33 Things

For the past few years, I’ve set loose goals in commemoration of my birthday ,which was this past Thursday.  I don’t remember where I got the idea. I type them up, print them up, and stick them on the wall. It’s kind of like my personal New Year’s resolutions. The number of goals correspond with the age.  There’s no penalty for not achieving these goals, but it helps me work toward something, and makes sure I don’t let time drift away from me. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever completed all of them. I can modify them to become more realistic if I need to. They’re very specific, since there are so many of them- “Read Moby Dick” is easier to quantify and qualify than “read more”. So here, in no particular order, are my 33 goals for my 33rd year:

Reminder- We are moving across the country soon.  We don’t know where. A good deal of these pertain to our transition.

1. Deal with attachment to stuff-get rid of old crap you don’t need or really like
2. Write at least 1 poem per week- even if it’s awful. Publish collection of 52 poems upon end of year
3. Pray with family every day
4. Write at least 2 blog posts per week
5. Get placements with more online media outlets
6. Compete in at least 2 bjj tournaments with the preparation/serious intention of winning
7. Get at least 2 more tattoos
8. Purchase and begin riding motorcycle
9. Purchase home
10. Foster relationship with neighbors
11. Do not over-commit in order to please people
12. Do yoga 2x/week
13. Continue to network, become mentor for newly-diagnosed Dravet Syndrome parents
14. Conduct DS advocacy work
15. Upon arriving resume social justice work/ministry, find dark places that need light

“TangoLesson4”. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons –



16. Start dancing the Tango with Lindsay
 17. Continue to make art
18. Read to kids as frequently as schedule allows
19. Develop more fun family traditions
20. Begin seriously saving for retirement
21. Pick a new major and be dedicated
22. Don’t get frustrated so easily with Selah
23. Work with Stella in developing confidence
24. Increase nightly/weekly hours of sleep through more effective time management
25. Continue to set aside daily “quiet time”
26. Procure tools for common home repair/hobbies
27.Keep working with hands for fun- carving, block printing, etc. Consider blacksmithing/welding
28. Resume practicing archery
29. Go camping
30. Practice gratefulness
31. Continue to develop and progress technically/kinesthetically/pholosophically in BJJ
32. Visit Dad/Hawai’i
33. Be better at following through/following up/completing tasks

I think I can get to a great deal of these.  What do you think?  Would you make such a list for yourself?


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