101 Things I’m Doing in 2015

You guys, it’s already 2015.

Where did 2014 go? It was a tough, but good, year for me. I started out living in a little, shitty apartment in Grand Rapids, MI, on my own after a really bad break up. It was a cold time. I watched a lot of Grey’s Anatomy and drank a lot of boxed wine. I also started this blog. I did a lot of house projects that taught me some good and not so good things about myself. I watched as people I didn’t know followed this little blog, and commented nice things, and it made me feel less cold.

Then, as spring started, I settled into a happy routine of work, friends, and family, and like most post-grads, realized I wasn’t pursuing any of my dreams. Even though I felt happy, I wasn’t being the type of creative I wanted to be. I’ve realized that, in a way, I was hiding behind this little blog – using it to make me feel like I was “writing” and growing, when really, I wasn’t.

So I took a trip to Denver, fell in love with the mountains, and moved here in August. I thought it was going to be magical and easy and fun, but in the words of some great someone: “wherever you go, there you are.” It’s been really hard, but worth it. It made me brave, and brought me some really great things I never expected.

Now, here I am. 2015. I need this year to be great. Not just an average, coping year. I want to write, and create, and learn new things about myself. I want to stay close to the people I love, and learn to love some new people too. Above all, I want to have a good time.

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” -Maya Angelou

So here it is. My list of 101 Things I’m Doing in 2015:

1. Read Tolkien’s Silmarillion.
2. Submit at least one piece of work for publication each month.(1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/10/11/12)
3. Print a collection of poems.
4. Take a painting class.
5. Take a sculpting/pottery class.
6. Subscribe to Writer’s Digest.
7. Get a professional head shot.
8. Travel out of the country.
9. Spend a week without social media.
10. Buy art and hang it.
11. Bake a loaf of bread [2014].
12. Go canoeing or kayaking [2014].
13. Go horseback riding [2014].
14. Get wet in a waterfall [2014].
15. Read something in print once a day.
16. Get business cards printed.
17. See a play, opera, or other theatrical production.
18. See the Atlantic Ocean.
19. Have This Little Space professionally designed or make customize-able and do yourself.
20. Have an address/birthday book.
21. Grow herbs.
22. Pay off credit card in full.
23. Host a dinner party.
24. Go skinny dipping.
25. Know how to make a fancy cocktail.
26. Collaborate with another writer or artist on a project.
27. Develop a minimalist wardrobe.
28. Get a record player.
29. Go camping for a weekend.
30. Buy a watch.
31. Get a tattoo.
32. Go dancing.
33. Make Denver friends.
34. Write a kickass MOH speech for Olivia’s wedding.
35. Sleep in a hammock.
36. Buy a new laptop.
37. Take good care of your vehicle.
38. Knit a wearable hat.
39. Hand-make valentines.
40. Get a professional massage.
41. Start a collection of records.
42. Dive off something.
43. Visit 10 local businesses and purchase something. (1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/10)
44. Open a savings account.
45. Get glasses repaired.
46. Spend a weekend unplugged (no phone, no computer/internet).
47. Rent a beach house.
48. Make art you are proud of.
49. Travel to 3 new cities in America (Portland, Seattle, ?).
50. Finish a hard hike.
51. Send 12 handwritten notes/letters. (1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/10/11/12)
52. Leave a poem on someone’s car.
53. Visit Denver Art Museum.
54. Donate money to a charity you care about.
55. Try a new recipe.
56. Start a recipe book.
57. Give five “just because” gifts. (1/2/3/4/5)
58. Have professional family photos taken.
59. Make amends.
60. Send someone flowers.
61. Spend a night at The Cove.
62. Get/build a new bookshelf.
63. Look into graduate school.
64. Ride a bicycle.
65. Buy a power tool.
66. Sign up for yoga classes (and go to them).
67. Get a yearly physical.
68. Get a yearly dental checkup.
69. Buy 20 new books. (1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/10/11/12/13/14/15/16/17/18/19/20)
70. Stay up/out all night.
71. Play some sort of athletic game.
72. Run or go to the gym once a week.
73. Make an effort to become closer to family.
74. Volunteer (often).
75. See a band you love live.
76. Sleep under the stars.
77. Read your work out loud somewhere at least once.
78. Read a book by Edith Wharton.
79. Attend a literary or art event once a month. (1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/10/11/12)
80. Get a job you love.
81. Pursue handlettering.
82. Start freelancing for writing and communications.
83. Go swimming.
84. Stay at a bed and breakfast.
85. Support local artists and creators.
86. Go wine tasting [2014].
87. Knit a scarf for someone [2014].
88. See Katy, Cassie, and Tara all together.
89. Cook a fancy dinner for someone.
90. Go to an outdoor farmer’s market.
91. Make homemade ice cream.
92. Buy a new pair of blue jeans.
93. Make homemade pickles.
94. Organize writing files into folders that make logical sense.
95. Sew something.
96. Start vehemently believing in yourself.
97. Knit a pair of socks.
98. Complete a cross stitch project.
99. Have a tea party [2014].
100. Interrupt other people less.
101. Finish this list.


12 thoughts on “101 Things I’m Doing in 2015”

  1. I started my list this morning but almost everything is practical so far… I think i may just use yours and go from there. As you know….i need to do ‘practical’ things as it is..lol. I spent last night and today contemplating my life and just like last year (when i decided to move) I made some big life goals/decisions.

  2. Thad and I are making lists for this year! I am so excited! I love your list. I have some of the same things on mine :)

  3. Mine are not numbered or written ‘correctly’ and i’m not done yet.

    Write a memory or thankful item and put it in a jar. every day
    paint living room
    paint bathroom
    buy new bathroom sink fixture
    plan a trip
    make a five year plan for work/life
    find a place to volunteer once a month
    make a budget
    let go of guilt
    take care of myself
    start buying farm compassionately
    get truck fixed
    buy a car
    become self sufficient monetarily (meaning prepare for no child support for future years)
    ski at cannonsburg
    go ice skating at rosa parks circle/outside
    take kids to fireworks in downtown GR on the grass
    go sledding
    ride in a carriage
    start a savings account
    have kids start savings accounts
    go wine tasting
    plan a road trip with the kids and go on it
    light a candle in a Catholic church, cathedral type
    take my nephews somewhere fun
    go to the gym or start working out at home regularly
    make cookies for my immediate neighbors on both sides
    send a random card to someone once a month
    go to Lake Michigan
    buy a tent
    spend a day with each kid or road trip alone with each one
    build a snowman
    have a snowball fight
    plan a scavenger hunt
    give someone a party
    fly in an airplane
    give away a 12 roses to random people on Valentines day
    buy some Meijer gift cards and give them to little kids at Meijer
    brush off someones car
    go to an event at MFB
    find out how to travel out of the country inexpensively
    buy a board game or a few throughout the year
    have a candlelight dinner with the kids
    make something crafty
    have each kid teach me to do something
    clean/clear/get rid of 5 things out of the garage every week
    plan a food fight

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