Results of my 2014 100 Things to Do this Year

Oh, boy.  I’ve neglected this blog so badly that I actually had to ask WordPress to reset my password because I couldn’t remember it.  Sad, sad.  I’m hoping to get a bit more faithful about blogging in 2015 – it was very therapeutic for me this year!

It’s New Year’s Eve, which for me means it’s time to see how I did on my list of 100 things – what held up throughout the year and what didn’t.  Accomplished list items are in bold – and I’ve made notes by several items in italics.  And then it’s on to making 2015’s list, which I have decided is going to be 50 items.

1. Learn Zumba Yoga – I actually tried Zumba for about two weeks but fizzled out – frustrated by how difficult it was (for me anyway).
2. Picnic at the park behind my house
3. Make a home cookbook
4. Post to my blog once a week – I started soooo strong on this one and made it all the way to October!  (I counted business blog posts, too)
5. Keep Champagne & Chocolate Friday project going until goal date (Done!  Finished on my birthday!)
6. Read 20 books  – close, I read 14!
7. Use my fondue pot
8. Have a sushi making dinner with J.
9. Do a Pop-up dinner party
10. Do a neighborhood progressive dinner

11. Join and use Pinterest (Done!)
12. Eat dinner in backyard
13. Learn my camera
14. Learn a new game (Done! Liar’s Dice 1/1/14)
15. Learn how to use my tablet (Done!)
16. Organize digital pictures – started to but fizzled
17. Get a brighter light for my office (2 adorable new lamps!)
18. Find wedding album – This one makes me sad, we searched high and low but it’s going to take emptying all boxes in garage.
19. Organize kitchen
20. Re-cover couch pillows

21. Get a clock for living/dining room (Done! 2/18/14)
22. Clean out storage tables
23. Clean out drawers of TV stand
24. Get light bulbs for hutch
25. Get recliners tightened
26. Get melted stove knobs replaced
27. Add more photos to hallway collage (Done! 8/7/14)
28. Order a canvas of our family portrait
29. Clean out coat closet
30. Clean out linen closet

31. Clean out my bathroom cabinet (Done! 7/23/14)
32. Clean out guest bath drawers and cabinets
33. Redecorate guest bedroom – it’s not quite finished, but I’m considering it done because I spent a lot of time working on it.
34. Clean out guest closet (In process)
35. Decorate out front/courtyard (new mat [done!], plants, lights)
36. Private (done!)
37. Organize computer files
38. Clean out email inbox
39. Back up computer
40. Synch contacts Phone-Tablet-PC (Done!)

41. Create an organized network spreadsheet (Done! 5/1/14)
42. Do Right Brain Business Plan – in the middle
43. Teach first class that is all profit
44. Private
45. Create a focused routine/schedule – I’m considering this done because I made HUGE progress in this area this year – now I need to work on sticking to it.
46. Private (In process)
47. Read the Four Doors (Done!)
48. Read the Four Agreements (Done!)
49. Attend church regularly – I’m considering this one done because I joined an AMAZING weekly Bible study group and as it is said, ‘where two or more are gathered, is church”.
50. Do health meditations all the way through (In process)
51. Take a live meditation class (Done! 3/29/14)
52. Take a wine and painting class (Done! 3/15/14)
53. Take mindfulness series at Kaiser (Done!  4 weeks in June)
54. Have a Family game night/day
55. Set up 100 resolutions FB group (Done!)
56. Set up a WAG FB group (Done! 5/29/14)
57. Write a letter to [Someone influential from my youth] (Done!  7/20/14
58. Write a letter to [Someone influential from my youth] (Done! 7/20/14)
59. Private
60. One full week of an FB and texting sabbatical

61. Watch Sing Blue Silver with Julie – I’ve tried finding it on Netflix and Amazon, no luck!
62. Finish watching all of Mad Men (Done! 7/24/14)
63. Art journal or do some kind of art 4x per week – I was so good at this at the beginning of the and then fizzled out.
64. Art journal for 30 days straight (Done! March 17-April 15)
65. Plan and take a pet-friendly vacation
66. Do an open house luncheon every other month – I did this twice but then decided to stop doing it because it was becoming “too much” for me
67. Organize photos by month all year – I only got through January-March!  Boo!
68. Create an end-of-year “best of” videostarted and will be revealed this weekend.
69. Make 10 new things with toilet paper / paper towel rolls (1. Rosebud canvas art.  2. Rosebud monogram 3. Butterfly painting)
70. Have nieces over for a sleepover (Done! 3/16/14)
71. Private
72. Private
73. Private
74. Private
75. Clean out closet file cabinet
76. Clean out black file cabinet (Done! 6/28/14)
77. Bring more bling/sparkle into the house (Done!  Love this!)
78. Have Rick teach me how to make Grandma’s Chocolate Cake
79. New plates for plate holder in dining room (Done!  8/3/14)
80. Watch entire Twilight Zone series (in process)    Abandoning because….BORING.

