There are more than 31 items on this list, but hopefully I’ll complete 31 of them by the time I turn 31. Progress on this endeavor can be found here.

  • Check in monthly for Ellen tickets
  • Learn to drive stick shift
  • Read one classic book per month
  • Watch one AFI Top 100 movies per month
  • Learn a snow sport
  • Find writing group/partner
  • Update blog travel pages 
  • Try 1 Skillshare class/month
  • Try paddle boarding or kayaking 
  • Try running a 5k
  • Visit 1 new state
  • Cooking challenge – recipe development, learn to cook a new type of cuisine, try to make all of the recipes from a cookbook/list etc
  • Writing challenge – for example: finish book, write x pages/day for x number of days
  • Eco-friendly challenge (maybe try some ideas from Lauren Singer)
  • Make one cocktail from this list per month
  • Tip 25% for a week
  • Photo-a-day challenge
  • Meditation challenge (maybe using the Insight Timer app)
  • No eating after 8pm challenge
  • Get in bed by 10 every night for a week (lights out at 10:30)
  • Wake up by 6 every day for a week
  • Donate to a project on Donors Choose
  • Complete a sewing project
  • No complaining challenge
  • Develop app idea & try putting it on freelancer
  • Exercise for 30 min/day challenge
  • Public speaking goal 
  • Relationship goal – connect w cousins or friends who live out of state
  • Improve Spanish (Duolingo challenge)
  • Learn to make sushi
  • Visit Orcas Island
  • E-bay selling challenge
  • Try bullet journaling
  • Learn new vocabulary
  • Makeup goal (try new style)
  • Learn how to make mood boards
  • Try 12 food trucks 
  • Try a kind of food I’ve never eaten
  • Do 5 year journal every month
  • Break a bad habit
  • Create an urban hike
  • Read something I ordinarily wouldn’t
  • Blindly grab a book from a shelf (not my own; borrow or buy) and read
  • Improve drawing skills
  • Visit Wolf Haven International 
  • Get things out of old room in parents house (namely clothes and books)
  • Reopen etsy store 
  • Improve embroidery/take on embroidery projects
  • Get Global Entry completed
  • Try an improvisational quilt
  • Purge books 
  • Put something on Society  6 or Upwork
  • Try Fiverr (either buying or selling)
  • Complete a painting
  • Complete a coloring book
  • Try metal stamping
  • Finish beading a necklace I’ve had sitting unfinished for over a year
  • Art journal daily for a month
  • Surprise bus driver with a gift
  • Finish DSLR photography course from A Beautiful Mess <–have to get a new camera. RIP old DSLR. 
  • Use Pinterest to promote blog
  • Learn the sign language alphabet
  • No diet soda for 30 days

Alternates:

  • Try a beginners archery class
  • Visit an MLB park I’ve never been to
  • See Sheryl Crowe perform live
  • Leave an inspirational note for someone to find in a book
  • Ride in a hot air balloon
  • Take a photo of something starting with each letter of the alphabet — 26 day challenge
  • Ask a certain number of friends to recommend a book and read them all
  • 10,000 steps a day challenge
  • Cook something from a different country every month
  • Try night zip lining
  • Take a Flora Bowley art class
  • Let someone else pick a goal for me
  • Try 12 of these vegetarian recipes from Delish
  • Take on a reading challenge like this 
  • Think of something you love and write about a different aspect of it every day for 30 days
  • Paint 12 paintings
  • Read some of the greatest children’s novels
  • Try a 30 day creativity challenge like this.
  • Read a few poems by each of the poets on this list.
  • Watch a few episodes of each of the TV shows in the top 20 of this list.
  • Listen to every song on this list
  • Wear heels once a week for one month