the list: revisited | 100 things to do before I turn 25

June 3, 2010 separator Life

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I made the list back in November, and I’ve barely updated it since then! At the suggestion of a real-life amiga, I decided to go back in and update everything to hold myself to it and show my progress. The highlighted ones are in progress, and the crossed out ones are, well, crossed off the list, done, finito!

I highly recommend you all make your own lists. It’s a fun way to make goals and actually accomplish them. Just for the record, I turn 25 on December 3, 2010!
  1. Clean my apartment. *In the process of cutting down on clutter. You get a tour when it’s finished!
  2. Visit a completely new country. *Belize in August 2010! (Yes – you’re allowed to be jealous.)
  3. Go back to Guatemala.
  4. Learn HTML and CSS. *I know enough to pretty up my blog!
  5. Take a website design class.
  6. Learn to think before I speak a little more often.
  7. Learn Arabic.
  8. Try a Long Island Iced Tea. *Terrible, bad idea. That’s all I have to say about this one, and you don’t get any pictures.
  9. Run every day for a whole week. *Getting back in the habit, anyway.
  10. Run a half-marathon. *Finished in 2:18 in the midst or a torrential downpour!
  11. Run a full marathon.
  12. Make a headboard for my bed.
  13. Raise some money for the Ronald McDonald House of the Bluegrass. *$14K and counting!
  14. Organize my life. *Well, I organized my junk drawer
  15. Actually use my planner.
  16. Paint something beautiful.
  17. Become a bourbon connoisseur. *I still don’t love it, but now I’ve toured Woodford Reserve, Maker’s Mark, and Four Roses, and I can now say that I love a mint julep!
  18. Learn to spell the word ‘connoisseur’ without spell check.
  19. Send a letter to everyone I love.
  20. Do something crazy with my hair.
  21. Put my sewing machine to good use.
  22. Spend more time with Mish and Rosco.
  23. Try TTV photography. *I’ve purchased a Kodak Duaflex and a Kodak Brownie, so that’s a start!
  24. Make a real difference in somebody’s life. *Working on that with Bridges Beyond Borders.
  25. Grow an herb garden. *I’ve got some sprouted basil seeds!
  26. Start a compost bin.
  27. Get a really good summer internship (hopefully paid?).
  28. Get Bridges Beyond Borders off the ground.
  29. Find five new bands that I’ve never heard of to adore. *So far: One eskimO, Broken Bells, Beach House, Walk off the Earth, Of Monsters and Men.
  30. Make something from nothing.
  31. Buy an original piece of art. *Loves me some Cricket Press!
  32. Curl my hair.
  33. Make another really epic cake.
  34. Get my handwriting as a computer font.
  35. Get some of my digital pictures actually printed.
  36. Reread an old favorite book. *Tuesdays With Morrie
  37. Get a bike. *It’s a ’75 Schwinn. The Mister got it for me for my birthday, and I just finished restoring it!
  38. Watch the Star Wars movies.
  39. Go an entire week without getting a bruise. *Not. Even. Close.
  40. Invent a really delicious recipe.
  41. Commission my brother to paint me something gorgeous.
  42. Get a Google Page Rank of four for the blog. *Still a three… *sigh*
  43. Pick a favorite kind of wine. *And the winner is: shiraz!
  44. Finish decorating my walls. 
  45. Meet up with my lovely friend Katie.
  46. Catch up with somebody I’ve lost touch with.
  47. Feed some ducks.
  48. Get something published.
  49. Sew a piece of clothing from scratch, and then wear it somewhere fun.
  50. Clean up my e-mail inboxes. *Glorious. Just glorious.
  51. Clean out my car. *Though subsequently wrecking it wasn’t on the list…
  52. Learn to like the cold. *Possibly never going to happen, but I’m learning to deal…
  53. Buy a really schmancy dress, and then go somewhere equally schmancy.
  54. Celebrate absolutely nothing.
  55. Buy myself flowers just because they’re pretty.
  56. Plant some tulips in my apartment’s yard. *Somebody beat me to the punch and planted mass quantities of daffodils. They were gorgeous!!!
  57. Light the candles on my porch, and enjoy my little piece of outdoor space.
  58. Start sleeping at a normal hour. *Thanks to finishing grad school, I’m now on a semi-normal sleeping schedule!!! 😀
  59. Eat more healthy and natural foods.
  60. Figure out how to make butternut squash fries crispy.
  61. Go on a trip with The Mister. *Mexico and Belize in August 2010!
  62. Find my passion.
  63. Create a 100-word memoir.
  64. Quit complaining.
  65. Splurge. *I got some really cute wellies and a fun umbrella. Does that count?!
  66. Get rid of all the unnecessary things.
  67. Have 1,000 blog subscribers. *Over 1,500 now – thanks, you guys!!!
  68. Always wear sunscreen.
  69. Inspire somebody.
  70. Go an entire week without driving anywhere.
  71. Reach 100 shop sales. *Up to 147 now!
  72. Go an entire day without working on anything.
  73. Design my own blog template completely from scratch.
  74. Learn to live with my crooked teeth (unless somebody wants to get me Invisalign…).
  75. Dance.
  76. Study for something more than 48 hours before it’s due. *Okay, so I only did it liiike once, but it still counts…
  77. Try something I think I’ll hate.
  • Plan a really epic date with The Mister at least once a month.
  • Wake up early enough to enjoy a cup of tea and a book before my day starts.
  • Go surfing again.
  • Find something to smile about every day.

