I must confess I was a bit nervous writing and publishing this list of things to do. I was worried I would feel obligated to get the things done but I am happy to report that this hasn’t been the case at all. I have found what it has enabled me to do is prioritize a few things that I have not just needed to do, but wanted to do.
I doubt I will be able to get all the items checked of my list but I still consider the exercise a success. I believe in setting high goals. This quote beautifully captures how I feel.
“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.” Michelangelo
Here are a few of my thoughts on the activities I selected.
First, how gorgeous does The Quogue Club look for a trip? I am very excited to stay at this hotel.
Second, I was dreading sorting through old photos. I felt it would be too much pressure to make so many emotional decisions but it but it has been much easier and more therapeutic than I thought. My goal was around reducing the number of storage boxes.
A few things made the process easy:
- I am 100% sure I no longer need the little individual photos of people from 6th grade.
- In 2003 when Thomas was born, photos were in film format so I have duplicates and triplicates of the same photo. (remember when for $1.00 more you got double photos?) And, to add to it, since it was film and I was trying to get one picture of a baby that moved with a camera that wasn’t state of the art, I basically took 24 photos to get one shot.
- If you were a bride in the late 90s like me, chances are you thought disposable cameras on the tables was very important. I remember the expense for this, as it was not insignificant. It was about $225 for the cameras plus the cost of developing the film. Of all the pictures there is maybe one worthy of keeping and I am being generous here. The quality is terrible and most are random pictures of the room.
Third, I know I was a bit negative on the yoga experience but I must tell you I really did enjoy it. I signed up for 10 more classes. Like I said in the blog, it really did make me feel better. The other thing I liked was the ability to track my own improvement not just from class to class but by doing the same movements a few times during the class. If you have ever considered it, I would recommend giving it a try.
Here is how I am doing on my list:
- Deliver Girl Scout Cookies to shelter.
Read 2 books from my bookshelf.Currently reading Sprinkle Glitter on My Graveby Jill Kargman. Next up Never Broken by Jewel. ( I didn’t finish the Jewel book, too depressing)
- Sort through and clean up photos. I am working on this but not done yet.
lan a trip to the Big Apple with my son Thomas as he wants to “be a tourist”.
- Remove my AMEX from my wallet
- Go to a movie (Table 19 is terrible!)
- Make a list of cities to go visit (Thomas’ idea), after NYC we have Philly and Boston on our list.
Finalize Hampton Paper images for 2018 desk calendar.
- Volunteer. (Scheduled to make lunch at the Reston shelter on 3/28.)
- Review and understand all finances. Work on controlled spending.
- Take a combination of 8 walks and bike rides. ( 1 10 mile bike ride)
- Visit Great Falls.
Donate to Purple Heart.
Indulge in a Crème Egg(note to self: indulgence not to exceed 10)
- Try Logic Eye Treatment (Local ladies, I had this done at Christie Adams Salon in Great Falls. If I looked 35 when I went in, I looked 25 when I left. The simple procedure reduces dark circles, lines and puffiness and gives you a nice little lift.)
Go to the bookstore .I bought the new Tony Robbins book.
- Take a trip to DC (outside of Caps game). I really want to go have a drink at the Trump Hotel as the building is the Old Post Office. It is a beautiful landmark. I also haven’t been to the Cherry Blossom festival in years.
- Make a trip to Chic Envy to consign items I no longer wear.
- Write summer book reading list.
Try Yoga. Row 1,000 M in 5 min.
- Learn 10 new vocabulary words.
Add three more items to Tradesy.
- Do some research on my family history. (Thomas’ idea) Please let me know if you have any recommendations on any of the ancestry web sites.
- Draft Holiday Press Kit.
- Reach out to 5 people I haven’t spoken to in a while. (4/5)
- Go out to lunch 3 times. ( 1/3)
Plan and finalize weekend get-a-way with my VBFF.
- Release 3 new HPD Products (2/3)
- Get SF Ranger Badge. (This is a lofty goal but as Herb Brooks said “Well, Lou, that’s why I want to pursue it.”)
- Add new songs to my iPod.