81. Learn card making (Done! 3/15/14)
82. Visit an art museum
83. Make a 2013 photo book
84. Go to 3 movies alone  (Only went to ONE, boo!)
85. Work or read in a coffee shop once a month (In process.  Done: January, February, March) I decided not to be FORCED to do this because it’s on my list!
86. Clean out small garage
87. Clean out big garage
88. Learn how to hang plates on the wall
89. Add to thrifted champagne flute collection once a month (Done: January, February, March. April, May, June, July.  In August I bought 15 more – plenty through end of year!)
90. Do 100 acts of kindness
91. Make sequined mirror
92. Write a letter to Nicole at least once a month – this is one of the things I’m most proud of.  My sweet 10-year-old pen pal!
93. Reach out to Barbara every now and then (Done!)
94. Clean out master closet
95. Decorate water closet
96. Celebrate what got done this year (whoo!)
97. Make next year’s 100 list Considering done even though I’m making it be 50 and it isn’t finished yet but will be by the end of the weekend!
98. Learn 10 art journal techniques (In process. Done: 1. Collaging 2. Segmented background 3. Wax paper background 4. Paint pantina)
99. Pedicure every month May – September
100. Get a library card


So many things.

I’m in a weird place.  I feel like I’ve gone from 0 mph to 100 mph.  I like it, it feels more like who I really am and want to be, but I’m also scared.  I don’t always FEEL 100% but I push through.  But, I suppose everyone does?  Actually, as of this writing I’m in a super bad mood. I know it’s temporary, so I’m waiting for the fog to lift and I’m trying very hard not to stew in the juices that set me off in the first place.  Let’s talk about what’s up instead, shall we?

BDC collage


I’m creating.  My latest obsession is turning treasured cards into little pieces of art so that I can look at them all the time. I can’t stop, really. They’re so fun to make, and they’re super easy. Love. I’m also constantly making gifts and cards for friends – one of my favorite past times is thinking of the recipient and smiling while I make them a treat.

I’m planning.  I’m finally getting around to getting my new business off the ground. Did you know there are exactly 2,495,917 things to do when you set up a new business? Oh, it’s true. My goal is to launch full throttle early October, so Mama has her work cut out for her. There probably won’t be a lot of sleep involved, but I am beyond excited.  BEYOND.

I’m fun-ning.  I have been a social butterfly of late. Foodie group. Bunco. Book club. Eating gourmet waffles with a girlfriend, having ladies tea with two others.  It’s been nice.

I’m focusing.  At least I’m trying to. I have really been spending a lot of time with myself working on completing tasks, and not jumping from one to another, leaving a pile of half-dones behind me. It feels good, but it’s oh-so-new for me.

It may not seem like it, but it’s all….so many things right now. So, I’m list making. I’m goal setting. I’m trying to just do one thing at a time, as time allows.

It’s a good space to be in.

For the most part.

I just need to be careful not to overwhelm myself. Isn’t that what they refer to as self care?  Yeah, that’s new to me.

I’m self-caring. Checking my vitals now and then.  Everyone should, really.

I’m in a weird place.

[Champagne & Chocolate Fridays] It’s DONE!

Crown champagne

Last weekend I poured glass upon glass of champagne to close down my year-long Champagne & Chocolate Fridays tradition with about 40 friends and family!  We had amazing chocolate desserts made by amazing friends.  More amazing friends brought more chocolate and more champagne.  It was a night to remember, for sure.

In my one year of doing C&C Fridays, I only missed two.  One was when I was in the hospital (weird that they won’t let you have champagne and chocolate when they think you have a heart condition), and the other was just a couple weeks later when one Friday night I cut a huge chunk out of my right thumb while cooking dinner.  That ruined my evening, to say the least.  So other than that, I did it EVERY week.  Not all C&Cs are posted here, because a few of them were private.  Most people participated in them when I’d post the entries on Facebook and I loved, loved, loved when folks shared what THEY were toasting to on a particular weekend.

While the weekly tradition is over, I certainly won’t stop eating chocolate and drinking champagne.  I just won’t be spotlighting it.  It’s a fun way to treat yourself and an even better to take a moment each week for a little gratitude.  I’m so glad I took the time. 


Their story is not MY story.


A young mother loses her impossibly beautiful baby boy just a few weeks after he’s born from sudden death syndrome.

This amazingly motivational and talented teenager has terminal cancer.

This woman died of cancer shortly after starting a family.

This guy died from a blood clot in his ankle.

A long time married couple called it quits because one of them was bored.

A simple bee sting kills a pregnant mother.

Sad, sad stories all around us. We are bombarded with them everywhere we look, so it’s easy to think OH MY GOD IT’S TRAGEDY ALL AROUND US.

Well yes, tragedy IS all around us, but not right now in my own immediate world. In fact, in my immediate world today is pretty lovely.


That’s a great attitude, right? I mean, maybe it WILL, but who’s to say?

What I need to do is to stop reading the stories going around Facebook with titles like: Family tragedy or ANYTHING ABOUT A SICK PERSON.

Because while my heart breaks for those whose story it IS, I’m ALWAYS wondering if it will be my story someday. I can’t live with my head in the sand and think nothing horrible will ever happen to me – and there’s the whole zen of living in the present….but then I think about the people who’s tragedies happened as THEY were living zen in the present. And then boom.

It is life. It is ugly, it is mean sometimes but what I’m trying to remember is that THEIR STORY is not MY STORY, and really MY STORY is the only one I should be concerned about. And to not worry about if I’ll have a similar story to share one day.

How do YOU avoid getting sucked into tragic stories and not making them your own? Please share.