Progress Report #4: 50 Goals Project

A goal properly set is halfway reached. (1)

My 50 Goals Project is alive and well, and I continue to make progress!  So many of the things on this list are things that I have thought about for a long time, but simply never gotten around to doing.  Putting my goals in writing has helped me to accomplish so much!  Instead of just thinking “I should do that sometime”, I make an effort to do it so that I can cross it off the list.  The quote above really sums it up for me, as I’m finding that what I’m becoming as I achieve these goals is the true gift in this project.

Here’s a look at what I’ve accomplished so far:

  1. Take a cooking class.
    • Started a course through The Great Courses called “The Everyday Gourmet:  Rediscovering the Lost Art of Cooking”.  I still plan to take an in-person cooking class, but this is a fun start to increasing my knowledge.
  2. Read a classic novel.
    • I just started reading Jane Eyre, and love it so far.  I had a copy given to me by a friend when I was just 10, and I don’t think I ever read it.  I guess it’s about time!
  3. Read the biography of someone I admire.
  4. Eat more vegetables.
  5. Watch a documentary about something I know little about.
  6. Learn the basics of a foreign language.
    • I have discovered that it is much harder (at least for me!) to learn a new language when you’re older.  I’m continuing to work on it, but not sure I can say I’ve learned the basics yet.
  7. Volunteer more.
    • I recently started a new volunteer position mentoring high school seniors as they navigate the challenges of planning their next steps.  I absolutely love it!
  8. Grow vegetables from seed.
  9. Meditate more frequently.
    • I’m not quite ready to check this one off.  I’m continuing to work toward creating a solid habit but I’m just not there yet.
  10. Take a photography class.
    • I just signed up for an iPhone photography class.  I think that’s a good place to start but hope to do more.
  11. Forgive someone, even if I don’t want to.
  12. Write more thank you notes.
  13. Spend less time on social media.
  14. Spend at least one day a month technology-free.
  15. Try a new form of exercise.
  16. Express gratitude every day.
  17. Give more hugs.
  18. Give myself a compliment every day.
    • I’m continuing to work on this and keeping a reminder on my phone.
  19. Give someone else a compliment every day.
    • It’s amazing how much easier it is to give others compliments than it is to give them to ourselves!
  20. Travel somewhere new.
    • I had the opportunity to spend a couple of days in Salt Lake City recently.  What a beautiful place!
  21. Watch a classic movie I’ve always wanted to see.
  22. Admire a sunrise.
  23. Admire a sunset.
  24. Take a trip to somewhere in my state that I have never been.
  25. Go for a hike and have a picnic.
  26. Call an old friend just to talk.
  27. Get rid of things I no longer need and donate them to someone who does.
  28. Have a “date day” with each of my daughters.
  29. Practice mindfulness.
  30. Make a successful sourdough starter.
    • My starter is still active and I’m getting ready to make two more loaves.
  31. Laugh more.
  32. Take time to appreciate the beauty in things.
    • Putting this on my list has brought it to my attention and I find myself taking the time regularly to appreciate the beauty that is all around me.  Even with all of the rainy, dreary days we’ve had here in Portland, there’s always beauty to be found.
  33. Eat at a Michelin-starred restaurant.
  34. Publish something new.
    • I am making progress on this, and can’t wait to share it with you when it’s ready!
  35. Research and learn more about my family history.
  36. Give someone a gift for no reason.
  37. Give a gift anonymously to someone I know is having a hard time.
  38. Take part in an event for a cause that I believe in.
  39. Go to a cultural event to learn about another culture.
    • My daughter and I attended the Portland International Film Festival last month.  It was so much fun to explore movies from other countries.  I have some new favorites!
  40. Listen more in all of my conversations.
  41. Donate to a cause I believe in.
  42. Tell others what I appreciate about them.
    • My weekly goal is to tell one person each week, and I plan to keep that goal throughout the year.
  43. Take a college course on a subject I’m interested in.
  44. Make a new friend.
  45. Take myself on a date and do anything I want for the day.
  46. Do something that I enjoyed doing as a child.
  47. Have a romantic, candlelight dinner with my husband.
  48. Keep an open mind when I disagree with someone (#40 should help with this!).
  49. Take an art class.
    • I haven’t found a class yet, but my mom has agreed to take one with me, which I’m really excited about.  It’s  a great opportunity to spend some quality time with her.  We’re looking at the schedule and hope to find one soon!
  50. Tell someone “I love you” every day.

If you’d like help setting goals that will improve your life this year, please contact me for a free 30-minute goal-setting session!  I would love to work with you.



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