My Goals


1. Have a baby DONE- 1/20/16

2. Camp in all of the Wisconsin State Parks with camping facilities- My husband and I have a decent start on this and since we adopted a 1973 Stardust Swinger pop-up camper last summer we might make camping more of a priority this year.  Update to come later.

3.  Go Snorkling

4. Create a blog–  A couple of years ago I took a class called “The Art of the Memoir” in which we read & reflected on memoirs.  As part of the class we were also required to write a memoir piece.  I was dreading having to read what 20 years old consider important events in their lives but for the most part they surprised me.  It is incredibly hard for most people to open up and let themselves be vulnerable to people they barely know.  Since then I have often thought of doing more memoir pieces but have not had an outlet…until now!

5. Go on a cruise

6. Tour a southern plantation  DONE  Toured Belle Meade Planation in Nashville, TN on March 29th, 2015.

7. Take a hot air balloon ride

8. Travel to Italy

9. Drink wine in Napa Valley

10. Have a big yard for my kid and dogs to play in  DONE! 7/27/2017

11. See the Northern Lights

12. Take yoga classes

13. Eat at a famous restaurant- Perhaps one of Tom Colicchio’s?

14. Take a helicopter ride

15. See a psychic/get my palm read

16. Swim with dolphins

17. Go whale watching

18. Buy a piece of art I fell in love with

19. Learn to drive a stick shift

20. Buy a house  May 11, 2018

21. Swim in an ocean  September 2017,  Wrightsville Beach, NC

22. Create family traditions

23. See a baseball game at Fenway Park- I’m not even a Red Socks fan but it’s so iconic

24. Go to Disney World

25. Admire the art in the Met

26. Tour a castle

27. Spend a day at a spa

28. Go to Rocky Mountain National Park

29. See the Smoky Mountains

30. Own a Bernese mountain dog Corgi  DONE- Read about Nora here

31. Visit the Georgia Aquarium  DONE- Visited on March 30, 2015

32. See the Pandas at the Memphis Zoo  DONE- Read about the Memphis Zoo

33. Learn another language

34. Be an audience member on a t.v. show

35. Travel to New Orleans

36. Pay off my student loans UPDATE! I’m about 5 years into my payments now and the balance is slowly but surely going down.  

37. Ride in a limo

38. Take a graduate level course

39. Try acupuncture

40. Read or reread 50 books between now and my 40th birthday- Reading is a hobby I have enjoyed since a child but rarely make the time for anymore and that needs to change.  UPDATE: My 2015 New Year’s resolution of reading one book a month only lasted 3 months as I was so fatigued during my pregnancy.  2016 was the year of the baby, I don’t know if I finished a single novel, although I read about 3,000 children’s books it seems.  I got a Kindle Fire for Christmas this year am already on my 4th book in 2017.

41. Be married to the same person for 50 years

42.  Eliminate credit card debt  DONE!  We paid off our last credit card in February 2015 and are committing to charging no more than we can pay off each month. 

43.  Pay off my car  – Clock reset in March 2017 when I had to buy a new car 😦

44.  Get promoted at my job UPDATE:  In November 2014, I transferred to a new department at my company’s corporate headquarters.  While not technically a promotion it is a job I enjoy and has given me a better work/life balance with better hours and no weekends!

45. See the Pandas at Zoo Atlanta  DONE!  Visted Zoo Atlanta on March 31, 2015 and the baby panda twins were amazingly cute!

46. Own my own business

47. Learn mediation

48. Go to Hawaii

49. Visit a volcano

50. Take a train trip

51. Learn how to use my DSLR camera

52. Visit all 50 States – Hubs and I are working on this together now, these are the states we’ve been to together: 1) Wisconsin, 2) Iowa, 3) Illinois, 4) Minnesota, 5) North Dakota, 6) South Dakota, 7) Montana, 8) Wyoming, 9) Idaho, 10) Arizona, 11) Nevada, 12) Indiana, 13) Ohio, 14) New York, 15) New Hampshire 16)  Vermont, 17) Missouri, 18) Tennessee, 19) Nebraska, 20) Kentucky, 21) Georgia, 22) North Carolina, 23) South Carolina, 24) Virginia, 25) West Virginia

53. Tour the White House

54. Make a scrapbook

55. Pay off our mortgage

56. See the art in the Louvre

57. Ride a mechanical bull

58. Have a romantic picnic

59. Live in a house by a lake

60. Drink an expensive bottle of champagne like Dom Perignon or Cristal

61. Visit at least one distillery on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail DONE!  We toured and tasted at Buffalo Trace Distillery on April 1, 2015

62. Volunteer at an animal shelter

63. Eat at Medieval Times

64. Cut down our own Christmas Tree – DONE!  We cut down our first family Christmas tree on November 27, 2016.

65. Deep-sea fishing

66. Prepare a will

67. See a Stanley Cup Playoff Game

68. Drink beer in Germany/tour a German brewery

69. Take a Christmas vacation

70. Own a boat

71. Own a camper younger than me

72. Take an Alaskan Cruise

73. Become a foster mom

74. Adopt a child

75. Go to Shenandoah National Park

76. Go to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

77. Take a beach vacation   Hilton Head Island May 2019

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