27 before 27

b2ae5592c8589e4abe7ba720b1c19769My 25th year has come and passed.  I hope to make 26 my best year yet.  Here are the 27 things I want to do this year before my 27th birthday.  I sorted them into categories…because I like categories.

For the love of reading.  I used to read all the time.  At some point, other things started taking the place of books.  Netflix.  Pinterest.  Facebook.  TV.  None of those things make me feel as fulfilled as reading a good book does.  I want that back.

1. Read ten of Agatha Christie’s mystery novels.  The master of mystery.

2. Read every book by my favorite author, L. M. Montgomery.  I’ve read 14 so far and there are 6 left.

3. Read five biographies.  Already picked my five out.

4. Brush up on American and World History.  Because it’s been a long time since I’ve been in a history class.

5. Complete the 52 books in 52 weeks challenge.  I tried this one a couple years ago but didn’t quite make it (I read around 30).  My best friend is doing this challenge with me this year, which I think will help keep me on track.  🙂

Skills.  I need some skills.

6. Become financially literate.  Stocks, bonds, 401ks, oh my.

7. Learn how to sew.  Because I still have to take clothes home to my mom to fix if a button falls off.

8. Learn how to drive a manual car.  K gave me one lesson a couple years ago…I think we’ve both recovered enough from that experience for me to try again.

9. Learn some geography.  If I’m going to travel the world, I better understand this.

10. Become financially self-sufficient.  I’m just about there.

11. Grow my own vegetables.  “We” did grow tomatoes last year, but to be honest, that was all K.  I occasionally remembered to water the plants.  This year, though, I want us to have a real garden.  And I am going to be a gardener.

12. Learn how to make sushi.  K is awesome at making sushi.  I have helped before, but I want to be able to do it from start to finish on my own.

Love, Peace, and Happiness

13. Become an early riser.  I have struggled and struggled with this one over the last couple years, but I’m bound and determined that this will be the year that I become an early riser.

14. Be completely debt free.  So close, so far away.

15. Take a week break from TV/Netflix and all social media.  I want to live, not live online.

16. Stick with the Dave Ramsey budget system for at least a year.  I’m starting this one January 1st.  One year of using the envelope system!

17. Pay for a stranger’s groceries.  I’m aiming to do this one next December around the holidays.

18. Start an exercise routine and stick with it for at least 90 days.  Starting January 1st.  I’m planning to mix it up with some yoga, walking, and dancing.  Thinking about joining the Y, too.

19. Eat fresh vegetables or fruits once a day for 30 days.  I know I need to eat healthier.  This is a start.

20. Blog at least once a month for 1 year.  If I keep up with my blog, my blog will hold me accountable for accomplishing my 27 before 27 list.

21. Marry the love of my life.  This will be happening in about 3 months!

Adventure is out there.

22. Host a dinner party.  Because it sounds fun.

23. Break a piñata.  Because it looks fun.

24. Go parasailing.  Because it looks REALLY fun.

25. Take a trip with my best friend.  We’ve always talked about taking a trip.  This year we are making it happen.  Maybe Chicago.

26. Go spelunking.  I love caves and I’m ready to take it to the next level.

27. Attend a masquerade party.  Masquerade!  Paper faces on parade.  Masquerade.  Hide your face so the world will never find you.

It’s almost the New Year.  What are some of your goals for the year?  What are those things that you have always wanted to do?  Why not start now?

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