    1. I haven’t tried it myself, but I read in a vegan cookbook that putting extra starch (like potato starch, which you can get in powdered form) on sweet potato fries will help them crisp up. I imagine squash fries (which sound delicious – I’ll have to try those) would work the same way.

    2. I love a mint juliep too. I grew up and currently live in KY and the KY Derby. I never had a mint juliep until this past year’s KY Derby since I am now 21. So I know what you mean. Are you near by to visit all those places?

      Also I love this idea. I really want to make one myself.

    3. Thanks for all the comments and advice, guys!

      I tried the butternut squash tricks this weekend, but they were still muy soggy! Sad day!

    4. Just note you don’t get drunk off single malt scotch, it’s for the flavor. Seriously. It’d be way too expensive.

    5. forget bourbon. try single malt scotch- but you have to have a connoisseur show you the ropes. I don’t really drink, and never liked straight liquor, but my father-in-law sold me.

    6. This is a great list and you’re definitely making progress. Since I’m quite a ways past 25 I guess I have to call mine “bucket list.” I know I did one on my list recently – visit Hawaii. I took enough pictures to keep and to sell to last the rest of my life!

    7. I LOVE your list!! What a great idea! I just realized that if I created a list it would be called “100 things to do before I turn 30″…YIKES!

    8. Okay, for the butternut squash fries: this works on sweet potatoes, but I’ve never made butternut squash fries so I can’t be certain but it might work perfectly and is worth a shot.
      Preheat oven to 450F. Slice squash into fries (triangular wedges work best.) Line a cookie sheet with foil, shiny side down, and lay the fries out over it with a little space between them (if they’re wedges, put the pointy side UP). Brush them with olive oil and sprinkle some salt over them; put them in the oven and roast for 20 minutes. Remove from oven, flip fries on their side, return to oven and roast for 10 more minutes. Remove again and raise the heat to 500F. Once it reaches 500, brush them with oil again and put them back in the oven. After about 5 minutes, take them out and flip them all over (quickly, if possible). After 5-10 more minutes, they should be done and perfectly crispy.

      Good luck!

    9. what a great idea! I might have to copy this one. Everyone should have a life’s to do list.

    10. great list!
      I was thinking about something like that…a 40 before 40 maybe. I think the higher the age, the lower the number…I don’t know if I could find 100 things anymore 😛

    11. love the list! Have you ever tried to check out It’s a great site for people that like lsits and goals.

      – Maya

    12. This one impresses me: #33 Actually use all my bubble baths and pretty lotions.


    13. I might have an idea for the squash…at least it works with potatoes. Microwave the fries for a couple minutes first, not enough to cook them through, I just put them on a plate and zap for 2 minutes at a time until they start to soften and THEN put them in the hot oven to finish cooking. They got brown and crispy without burning, I’d call that a win. 😉

    14. wow, you’ve gotten a lot accomplished! that is one impressive list. 😛

      also, BELIZE?! Jealous!

    15. wow, you’ve gotten a lot accomplished! that is one impressive list. 😛

      also, BELIZE?! Jealous!

    16. i went to psychiatrist 3 days ago.. haha and she told me i must make a to do list everyday.. soo i know what should i do XD
      sound silly but it really works!

    17. I did a 31 things before 31 and have made only a little bit of progress so far. Looks like your list is coming along, though!

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