Monday, January 6, 2014

32 Things in my 32nd Year

I've put a lot of thought into this year's goals. I recently read The 7 Habits of Hightly Effective People (habits that Bree and Mason's charter school teaches), and it gave me some great insight into how to better prioritize and organize my life. So I'm "beginning with the end in mind" by thinking of what I want to be said about my life when all is said and done. I narrowed it down to 5 key roles/areas that are important to me, and I centered my goals around them. This year's list of "things" is not drastically different than those in the past, but I think that attaching them to principles that are important to me will be a great motivating factor. And I plan on finishing my 32 things by the actual end of my 32nd year: November 19th.

So here they are! My 5 areas, along with 32 color-coded things to do in my 32nd year:

  1. Go hiking with the family
  2. Go camping with the family 
  3. Family vacation to Washington state
  4. Go on a date with Chad to somewhere new (not that there's anything wrong with a Redbox DVD and our living room couch...)
  5. Redecorate Bree's Barbie house with her (the plain white one she got from Santa two years ago)
  6. Volunteer in Mason's kindergarten class (he LOVES having me come to his classroom)
  7. Organize a play-date just for Lincoln (without the older kids)
  8. Donate blood
  9. Read the Book of Mormon
  10. Make a Family Home Evening assignment board (so I'm not the only one giving the lessons)
  11. Go to the temple at least 8 times (our new temple opens in March, and is only 20 minutes away!)
  12. Update the RS email directory (I had so much work to do when I became the RS Secretary, that I organized everybody's info until it was just functional enough...time to step it up)
  13. Know all the sisters in my ward by name (I know so many names, but I cannot always match them to a face yet)
  14. Recover the high chair with scraps from the dining chair makeovers
  15. Display family photos in the house (new house, new photos)
  16. Plant something (hopefully citrus trees)
  17. Make a chalkboard message wall in the kitchen
  18. Decorate with a thrift store find
  19. Furnish the loft with more light
  20. Reupholster the couch in the loft (one of its arms used to be just there are chunks of foam missing)
  21. Make bread pudding like the kind served at Famous Dave's
  22. Can butter
  23. Make a tablecloth for the kitchen table (it's an odd size--difficult to find in stores...we finally found a fun yellow vinyl one, but Chad melted it with a hot pan)
  24. Sew or refashion an article of clothing
  25. Do 20 real pushups with good form
  26. Stay at or under my goal weight for a month
  27. Read 52 books
  28. Read a biography
  29. Read War and Peace 
  30. Publish my 2012 blog book
  31. Scan and digitize my bin of old photos
  32. Take pictures every day for one week


Heather said...

That's a good list. I can't wait to see your progress!

Jaime Lynne said...

Some great ones here. I really like how you organized and highlighted them. Good luck with War and Peace. I got several hundred pages in and decided Cliff Notes would count as reading it. I didn't want to waste my time. *yawn* That probably makes me less cultured or something. I'll be anxious to hear what you think.

Jaime Lynne said...

How's this coming?

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