Earlier this month, I turned 24. And while many celebrate their birthDAYs and some celebrate their birthday WEEKNDS, I decided to celebrate a birthday YEAR. A year celebrating everyday life, making changes (read: improvements) and stepping out of comfort zones. To help guide me through the year-long celebration, I’ve jumped in onto the # before # goals bandwagon and created my own list.
1. Go on an adventure every month.
An excuse to keep the year interesting.
2. Attend at least one conference.
Something like the ALT Design Summit or TEDx, mayhaps?
3. Start the creative business.
I’ve been dreaming about this for years and it’s time to start making it happen.
4. Be part of a fundraising effort.
I’d like to be part of a fundraiser for an effort I strongly believe in–like a project that aides and promotes education in impoverished areas in the Philippines.
5. Bring the camera more often.
I love taking photos but it seems I don’t bring the DSLR as often as I should.
6. Find an effective archiving method for my photos and stick to it.
I have yet to find an archiving method that works. The digital copies are all over the place and I can never find the pictures I need. AIM: be able to develop my own library of stock photos to use for the blog.
7. Use the drawing tablet more often.
(and explore illustrator, maybe?) I’ve been planning all these digital downloads and freebies for months, but I kept finding a way to procrastinate and eventually forget about it.
8. Blog regularly.
Aim to start blogging more than once a week and schedule posts ahead of time.
9. De-clutter the craft corner and start planning my dream studio 🙂
Go through the craft supplies on a regular basis and find inventive ways to use leftover supplies from older projects.
10. Start learning how to sew clothes.
I love clothes, but I dislike how much I sometimes spend on it. So this year, I want to start making my own clothes (from scratch or by altering old/ ill-fitting clothes), starting with simple skirts.
11. Develop a household and lifestyle blueprint.
The past year, life has been laid-back and a bit unstructured. I didn’t have a set schedule. While I enjoy the freedom, I know I need the structure (schedules, plans, etc.) to be more efficient and get things done.
12. Start compiling recipes for the ultimate food book.
Tav and I are hoping to go through our cookbooks, try as many dishes as we can and compile our favorite recipes (maybe adding our own twist on a few).
13. Cook (at least) 3 dishes I’ve never made before.
To help expand #12 and because it’s an excuse to buy more kitchen toys 🙂
14. Go to the beach.
Does this even need any explanation?
15. Learn a sport or any physical activity.
Find one that I can be remotely good at. Then, beat Tav!
16. Learn to ride a pedal bike (and use the breaks!)
I’ve been on a bike before but my balance is just TERRIBLE. Oh and the last time I went biking, I kept on putting my feet down to stop instead of using the breaks, resulting in bruises on my calves. haha.
17. Train my own bonsai tree.
I strongly believe that taking care of a living thing (i.e. pets, plants) is not only therapeutic but also promotes a sense of responsibility. And since we can’t have a pet where we currently live…
18. Get a tattoo with Tav.
Sorry Mommy! Maybe it’ll be the last one? I promise it will be tasteful, not tacky.
19. Experience the Northern Lights and take pictures of the experience.
We live in northern Alberta, so the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) is a spectacle that we should really be keeping an eye out for during the long and sometimes dreadful winter nights.
20. Go on a Canadian roadtrip.
A western Canada tour is in the works. Hopefully it all works out this summer.
21. Be involved in the local community.
I moved to Fort Mac almost a year ago, but I find that I haven’t completely assimilated yet. This year, I hope to volunteer more and get involved with what’s going on in the area.
22. Apply to and try different jobs.
I’ve never had an odd job and my work experience is very limited to say the least. So in my quest to really find the career I’d love to do long term, I want to take on as many odd jobs as I can and learn more about different career tracks and industries.
23. Establish a separate 5-figure savings account as the emergency fund.
It would be a great relief to have that extra cushion.
24. Find home.
The goal this year is to save for the down-payment and start seriously looking into buying.
I’m excited to start getting these goals done. It’s the much needed challenge to get me out of bed (and my comfort zone). Check the blog often for updates. We’ll see how well I do.