I was feeling pretty melancholy a few weeks ago. Then I opened up a post I wrote last year about 25 things I wanted to accomplish before turning 25 — and I was pleasantly surprised to discover how much I’ve checked off the list in the span of a year.
25 before 25: progress report
1. Run a marathon.
2. Live in another state… Again.
3. Get content published in a national magazine. (kind of…)
As an intern for Mother Earth News, I had the chance to contribute research to various articles. My name also appeared in the list of editors for the editions that were published during my time there. (I share the picture above because I also got to take pictures of chicks for work, which was pretty awesome.)
Still, this wasn’t quite what I had in mind by getting content published. I would like to write my own articles or recipes for a magazine.
4. Build a wardrobe of well-tailored clothes.
5. Take Dan to Michigan.
6. Practice yoga more regularly (as in once a week).
7. Get another sewing machine.
My mother-in-law got me a sewing machine for my graduation. I love it!
8. Go back to Europe — and speak more German.
9. Own a house.
10. Plant my own garden.
It was a bit of a challenge to jump from a “garden” that consisted of a basil plant to a 16-by-16-foot plot, but we did pretty well.
11. Do a triathlon.
12. Volunteer more.
13. Get more involved with a church.
14. Master baking a layered cake.
15. Surprise someone with a great gift.
16. Continue putting money into savings.
17. Go on an impulsive vacation.
18. Visit Napa Valley and go wine tasting.
19. Explore culinary school options.
20. Go skiing in Colorado.
21. Hike one (or two!) 14′ers in Colorado.
Although Dan and I didn’t make it to the very top of Longs Peak, I think the trip was enough to cross this item off the list. (But I won’t complain about doing another!)
22. Go back to the
Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
23. Learn how to make at least one good Indian dish.
24. Counsel young women with eating disorders.
25. Continue to find ways to show my family how much I love and appreciate them.
I’m clearly far from finished, but I think this was a good start — especially considering that our resources will only increase throughout the few remaining years.
Now I just wonder what will be cross off the list in a year…