Wednesday, January 2, 2013

2013: The To Do List

I have heard that there are people who don't make lists. People who go from one thing to the next, as the spirit moves them, and everything just miraculously falls into place. It sounds so dreamy and relaxing.

I am not one of those people. Not having a plan stresses me out. To follow my bliss, I need lists. Lots of lists. I make lists of of everything: groceries, books, places, events. My lists sprout sub-lists, (and sometimes sub, sub-lists). I may not do everything on them, but they organize my thinking and help me get myself moving.

New Year's is traditionally a time for resolutions, but 'resolution' is too grand a term for a lot of what I have in mind. The humble "To Do" List is more my style. These are all things I want to do in the next year. Some are ambitious, some are boring, and I think some of them will be fun. I may not do them all, but if I accomplish even half, my life will be better for it.
  • Go to the Blanco Lavender Festival. - I've been thinking about it for years. This year, I want to go.
  • Take a vacation out of the country. - I don't know where yet, but I feel the need to get some stamps on my passport.
  • Make a photo-book
  • Read Don Quixote - I've started it about six times, but never finished it.
  • Buy a new sofa - mine is about to collapse
  • Three blog entries a week
  • Take my lunch to work instead of buying it
  • Refinish the living room shelves and my old bed
  • Lose 100 lbs -I gained 6 lbs over the holiday - ugh.
  • Write a letter to a friend every other week
  • Max out my Roth IRA
  • Read one novel by Charles Dickens
  • Improve my knowledge of MadCap Flare - I want to get beyond basic competence.
  • Learn to use the Bamboo I've had in the closet for the last year
That's enough to start with, don't you think?


  1. I'll go with you to the Lavender Festival, if I can! Sounds like fun. And I might even join you for that vacation, if you're looking for a travel buddy. :)

    And it seems like we have a few other goals in common, too--blogging, reading, trimming down--promise to hold me accountable?


    1. I'd love a travel buddy. Got any ideas for a trip?

      And I'll hold you accountable for your goals if you do the same for me.

  2. As I wont be able to go for longer than a week, I'd love Yi see more of Central and South America. I've only visited Belize and parts of Guatemala and Ecuador.