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A Year With No List.

So I’ve decided to go this year without a 100 list of things to do this year. For the last two years I carefully crafted a list of things I wanted to do during the upcoming 12 months and tried desperately to accomplish them. This year I’ve decided to try and go without the list for a couple of reasons:

1. The fact that at the end of the year my list of more than half incomplete forces me to focus on my failures instead of my successes.

2. I’m hoping that I don’t really need it.

I started the list as a way to kind of force me to do things. It’s funny now when people tell me that I have a great life, because I never really think I do. But I used to do nothing and now I do things. And yes, that is great. I needed the list two years ago to force me into planning things and force me to actually go out and do the things I wanted and not just sit home alone all the time. But I’m hoping that I don’t need that anymore. I’m hoping that I can just continue to do it.

What I am working on is a list of ONE THOUSAND things to do in my life. It’s not done. And I suspect that it will not be complete for a very long time. But I will continually update that and hopefully continually cross things off. This list will focus on the big things I want to see and experience and accomplish. (Right now it is mostly travel with some things I want to learn and some foodie things thrown in). Here it is, about 50 things so far. I’ll keep it (and you) updated.

I do have a couple of things that are on my list of things to do for the year. I have about 17 goals that I want to finish or work towards this year. I’m not publishing them all here, but if you want to know send me an email and I will probably tell you.

I am also apparently in a race with Walter over three of them: move, find a significant other, and gain (him)/lose (me) weight. It’s on Walter. It’s ON.

I hope everyone has a great 2009 and a Happy New Year! What do you want to accomplish this year?

(and sorry Heather, this means no more monthly updates for you.)


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Hi, I'm Val. I spent most of my 20s in a standstill, unable to pick which path in life I wanted to take. I wanted the nomadic life of a traveler but also wanted the husband, the condo, and the kitten. Unable to decide which life I wanted more, I did nothing. When I turned 30 I’d had enough of putting my life on hold and decided to start “choosing my figs.” So, I quit my job, bought a one-way ticket to Europe, and traveled for three years. Now I'm back in Chicago, decorating my apartment in all the teal, petting my cats, and planning my next adventure.

  • Walter
    January 2, 2009at5:54 pm

    I was always envious that you were doing cooler shit than I was and had written it down. I think you were the reason I started writing down every movie I watch and every book I read.
    OH AN ITS ON! I had TWO slices of pizza today for lunch!

  • Sid
    January 3, 2009at12:30 pm

    still 205, but the Doc. said I could play volleyball again, and try to run if I’m up for it. You’re both going down.

  • val
    January 3, 2009at12:35 pm

    🙂 Thanks Walter. I always say that my condensed into blog form my life looks awesome. But I don’t write about the days where I do nothing but watch crappy tv all day 🙂
    As for your two pizza slices…I bought lean cuisines today to bring for lunch, which will be less calories (to lose weight) and save me more money (to move) than eating out for lunch so much. Take that!

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