Last September, I made a list of things to do before my next birthday. I turn 29 in just over a month, so here’s a final progress report.
Finished items are
crossed off; items begun are starred*.
Try the Project Life system to document either my time in Oxford or our first year in Boston (No scrapbooking, but I did make a photobook of Oxford colleges.)
Go to New York to see Ben in The Lion King and visit friends (Fabulous weekend – and the show rocked!)
3. Plan a trip to Europe/Oxford
Hang out with my family in Texas (So. Much. Fun.)
Dig into some classics I’ve never read (so far, Murder on the Orient Express, Essays of E.B. White, Letters to a Young Poet, A Christmas Carol, The Witch of Blackbird Pond, The Great Gatsby, Northanger Abbey, The Writing Life, And Then There Were None)
Visit a place I’ve never been (Portland, ME; Marblehead, Amherst, Hingham, Newton, Newburyport, Northampton and South Hadley, MA; Bar Harbor, ME; Alexandria, VA)
7. Clean out my desk at home*
Visit my loves in Abilene (pure joy)
Go apple picking again (it was delectable)
Knit some swoon-worthy autumn accessories (Done.)
Buy a new pair of black high-heeled boots (Bought riding boots instead.)
12. Keep in better touch with far-away friends (stolen from Bethany’s list)*
Explore more of New England (see #6)
Try at least 2 new recipes a month (I’ve tried so many that I’m calling it done.)
Visit half a dozen area bookstores I haven’t been to yet (Done! Longfellow Books, Porter Square Books, Artists & Authors, Spirit of ’76 Bookstore, Amherst Books, the New England Mobile Book Fair, Newtonville Books…)
Go see The Civil Wars in concert with my Jeremiah (a lovely evening)
Take another writing course (I took Alchemy Daily with Jenna)
Take a financial management course with J (we learned a lot)
Put together new outfits from pieces I already own
Schedule a checkup (it’s been far too long)
Start or join a book club (Five meetings so far.)
Buy a sassy red handbag
Drive up to New Hampshire or Vermont to see the fall foliage (We drove to western Mass.)
24. Fill a new notebook with a super-secret writing project* (Lots of new files on my new computer.)
25. Get a Massachusetts driver’s license
26. Learn to pay attention to one thing at a time*
27. Send 28 handwritten letters* (Not keeping an exact count, but I’m nearly there.)
Go to a literary festival/conference/event (Boston Book Fest, many author readings, Newburyport Literary Festival, Glen Workshop East)
Overall, I’m pleased with my progress. Lots of travel, lots of reading and writing, some fashion triumphs, a new book club, some lovely experiences. That driver’s license needs to happen soon, and I am determined to get back to Oxford before I turn 30. And #26 – well, I’m always working on it.
Do you make lists like this? What’s on your life to-do list right now?