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Started: January 11, 2018
Ended: October 8, 2020
Personal Development [8/13]
✔ 1. Beat my past 101 in 1001 record of 42. [February 2019]
✔ 2. Reread A Song of Ice and Fire. [April 2019]
✔ 3. Read 75 books. [75/75: Brisingr by Christopher Paolini | Inheritance by Christopher Paolini | Turtles All the Way Down by John Green | First Test by Tamora Pierce | Page by Tamora Pierce | Squire by Tamora Pierce | Lady Knight by Tamora Pierce | The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein | The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot | Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg | The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin | Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein | Mennonite in a Little Black Dress by Rhonda Janzen | Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein | Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay | The Pearl Thief by Elizabeth Wein | The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas | White Rage by Carol Anderson | When I Was Puerto Rican by Esmeralda Santiago | The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang | The Financial Diet by Chelsea Fagan | The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander | Path to the Stars by Sylvia Acevedo | Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella | On the Other Side of Freedom: A Case for Hope by DeRay Mckesson | A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin | A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin | A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin | A Feast for Crows by George R. R. Martin | A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin | The Hedge Knight by George R. R. Martin | The Sworn Sword by George R. R. Martin | The Mystery Knight by George R. R. Martin | The World of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin | Fire & Blood by George R. R. Martin | Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin | The Snow Gypsy by Lindsay Ashford | Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire | Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire | Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire | In an Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire | I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella | The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom | My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult | My Dear Hamilton by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie | American Royals by Katherine McGee | The Bride Test by Helen Hoang | Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren | Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin | The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman | The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman | The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman | Know My Name by Chanel Miller | The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank | Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid | Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman | Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire | Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid | Gmorning, Gnight! by Lin-Manuel Miranda | The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal | Once Upon a Time in the North by Philip Pullman | State of the Union by Nick Hornby | Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson | The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams | Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston | The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai | Daisy Jones & The Six (Audiobook) by Taylor Jenkins Reid | Unladylike by Cristen Conger and Caroline Ervin | Undercover Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams | The Fated Sky by Mary Robinette Kowal | The Royal We by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan | The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin | Truth or Beard by Penny Reid | Duped by Abby Ellin | All Adults Here by Emma Straub]
✔ 4. Read (or attempt to read) and get rid of 25 books that I already own. [25/25: Brisingr by Christopher Paolini | Inheritance by Christopher Paolini | What I Know Now: Letters to My Younger Self by Ellyn Spragins | Najila by CJ Illinik | Revenge of the Wrought-Iron Flamingos by Donna Andrews | The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein | Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg | The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin | 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles of Cincinnati by Tammy York | Revenge of the Wrought-Iron Flamingos by Donna Andrews | Mennonite in a Little Black Dress by Rhonda Janzen | How to Lose Friends and Alienate People by Toby Young | Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay | Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella | Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire | The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom | My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult | The Pact by Jodi Picoult | Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin | Stones into Schools by Greg Mortenson | Can Africa Survive? by Basil Davidson | The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan | The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan | The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan | The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan]
✔ 5. Have a conversation in Spanish. [February 2020]
✔ 6. Officially change my last name. [March 2019]
☐ 7. Learn how to drive a stick shift.
☐ 8. Completely unplug for a weekend.
☐ 9. Go to sleep by 9:30 p.m. every night for two weeks.
☐ 10. Wake up by 5 a.m. every morning for two weeks.
☐ 11. Learn calligraphy.
✔ 12. Create a go-to makeup routine for nice events / going out. [October 2018]
✔ 13. Create a go-to hair style for nice events / going out (excluding having my hair down). [December 2019]
✔ 14. Replenish our emergency fund. [February 2018]
✔ 15. Repay my parents for wedding overages. [July 2018]
☐ 16. Pay off our student loans.
✔ 17. Begin saving for a down payment. [March 2018]
✔ 18. Set a goal (amount and due date) for our next vacation fund. [August 2019]
✔ 19. Open a Roth IRA. [November 2018]
Health & Fitness [9/13]
✔ 20. Climb a 5.8 wall rock climbing. [February 2019]
✔ 21. Stick to the Keto diet for at least 3 full months. [April 2018]
☐ 22. Lose 30 pounds.
✔ 23. Find a reliable home workout routine that I enjoy. [March 2020]
✔ 24. Invest in a new fitness tracker. [February 2018]
☐ 25. Complete Couch to 10k.
