Life’s Little Goals
I like making lists. Lists keep me from forgetting things, give me something to strive toward, and encourage productivity & achievement. I’ve had friends make “Bucket Lists” & “30 before 30” lists and bravely share them with the world. For the first time last week, I sat down and asked myself: what do you want to achieve in your life? Where do you want to go? What do you want to do? What do you want to be? I took some time answering & then of course over-analyzed and mutli-categorzied my answers. Sometimes, I can be an over-organizer. So, here goes nothing: a categorized and color-coated list of things I want to do/be in my life. Greens are already achieved. Blues are serious goals or hopes. Pinks are just for funsies. Also, blues will be applied to all goals that are on-going.
Life: Be a good daughter & sister; find & marry an amazing man who is my soulmate; be a good wife; have children; be a good parent; adopt or foster; have a 25th, 50th, 75th anniversary – as many as I can get; be a good friend
Career/Skills: graduate high school with honors; get a good scholarship for college; get my Bachelors degree; become an RN; take care of people with compassion & knowledge; be a clinical teacher and inspire, prepare, & teach the next generation; improve my French & Spanish; take cooking classes; take baking/cake decorating classes; open a bakery
Travel: visit all 50 states; got to NYC & go again; do DC but for real this time; visit Yellowstone, Hawaii & Alaska; visit Canada – Vancouver & BC; go to Paris; go back to Paris with Sam & do the lock bridge; explore Europe; ski the Alps; go to Africa, Australia, & New Zealand; go on a cruise
Entertainment: see a Broadway musical & play; go to the ballet; see an opera; visit Disney World, Land & Euro; go to Harry Potter world at Universal Studios & do the HP studio tour in England; be at a filming of SNL; see art at the Louvre & the Orsay
Giving Back: be a mentor; sponsor a Compassion child or two; volunteer regularly at a homeless shelter or soup kitchen; always be willing to give to those who need; throw an event to benefit a charitable organization; buy from brands or products that give back; go on a mission trip; support others who go on mission
Misc: own a house – to actually live in; own a horse; learn to ski; own a sweet Viszla; ride a camel in the desert; go on a whale watching trip; try to eat healthy, but not too healthy; workout regularly; complete a 5k; enjoy life; appreciate every good thing & even some of the bad; never stop learning
Well, that’s about all I have for right now. You probably learned something new about me. To sum it up: I care about people & want to have a positive effect in their lives. I want to give back. I want to travel. I’m a bit of a nerd. I enjoy my career. I want to do & be & experience & see. I want to take life as it comes & make the most of the blessings I’ve been given.
I want to live.
What do you want?