Things to do in 2013

This year, I wasn’t as on top of my stuff as usual at the beginning of the year. I usually post a list of the things I’d like to accomplish in that year. It’s more of a to do list than resolutions because it’s things like “Read a book a month” rather than “Be a nicer person.”

Since I didn’t give much thought to this at the end of 2012/beginning of 2013, I figured, giving it some thought as I start the next year of my life was just as appropriate.


Today I turn 30. In my 30 years, I’ve had a really great life. I’ve got an amazing family and have had and do have incredible friends. As anyone does, I’ve grown closer to some people and grown away from some people as time has passed. I’ve had experiences that range from living in a trailer and sharing a room/bunk beds with my little brother to living in a luxury high rise (with a washer and dryer!) in New York City. I’ve nearly died, moved across the country (not once, not twice, but three times), I’ve laughed, I’ve cried, I’ve cried while laughing, I’ve fallen in love, I’ve lost, I’ve traveled, I’ve spent a weekend never changing out of my pajamas, I’ve stayed out all night and watched the sun come up, I’ve earned a college degree and a graduate degree, I’ve paid off my student loans, I’ve purchased a car all by myself. It has been a really great life and I am happy that is mine. No two lives are the same, but I’m so happy with what mine has been and wish that everyone’s life and the people and experiences in it make them as happy, grateful and blessed as mine do. Reflecting on everything that I have and everything that I am makes me so hopeful and so happy to look forward to what my next 30 years hold and then the 30 years after that. I can’t wait to tell my grand children some day that I’m older than the internet…and cell phones…and tv remote controls…and cds (though they won’t know what those are).


Ok, so back to the task at hand. Here are the list of things I have compiled so far that I would like to accomplish while I am 30.

1. Take a cake decorating class
2. Take a calligraphy class
3. Read the Chronicles of Narnia
4. Walk around Chicago in the summer. Walk up Lake Michigan. Walk through Lincoln Park. Walk and explore with no real purpose like I did living in New York. I found it the best way to fall in love with the city.
5. Go camping
6. Donate my hair to Pantene Beautiful Lengths
7. Learn to solve a Rubik’s cube
8. Take the hubs up to properly see Michigan (Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes, Traverse City, Mackinac Island, Tahquamenon Falls)
9. Finally combine our bank accounts so our $$ is joint
10. Save $25,000
11. Hang pictures in our livingroom
12. One final, secret thing; I’ll provide an update/share if I can accomplish this one

This is a shorter list than I usually have, but there just aren’t that many things I feel I have to get done this year. If there’s something you think I should add to my list, let me know!

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