Monthly List: January 2017

1632 Apprentice yourself to a cabinetmaker
1642 Barrel down Niagara Falls
1633 Be Woody Allen’s therapist
1646 Bench press your weight
1636 Charm a snake
1644 Dance in Red Square at midnight
1649 Dress up and go trick or treating
1631 Drive a pickup that is at least fifteen years old
1624 Encourage enterprise
1628 Get eight hours of sleep every night
1641 Have a private master class with Baryshnikov
1648 Join the Wrigley Field Bleacher Bums for one day and root for the Cubs
1629 Lead, follow, or get out of the way
1630 Live without a cell phone
1650 Locate and call a childhood friend you haven’t communicated with in at least twenty years
1635 Make a clambake happen
1638 Perform a riff with Wynton Marsalis
1647 Put flowers on the untended grave of a stranger
1640 Raise emus
1625 Reach out and touch someone
1623 Read all the stuff that comes home from school
1627 Relive those thrilling days of yesteryear
1637 See the Taj Mahal
1634 Send cartons of goodies to kids at camp
1643 Serve prosciutto with melon at your next affair
1626 Start with the air you breathe and list all the good things in your life
1639 Stop a mall from being built
1621 Stop daydreaming and seek your fortune
1645 Surprise someone with Swedish fish
1622 Vary the seating

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.