I turned 31 two weeks ago. It felt just like any other day. There was no fanfare, no trumpet blowing, no life-changing ‘a-ha!’ moment to signal that another year had come and gone. Just some loving friends who made sure I wasn’t forgotten, took me out for dinner, went to wander around the local art gallery’s Christmas light display (which was bizarre with no snow…. weird), and then to Starbucks for a gingerbread latte.
It was lovely.
But at dinner, my dear friend Laurel encouraged me to set 31 goals, as I turned 31. She said it’s something she started doing at around 27, and she’s really enjoyed it.
To me, it seems almost like having to make 31 New Years Resolutions, because my birthday is a mere 3 weeks from the moment when the entire world notices that another year has come and gone, but that’s neither here nor there. I’ve decided to take Laurel up on her suggestion, and I’ve decided to set 31 goals.
I’ll check back in around this time in 2016 and let you know how I did
- Read 40 books (So far this year I’m at 22 of the 25 book goal I set for 2015. I think I can pull it off.)
- Write every day (summer 2016 — I’m not going to Camp for the first time in 6 years. I think writing about SOMETHING every day is a solid aspiration).
- Be generous. I’m not limiting this. I just want to be open to the voice of the Holy Spirit and do what He tells me to with the money and time I’m blessed with — things like helping refugees and caring for the homeless.
- Actually use my Instagram account. I just revamped it yesterday. Follow me if you’d like: @epicwings84
- Love deeply. Who cares if I get hurt? Hurts heal, but regret takes longer.
- Learn to chord on my mandolin
- Learn to chord on my guitar
- Keep playing the violin
- Not hide my piano in its carry-case/bag, but actually play it every once in a while.
- Create a music nook in my basement — because 6, 7, 8, and 9
- Watch all the Star Wars movies. I’ve never done it. I want to know what they hype is about.
- Actually read my Bible. I haven’t figured out what this looks like yet — whether I start a plan or just read, but I want that to be a Dec. 31-Jan. 1 deal, since I already missed my birthday goal start by 2 weeks. Details to follow.
- de-clutter my home. It’s so cluttered. I can’t handle it. I will be removing clutter, filing clutter, giving away and selling clutter. And if I manage to pull out enough to clutter to have a sale of some sort, I will donate the proceeds to somewhere important — probably to refugees. They hurt my heart and I want to help everywhere I can.
- pray more — not in a “God, this situation sucks please fix it” kind of way. In a “I lean into the Spirit because the Spirit is in me, and let’s do life together” kind of way.
- Start running again. This is a tentative, hopeful goal. I don’t know if I can do it, because I wrecked my ankle a couple years ago. When I stopped running, I then gained a bunch of weight, which leads me to 16….
- Lose 50 pounds. Or more. But at least 50. But healthily.
- Eat good food. Goal # 16 does not have to mean I don’t eat good food. It means I stop eating sour keys and chips. Seriously — big vices right there. I just got a Ninja professional kitchen system for Christmas. And a veggie Spiralizer for my birthday. And a sweet frying pan. I seriously feel like I can make anything.
- Learn. I keep saying “if I were to ever go back to school, I would study….” Well, I’m not going to go back to school. I haven’t paid off round 1 and 2 yet. But that doesn’t mean I can’t just learn.
- do something adventurous and scary. I haven’t decided what that is going to be yet. Time will tell.
- Play more — do the things I love even if they seem a little childish and like a waste of time. Like colouring. Or playing in the rain.
- actually stick to my budget. At the end of August, I created a spreadsheet that’s been really helping me watch where my money is going. This needs to continue.
- Choose love. Where I can judge, be snarky, be rude, or even just be apathetic… I must choose love.
- Practice my French. I’m not teaching it anymore, and this is the third year in a row that I haven’t been using it regularly. I don’t want to lose it.
- Drink water. This sounds so cliche and ridiculous, but it’s something I really, really, really need to do.
- Take my vitamins every day lol. See 24. Also, I’m running out of goals.
- Take time to watch the sun both come up and go back down. I tend to ignore the sunrises, because I firmly believe I should be sleeping, but they’re a part of the natural process, and their beauty is just as profound.
- Install a dog door in my back door so Kloe has freedom this summer — something she’ll miss not going to my Mom’s for 2 months.
- Road trip somewhere (in Ontario) that I’ve never been.
- Write a song.
- eat way, way less refined sugar
- Choose joy — life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.
We’ll chat at the end of 2016 and I’ll let you know what I accomplished. Do you have any goals?