Because by the end of this 12 months, I’ll have traveled not just around the world, but also through time, space, and history.
“How?” is now the big question.
One simple word is the answer:
Books are magic bound by thread written only in letters you know how to read. But books are mind benders, time travelers, and life changers.
I may not be able to physically travel the world in 12 months, but my imagination will.
Here’s a big THANK YOU to the authors who made the following 2017 reading list possible.
- Uninvited by Lisa Terkeurst
- The Chemist by Stefani Meyer
- Wild by Cheryl Strayed
- East of Eden by John Steinbeck
- Is Everyone Hanging Out with Me? by Mindy Kaling
- The Kite Runner by Khaled Hasseini
- The Help by Kathryn Stockett
- The Giver by Lois Lowry
- Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
- Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
- Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
- Night by Elie Weisel
- And a few others will be added to this list I’m sure
What’s on your 2017 reading list?
This is perhaps my favorite quote of all time, but especially at this time of year. New Years Day. You’ve heard all the cliche quotes. Today is the first day in a 365 day book. Write your story well. This is your year. Out with the old in with the new.
But will you really make a change?
For most people, the answer is probably not. You’ll try. You set New Years resolutions. You want to lose weight, save money, and be nicer. But how can you ever attain these lofty expectations?
Here are just a few ideas to help you as you’re setting and keeping New Years resolutions.
- Be realistic. Don’t choose goals that you know you can’t attain. Make sure it’s something that is actually possible.
- Be specific. Don’t say “lose weight.” Don’t even say “lose 10 pounds.” Make practical steps of how to achieve that. Go to the gym 3 times a week. Choose (and do) a new workout plan. Change your diet (Hint: make a lifestyle change, not just a fad diet).
- Be consistent. Review your resolutions often. Change them if you need to, but keep at it. Realize you’re going to fail in some things, and that’s okay! Get back up and get going when you fall.
So with that said, that’s what I try to keep in mind when I set new goals. I’m kind of obsessed with goal setting so you’ll have to bear with all of the lists you’ll find on the blog. You can check out my 101 in 1001 here. It’s the latest list before the one you’ll see below.
I hope my New Years resolutions inspire you to go out and conquer your own!
- Learn something new every day.
- Save $1000.
- Do a no spend month.
- Take a free online class.
- Listen to 5 podcasts on new topics.
- Blog/write more (1 post a week).
- Read one book a month (reading list to come).
- Organize my closet.
- Get rid of clothes I don’t wear.
- No soda for the year
- Take a chance on love if the opportunity arises.
- Be kind (kindness challenge also to come).
- Take a picture a day.
- Learn a new language on a free app (Check out Duolingo).
- Brush teeth for two minutes a day.
- Keep up my workout routine.
- Take a mini road trip.
Here’s a random challenge that I decided to take on. It’s always good to have some positive things to think on. My 101 things that make me happy are listed below 🙂 What are yours?
- Chips and salsa
- Ice cream
- A good book
- Walks on the beach
- Country roads
- Fires in the fall
- A hug from a child
- When a student finally gets it
- Fall weather
- A good pair of jeans
- Driving with the top down
- When someone goes out of their way just to say hi
- Baggy tshirts
- Christmas lights
- Real conversations
- Fuzzy socks
- Movies: Pirates of the Caribbean and the A-Team
- A sense of accomplishment
- Sarcastic humor
- Cheesy jokes
- My favorite scarf
- Summer sun by a pool
- Lying in a hammock
- A noisy house – siblings
- Grumpy Cat
- Christmas music
- Playing guitar
- A story that makes me think
- Funny quotes and sayings
- Coffee mugs
- Fluffy dogs
- Friends who get you
- Having family close
- Having a fan on at night
- Doggie cuddles
- Apple products
- Hiking somewhere beautiful
- 8 hours of sleep
- Not having to set an alarm
- A long-needed hug
- Beautiful poetry
- Making people smile
- Road trips
- Bright running shoes
- Getting a package or letter
- Results from a workout
- Wireless headphones
- Finding new places
- Chris Pratt
- Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
- Captain America
- Peach tea in summer
- Dressing up for a special occasion
- Bumming it the rest of the time
- Driving fast
- Learning new facts
- Studying personality types
- Helping someone
- Painted nails
- Craft projects
- Making people smile
- Gold jewelry
- Snow days and snow in general
- Fresh fruit
- Genuine compliments
- Snapchat filters (selfies can be fun!)
- Setting goals and making them happen
- New Girl
- Precious moments coloring pages (and just coloring)
- Movie nights
- Greek food
- Cooking a new meal
- Shooting a gun and hitting the target
- Second chances
“Always gonna be another mountain.
Always gonna want to make it move.
Always gonna be an uphill battle.
Sometimes you’re gonna have to lose.
Ain’t about how fast I get there.
Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side.
It’s the climb”
Hiking a mountain is one of the greatest adventures even if it’s just a simple one.
There’s nothing quite like reaching the top of the mountain. The air is cooler. The sky is brighter. You feel like you are on top of the world.
But what about how you got there?
