This post has been a work in progress for several months now…Adding, deleting and modifying its content has been interesting and eye opening. Curious to hear what you think…
I am who I am and proud of it. As I have stated before, something that is plainly obvious; I am a work in progress. I have not changed who I am, because again, I will not allow a list to dictate my success in life or my happiness. I just hope to change the way I go about my life. Sharing of myself and giving to others, respecting and honoring myself and those closest to me do remain priorities as always. The difference being a more efficient utilization of my time and efforts. Spending time and effort on the people and things that matter… the RIGHT PEOPLE, as I was reminded today…is what it’s all about.
Finding and Defining happiness…
- Do what makes me happy.
- Live each day in a way that will make me proud; therefore, making me happy.
- Make decisions that I can live with in the day-to-day.
- Take nothing for granted. Period.
- Have faith in myself and others
- Trust myself and my judgement…
- Forget regrets.
- Live and be me….
So that’s my MASTER list… No time line; no qualifiers or quantifiers determining my overall success in happiness in life.
I decided to break it down into a more attainable and achievable set of goals. … See below for an explanation and the New and REvised list…
In an earlier post I detailed THE LIST; A list of goals I had established for myself when I was much younger that I aspired to achieve by the age of 28. I resolved that while the list was not completed, I would not let a set of guidelines with a deadline attached define my happiness or overall success. After reading a fellow blogger’s post (Thanks Nicole!) about her list and recent conversations with long-time counterparts, I have decided to reconstruct mine and start completely over…no deadlines…no pressure…. Just a simple list of things I hope to achieve at any given time. The items on this new and revised version of THE LIST aren’t numbered, and aren’t in any specific order of importance or priority. They vary in their significance from tiny little tidbits that make me or someone else happy to the more lofty ideas that may have made an appearance on my original list…. This list is a compilation of many I’ve had in the last 32 years. As items are crossed off, new additions to the list will be made. The list is LENGTHY and will continue to grow even as items are crossed off. ***NOTE: There will be a PAGE dedicated to the “LIST.” It can be found at the top of Maggie Mae’s Days Home Page. Stop back and check on my progress***
Try at least one new recipe a month
Keep a house plant ALIVE for a whole year
Fly in an airplane
Visit Washington state
See Phish in concert
Get my first and only tattoo
Children’s book published
See sunrise and sunset at the beach
See 3 shows in New York City
Go on an “alphabet” walk and take pictures of each letter found until you’ve found all 26
Learn how to tie a neck tie
See Coldplay in concert
Take a random, unplanned road trip
Take a walk in the rain
Visit the Grand Canyon
Be silly more often
Take a bus to a small town just to spend a few hours exploring
Put all my pictures in photo albums
Share my thoughts and words more freely
Go to the drive-ins
Go target shooting
Send a card to someone for no reason
Print all the digital pictures I’ve uploaded
Watch a scary movie
Visit all the museums in the Pittsburgh area
Buy ice cream from an ice cream truck
Get a massage
Pay the toll booth for someone behind me
Host get-togethers more frequently
Surprise someone for no reason at all
Wake up in the morning… take a picnic lunch… get in the car and see where the day takes me
Learn something new once a month for a year
Refinish grandma’s sewing desk
Be a better daughter, sister, aunt, friend, boss
Redecorate parts of my place
Make a difference in at least one person’s life
Get healthy and stay healthy
Travel to Italy and Germany
Find love; be loved.
Blog more often (at least once a week)
Try Thai Food
Go back to visit Edinboro
Make cards to donate to nursing homes
Refinish bedroom set
Tell those who matter “I love you” more often
Show those who matter I love them more often
Do at least 3 craft shows in a year
Write a song
Learn to play piano
Slow dance under the stars
Take a pottery class
Design a greeting card for Hallmark
Get published in a paper crafting magazine
Talk less, listen more
Go to Vegas
Make a stranger smile
Take a cooking class
Go to at least 10 concerts in a year (It’s been done in the past… but quite some time ago now)
Crank up the music and dance a fool at home
Make a “20 Things I Like About You List” for a friend or family member and give it to them
Jump in rain puddles
Make a list of 100 random things about myself and share on my blog
That’s it… I’m pretty happy with it and am going to make a conscious effort to work at it when I can… I have as long as I need/want…
Take this challenge… What are your ultimate goals?