☐ 26. Walk 10,000 steps a day for at least a week.
☐ 27. Be able to do the splits in at least one direction.
✔ 28. Do a back bend without a spot. [May 2018]
✔ 29. Find out my blood type. [August 2018]
✔ 30. Drink 100 oz. of water every day for a week. [September 2018]
✔ 31. Create a skin care routine and stick to it for at least three months. [October 2018]
✔ 32. Meditate for at least 10 minutes per day for two weeks. [September 2018]
Professional, Blog, & Business [12/13]
✔ 33. Update my portfolio website, including my new URL. [April 2018]
✔ 34. Get a promotion and / or raise outside of an annual review. [December 2019]
✔ 35. Schedule blog posts and newsletters at least one week in advance for a month. [March 2019]
✔ 36. Start and finish five blogging classes that I’ve already paid for. [5/5: The Productive Solopreneur by XO Sarah in February 2018 | Trello for Business by Think Creative Collective in February 2018 | Build Your Own VA by Brittany Berger in February 2018 | Hashtag Hero by Alex Tooby in February 2018 | Tool School by Brittany Berger in February 2018]
✔ 37. Donate at least $150 to the ACLU of Kentucky via my business income. [November 2019]
✔ 38. Write 5 product review posts with affiliate links in an effort to make more passive income. [5/5: Passion Planner & Passion Planner Daily | My Favorite Home Organization Purchases | How to Use a Planner in the Midst of a Pandemic | Nail Polish Colors for Summer | Six Years Later: How I’m Using the Stylebook App]
✔ 39. Order business cards with my new branding. [March 2018]
☐ 40. Fix my 50mm lens.
✔ 41. Post to Instagram Stories every day for at least a month. [April 2018]
✔ 42. Let go of the InDesign Adventure Guide. [December 2019]
✔ 43. Deep-dive into three features of CoSchedule so I’m fully utilizing the service I’m paying for. [3/3: ReQueue, Tasks, Shared Calendars]
✔ 44. Completely finish the And Possibly Dinosaurs rebrand. [July 2018]
Home & Organization [16/20]
✔ 46. Print engagement photos and hang them up around the house. [March 2018]
✔ 47. Print wedding photos and hang them up around the house. [March 2018]
✔ 48. Print honeymoon photos and hang them up around the house. [March 2018]
☐ 49. Plant a garden in our yard.
☐ 50. Landscape the back yard.
✔ 51. Landscape the front yard. [June 2020]
✔ 52. Replace my vanity. [March 2020]
✔ 53. Find a stool for my vanity. [May 2019]
✔ 54. Get a printer for the home office (or make the one we have actually work). [
January July 2018]
✔ 55. Organize the bathroom closet. [January 2020]
☐ 56. Organize the basement.
✔ 57. Do a 10×10 clothing challenge. [August 2018]
✔ 58. Reorganize and consolidate my music files. [January 2018]
☐ 59. Reorganize and consolidate my photo files.
✔ 60. Clean out my Kindle of all of the free books I’ll never read. [July 2018]
✔ 61. Create a “home book” with information for our bills, etc. [January 2019]
✔ 62. Fix or replace my trench coat. [December 2019]
✔ 63. Fix the button on my pea coat. [January 2018]
✔ 64. Invest in an essential oil diffuser and find 5 scents / scent combinations I enjoy. [5/5: Eucalyptus | Lemon, Grapefruit, Lavender, and Germanium | Lemon and Eucalyptus | Orange and Frankincense | Grapefruit and Germanium]
✔ 65. Use up the yarn I have on hand by knitting hats and / or scarves to donate. [February 2018]
☐ 66. Go to a Red Wings away game.
☐ 67. Go to a Griffins away game.
✔ 68. Go on a road trip. [March 2018]
✔ 69. Go on a train trip. [June 2018]
☐ 70. Visit Dan and Lesley in Charlotte.
☐ 71. Visit Cara in Denver.
☐ 72. Visit at least 3 zoos.
✔ 73. Visit Chicago. [March 2018]
☐ 74. Visit Nashville.
☐ 75. Visit Red River Gorge.
☐ 76. Visit Mammoth Caves.
☐ 77. Complete the Give a Craft Beer Trail Passport. [14/17]
✔ 78. Go to a Paint and Pint class at Darkness. [February 2018]
☐ 79. Go to Kalamazoo Pride.
