Friday, April 25, 2014

Last Day

I am my last moments of 32. It has been a fun year with a good balance of highs, lows, and unforgettable moments. I am a little sad to have it end but I am also really excited for what this next year has in store.

33 always seems like an important year for me, and yes it is probably because that's how old Jesus was when he died. I want to make the most out of the next 365 days so I am creating a new set of birthday challenges. Long-suffering readers might remember my first year long "birthday challenges" was "25 challenges before I turn 25." The next year I did a "25 while 25." I think I also did a "30 while 30. "

For my 33rd year I thought about who I want to be in a year and what type of memories I wanted to have and went from there. I wrote a list of possible goals and dreams. If it was fun or something that would add growth,  adventure, or joy to my life it was added. I also wanted challenges to "pay it forward," serve or help bless others. The list had 68 goal ideas. I've since worked the list down to 33 challenges and here they are, my 33 While 33:

  1. Choose a "My One Word" to focus my 33rd year
  2. Paint the canvas
  3. Read the whole Bible
  4. Finish 11 non-fiction books (they do not have to have been started during the year)
  5. Go some place new
  6. Serve/help/volunteer in a new way
  7. Capture Happiness every day
  8. Count my blessings
  9. Plan a trip
  10. Remember Birthdays
  11. Mail letters
  12. Visit my Grandma Stewart
  13. Build a snowman with my sister
  14. Take a hot air balloon ride with my mum
  15. Go for a hike in the woods (bonus points for more than one hike, if it is a treasure hunt, or it becomes an adventure)
  16. Create a photo book
  17. Learn a new skill
  18. Make a new friend
  19. Reconnect with past friends
  20. Dance
  21. Try a new food
  22. Draw
  23. Grow something (bonus points if it is food that I can harvest)*
  24. Be a vegetarian for 30 days
  25. Sleep under the stars
  26. Celebrate an obscure or odd "holiday"
  27. Send flowers
  28. Be flexible
  29. Get lost in a corn maze
  30. Send one of my works of fiction to a publisher
  31. Do something I've been putting off
  32. Host a murder mystery
  33. Go on a date (originally I had "fall in love" but that seemed unfair. This "go on a date challenge" is more of a "take a risk" or "put yourself out there" idea)
Completed challenges are indicated with blue.
Challenges in progress are in orange.
*A kind soul pointed out I had "Do something I've been putting off" twice so I changed #23 to "Grow Something" 


Aunt Sharon said...

I like it just as much as your first list Liz. I'm sure you'll achieve each and everyone to the best of your ability (God willing)Enjoy the day and the whole year! I know you will. Love you my beautiful niece. God Bless
Aunt Sharon

AuroraLee said...

This is a great list! Good luck!
If you need someone to join you with #'s 5, 9, 15, or 29 let me know.

Also - I 200% approve of #30.

Anonymous said...

What an amazing imagination you have, Liz! My challenge for today was getting out of bed.)

Hope you have a great year!