Thursday, January 6, 2011

Project 52

Last year I followed along in fascination as Karen of A Peek at Karen's World tackled 65 goals in 365 days in her Face it Friday Challenge. I was amazed that Karen was able to come up with 65 tangible and very specific goals that she wanted to meet and was awed as I watched her accomplish them week after week. This year she and her cohort Jennee have switched things up a bit and they have now started Project 52, in which they will attempt to accomplish 52 goals over the course of the year. And to keep them accountable they will report their progress each and every Monday. To top it off, they are inviting other bloggers to join them. You can read more about Project 52 at A Peek at Karen's World, but here's the gist of it in Karen's words:

" You don't have to do 52 things. You can do as many or as few as you want. It's entirely up to you. The point is just to do something. To wake up next January 1st knowing that you finished something you set out to do. That's what it's all about."

I'm not one to make resolutions, but this idea of making a list of goals and actively working at them intrigues me. This is just the kind of challenge that a Type A girl like me thrives on. But I wasn't sure I would be able to do it. At first I thought it would be impossible to come up with anywhere near 52 things I want to accomplish. But then I realized that I do have a list of things in my head that I want to do "someday". And another list of things I should do, but never get around to. Project 52 is just the thing to make those things a reality. I've been wracking my brain for two days now to come up with a list. And so far I have 36 items. This may not be the final list, however. I will not remove any items from the list, but I just might add some as I think of them. But I want to get started as soon as possible, so here's my list of goals for Project 52.

1. Try one new non-soup recipe a month
2. Try 6 new soup recipes

3. Cook 3 times per week
4. Buy a Dutch oven
5. Invite my mother to dinner once a month
6. Host 4 Sunday dinners for extended family
7. Take a yoga class
8. Take a zumba class (added 1/7/11)
9. Take a Pilates class (added 1/7/11)
10. Walk or exercise 3 times per week
11. Join a gym
12. Walk to work at least once a week - in nice weather
13. Join and complete Shape Up RI (added 1/7/11)
14. Write book reviews for all 4 and 5 star books read in 2011 (modified 1/8/11)
15. Read one Shakespeare play
16. Read one Jane Austen novel
17. Read one non-fiction book by Alison Weir from my tbr list
18. Read one book on my tbr list that has been on the list for at least 3 years
19. Visit one new to me library in RI
20. Make a day trip to Boston just to explore and get my bearings
21. See a Broadway show in NYC
22. Ride the subway in NYC
23. Go away for a long weekend with my husband
24. Go on a relaxation and rejuvenation retreat - alone
25. Spend a weekend in Portsmouth, NH with a friend
26. Explore the shops on Hope St. in Providence
27. Go to the beach at least once this summer
28. Try 3 swanky restaurants in the Providence area
29. Visit Linden Place in Bristol, RI
30. Pay attention to local politics
31. Watch one Netflix movie per month
32. Go to the movies once a month
33. Post at least once a week
34. Write a weekly letter to my daughter who is away at college
35. Buy a scanner for my computer
36. Keep fresh flowers in family room
37. Donate to a charity or cause once a month
38. Just say "no" at work
39. Stabilize my kitchen shelves with new supports
40. Schedule one Mental Health Day per month (added 1/7/11)

If anyone else wants to join in, there is a linky posted at Karen's Blog. Think about it. I really think this could be fun! And I'll be sure to post here every week and let you know how I'm doing. Wish me luck!


Bethany said...

Ohhh, neat idea! I'm trying my words of the month and we'll see how that goes. Hmm...

Katherine said...

What a great list! You have so many fun things on your list. I've been meaning to post my list, but I keep getting distracted. I need to hop on board!

Karen Peterson said...

Oh, man. I want to do your list! Thanks so much for participating. I do think this is going to be a lot of fun.

(And can I just tell you how surreal it is to see myself quoted??)

Terra said...

Oh boy. I think I would be so bummed if I didn't meet my goals! I don't think I could challenge myself to 52 this year. I might have to think about it. Perhaps I can come up with 52 that I can actually do...for sure...without much stress. Hmmmm. You got me thinking anyway!

Jen said...

This is so fun! I have to say that the shops on Hope St. and Linden Place are so cute! I've been to both (a friend actually had her wedding reception at Linden Place).

As for swanky restaurants in Providence... you have to go to Capriccio's if you've never been. I loved it. And although it's not super "swanky," Z Bar on Wickenden Street is one of my long-standing favorites.

Good luck with your goals! I think they are definitely achievable but worthwhile too.

Jennee said...

Great list! I keep seeing Zumba on everyones list and PLEASE do that one first! You'll thank me later. It's just so fun. You forget that you are working out! Thanks for joining in on the fun. It's going to be a good year!

Kristy said...

There's a lot of great stuff in there! One mental health day a month? Oh, that would be wonderful! Here from BPOTW

Eva Gallant said...

You have an impressive list going. Good luck with it! I just dropped by from BPOW.

Blissed-Out Grandma said...

Pam, that's a great list. I've avoided putting all my wanna-do's in writing, but it might be kind of fun. The next step would be to choose a few high-priority items, which would make it more likely that I'd actually do some of them.

nan said...

Hi Pam. I love your list items! I couldn't live without my lists (in fact, I should have as a list item to go a whole day without a to do list!) I read your post just after making an impossible list for today. First item - just added - read blogs for 30 minutes and write a quick post - and have another cup of coffee! :-)

Gail said...

Pam -- Next summer I'm happy to either meet you in Boston to explore or meet you in NYC and take you on the subway!

Darlene said...

I love your list! I especially like number 36 - fresh flowers! I can't wait till spring! Good luck. I'm a new follower!

Star Forbis said...

Great list! My son gave me for Christmas a volume of 7 Jane Austin novels. The only one I've read before is Pride & Prejudice. And I love all the trip ideas! Wish I lived near you, I might have to join in! :) I got to ride the NY subway & see a Broadway show there! You will love it! It's gonna be a great year!

Sue Jackson said...

Nice list of goals. I like how so many of yours are about trying new things.

I always set annual goals, but I often forget to look at them after January! this year, I tried to make them all more measurable and set up a spreadsheet to track my progress. So far, not too bad, but life's emergencies keep getting in the way - in the past two weeks, major computer problems that kept me offline for a week, a health crisis for my son, a death in the family - whew!

My goals are quite different from yours - the difference, I believe, between having two teens at home and in school versus your half-empty nest!

Keep up the good work!


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