Tuesday, September 25, 2012

100 Goals by 40

Every year on my birthday for the last few years I have set goals for myself to accomplish before my next birthday. Last year, my friend Lyndsey did this awesome thing where she made 100 goals to accomplish by the time she turned 30. Click here to view her ambitious list and the progress she’s made.  I liked the idea of taking on some goals that may take longer than a year to finish so I totally stole her idea (which I told her back in like October that I was).  By the way, Lyndsey and I just happen to share the same birthday. 

So I wrote down 100 goals for the next 7 years. They are not listed in order of importance, just the order that excel sorted them by. I did split them into categories to make it easier for me to keep track of. Did you know there are 84 months, 364 weeks and about 2,555 days in 7 years? That is the time I have to complete the following 100 goals, which I am affectionately calling my 100x40. 


1. Wear a skirt/dress every day for a week.

2. Wear a skirt/dress every day for 30 days.

3. Work to become debt free – pay off at least 1/4 of student loan.

4. Take some sort of class – dancing, painting, workout, sign language…just learn something new.

5. Get a mani and/or pedi.

6. Blog every day for a month.

7. Complete Master’s degree.

8. Complete a 5k.

9. Weigh 150 lbs.

10. Buy a cute pair of heels & master them.

11. Send a card every day for 30 days.

12. Learn to drive stick.

13. Conquer the drive to Columbus.

14. Do 40 things I’ve never done before.

15. Purchase a LBD (little black dress) & wear it somewhere.

16. Write a book.

17. Be open to love.

18. Collect all the Grace Chapel Inn books.

19. Own a pair of boots.

20. Get really good at painting nails.

21. Figure out makeup.

22. Craft a personal mission statement.

23. Finish paying off vehicle.

24. Start an adoption fund.

25. Learn to change a tire.

26. Run a mile without stopping.

27. Own a smartphone.


28. Be on staff of a church or ministry.

29. Celebrate Passover.

30. Read the whole Bible.

31. Memorize 100 Bible Verses.

32. Lead someone to Christ.

33. Read a book by C.S. Lewis.

34. Do a prayer retreat.

35. Go on a mission trip.

36. Spend at least 30 minutes in prayer for 30 days

37. Complete 50 hours of servant evangelism.

38. Do 30 random acts of kindness.

39. Complete the 7 Challenge (based on the book by Jen Hatmaker).

40. Memorize Psalm 23.

41. Volunteer with Habitat for Humanity or another faith-based project.

42. See small group grow to 12 regular attendees (at least 3x a month for 4 months)

43. Organize a prayer walk.

44. Do 5 mission projects (possibly with small group).


45. Watch 100 movies.

46. Read 100 books.

47. Throw costume party.

48. Host a murder mystery dinner.

49. See a play or musical.

50. Go 3 months without TV or movies.

51. Karaoke.

52. Host 80s game night.

53. Host a Girls-only Camp weekend.

54. Purchase a projector for watching movies/sports outside.


55. Take a picture a day for 365 days.

56. Take 100,000 pictures.

57. Knit or crochet something.

58. Paint my own pottery.

59. Complete December Daily.

60. Learn to play guitar (& play song).

61. Paint a picture.

62. Make 100 things.

63. Make a quilt for myself.

64. Make a quilt for Bean.

65. Finish Oh! Shoot class.

66. Complete Portraits class.

67. Sell something on Etsy.

68. Make a skirt.


69. Make a pizza from scratch.

70. Organize photos and get them out of my drawer.

71. Finish bedroom.

72. Finish living room.

73. Succeed in making bread.

74. Clean/organize basement.

75. Clean/organize garage.

76. Make 10 soups.

77. Try 30 new recipes.

78. Host Thanksgiving.

79. Frame & hang the cross-stitch pictures that I’ve had done forever.

80. Plant a tree

Others – this category was inspired by my cousin Danette.

