In celebration of my 52nd birthday, I made a list of the 52 things I want to accomplish before I turn 53.
Here they are:
1. Hit my target weight goal.
2. Work out at least four times a week.
3. Try one new something every month.
4. Pay off one credit card.
5. Take care of a bonsai plant.
6. Memorize 20 scriptures.
7. Read at least one "Classic".
8. Grow at least one speciality crop this spring and summer.
9. Share an expensive bottle of wine with those I love.
10. Find the perfect shade of lipstick that I can wear year-round.
11. Participate in a reading group.
12. Redo my resume (cause you just never know).
13. Return to poetry.
14. Clutter. Eliminate it!
15. Read the entire Old Testament.
16. Continue to be an advocate for the under-served, overlooked, ill-informed and misunderstood.
17. Spend more meaningful time with my daughters, my sons, my grandchild, and my husband.
18. Learn to say "no" and mean it.
19. Eat or drink one healthy item each day.
20. Sample 52 different teas. I love me some tea.
21. Go back to writing notes. Handwritten notes and letters.
22. Lean in to the opportunities that serve God.
23. Take more pictures. Capture those precious, fleeting moments seen only through the lens of my camera.
24. Discover five new artists (writer, painter, blogger, musician, etc.) that I wish I had discovered before.
25. Do what I can to help bridge the racial divide. I have a few ideas.
26. Stop biting my nails.
27. Learn how to swim.
28. Teach my three youngest how to prepare a full meal. I'm talking meat, potatoes, vegetables, etc. (They're only 13, 19, 20... sigh...)
29. Use my leadership skills more often and trust the process that no matter what, it will all work out for good.
30. Learn Excel. I imagine the accountant at work with a big smile on her face, checking this off of her bucket list.
31. Get ethnicity and genealogical DNA testing done. Once I was at a gathering with many people of different backgrounds and this beautiful, young, black skinned man began a conversation with me. I asked where he was from and told me West Africa. He then asked where I was from. "A small town in Kansas," I said. "From America." He smiled, shook his head and said, "No where are you from?" I've never had anyone ask me that question in that way. "I don't know," I said, and he replied confidently, "You are from Ghana. You look like my cousins."
32. Get new prescription eyeglasses. Cute ones.
33. Write a letter to FLOTUS telling her all about our healthy eating, active living community initiatives.
34. Support as many locally sourced restaurants as possible.
35. Enroll in at least one self-improvement class/workshop/training.
36. Help to organize a block party for my block.
37. Travel to a place I have not yet visited. (The Caribbean might be nice).
38. Give up sugar. Again.
39. Volunteer more time to the causes that really mean the most to me.
40. Journal more often, including a gratitude journal.
41. Streamline my emails. They are out of control.
42. Save more money.
43. With love, compassion and respect, share my faith with others.
44. Quit being so fearful.
45. Participate in a writer's or blogger's conference/workshop/retreat.
46. Extend grace. Especially when I find myself in those situations where my gut reaction is to scream and fight, or justify my actions.
47. Learn a bit of Spanish. I took French in High School and so far, I haven't really needed it.
48. Figure out what I'm going to do about my compost bin. Ugh... not that's another post.
49. Evolve in to a "morning person." During this season of my life, there are so many reasons why I need this to happen.
50. When something new comes in (clothes, shoes, furniture, trinkets, etc.) give at least one thing (two is better) away.
51. Take my vitamins and medications every day. Not just when I remember or feel like it.
52. Be thankful each and every day for the big and small things.