I first read about birthday lists when I discovered Sandy’s old blog. It was As I became more familiar with the blogosphere, I realized that this is something a lot of people do – creating a list of new things to learn, experience, or accomplish before their next birthday. Elsie, Sarah, and Mandy have all posted lists of their own, just to name a few.
I turn a quarter of a century old today and decided it’s something I’d like to try myself this year, to push myself out of my comfort zone and create a little extra incentive for getting started on things that I’ve been putting off. Over the past few weeks I’ve been pondering what to put on the list and made a note in my phone when a birthday-list-worthy goal crossed my mind. Today I picked and pruned and dedicated the first pages in a new journal (what a wonderful feeling!) to commemorating my selections…
1. Learn a song on ukelele. 2. Get head shots. 3. and business cards! 4. Build my online portfolio/professional website. 5. Get my driver’s license. 6. Make crème brûlée. 7. Visit a new country. 8. Understand my camera. 9. Go on a road trip. 10. Make or thrift all of my clothing, or buy handmade. 11. Paint regularly. 12. Take a dance class. 13. Face my fear of heights. 14. See live music every month. 15. Design a line of jewelry. 16. Move to England. 17. Pitch 12 new (to me) magazines. 18. Take part in a reading group. 19 Go to a tattoo convention. 20. Shoot 12 rolls of film. 21 Shoot a gun. 22. 52 weeks of DIY. 23. Read War and Peace. 24. Learn how to do a cartwheel. 25. Practice yoga.
I’ll be sure to post updates as I cross each one off. Whether I get through every item or not, I know it’ll be inspiring to look at throughout the year and provide extra motivation to add more adventure to my daily life.
Have you ever created a birthday list? What would be on yours this year?