Tomorrow is my birthday. Today my mum told me the entire story of the day I was born – it reminded me of that Gilmore Girl episode with Rory’s birthday from the first episode. It was quite magical… although a bit surreal to think of that day seeing that I am turning 26 tomorrow. And why not challenge the 26 y/o me to 26 things to do before turning 27?
I tried to keep it balanced, but my list is not very hard, just a tad bit challenging and it is made to force me to broaden my horizon and find more time for all my interests! Without further ado, here’s my list:
- Visit a museum or exhibition every other month or go to at least 6 exhibitions. Okay, I am cheating with that “or” there, but life is unpredictable. I will try to make my visits more on the art part, but there are some museums in my city I have yet to visit – like that Pharmacy museum I keep hearing great things about!!
- Write “Photo an Hour” blog posts every other month. To be honest I will try to write them monthly because that’s just how much I enjoy writing those blog posts, but I will take it slow because I barely wrote or read any blogs this month.
- Create an emergency fund, that should be at least 3 months of my salary. In my ideal world, my emergency fund would be 6 months of my salary, but I know next year will be very expensive with the new apartment and furniture, so I am keeping it real.
- Get back my confidence to draw – I will have to draw at least one illustration each month. See, challenging but not that hard. Although the months of not drawing could prove me wrong.
- Don’t eat out or order takeout more than 3 times a week for dinner (I am allowed extraordinary circumstances like moving in a new apartment with no stove or fridge). As an additional challenge: make my own lunch for work at least 3 times a week. It should be doable, right?
- Sort and declutter my possessions so moving will be easier. This is going to be hard…
- Create a capsule wardrobe (and donate the rest of my clothes). One might say I could’ve combined this one with the one above. But that I way I would only give up clothes. I got quite good at donating clothes and changing my wardrobe. That’s why this is about a capsule wardrobe – not having as many clothes as possible, but having clothes that I love and go well together.
- Watch 26 documentaries. TV series documentaries count too, but my hope is I will mostly watch film documentaries.
- Complete at least 4 online courses. The one I started two months ago does not count. Also, if I cannot find courses that I interested in, then I have my blessing to fail this one – studying something without interest is not the way I want to do this.
- Donate blood at least once.
- Visit 6 places. Not necessarily new places. I just want to travel more, even to places I went to before but I have yet to experience everything that they have to offer.
- Travel to a different country with him. This year I traveled so much, but it was mostly on my own – with friends and family, but not him. And I think it is time for a vacation together – he might already be planning a trip to Greece…
- Read at least 3 books a month. My ideal goal is 4 books – one book each week, but I am prepared for the unplanned.
- Get healthier and fitter. Basically, lose some weight, be more mindful about eating (cook more, see above) and be more consistent with my workouts.
- Bake or create something sweet every month. This is going to be hard!
- Watch 4 films each month. Rewatches do not count, nor does the film for the film club and I am challenging myself to try diverse films like old films, new films, foreign films and recommendations from friends.
- Finally go to the dentist – at least once, woman! Get over this fear. Some people are scared of clowns, others of spiders, I am terrified of dentists! (And needles – why do I want to donate blood – am I trying to get myself killed before I turn 27?!)
- Pay more attention when it comes to my friends’ birthdays. Time to make a birthday calendar and buy presents on time not the day before the birthday party.
- Be more active with the Charity Group at work and volunteer more – try to be part of a project at least each season. So happy to be part of the Charity Group at work and this year I did a lot of things with them, but I want to get involved more.
- Do more fun things outdoors, especially in the summer. Do something outdoorsy every other week or twice a month!
- Drive more! Get over my driving anxiety and look out for more driving opportunities. I like driving, I prefer driving outside the city, away from infernal traffic – hopefully with no one else on the road. Bring other players and I freak out. I can easily drive if there’s another driver in the car, but I want to trust my driving skills more and simply drive more. I will seek professional help if I cannot do it on my own.
- Go swimming more. This year I barely did and I love swimming.
- Read more nonfiction books, but not too many memoirs. As a goal: 6 books, and at least half of them not memoirs. It’s really easy to read memoirs.
- Play more video games, and try new games too (don’t only play Cook, Serve, Delicious!) – try to find at least one day a month to play video games instead of watching cartoons.
- Watch more anime. Because I miss it, but it’s easier to choose a TV show over anime because I can multitask during it. So the challenge is to watch at least 2 anime episodes each week – that’s less than 1 hour or 1 episode of a TV show.
- Work on my social calendar. I will not set a specific goal for this one, I just want a more diverse calendar, with more fancy events, but also simple gatherings with friends at home being all hygge and spending quality time together.
I made it to the end of the list! Maybe you’ve noticed, but I tried to follow the SMART technique. I am really happy with this list and really excited to cross things off of it. I find it quite balanced, with hard things, easy things and some things that are hopefully going to help me form some positive habits.
So.. let’s do this!