I have a 30×30 goal/bucket/project list that I’m chipping away at. I ignored it for months and finally realized I need to plan better if these are truly priorities. So I’m checking in on Wednesdays, which is helping me keep track of my progress and keeping me accountable.
Progress on September Projects
Read Mansfield Park
Plotting away. It’s my favorite Austen book so far. Though to be fair, I’ve only read two others – Persuasion and Pride & Prejudice.
Finish The Catcher in the Rye
I have two chapters left. I realized you can find the book in pdf form online, so I’ve read a few chapters from home that way. It’s fun to think of what NY was like during this time period. It wasn’t until my trip to New York that I realized how much New York has changed just in the last 20 years.
Watch a movie from the AFI Top 100 List
I watched Blade Runner, Saving Private Ryan, and The French Connection. I liked Blade Runner much more than I thought I would, except some of the Nexus 6’s were brought to life in 2016 and 2017. So…we probably need to get on that. Our cyborg technology is way behind. I thought the ending kind of came out of nowhere, which seemed like a lost opportunity for character development. I won’t say more because I don’t want to ruin the ending, so go watch it before the re-make come out in October. Saving Private Ryan was powerful. There’s a scene from it that is still haunting me. The French Connection is the first movie from this list that I didn’t like. I didn’t see much character development. I realize that it’s based on a true story, but I came away thinking, what was the point? I have Sophie’s Choice sitting next to my DVD player but I know it will be heavy, so I’ve put off watching it.
Download & try a yoga app
I looked at two apps but they both cost money. I browsed You Tube and found a video of standing yoga that’s about 10 minutes long and…reasonable. I can’t say I like it, but I’ll try it a few more times.
Try another Skillshare class
I completed a faux calligraphy that enjoyed. I think I’ll try a comedy writing class next. I could stand to up my comedy game.
Update blog travel for Banff, Switzerland, and Greece trips
I’m still working on my Switzerland trip while it’s fresh in my mind. It’s taking much more time and I’ve been procrastinating a bit, so I need to remember the aim isn’t perfection.
Do 5 year journal entries for month of September
Done. This has been more fun than expected.
Make 3 items for Etsy shop
No progress. I started embroidering something and spilled nail polish on it. It’s a long story, but I haven’t done much since then.
List 4 items on Poshmark or Ebay
Done. Two items sold. The rest have not, so they might end up getting donated.
Check for Ellen show tickets
Tried again for tickets to a November show. Fingers crossed.
Continue working on crossword puzzles
Still working on this. Glad to have this reminder to do it.
Research learning stick shift
I’ve found a couple of places that teach stick shift driving since I don’t want to ruin any of my friends’ transmissions. Lessons are around $50 an hour. Good to know, but I’m not sure it’s something I want to invest in right now.
Things I haven’t worked on
- Create an urban hike <–the weather has turned so I’m bumping this for now
- Improve SEO
- Learn to make a classic cocktail
- Find a writing group/partner <–I’m working on a 10 minute/day writing habit, so I might focus on that and bump this for now
- Make or try one of the Zagat 50 state sandwiches
- Don’t complain for 4 days <–that is going to take a lot of effort guys. Sad but true.
- Finish up retirement account rollover etc. <–I hate this
- Try a new food truck <–excited about this 🙂 I’m thinking Cheese Wizards. I try to eat more healthfully during the week so this might be a good weekend treat.
Thoughts for the week:
I might have overshot this by adding too many things to the list. It is a lot to take on in one month, but I keep reminding myself that the goal is progress, not perfection. All the things on this list can be ideas/jumping off points/options, not necessarily requirements. They are good reminders for all the things I’ve always thought “oh that’s cool” or “I want to try that someday.” The point of the list was to avoid stocking things away for another day and remaining stagnant.
This list is in addition to my list of 4 mini-habits that I’m trying to cultivate. Each mini habit takes about 10 minutes daily, so my worry is that I’m biting off too much and it will leave me feeling discouraged. I might need to break the tasks from the above list into smaller tasks and recognize that they’ll take more than a month to carry out.
It’s fun to start looking over what I have completed. That part feels rewarding 🙂