Wednesday, January 07, 2009


I'm taking Ryan's challenge to write a list of 100 lifetime goals and dreams. To quote Ryan: "These are by no means exhaustive, but are they are things I'd like to do/be/buy/give/see".
Oh, and at least 10 of the things on the list are to be completed in 2009.
I thought it would be much easier than it is turning out to be. I keep second guessing myself on what my dreams and goals are. I've had thoughts like, "wow, that's selfish" and "I could never do that, so why bother?" and "Do I really want others to know this about me?" Talk about psychotic!
Here we go. Please don't judge me.
  • Snow ski *
  • Lose weight*
  • Go on a beach vacation
  • Horseback ride - all day
  • Increase blog readership
  • Increase blog commenters!
  • Stay at Pioneer Woman's ranch - in The Lodge
  • Read through the New Testament at least once in 2009*
  • Buy nothing new (again) for at least a month in 2009*
  • Pay off house
  • Redo kitchen floors
  • Own a fish-eye lens for camera
  • Read a chapter of Proverbs each day in 2009 *
  • Have a huge garage party (with dancing) in 2009*
  • Get a ping pong table for garage
  • Walk at least 3 times a week in 2009*
  • Read at least 20 books in 2009
  • Get a Wii and Wii fit - and use it!
  • Clean out jewelry box in 2009*
  • Get caught speaking well of someone in 2009*
  • Go on intentional dates with Kirk in 2009*
  • Take dance lessons in 2009*
  • Blog more
  • Teach someone something that I know how to do
  • Improve writing skills
  • Learn to use camera confidently in multiple situations
  • Learn more about PhotoShop and how to use it
  • Learn how to organize photos in PhotoShop
  • Acquire Photoshop CS3
  • Increase the size of our garden - and give away produce
  • Go to a beach and walk the shore
  • Ride in a Limo
  • Go back to the Berwood Hill Inn B&B for 2 nights
  • Take a bike ride in Lanesboro with Kirk
  • Start a coffee/internet meeting place at Crosswinds
  • Put a patio by front door
  • Be a marriage mentor
  • Become more content
  • Take better pictures
  • Be on time with cards and gifts to family & friends
  • Plant a pumpkin patch
  • Host a harvest party and free pumpkin giveaway in 2009*
  • Own a new gas stove
  • Own a new refrigerator
  • Paint our bedroom. again.
  • Eat healthier
  • Get a job that I LOVE
  • Use my re-useable shopping bags more
  • Own a tandem bicycle
  • Join or start a cooking club/group
  • Make a eat-at counter in kitchen
  • Learn Yoga
  • Take vitamins
  • Be a role model and mentor
  • Explore the Twin Cities
  • Walk around Pill Hill
  • Lift weights, do strength training
  • Bring at least 2 new people to Crosswinds in 2009*
  • Geo-cache with Kirk
  • Become a grandmother (mother-in-law first though)
  • Own a horse
  • Own pygmy goats
  • Have a clean, organized garage
  • Entertain more often in 2009*
  • Make creme brulee. again.
  • Cook more
  • Have nieces and nephews here for a week for cousin's week
  • Own a good belgium waffle maker
  • Get a facial
  • Christmas shopping done by December 1 in 2009*
  • Be a better wife
  • Ring Salvation Army bell in 2009
  • Do less careless spending
  • Teach a blog class through Community Ed *
  • Share my faith at every opportunity
  • Invite neighbors over
  • Be more real/authentic
  • Enlarge chicken coop/pen
  • Clean coat closets
  • Take more photos of my kids
  • Go canoeing
  • Give the gift of farm animals through World Vision
  • Be a better friend, sister
  • Organize photos and memorbilia
  • Finish photo scrapbooks
  • Make digital scrapbooks
  • Try at least one new recipe a week
  • Meet a need for someone
  • Do more random acts of kindness (pay it forward)
  • Watch the movie Pay-It-Forward
  • Purchase the movie Mama Mia
  • Stop worrying about what others think of me
  • All more time in my life to "be still" and listen for God
  • Pray continually
  • Love unconditionally
  • Have a "girls weekend" here
  • Vacation in the Adirondacks in 2009*
  • Visit childhood memory locations - homes, vacations, schools
  • Go to the North Shore, again.
  • Move Cara to Rochester within 3 years
  • Start a blogging community in Rochester
  • Use hot tub more
  • Be more generous
  • Throw away and give away all the things that don't make me happy
  • Choose to be happy
  • Learn Algebra. Again.
  • Organize recipes
  • Frame my favorite photos
  • Get a massage
  • Get a massage on a beach
  • Give away more eggs
  • Drink more water
  • Go sledding
  • Make "stupid coffee"
  • Make a prime rib dinner
  • Teach kids how to make turnovers
  • Get a new car with seat warmers!
  • Shop for groceries on line more often
  • Build an outdoor fireplace
  • ...and an outdoor "kitchen"
  • Host a brunch
  • Host a wine tasting party
  • Own a shallow depth of field lens (??)
  • Stay at a beach house on Lake Michigan
  • Attend Mars Hill Church and hear Rob Bell speak
Make me feel better -- share at least 10 of yours!


  1. I love the list...I've always wanted a little cute goat too! Name one Fifi for me! :-)

    My list...In no particular order...
    1)Dance in Cheri's garage! :-)
    2)Get to my goal weight
    3)Stay at my goal weight :-)
    4)Run a half marathon
    5)Do a triathlon
    6)Learn Spanish
    7)Read through the entire bible
    8)Go to Hawaii
    9)Act in a major part in a musical
    10)Get a motorcycle endorsement

  2. My list "off the top of my head".
    1)Redecorate master bathroom
    2)Entertain more
    3)Start small group study
    4)Read more
    5)Exercise more
    6)Kayak more
    7)Spend more time with friends
    8)Bike more
    9)Blog more
    10) Organize drawers and cupboards

  3. First of all, I'm impressed that you came up with 100 things, maybe after you get going with it the thoughts just roll out. I think you've inspired me to want to do this list and take it seriously!
    I was thinking that some of these are goals we both posses, hummmm., and I'm quite sure a few we could tackle together starting with
    1. Dance lessons (in February, YAY)
    2. Exercise
    3. Continue with my daily "read your Bible in a year, which I started on January 1)
    4. Lose weight...again
    5. Proficient use of my camera
    6. Organize....well, My house
    7. Join or start a cooking club (have always wanted to do this, which brings me to my next thing.
    8. Entertain friends in my home
    9. Share my faith at least once a day
    10.Make more time for Rick and I.

  4. Wow -- I'm impressed with you all -- putting down 10 things....

    1. Help Cheri achieve her list -- (that'll keep me busy enough).

    (I'm helping with "increase comments in my blog" today).

  5. What a great list!

    You had better get to work!

  6. OK, so here are 10 that came to mind...btw this really encouraged me!

    1. finish losing weight and get to goal
    2. do a 1/2 Marathon in 2012 with Bailey
    3. Do a Triathlon
    4. Go snow shoeing this winter with Scott
    5. Have more friends over
    6. Grow the re:Connect ministry
    7. Read through the Bible
    8. Run the Shamrock Shuffle with my neices and nephews and daughters and husband (and sisters if they'd join me)
    9. Be more orgainized
    10. READ MORE!!! and be on the computer less....
    and an extra one... make my list of 100 and get to it!


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