauren Rogers Museum
Learn to play at least one song on the guitar (or, sheesh, just PRACTICE once in a while)
Write a food article and get it published
Write at least one poem or short story
Plant an herb garden
Make fresh pesto with basil I grew
Drink wine in California
Eat salsa in San Antonio
Treasure hunt on Highway 49
Host a New Year’s open house party
Visit the famous fried chicken place in Lorman
Go the fall flower show/festival in Crystal Springs
Learn more about the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict
Give blood
Learn to play the harmonica
Get my piano tuned
Buy sheet music for a song I like and learn to play it on the piano
Learn to do a passable waltz
Go ice skating
Attain APR accreditation
Read at least 3 current books on my profession
Take a road tour through the Mississippi Delta
Enroll in a Millsaps Enrichment class of my choosing
Take Clay to Disney World
Celebrate my birthday in style
Boil/steam a live lobster
Go to a rodeo
Host a formal tea, like at the Savoy
Write a letter to the editor of my local newspaper
Perform in at least one stage production
Attend at least one college alumni event
Get back in touch with some of my college professors
Book a session with a personal trainer
Learn more about how to maximize Adobe Photoshop
Plan a surprise party for someone
Replace at least three outdated light fixtures in my house
Plant some vegetables and keep them alive long enough to harvest them
Plan and take at least one “destination trip” in honor of a holiday (Salem at Halloween, Plymouth Rock at Thanksgiving, etc.)
Stop cussing. Seriously STOP.
Renew my passport
Spend an entire day in complete silence (This one is going to be very difficult.)
Check out a library book, read it, and leave a note in it for the next reader
Attend one religious service of a faith other than my own, just to observe
Start buying more goods that are made in America
Find a professional mentor
Act as a mentor to someone who needs me
Take Clay fruit picking at a local farm
Make something yummy with what we pick
Take Clay to the Petrified Forest
Buy him a bag of shiny tumbled rocks
Take Clay to Rocky Springs
Take Mom to the opera
Rent a boat and go deep sea fishing with dad
Do a “Godfather Week” at the house, where we eat Italian food and watch the Godfather series (once Clay goes to bed. Eeek!)
Go camping
Have an indulgent breakfast in bed
Have my eyes checked (Dear Lord, I’m getting old.)
Take a weekend trip alone. COMPELTELY ALONE.
Win a bet
Look up more shadow puppet instructions and expand my repertoire (Dog, deer, dinosaur, rabbit, and bird are getting kinda old.)
Throw a tapas and wine party
Go on a picnic (Because you can never have too many.)
Toast the sunset
Go see an author read from his/her work
Fly a kite
Ride a horse
Go see a fortune teller or psychic
Ride a train
Find the perfect swimsuit
Have a facial
Move more of my bills/notices over to electronic or auto-draft
Clean out/shred as necessary in ALL of my old files (Gulp.)
Add money to a parking meter about to run out
Repair the back yard arbor
Whittle something
Kiss a new baby
Throw a Mediterranean party with grilled lamb, veggies, tzatziki, the whole nine
Start a personal, meaningful family tradition at Easter
Photograph a sunrise
Go to Pepsi Pops
Go to a ceramic painting shop and paint something cool
Take a family trip to the wildlife preserve in Louisiana
Learn how to change my own oil in my car
Learn how to check and flush/fill fluids in my car
Learn the basics of how my car works
Get a book on constellations
Try to identify at least five of them in the sky
Write a love letter
Surprise someone
Put Christmas decorations on the outside of the house
Have sandal heels re-tapped or CHUCK THEM
Make a care package for someone
Buy something hand made
Visit a place that’s rumored to be haunted
Tape and edit a video to create a FINISHED PRODUCT

Start date: February 16, 2011
End date: November 13, 2013


Allison said...

I like the stop cussing one. HEEHEE. You don't seem like a cusser!

I love how you do this. I'm scared to make a list like this. If I can just cross one or two major things off of mine from time to time, I feel like I'm doing good!

Nicole Bradshaw said...

The cussing - I do pretty good until I get really mad about something. Then, I sound like a sailor on shore leave. Very unladylike.

You seem like you have lots going on already! Going back to school will take up a fair amount of time. If it were me, the only lists I'd make until I graduated would be FUN lists, stuff I wouldn't make time to do for myself otherwise.

Allison said...

Hahaha. Sailor on shore leave! I still can't picture it. You always seem so put together and in control. Cursing is for people like......me!

Yep. A fun list. Sounds like a good plan.

Anna Lise Jensen said...

I love your lists! And, speaking of running 3 miles, may I recommend the Couch to 5K podcasts you can download to your iPod. It's what I used to start running and within a year I was running a marathon! (Now i'm a bit of a freak, but I couldn't run more than 10 minutes without stopping when I started!)

Also, you totally need to find a good cobbler (shoe repair), though I'd found that outside of the big city, they tend to be much more expensive than I would want to spend...

Nicole Bradshaw said...

Anna Lise - I will check into the podcasts! Thanks for the recommendation! As for a cobbler, we shall see if the expense is worth it. Some of my sandals would be easily replaced. Others, not so much.