Today is my birthday.
One of my favorite things about birthdays is that they are perfect time to reflect and dream and set goals (and I like reflecting and dreaming and setting goals). I’m making a bucket list this year.
- Finish the sock club for 2016.
- Try something new in knitting – charts, cables, magic loop – SOMETHING.
- Go social media free for one month and deactivate my FB account for at least two months.
- Have family pictures taken.
- Develop proficiency at backing up the boat trailer.
- >Get a mole screen.
- Take a long weekend for just myself.
- Mail one handwritten letter a month.
- Smoke no cigarettes. Not one drag. All year. (And then every year. Forever.)
- Refrain from chopping my hair into a pixie.
- Go to the library at least once a month.
- Drink more tea.
- Bring back the annual party.
- Get all my health indicator numbers within the healthy range.
- Make a consultation appointment (and follow through?) for tattoo removal.
- Clean out my closet.
- Practice unapologetic self confidence.This has been the most important thing I’ve practiced in my 38th year. I have a long, long, long way to go, but I’m so proud of how far I’ve come on this.
- Participate in a yarn swap.
- Update my list of home projects (and tackle a few of them).
- Buy myself fresh cut flowers once a month.
- Purge and donate books to the Friends of Library book sale.
- Add 3 indoor plants.
- Embroider something.
- Sew a quilt top. Have it made into a quilt. (Because I know my limits.)
- Practice daily gratitude.
- Go to Mass.
- Find a new pair of running shoes that doesn’t make my foot hurt.
- Buy a new purse.
- Have a one on one date with Violet.
- Have a one on one date with Abram.
- Rent a camera lens I’ve been wanting to try.
- Remember inertia. Stay active.
- Participate in Dry January.
- Try a new food.
- Have a stargazing date.
- Improve my flexibility.h
- Celebrate my people.
I’m sorry I missed your birthday! Hope it was a happy one.
I love your list. As I read down it, I kept thinking: She is my kind of people. This is an interesting way of creating a self-portrait. It’s funny how our aspirations reveal so much of who we are, even as they are about things we want to do (but don’t/haven’t). You have me thinking about what I’d put on such a list myself. Many of the same (or same kinds) of things. Is it OK if I say that #10 so surprised me? But then made me like you all the more. 🙂
Thanks, Rita. It was a wonderful, low key day and I loved it.
#10 has always been my guilty pleasure. I LOVED smoking. I just hated being a smoker (if that makes any sense to you, I don’t know) so I didn’t do it often and I tried to keep it hidden. I’ve quit multiple times for specific amounts of time, but I’ve never open ended “I’m going to quit”. I gave it up and February and I’m really missing it. It’s good to remind myself. 🙂
I’ve never smoked cigarettes, so it’s a hard one for me to understand. When I was in high school, my best friend and her sister smoked clove cigarettes, and I loved the way they smelled. One time, when they left the room, I started to try to take a puff, but they came in and caught me and laughed at me–so I never even inhaled! I’ve always wondered what the appeal of regular cigarettes is. I guess I’ll never know! 🙂
Happy belated birthday, Kate! I’m glad to hear it was a wonderful day 🙂 .
I too, love lists like these — to me, they make a person more “real”, if that makes sense, something I think we could use a lot more of online 🙂 . Good luck, Kate — I hope that in a year’s time you see many, many checkmarks!
Thank you, Marian! Me too!! 🙂