Making lists of things you want to do is not only good for motivation, but it is also a nice record to look back on months or years down the road. It’s an opportunity to see what mattered to you most at one time, remind you of what you have accomplished, and make you note what has changed most, and what you still hold important to do.
I know that I’m not normally the big “New Year’s Resolution” type, but I got this idea from a great friend of mine and, being the big listing type, I just had to make my own! I’m actually really excited about this particular resolution-esque attempt of mine. Just since compiling the list a couple weeks ago (this post is a little late because, well, thinking of 101 things was harder than I thought it’d be) I’ve felt a deeper sense of purpose in my everyday life, because I’ve just laid out all my biggest long- and short-term goals for myself.
So, here it is, on the blog for the world to see, even if it’s just so other people might hold me accountable…
My 101 Things in 1001 Days:
1. Save a sizeable down payment for a house.
2. Save for below purchases.
4. Start family planning
5. New laptop.
6. New phone for Ryan.
7. 50mm lens.
8. Macro lens.
9. Long lens.
10. Bedside table.
11. New bed frame + headboard.
12. End table.
13. Console table.
14. Dog and/or cat.
15. Apply to the Creative Writing MFA program at UNM.
16. Research other MFA programs and apply where Ryan applies to jobs.
17. Apply to the teaching assistantship at UNM.
18. Volunteer as a teacher, mentor, or tutor; gain teaching experience.
19. Apply for grants, scholarships, and graduate assistantships at UNM.
20. Study for and take GRE test, if necessary.
21. Use tuition remission benefit to take writing and digital arts continuing education classes.
22. Use tuition remission benefit to take graduate writing classes.
23. Use tuition remission benefit to take a copy-editing class.
24. Actively pursue editorial tasks at work.
25. Become fluent with permissions process, & any other relevant aspect of publishing possible.
26. Tell UNM Press authors & photographers who come into the office my interest in their field.
27. Network with former classmates in my fields of interest.
28. Write something every day.
29. Write to a prompt once a week.
30. Write a blog post at least 1-2 times every week.
31. Finish screenplay.
32. Submit screenplay to agents, production companies, and contests.
33. Write 10 memoir pieces/personal essays.
34. Write 5 new short stories.
35. Write about something I have no experience with.
36. Outline a novel.
37. Revise old pieces until they’re “done.”
38. Submit writing to at least 12 publications a year.
39. Try self e-publishing.
40. Find or found a local writing group.
41. Continue writing for Newscastic at least once a month.
42. Grow the blog & engage in blog communities.
Photography & Design
43. Take & post one manually shot photo a week.
44. Photograph an event for a stranger
45. Photograph a wedding
46. Photograph an engagement session
47. Photograph a portrait session.
48. Print a canvas of one of my own photos.
49. Design my own book cover.
50. Design my own business card.
51. Design Ryan’s business card.
52. Design something for a friend.
53. Launch my own website.
54. Take big trip to Europe; visit London, Dublin, Rome, Venice, Prague, Barcelona, and Majorca. (and maybe Athens and Paris)
55. Go on a couples’ vacation with friends.
56. Go back to Mexico.
57. Go to the Caribbean.
58. Weekend trip to Las Vegas.
59. Go back to New York.
60. Visit family and friends on the east coast.
61. Visit family and friends in LA.
62. Go back to Seattle.
63. Go to Hawaii.
64. Take a road trip.
65. See the white sands.
66. Go camping in Jemez again.
67. Go somewhere unexpected.
68. Go to Elephant Butte.
69. See the Carlsbad Caverns.
70. Hike the Grand Canyon.
Friends & Family
71. Give all our Christmas gifts on time.
72. Go hiking, especially with my dad.
73. Run for the Zoo with my dad.
74. Host a fondue night.
75. Spend time with work friends outside of work.
76. Buy my parents dinner.
77. Edit long-cut and short-cut wedding video.
78. Bind wedding cards into book.
79. Change my name on all documents.
80. Celebrate first, second, and third anniversary.
81. Have a date night once a month.
82. Exercise together.
83. Go snowboarding.
84. Go to a concert—The Black Keys, if possible.
85. Go scuba diving/snorkeling.
86. Host house guests.
Cooking, Baking, & Crafts
87. Make Christmas gifts, starting in November.
88. Cook or bake something new at least once a month.
89. Make a four-course meal.
90. Make art pieces for walls.
91. Make coasters.
92. Set up large votive candles in coffee beans.
93. Read at least one book every month.
94. Exercise at least once a week (but try for 3 times).
95. Take dance classes.
96. Try the insanity work out.
97. Once a month, watch a small budget movie I’ve never heard of.
98. Try a food I think I don’t like.
99. Go back to church.
100. Read the Bible.
101. Practice Spanish with Ryan.
If you made it through that whole list, I sincerely congratulate you! I’ll try to keep giving updates as I cross things off my list. So, until next time!