Happy National Donut Day! Hope everyone who wants the best circular food with a hole in the middle gets one today (Bagels are a close, but definite second.)
As May comes to a close and the freshness of being another year older begins to fade, I cannot help but wonder where I want to be in a year. I think I've said it before, and you'll probably see it again and again across this blog, but I love lists. Give me a reason to make a list and I will gleefully run with it. So here is my 27 things by 27 years old:
- Find more forms of movement that I enjoy and then participate regularly.
- Get out on and in the water more. I love to swim and be around water but in my adult years this just hasn't been as much of a priority, which is a shame considering all the places I've lived have had large lakes nearby.
- Create more. I love to create: weaving, water color, coloring but I do it more sporadically than anything and I hope to be more intentional with setting aside time to create.
- With that, I would love to explore a new art form so I hope to take another art class this year (I took water color last year and fell in love with it!)
- Spend more time with the people I love.
- Unplug more.
- Experiment in the Kitchen more.
- Journal regularly.
- Always try to find the positive. Be more compassionate with myself and others. Try to only speak kind words while remaining honest and authentic.
- Expand my circle of people I communicate and interact with on a regular basis, really take time to consider who I look to as role models, that I know about, that I spend my time with.
- Continue to learn more about this field and topic I'm so passionate about.
- Take my dog on more walks. Slow, unrushed, unplugged.
- Finally get a State Parks Pass (that I keep saying I'm going to get) and really use it.
- Try more new foods and dishes and recipes.
- Travel (near or far) whenever possible.
- Read more books.
- Eat Tacos whenever the opportunity presents itself. Because, tacos.
- Cuddle my dog, against her will or when she'll let me, I'm equal opportunity on this one.
- Get outdoors more.
- Be more intentional with my time.
- Practice yoga and meditation on the regular.
- Try more new (or new to me) restaurants in Bloomington (this is a small fragment of a much longer list of restaurants I want to get to).
- The Owlery
- Social Cantina
- Scholars Keep
- Osteria Rago
- The Roost
- Bake more. From scratch, from boxes, from pre-made dough or desserts. I'm not picky.
- Get more massages (honestly, I've never had a massage so my goal is to just get one and test my irrational fear of getting a massage)
- Take another dance class (I took contemporary this past spring and had a blast!)
- Continue to question and grow and learn and hope and dream and set (and crush) goals and life things.
- Embrace the lived experience: good, bad, happy, stressful, worrisome, challenging, celebrating. I just want to embrace what comes.
Looking back over this list, I see that my hope for this next year is all about adding to and I could not be more pleased. I have every intention to make the most of this life and I cannot think of a better way to do so.
Do you make a "to do" list each year? What are some things you do or would put on your list?