Monthly List: October 2013

458 Adopt a whale
457 Be a mentor
455 Be someone’s hero
454 Become an expert
471 Build an igloo
480 Buy a car with cash
461 Christmas carol with candles
470 Collect scrimshaw
469 Collect seashells
462 Dress up and have some brandy at a piano bar, preferably while Bobby Short performs
452 Get seduced
463 Hang a hammock in your living room
476 Harmonize
456 Have a mentor
459 Have high tea
453 Indulge
475 Learn to love wrinkles
479 Pay off your mortgage
451 Seduce someone
466 Send a message in a bottle
464 Send your dog to your neighbor’s house with a message attached to his collar
472 Skate a perfect figure-eight
460 Sleep naked
477 Sleep on sun-dried sheets
468 Smile at someone on the subway
474 Spin a child
473 Spin the perfect yarn
467 Study pebbles
465 Submit your manuscript
478 Take a few weeks off and read all of Remembrance of Things Past

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.