81. Scan the rest of Mom’s family pictures.

82. Help Danette start a garden.

83. Take Beaner to a home Ohio State football game.

84. Scan family pictures from Aunt Bonnie.

85. Turn Jim’s slides into digital picture files.


86. Visit Wilmington, NC.

87. Visit World War II Memorial.

88. Get a passport.

89. Use passport (even if it is just to get into Canada).

90. Visit 7 states I’ve never been to.

91. Spend a winter weekend in a cabin in the woods.

92. Experience NYC @ Christmas.

93. Visit an art museum.

94. Stay in a B&B.

95. Road trip to an Ohio State game.


96. Sleepover or camp out with Emmy.

97. Craft with Emmy 20 times.

98. Write a book for Emmy.

99. Go to a zoo we’ve never been to.

100. Take Emmy to Ohio Stadium.

Monday, September 24, 2012

32 Goals Wrap-Up

Times up on the 32 goals! Completed goals are in purple. Those with progress made are in red. Here’s how I finished:

My 32nd Year Goals

1. Save $1000 – I have the $. I just need to go and open a savings account.

2. Donate blood – Got my donor card in the mail the other day.

3. Read the entire Bible – Didn’t happen. Definitely on the next list.

4. Weigh 150 lbs. – LOL

5. Dress more girly – I think I am doing this. Most days I’m even wearing a little mascara & eyeliner. 

6. Finish my bedroom – Didn’t happen. But I’ve written a list of things needed to be done to complete this.

7. Finish Oh! Shoot class – Nope

8. Finish Portraits class -  Nope

9. Visit a new state – Nope, though we did entertain the idea of going to Delaware…until we found that there is not much to really do in Delaware.

10. Make a pumpkin pie Sure did!

11. Take 10,000 pictures –  I don’t have all my pictures upload from the camera. But I think I got close to 3/4 done.

12. Learn song on my guitar – Guitar string still broke : (

13. Fix supper 2x a week – I’ve been doing some cooking here lately. Made some pork chops last week and Chicken Parmesan tonight.  Did up the chicken for chicken enchiladas later in the week.  Progress, people : )

14. Finish Emmy’s 2nd year book – Done

15. Do Daily December book – Got plans together for this year’s book.

16. Start Project Life – Done! 

17. Read 20 books – Almost finished with The Hobbit. It’s been a much easier read than the LOTR.

    1. I Still Believe by Jeremy Camp (which I read completely on my birthday)
    2. Middle School Ministry Made Easy (for school)
    3. Courageous
    4. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
    5. 7 Practices of Effective Ministry by Andy Stanley (for school)
    6. The Castle in the Attic (read w/ my 4th graders)
    7. The Hunger Games
    8. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
    9. Among the Hidden (read w/ my 4th graders)
    10. The Help
    11. The Search Committee
    12. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
    13. The Lucky One
    14. The Vow
    15. Among the Hidden (read w/ my 4th graders)
    16. Catching Fire
    17. Jane Eyre
    18. Mockingjay
    19. Stand By Me (a House of Hope book)
    20. That’s Why I’m Here by Chris Spielman
    21. The Last Song
    22. Safe Haven
    23. Roadside Assistance
    24. Among the Imposters (to read w/ my 4th graders this year)
    25. A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning (1 of the kids said I had to try it.)
    26. Mrs. Kennedy and Me

18. Watch 20 movies – Done!

  1. The Grace Card
  2. Madea’s Big Happy Family
  3. Little Fockers
  4. 12 Dates of Christmas
  5. Something Borrowed
  6. Flypaper
  7. Water for Elephants
  8. Courageous
  9. Miracle of the Cards
  10. Crazy Stupid Love
  11. Breaking Dawn
  12. Abduction
  13. The Smurfs
  14. National Treasure: Book of Secrets
  15. She’s the Man
  16. Alice in Wonderland
  17. The Hangover
  18. In Time
  19. Hunger Games
  20. The Help
  21. The Way
  22. Footloose (2011 version)
  23. The Muppets
  24. Like Crazy
  25. A Warrior’s Heart
  26. Jane Eyre
  27. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
  28. The Vow
  29. Footloose (the Kevin Bacon version)
  30. Soul Surfer
  31. Good Deeds
  32. New Year’s Eve
  33. The Lucky One
  34. Mirror, Mirror
  35. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

