So today is my birthday. It’s not a significant birthday (as birthdays go). I am now 34. However, what that means is that I have only one year to try to complete my 35 before 35 list. For the last month I have been mulling this fact over, wondering how I can possibly accomplish all of my lofty goals in one short year. One year goes by fast. Too fast…
I can’t even believe that almost 2 years have gone by since I made this list. Honestly, until last month I hadn’t even looked at it since the last update. There are a few things that I know are not going to happen, like taking my kids somewhere new once a month. Um, yeah. The novelty of moving to a new state wore off quite a while ago and I don’t have what many people would call “free time”. Also, I don’t think it’s feasible to learn Spanish in 12 months. Well, not for me anyway.
I was happy to find that some areas on my list that were lacking before, ie; giving service, volunteering, writing thank you notes, have become an almost weekly event for me now. And there are a few things that I am confident that I can tackle in this next year. Biking a century, starting a journal, and participating in a triathlon are definitely doable! And surfing. Yes. That is one goal I really want to do! I finally got a chance to go to the ocean last month, but I was still out of shape from baby and the weather was too chilly for this desert momma.
Speaking of baby. He wasn’t on the list. I had no idea that we would be adding a new member to our already semi-largish family this year. That was a major glitch in my plans, but a very sweet, adorable, loving, chubby little glitch that I now couldn’t think of my life without!
I’m a different kspin than I was when I started this blog and mapped out my personal goals. The old me would be more than a little bugged that I wasn’t well on my way to completing this list, but the new me (Karolee, remember?) is pleased with all that I have accomplished with many things that weren’t even planned, let alone on any of my lists.
There are many reasons for this change, but the main one has everything to do with goal number 3: Be more spiritual. If every item on my list was scratched off, save number 3. . . well, lets just say I would be a mess. And unhappy, unfulfilled, and lots of other uns too. Just knowing that I am right back on track spiritually has made many other areas of my life seem trivial and non-goal worthy anymore. If I left my list just as it is, I would still feel like I had made some incredible progress. (more on this topic later)
Of course I’ll still try to cross off as many of the 35 items as I can. I had really put some thought into these goals, and I don’t want to treat them as unimportant. I mean, what would people think if they knew I had never done karaoke?…