Don't you love it when so many things come together and seem to point you in a particular direction? It feels like a great big signal, like a nod of approval from a Father who loves me. This post is about one of those confluences. Let me explain.
Over a year ago I read this list and thought that I should do something similar. Later I read this one and got really excited. You know me and lists, after all.
Last July I was talking to Robin about my struggle with the birthday that was fast creeping up on me. I told her that it wasn't the age so much as the lack of goals for the future. That I was wondering, wondering, wondering what it was I wanted next. Till now my growth had always been job oriented. But, I don't want a new job. I am supposed to be a teacher. I love being a teacher. The problem is that no matter how hard I work or how much I grow, in 15 years, I'll still be a teacher. Personally, I need a clear milestone marker. I want to grow, to try new things, to become... more. And to have a clear indication that I've accomplished something. Hmmmm...
A few days ago, I wrote this. It was one of those completely unplanned posts that just sort of popped out of me. I was stunned at how many of you were so sure that my list was doable. It got me thinking. The truth is that the one I most want to do is least likely. A good camera is just too, too expensive right now. But, you're right. The list is pretty doable. Maybe not the achieving part, but the doing part. And we already know it's the doing that matters.
Recently, I made a new blog friend who inspires me with every blog post. I've been going back and reading her older posts. When I read this, I knew what I had to do.
See? A confluence of events. Wish me luck. Better yet, hold me accountable.
39 Things To Do Before I Turn 40 (gulp!)
- write that article and try to get it published
- get back to doing this brilliant idea
- bake some bread from scratch
- start saving for a Big Girl Camera
- join GKGirl in doing this
- read at least three professional books from cover to cover instead of just dipping in and stealing ideas
- make my Blog Camp St. Louis idea really happen
- read a book in a genre I never read ie. a biography instead of a memoir
- buy and play with a fun camera; Polaroid, Holga, or Fish Eye
- interview my father-in-law and capture the real version of the story I want to write
- have a real life pen pal
- take a class and learn a new skill
- finally let go of some of those magazines I still have horded
- get settled in and feel at home in our new church
- eat Indian food again
- make walking a regular habit
- meet in person at least four new blogging friends
- attend this
- find the perfect apple crisp recipe and bake often for Jeffrey
- spend an entire afternoon in the hammock
- buy a vintage record player
- go see Wicked (or another Broadway show)
- take a weekend trip with Mom and Dad to an unexplored Missouri destination
- have my own Moo cards made
- find a way to turn my blog into book form
- go visit Grammy
- take an online course
- participate in some street art of my own
- start up date nights again
- begin art journaling
- host a swap on my blog
- make a gift for someone
- read all the forgotten books that are living on my shelves
- buy Photoshop Elements
- learn Photoshop Elements
- read all of Jane Austen's novels
- wreck a journal
- transfer all my home videos to DVD
- try something I absolutely think I can not do
All images are by Elle Moss and are used with permission. Click on each picture to be taken to the original source. Until Saturday only, all of Elle's work will be on sale. What are you doing still here? Go, go. Buy some lovely for your walls.