Progress Report #5: 50 Goals Project

So far, I’ve accomplished more than half of the 50 goals I set for my 50th year.  With 5 months left in the year, I’d say I’m doing well!

Here’s a look at my latest accomplishments:

  1. Take a cooking class.
    • I traveled to Italy recently to visit my daughter who was studying abroad in the beautiful city of Siena.  While we were there, we took a cooking class and learned to make several Sienese specialties.  It was one of the highlights of our trip.  Here we are making ricciarelli (almond cookies):

      Cooking class at Scuola di Cucina di Lella in Siena, Italy


  2. Read a classic novel.
    • I loved reading Jane Eyre and plan to read many more classics.  I’m sorry I’ve waited so long!
  3. Read the biography of someone I admire.
  4. Eat more vegetables.
  5. Watch a documentary about something I know little about.
    • I watched a really interesting documentary called My Italian Secret, about Italian cyclist Gino Bartali.  Bartali risked his life hiding documents, photos, and messages in the frame of his bike and delivering them to the Italian resistance during the Holocaust.  His heroism saved the lives of hundreds of Jews.
  6. Learn the basics of a foreign language.
    • While in Italy, I managed to communicate on a very basic level with the knowledge I gained through Duolingo.  I also got a lot of help from my daughter, who was living there!
  7. Volunteer more.
    • I have several volunteer positions now, including volunteering at my local senior center and walking dogs at a nearby dog rescue.  I’m enjoying contributing my time to a variety of very worthy causes.
  8. Grow vegetables from seed.
    • I have to cross this off even though I wasn’t totally successful.  I did manage to plant seeds and have them sprout, but I wasn’t able to get them the point where I could transplant them before I had to leave on a long vacation.  I plan to try again next year!
  9. Meditate more frequently.
  10. Take a photography class.
  11. Forgive someone, even if I don’t want to.
    • This one took some soul searching and work on my part, but it feels great.  I know that I am the only one who suffers when I hold a grudge, so I’m thrilled to let that burden go.
  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.
  19. Give someone else a compliment every day.
  20. Travel somewhere new.
  21. Watch a classic movie I’ve always wanted to see.
  22. Admire a sunrise.
    • Mike and I headed out early for a long bike ride through the Columbia River Gorge this weekend and got to see a beautiful sunrise on the way to our starting point.  I wouldn’t normally choose to get up at 4:00 am, but it’s totally worth it to see a northwest sunrise.
  23. Admire a sunset.
    • Siena sunset

      View of the sunset from the Fortezza Medicea in Siena, Italy.

  24. Take a trip to somewhere in my state that I have never been.
    • On our most recent bike ride through the Columbia River Gorge, we cycled along the Historic Columbia River Highway Scenic Byway.  I have never traveled this way before, and boy was I missing out!  I saw three waterfalls I had never seen before, in addition to the very popular Multnomah Falls, which we have been to many times.

      View from the Vista House, Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

      Latourell Falls

      Latourell Falls, Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

      Multnomah Falls

      Multnomah Falls, Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

  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.
  31. Laugh more.
  32. Take time to appreciate the beauty in things.
  33. Eat at a Michelin-starred restaurant.
  34. Publish something new.
  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.
  40. Listen more in all of my conversations.
  41. Donate to a cause I believe in.
  42. Tell others what I appreciate about them.
  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.
    • I was able to check this item off my list while in Bologna, Italy.  I had a mortadella piadini (aka a bologna sandwich) and it was delicious!  Fried bologna sandwiches were one of my favorites as a child, but not something I eat anymore because bologna isn’t usually the healthiest choice.IMG_2758
  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.
  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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