A year ago, I decided to start challenging myself with a list of goals – some lofty, some fun, some just random – in honour of my age. Now on the eve of my birthday again, it’s time to check in and see the final tally.
How’d I do?
Ooot and Aboot
1. Travel to a new country (as in new-to-me, not a newly FORMED country) – Nope
2. Check out an awesome music festival – I saw Tom Petty, and Dylan in November. I think I’ll give myself a pass due to those two.
3. Apply for a British passport – Maybe next year? Still mulling this one
4. Hike in the Rockies – Done! – Consolation Lake hike
5. Reach Air Canada Altitude status – I won’t even come close. And short of taking super-pricey weekend trips to Paris, not sure I’ll ever be able to see this happen.
6. Investigate garden allotments – I’m on the waiting list!
7. Explore my own city
8. Go to the middle of nowhere and watch a meteor shower – Thank you, camping
9. Go to yoga weekly – Two to three times a week. Showing my hips a little love.
10. Run a 10K race in under 1:05 – Done! Sporting Life 10K at 1:02:13, such an awesome race
11. Get at least seven hours of sleep a night…consistently – For the most part, yes. This is an ongoing life goal.
12. Take Meatless Mondays a step further and make mine vegan or gluten-free – Kind of a brutal challenge. I love you, cheese and carbs.
13. Conquer my fear of heights and go rock climbing – I decided to modify this, because I am insanely afraid of rock climbing and falling to my death/being publicly humiliated/both, so instead challenged myself to try different fitness classes. I nearly knocked myself out by throwing and not successfully catching a ViPR, and honestly nearly died from exhaustion from a TRX class. Still can’t move my arms.
14. Hold a plank for two minutes – Done June 18th! Now working on my forearm plank time as a new goal.
Total: 6/6 woo!
Arts and Crafts
15. Watch Good Will Hunting – Done! Thanks Target for having cheap, cheap movies. Now I understand the popularity of “How do you like them apples?” and also, it’s a great movie.
16. Get a membership for the Bloor Cinema and check out some docs – Done! I’ve now seen three. Loving this addition to my life.
17. Learn all the lyrics to “I Wish I Was a Little Bit Taller” – This song is surprisingly difficult. I’ll keep trying!
18. Do something crafty once a month – I’ve sewn bunting, made Steve’s birthday present, made a guestbook tree for my parents’ anniversary, drawn, made birthday cards and will be making centerpieces for this weekend’s Thanksgiving dinner as well as some crafty goodness for Victoria’s wedding. I think this is one of my favourite tasks.
19. Listen to the entire Rolling Stones catalogue in chronological order in one weekend – Done! This was a beast of a weekend. I felt like my life oscillated between feeling as though I was in a Wes Anderson film…to a Scorsese one. Also man there were some dud albums.
20. Take a photography class – Done! May 1st. Intro to DSLR at Henry’s Camera, now to put my lesson into practice more often.
Total: 5/6. Damn you, Skee-Lo.
Money, Money, Money
21. Meet with a financial planner and determine an investment strategy – Done, somewhat. This will likely return in some way for 32-for-32.
22. Set up a weekly and monthly budget. And use it. – Ditto for above.
Total: 2/2. Alright alright alright
Personal and Professional Growth
23. Get my French to a basic conversational level (I’m very good at ordering wine…) – Nope.
25. Learn Photoshop
26. Overcome my fear of needles and donate blood – Done! It was terrifying. But rewarding.
Total: 3/4. C’est dommage.
27. Have a digital detox weekend and disconnect from social media and the internet – Done, July 25-28th. It coincided with a trip to BC which helped tremendously, but once the anxiety over not knowing what was happening faded it was very refreshing to just enjoy where I was, read more and not worry about what was going on elsewhere. I think I’ll do this regularly as a reset of sorts.
28. Make time to write at least once a week – A lot of scribbles, not a lot of progress. This will return.
29. Get published – Nope!
30. Read five books that I really should have read by now but haven’t – Yes! The Picture of Dorian Grey, Breakfast of Champions, The English Patient, The Old Man and the Sea, and The Rosie Project. My criteria for books I should read varies.
31. Most importantly, on February 26, 2015, look back on 31 and realize it was an awesome year, and resist the urge to end up face-down in a cake. – Done.
GRAND TOTAL: 25/31. Okay, but not great. I’ll do better, next time.
It’s been a slice, 31. I’ll be spending my 32nd birthday driving the Icefields Parkway to Jasper with Steve for an unplugged weekend. Not a terrible way to spend a day, and start a year I’m pretty pumped about.
Taking suggestions for my 32-for-32 list! Any ideas?