☐ 80. Go to 5 local festivals. [2/5: Art Hop in September 2019 | Michigan Mac & Cheese Festival in October 2019]
☐ 81. Visit 25 new-to-me places in Kalamazoo (as of Sept. 1, 2019). [18/25: Cherri’s Chocol’art | V&A Bootery | Fuse Kitchen & Bar | Homer Stryker Field | Wax Wings Brewing | Water Street Coffee Joint on Oakland | This is a Bookstore | Bookbug | Kalamazoo Institute of Arts | LFG Gaming Bar | Riviera Maya Bar & Grill | Lee’s Adventure Sports | Pacific Rim Foods | The Blue Dolphin | Cravings Deli | Kalamazoo Kitty | Nonla Bahn Mi Togo | Erbelli’s Portage]
✔ 82. Go to a Cincinnati Cyclones game. [February 2018]
✔ 83. Take Stanley for a walk every day (rain or shine) for a month. [July 2018]
✔ 84. Teach Stanley a new trick. [May 2020]
☐ 85. Adopt a second dog.
✔ 86. Experiment with 10 different cocktail recipes. [10/10: Tequila Sunrise | Sidecar | Mojito | Civilized Brutini | Piña Colada | Waikiki Beachcomber | Sparkling Lemon Drop Martini | Daiquiri | Stanley | Old Fashioned]
✔ 87. Brew our own beer. [May 2020]
✔ 88. Try 25 different dark beers. [25/25: Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout (KBS) | Braxton Labs Buckeye Stout | Braxton Brewing Graeter’s Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip Milk Stout | Darkness Brewing Beach Park After Dark | Left Hand Brewing Company Nitro Milk Stout | Darkness Brewing S’mores Man on the Moo | Gravel Bottom Brewery S’mores Stout | Founders Breakfast Stout | One Well Brewing Sweet Water Street | Gonzo’s BiggDogg Vanilla Porter | Gonzo’s BiggDogg Cloak of Darkness | Olde Peninsula Peanut Butter Stout Chocula | Tibb’s Brewing Ben Jonesin | Perrin Brewing Co. Black Ale | Starving Artist Brewing Co. Coconut Coffee Rubenesque | Final Gravity Brewing Company Chocolate Jesus | Wizard’s Brew at the Leaky Cauldron | Cerebral Brewing Ancient Ruins Rocky Road | Goose Island Beer Co. Bourbon County Brand Stout (2018) | Cerebral Brewing Work from Home | Cerebral Brewing Dark Energie | Founders Panther Cub | Founders Nitro Oatmeal Stout | Gonzo’s BiggDogg Into the Night with Coffee | Founders Dirty Bastard]
✔ 89. Try 10 different amber beers. [10/10: Gonzo’s BiggDogg Burning Sun Redd | Latitude 42 Brewing Company Michigan Honey Amber | The Mitten Brewing Company West Coast Swing | Bell’s Amber Ale | Alaskan Brewing Co. Amber | J Wakefield Amber Waves | Florida Beer Key West Sunset Ale | Saugatuck Brewing Water Street Tweaked | Olde Peninsula Sunset Red Ale | MiddleCoast Brewing North Bar Amber]
✔ 90. Try 10 different IPAs. [10/10: Darkness Brewing Raygun IPA | Braxton Labs IPA #001 | Stone Brewing Hop Revolver IPA | Stone Brewing Ruination Double IPA 2.0 | Stone Brewing IPA | 3 Floyds LazerSnake | Arcadia Brewing Company Mango Surprise IPA | Perrin Brewing Company Lotsa’ Problems Imperial IPA | Perrin Brewing Co No Problems Session IPA | Gravel Bottom Brewery Front Porch Guava IPA]
☐ 91. Take a sushi rolling class.
✔ 92. Make cold brew coffee at home. [January 2018]
☐ 93. Learn how to make 3 different types of latte art with our espresso machine.
Just for Fun [5/8]
✔ 94. Buy some white Converse. [June 2018]
✔ 95. Beat LEGO Harry Potter Years 5-7. [January 2018]
✔ 96. Get all of the trophies in LEGO Harry Potter Years 1-4. [January 2018]
✔ 97. Get all of the trophies in LEGO Harry Potter Years 5-7. [January 2018]
☐ 98. Arm-knit a blanket.
☐ 99. Get a new piercing.
✔ 100. Take a pottery class. [January 2020]
☐ 101. Dye my hair a fun color (other than pink).