In lieu of new year’s resolutions, I make a yearly life list every year on my birthday — a list of items equal in number to my years, composed of things to accomplish before my next birthday. (See also: 27, 26, 25, 24, and 23.) I could tell you a lot of things that are amazing and powerful and beautiful about this practice. But what’s most incredible is the way that a list of things of your own choosing becomes all kinds of things you could never expect.
Here’s to being 28. Here’s to living in anticipation of the unexpected.
- re-read 10 of my favorite books*
- take one half-day digital sabbath each month
- make an advent calendar
- get back to swimming 500 yards in under 7 minutes and a mile under 30 minutes
- complete my ebook
- memorize one chapter of a Pauline letter and/or one psalm
- be/seek/practice light, my theme word for 2012. Be light to others. Pursue light in daily life. Live a lighter, more open, less burdened life. And document it through the One Little Word workshop.
- write at least one letter or card of encouragement every month to someone I don’t encourage regularly
- invite three people for dinner who have never been in our home before
- leave the continental US
- design and implement three more responsive websites
- try 26 new recipes, including no fewer than 12 new desserts*
- create a prayer discipline
- go to a movie in the park
- start taking guitar lessons**
- watch all the movies in our library that I haven’t seen
- eat a vegetable and/or fruit I’ve never had before*
- love in deed and in truth
- complete and launch the new website project that I started in August of last year
- visit 10 new Portland restaurants and shops*
- do a cleanse
- create something that is tangible and beautiful
- start at least one conversation a day with a story of gratitude or a story about what God’s doing in my life
- go on a beer tasting tour, brew cycle, etc.
- do something musical (ideas include: singing Christmas tree, local theatre, worship night, Christmas caroling)
- make a more serious attempt to learn calligraphy
- give generously, of both time and money*
- take at least one four-day weekend every month**
* = these items appear on my list, in some form, every year
** = these items were carried over from or inspired by items from last year because, well, they didn’t get done