Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Embracing My 40 Before 40 List

Some of you may have been wondering about my lack of New Year's resolutions/goals for the year. 
Well, I have goals friends, I have goals! 
Last January I started a bucket list that takes me right through March of this year. I gave myself 15 months to work on 40 goals.  The crazy part is that I'm already down to two months to accomplish all of this. 
(Edited: I have extended my timeframe to the end of my 40th year. I have decided that enjoying the items on my list is more important than stressing about a self-imposed deadline.)
So... it's about time I made this list public!
(Purple items are started, blue items are completed, 
and black items are items that I have not even begun)

My 40 Before 40 List

1. Renew my passport
2. See the U.P. Lighthouses
3. Make a quilt
4. Finish my December Daily albums (2012, 2013, 2014)
5. Document Mom & Dad's antiques
6. Read 40 books
7. Take a painting class
8. Ice Skate
9. Treat my body better
10. Plan/hold a Woman's Weekend
11. Girls' Getaway with friends
12. Enter a photo contest
13. Take a hot air balloon ride
14. Back up photos from the last 5 years
15. Prioritize pregnancy/adoption 
16. Draw, draw, draw
17. See a broadway show
18. Attend a MSU sporting event
19. See a concert
20. Purge and donate
21. Interview Grandma & Marilyn
22. 20 RAKs
23. Create "About Me" scrapbook
24. Read the Bible
25. 40 Cards to loved ones
26. Take a road trip
27. Try 40 new recipes
28. Swim
29. Eliminate my debt
30. Play in the snow
31. Stay at a Bed & Breakfast
32. Skip stones
33. Print blog books
34. Create Metamora Book
35. Inventory/Organize dvd's
36. Take 10 online classes
37. Write/blog
38. Learn manual DSLR
39. Take risks (teaching)

I know what you are thinking. You're thinking that I can't count.  That's only 39 items, I said 40 didn't I? Yes, I know. I have full faith that that 40th item is just going to jump out at me. When and where, I have no clue. Trust me though, things always seem to jump at me at the last moment. 

Between now and the end of March, my intent is to start blogging about the items I have already checked off the list (see item # 37). I would love to share my journey through these goals with you. Mostly though, I would like to have them documented here. 
For me. 
For the future. 
I'm not getting any younger you know!

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Embracing A New Year

Happy February!
Once again, I have been very busy enjoying (and EMBRACING) all the little things that come with making plans, getting creative, and enjoying my snow days during this otherwise overcast and frigid time of year. 

I choose my One Little Word for this year. 
Actually, it chose me back in October. 
Lately we have been getting accustomed to one another. It is kind of strange moving on from my last word (JOY) but refreshing at the same time. Slowly but surely my word has been spending more and more time making itself comfortable in my thoughts.
(I betcha can't guess my word!)

I've also been having a blast with this new planner craze! I have combined the Heidi Swapp planner kit from Michaels as well as the new Life Documented Planner from Simple Stories. Although they were not made to go together, I have found a happy little combination of the two provides me with a couple of different ways to document each month.

I'm using the original Heidi Swapp pages to jot down class information, product launches and the day to day happenings.
The Simple Stories pages are great for photo documenting the month. Although, I may use this calendar differently from time to time. It just may be the perfect landing spot for my thinking about some of the classes I take where I am documenting daily. 

So here's to 2015, with all it has to offer. I welcome you, and promise to embrace you (and document the heck out of you) every step of the way.
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