Would the view even be worth anything if you didn’t put any effort into it?
I think the answer is yes. The view is still beautiful. On the mountain you see pictured, there’s an option to ride a sky bucket to the top. But climbing the mountain yourself is invigorating. It’s energizing. It’s an achievement, an accomplishment. It’s inspiring.
When you put effort into something, it makes the end result so much more valuable. The song mentioned above is one of my personal favorites because it’s really not about how fast you get wherever you’re going. Life is a journey. What memories will you make? What legacies will you leave behind? Enjoy the climb. (And take a real climb sometime in your life. You won’t regret it.)
One thing you’ll notice often on this blog are lists. I’m kind of a fanatic when it comes to lists. To do lists, shopping lists, not to do lists. If it can be made into a list, I’ll do it.
Well, once upon a time while reading some blogs, I came across this type of list:
101 goals in 1001 days. I know. It sounds a little crazy. But I’ll be the first to admit that I am slightly crazy. But as Alice in Wonderland says, “You’re entirely bonkers. But I’ll tell you a secret. All the best people are.” So crazy isn’t necessarily a bad thing. This list helps me to control the crazy some and accomplish some amazing things over the next few years.
Here’s the scoop:
I’m going to set out on a journey to accomplish these 101 goals in 1001 days. You can find the original inspiration here. That gives me about 2.75 years to make these things happen. They are specific things that are absolutely attainable. Why set goals if they can’t be accomplished?
Dreams with deadlines become realities.
My dreams? Some of them are personal. Some are professional. Some are just plain crazy. But they’re all things to make this life an adventure of my very own. So here it goes.
Start Date: October 5, 2016
End Date: July 3, 2019
- Create a personal blog
- Blog about this list over the next 1001 days
- Do all three splits
- Get in shape for summer
- Get a massage
- Master a handstand
- Master a cartwheel
- Organize my closet
- Organize my bookshelf
- Get started with freelance writing
- Write a short story
- Work on a children’s book
- Invest in a new car
- Go to a college football game
- Read 25 books
- Read 5 nonfiction books
- Read and watch the Harry Potter series
- Do volunteer work
- Start a savings for retirement
- Go to a drive in movie
- Spend a summer traveling
- Pay off school loans
- Go apple picking
- Unsubscribe from unwanted emails
- Send 25 handwritten notes
- Create a coffee bar
- Complete the 100 pushup challenge
- Answer the 50 questions that will free your mind
- Write a list of 101 things I’ve already achieved
- Leave 101 post-it notes of encouragement
- Make a list of 101 things I’m grateful for
- Go to an overnight retreat/conference
- Create a budget and stick to it
- Go swing dancing
- Leave a favorite book on a public bench for someone else to enjoy
- Go back to Haiti
- Sponsor a child for Haiti
- Be able to carry on a casual conversation in Creole
- Send someone an unexpected gift
- Write a letter to a favorite author
- Stargaze in a truck bed
- Make a pizza from scratch
- Write a blog post in Spanish
- Take a dance class
- Get a hotel room
- Read a book in a day
- Journal for a month
- Visit Savannah
- Make sushi
- Take a writing retreat
- Create a capsule wardrobe
- Move into my own place
- Do a photo shoot just for fun
- Do a photo challenge
- Try kickboxing
- Take a self-defense class
- Make a list of quotes that inspire me
- Buy a bike
- Enter a writing contest
- Give a sincere compliment/text to someone every day for a month
- Watch fireworks
- Save $5 for each goal completed
- Over $1000 in savings
- Buy a gun
- Get my license to carry
- Leave a 100% tip
- Secret Santa for a needy family
- Take a meal to someone in need
- Try yoga
- Throw someone a surprise party
- Create a crayon art project
- Create a balloon dart paint project
- Go ice skating
- See the nutcracker ballet
- Buy nothing new for one month
- Attend a concert
- Give a homeless person a Christmas present
- Run a 5K
- Run a 10K
- Run a half marathon
- Visit a new coffee shop
- Go to a bonfire
- Grow a tomato plant
- Go to a Christmas concert
- Read a book of poetry
- Make a scarf
- Make a CD or playlist for a friend
- Go on a hike
- Go camping
- Bake something for the fire station
- Write a letter to a soldier
- Explore a cave
- Don’t take money out of savings for two months
- Make a budget and stick to it
- Visit the Smoky Mountains
- Send a post card
- Make a cheesecake from scratch
- Sleep in a hammock
- Do a cover of a song
- Write a song
- Make a new list
So there you have it. Let the adventure begin!
Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.
– Helen Keller
Life is full of so many ways to create our own adventures but often we miss these opportunities. We have thousands of experiences, yet we fail to see the joy in them. So that’s why I created this blog.
I want you to be able to see the little moments that can turn into great adventures. If it weren’t for precious moments, we would have no life at all.
How do you find adventure?
Open your eyes.
I promise there is adventure waiting right in front of you. All you have to do it reach out and grab it. It doesn’t have to be a major life changing moment. It’s all those little moments that turn into the greatest memories.
Go out and live your daring adventure.