Sometime in April of 2013, I had seen a few people creating these big "101 in 1001" goals lists and I decided I'd do one for myself. Over a hundred things seemed daunting, but I think I've done pretty well. I have a direct link in my toolbar, and I update it every few months, but I realized I rarely ever talk about my list and the progress I've made. So I figured I'd highlight some of the things I managed to cross off in the last year.
Go to an aquarium
Derek and I visited the aquarium in New Orleans while we were on our honeymoon. It wasn't part of our plan, but we had exhausted many of the other options on the days prior, so we took the trolly from near our room to the aquarium. It was a pretty quick walk through and they had an interactive sting ray exhibit, which was pretty neat!
Become an RN (registered nurse)
I graduated three(ish) years ago as an LPN and I knew I'd go back to school shortly after to become a Registered Nurse. I finished up in May of 2014 and accepted a new position at my place of work the following August. It's been a whirlwind of a year, but I've learned a lot (about my job and about myself). It took a lot of hard work, but I'm glad I went through with it.
Find a quote and work it into a piece of art/home decor
I made this wood pallet sign over the summer. It's still one of my favorite things in my house!
Host a dinner party
This year I hosted a Christmas party at our house (two weeks after moving in!) and it was tons of fun. We did a potluck style dinner and played dirty santa afterward and had a small bonfire. It was good to have all our friends in the same place, eating, fellowshiping, and just having a good ole time.
Decorate for a holiday
I finally got to decorate for Christmas this year!
It wasn't much, but I loved having a space of our own to make pretty.
Sing a karaoke duet
One of our friends had a karaoke party right before football season started this year, and it was tons of fun! My two favorite songs: Any Man of Mine by Shania Twain, and I like big Butts by Sir Mix A Lot. I nailed them both.
Read a book in a day
If I Stay was short enough for me to finish one lazy Sunday. I've yet to see the movie, mainly because I've heard mixed opinions, but I'll probably still watch it on redbox (eventually).
Donate money to charity
Derek and I had rewards at our old bank for spending certain amounts of money/month using our debit cards. At the end of the year we could cash in our rewards, but since we didn't see any "prize" we wanted, we used the option to donate $50 to different charities. I know it's not much, but any little bit helps! My goal this year is to find an organization I'm passionate about and volunteer/donate/do anything I can for them.
Send Christmas cards
I was so excited to send our first Christmas cards as husband and wife!
Compete in a Triathlon
I did two - one here in Montgomery, and one in Gulf Shores. Both were "sprint" distances, and my goal this year is to do at least one intermediate distance.
My long term goal is to do a 1/2 Iron Man in 2016 or 2017.
We did lots of fishing last year, but I really only participated on 4th of July when we went to a friends land with a pond. I usually leave the fishing up to Derek and spend my time lounging on the boat with a good book.
Technically we didn't kayak at all last summer, but we did join up with some friends a few times who were on kayaks while we were in our boat. Same difference, right?
Get engaged/Get married
Obviously you knew this happened!! Tune in later this week for (hopefully) another wedding post!
Were you able to cross off any of your goals in the last year?