Wednesday, August 24, 2011

26 Things To Do Before I Turn 26

My 25th birthday just passed and I've been thinking about this milestone. Not only am I stepping into a new quarter century, but I'm stepping into a new role in life. I'm leaving behind the casual student lifestyle and entering adulthood with all its seriousness and responsibilities.

OK, so I don't honestly expect things to get that serious around here, but you know what I mean, right? No more lazy summer days or late nights spent studying - no more impromptu coffee or shopping breaks - now I have to find a job & start helping with the bills!

With all these transitions going on, it'll be easy to forget the little things. To slow down & have fun. To create, to learn, to grow. So here's a list of things I'd really like to accomplish in the next year. I want this list to be ambitious - I want to push myself to experience and learn new things, to grow as an artist, as a scientist and as a person.

So without further ado....

26 Things To Do Before I Turn 26:
  1. read 50 new (to me) books
  2. write a short story
  3. publish a zine
  4. publish a scientific article
  5. write a guest blog post
  6. learn a 3rd language
  7. learn a programming language
  8. refresh my blog & increase readership by 50%
  9. journal everyday: write, draw or collage
  10. make a series of paintings (3 to 5)
  11. work on series of ACEOs - get to 20 for each (Klimt Goddesses, Women in Science, Strong Women)
  12. make myself an article of clothing & wear it
  13. make all the recipes from World Breads by Paul Gayler
  14. start a new, healthier diet
  15. eat what you buy - waste less
  16. use the green bin diligently
  17. practice yoga daily
  18. take a dance or exercise class
  19. learn to walk in heels & look good doing it
  20. visit another country (besides the US)
  21. walk in the ocean
  22. go camping alone with Pat
  23. move to a new city & explore
  24. host a tea party
  25. find a family doctor & get a full physical
  26. find a job
As you can see, I've included most of the things from my previous list that I left uncrossed. Some of these I know I'll be crossing off no matter what (like #26) - some will be harder to accomplish (#21) - but most are just for fun! I can't wait to get started!

What's on your list of things to do this year?


Angie said...

Happy belated birthday!! I know it's such an amazing feeling to be done school and go off into the world :) ... I thought I might have more time, but it seems my job takes up more time than my school - but now I have funds to *do* stuff lol. Hope you had a wonderful celebration! ps. I bought the same quinoa book that you have this weekend - it looked so wonderful, and I love using quinoa (but only know how to make it into a cold salad as of now)

Mrs Linee said...

Wow what a list I am exhausted reading it LOL! No 19 gave me a chuckle...

MadameRenard said...

Lovely list!
I really like points 1,2,3,10,11,15 :)

Lizzie Barbie said...

Great list! You will be having fun!
Try dancing Salsa! Good luck with the job search and with number 21!