We move in two weeks. SAY WHAT? I know. Every time I think about the fact that, in two short weeks, I will no longer live in Texas, I get really nervous. I’ve never not lived in Texas (double negative compliments of my English degree, y’all), and I’m not sure I know how to do it. Do I play the obnoxious Texas girl card and refuse to admit I actually like where I live, choosing instead to constantly talk about how great it is “back home”? Or do I avoid mentioning my home land and try to blend in as much as possible? WHAT DO I DO?
While I’m deciding that, I thought a list was in order. I’m basically a professional list-maker; I make lists of my lists. Creating lists helps me form plans and stay on task while keeping me calm. Even if some of the things on my lists never get crossed off, they help me prioritize. Through lists, I can tell what’s truly important for me to accomplish, and what isn’t as important as I had originally thought.
Two years ago, I put together a 95 in 1095. Please don’t read too much into it. Apparently being totally annoying was my thing. However, one of my goals for 2012 was to go through that list, pull out what was still significant to me, and make a new list with a new deadline.
Notice the absence of numbering of each item. This is simply a to-do list, with a deadline, because who gets anything done without a deadline? Speaking of which, my deadline is the scary age of 30, which will take place on March 5th, 2016. Coincidentally (or not), Michael should be through or close to the finish line of his Ph.D. An alternate title for this list might be: Surviving and Thriving in Louisiana.
Note: The absence of numbering gives me the freedom to add or remove items as they become more or less critical to me. Probably not very legal as far as life lists go, but it’s pretty unrealistic to think that A) I won’t think of anything else to add before 2016, and B) I’ll still want to finish all of these things after almost 4 years. We shall see.
| To-Do before Thirty |
>> Get my wedding dress preserved.
>> Create an organization system for my printed photographs.
>> Create an organization system for my recipes.
>> Create an organization system for my music (iTunes).
>> Create an organization system for my digital photos.
>> Clean up my blog categories.
>> Closet Overhaul: Determine, Clean, Make, Shop
>> Buy a classic Little Black Dress.
>> Find the perfect pair of COMFORTABLE black heels.
>> Spend an entire weekend without a phone or computer.
>> Send (or take) flowers to someone.
>> Attend or host an awesome Halloween and/or costume party.
>> Watch the Star Wars trilogy with Michael.
>> Sing Karaoke.
>> Follow a season of basketball with (for) my husband.
>> (Miraculously) learn to dance.
>> Make a headboard for our bed.
>> Host a “Craft Night.”
>> Sew an outfit.
>> Alter an outfit.
>> Grow a garden.
>> Have a baby.
>> Send each of my close family and friends a handwritten letter.
>> Write a poem for my husband.
>> Have more pieces published.
>> Revamp my blog design.
>> Make my own jam.
>> Make my own pickles.
>> Host a holiday meal.
>> Make Julia Child’s Boeuf Bourguignon.
>> Learn to grill.
>> Cook duck or lobster.
>> Go to one of the Food Network celebrity’s restaurants.
>> Eat Chinese takeout from boxes with chopsticks in my living room (like in the movies).
>> Take cooking lessons with my husband.
>> Make homemade bread from scratch.
>> Host a fancy dinner party.
>> Host a tea party.
>> Run a half marathon.
>> Get to my goal weight.
>> Do a boudoir photo shoot for my husband.
>> Put together a wedding album.
>> Put together a honeymoon album.
>> Get a DSLR camera.
>> Take a photography class.
>> Graduate with my master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling.
>> Become a part of the community in my new city.
That’s it (for now). Wish me luck. Here goes nothing!