19. Complete 5/K – Going to start training

20. Try 12 new recipes Done!

    1. Loaded Baked Potato Soup
    2. Homemade bread – failed
    3. Apple Pie
    4. Pumpkin Pie
    5. Pumpkin Fudge – failed
    6. Buckeyes
    7. Homemade Pop Tarts – for Christmas Eve brunch
    8. Green Monster Spinach Smoothie (it actually is not as bad as it sounds)
    9. Hawaiian Sweet Roll Ham Sandwiches – for the Super Bowl
    10. Mexicorn Dip – for the Super Bowl
    11. Wendy’s Chili – tasted just like Wendy’s chili
    12. Corn & Potato Chowder – it was ok. I guess I’m not a chowder girl.
    13. Crockpot Pork Chops
    14. Chicken Parmesan

21. Daily prayer time – Got my prayer book ready

22. Go camping – Went camping with the Fords at Dillon a couple weekends ago. We had a great time!

23. Make an apple pie – Got apples to make another one with Emmy this weekend…yum!

24. Sew a skirt – got the material to make a few, actually.

25. Build craft armoire

26. Make 10 crafty things – Ok, so I had to stretch to make this goal complete. In my defense, 32 was an extremely busy year for me.  A new job. Grad school was tough, especially five classes squeezed into 14 weeks this summer…I still can’t believe I survived that!

    1. Christmas quilt for Maggie
    2. Christmas quilt for Cooper
    3. Christmas quilt for Emmy
    4. Baby blanket for Peyton
    5. Pigeon T-shirt for Emmy’s birthday
    6. Glitter Christmas ornaments
    7. Quilt top (that’s counting, ok…don’t judge me)
    8. Emmy’s 2nd year book (yep, I’m counting it on this list twice)
    9. Ohio State-M*ch*gan book 2.0
    10. Made a card for Scott for Father’s Day (so counts…I had to upload the picture)
    11. Mini Moo Cards

27. Do 10 things I’ve never done before – What I’ve found I love about this goal is when my sister reminds me that something could be added to this list. It makes me happy that she helps me with this.

    1. Be a gym teacher & music teacher (I filled in a class each)
    2. Cooked pumpkins and then froze the meat.
    3. Went to a midnight movie premiere…The Hunger Games with Nick & the Schaumleffels.
    4. Hair professionally colored.
    5. Climbed a lighthouse.
    6. Gave blood (so counts for 2 goals!)
    7. Went and saw Danette finish Pelotonia ‘12
    8. Purchased season ticket for high school football (brother is playing)
    9. Ate at Tlaquepaque.
    10. Ate asparagus that I planted myself the year before.
    11. Cut nearly 10” of hair off and donated it to Pantene’s wig program.

28. Mani &/or pedi – nope : (

29. Start living room makeover – Painted the walls is as far as I got. But I’ve totally written down a plan to get this done.

30. Be intentional with my time – This I think I’ve done better with.  I think my overwhelming summer helped me see how important time is.

31. Clean/organize the basement – Bean got a little bit done. Hoping we can work together and get this done.

32. Clean out the garage – haven’t done anything since it was discussed.

I completed 14 and made some progress on 7 others. I’m happy with it. I think that was great for the crazy busy year I ended up having. And look at the book list…what I did there was not easy. The Lord of the Rings trilogy was difficult and then I also read Jane Eyre. Bonus points?  Those that didn’t get done have been moved over to my new list. And I’m so excited about sharing my next set of goals!