Monthly List: January 2016

1274 Absorb
1262 Allow yourself to be awestruck
1263 Blast the Third movement of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony
1283 Build something entirely by yourself
1267 Buy a subscription to a flower-of-the-month club
1268 Buy a subscription to a wine-of-the-month club
1272 Cartwheel in the grass barefoot
1288 Detox
1280 Drive a cab
1265 Emphasize the subtle
1279 Learn to read music
1261 Memorize people’s scents
1284 Perfect your Chaplin routine
1290 Phone in to a radio talk show
1266 Play hopscotch with kids
1285 Read Rita Dove, WH Auden, Walt Whitman, and Leslie Marmon Silko
1271 Send a Katz’s sausage to your children
1270 Send lox to someone
1269 Send steaks and lobsters to someone
1277 Share your umbrella with a stranger
1282 Spot people in clouds
1287 Start a sing-a-long, preferable “Twist and Shout” in an elevator
1289 Study voodoo or Santeria
1276 Take the Meyer Briggs test and learn your psychological profile
1278 Tell the chef the pizza was perfect
1273 Transcend
1264 Understate the obvious
1281 Volunteer at a hotline
1275 Wear your seatbelt
1286 Wrestle an alligator

Every month I am taking 30 items from the 2001 Things to Do book and creating a short checklist. I am using this as inspiration to work on crossing things off the list, maybe not particularly from that month, but overall to do something different. This is not necessarily a “bucket list”; it is a goal that by doing something new (or doing something I’ve done before but hadn’t documented it with photos or journaling) I will keep from feeling in a rut. I will be able to look back at the little, big, sad, happy, joyful, or heart thumping moments and feel my life has value.

One of my favorite quotes is:

“A good life is a collection of happy moments” by Dennis Waitley

This is a reminder to myself of why I have this blog. I’m working through posting all the items from the book and beyond, to keep in mind to do something. To get out there for experiences and adventures.

I’d love to hear if you have done any of these. Or if you have other ideas to try.