Make a list and Make it happen

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Earlier this month, for my birthday, I made a bucket-list of sorts, various tasks I desired to complete throughout the year.  Basically, I had been somewhat saddened looking upon my previous year and how I spent it focused solely on work, and didn't go out of my way to make time for play, and play is important!  Looking ahead, I've decided that this year of my life will be different.  I will schedule in unscheduled time.  I will do things just for fun.  I will work to be better at my job while also ensuring that my sanity remains intact.  I want to stay young, to reduce stress, to enjoy life, and to remember that it's okay necessary to make room for balance between work and play.

At first, I shared my list with just a couple of friends on my birthday, but I planned on mostly keeping it to myself.  Just a week or two later, Alec posted her 27 before 28 list to her blog, and I was struck by how many items were SO similar! I told her as much, and she asked if I posted it here.  Well, not at first, but... why not?  I've always said, if you want to commit to something and make it happen, write it down!

This task list is for work and play, for fun and learning, and for generosity and self-improvement.  I want to embrace the creative activities I sometimes forget how much I enjoy.  Some items are simple and some are complex.  Some are social and some are independent.  Some are ongoing and some will be quick.  Some will be easy to fit into my life, others will be more tricky.  The list is personal and I'm not going to explain each in detail here, but maybe this will inspire you to set some vision for your year to come.

Here goes:

2014 Resolutions Were (click here to see detail):
  • Time Management
  • Posture
  • Gratitude & Journal

'Twas My Birthday
Vision for the birth-year:
  • Act my age.
  • Say yes.
  • Say no!
  • Live with intention.

Task List for my birth-year (in no particular order)
  1. Travel someplace new
  2. Dress up!
  3. Stay in touch
  4. See NYC from the Top of the Rock or Empire State Building
  5. See a Broadway Show
  6. Learn Spanish
  7. Become an ed-tech pro
  8. Listen to music
  9. Treat myself to something nice
  10. Fill the one-sentence journal for the full year
  11. Donate a giant bag of clothing
  12. Paint
  13. Save $X
  14. Use my birthday gift during the week
  15. Read Les Miserables
  16. Touch California
  17. Scrapbook my trips
  18. Participate in a race
  19. Learn about wine 
  20. Practice listening
  21. Volunteer
  22. Declutter
  23. Take weekends off
  24. Attend a concert
  25. Sleep

I've been honing. Tweaking. It's MY list so I'm going to feel free to adjust as new ideas come to mind. My list, my rules :)

Now that it's out in the open, I'd better get to work!  I'll do my best to share the news here as the one-off things get checked off, and I'll be sure to recap when my birthday rolls around next year.

Do you PLAY enough?
What does your birthday mean to you?

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