It is that time of year… Birthday List Time!
I didn’t do so great with last year’s list: just 9 things out of 35 completed; so I am putting lots of structure in place for this year’s list. I bought a journal and calendar that is list specific– especially because about 7 of the things on my list are things that I really need to be doing every week to accomplish them. And I did a collage a the beginning of the journal of the themes in my list to give me a little visual reminder. I am also aiming to get one thing knocked off the list on the very first day– TODAY– just to give me a little momentum. Maybe that way, I’ll get at least 10 things scratched off this year’s list.
Curious as to what made the cut? Here’s an excerpt from this year’s list with some commentary, too.
Complete book draft (this one HAS to be done by February 1st!)
Get a third book contract (my wonderful agent has a book proposal in hand!)
Write 6 new essays
Have at least 10 speaking events (I put the travel on hold some this year with the new babe but hope to do a bit more of it next year)
Go to at least six readings/ presentations by authors.
Earn $10,000 in program donations for Circle de Luz.
Landscape the back yard.
Clean out our attic (my goal is to get this done by January 1).
Take a cooking class.
Create the perfect back porch space.
Have a plentiful backyard garden.
Run for an hour.
Read 36 books (I only got to 25 this year).
Clean out mom and dad’s attic (this one makes me feel overwhelmed just typing it).
Keep a weekly journal for baby.
Document baby’s second year with a daily photograph.
Do art every week.
Do The Artist’s Way (I did this book/program in my early 20s, and it launched me, inadvertently, on my writing career. I wonder what it would source up now).
Take a creativity, self-awareness, art, or writing class/retreat.
Take singing lessons.
Go horseback riding.
Check out the local whitewater center.
Ah, drat, I just looked over my list and there are just 35 things on it. Must find a 36th. Any suggestions?