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



Acts of Kindness

Quote in picture frame

I made this little reminder to myself with a $5 garage sale frame, some scrapbook paper and trim. I put it in my bathroom so that I’m forced to see it every day. LOVE it.

When I first became….down in the dumps, for lack of a better phrase, my sweet and longtime friend Candy’s advice  was immediately “get out and help other people”.  She knew what she was talking about – she herself had had a life changing experience, and the thing that helped her heal the most was volunteering in her community.  I knew she was right.  I’m very much a people person and I knew I was only making things worse by shutting people out, but I couldn’t imagine helping others right then….when I couldn’t even help myself.

Yet, that advice nagged at me in the back of my mind.  I thought it was enough to be serving on a board of directors for a nonprofit.  But that definitely wasn’t enough to get me out of my own head and focusing on others.

When I made my 100 Things to Do This Year list, that idea popped up again and I found myself adding “Do 100 Acts of Kindness”.  At first I was stumped on how I was going to make this happen.  First off, what would be considered acts of kindness?  I’d like to think I’m a pretty kind person in general, so what would be considered worthy of being put on that list?  I decided I had to figure that out for myself.

I made my guidelines as such:

1)  Does it take more time and effort that I wouldn’t automatically do?

2)  Is it something completely personal and does it make someone feel special/seen/or validated?

3)  Is it something I did with no expectations of anything in return?

4)  Would it surprise and delight someone?

With those guidelines in mind, I went to work and I have really been enjoying myself.  Some acts are small but fit tidily within the guidelines.  And some are a bit more extravagant and have stretched me out of my comfort zone.  But all have made me (and hopefully) the receiver very happy.

My friend Candy was absolutely right.  It’s hard to have a pity-party for yourself when your focus is on someone else and you share a special moment with them unlike any other.  And really?  It just makes me want to do more and more.

This is one exercise I wish I would have started a long time ago.  (Candy says, “SEEEEEE?!”)

[100 Things] Completed since January (Part 2)

Chris Wagner

51. Take a live meditation class (Done! 3/29/14)

I love having talented and amazing friends who can help me reach my goals.  My friend Chris Wagner put on an amazing workshop called “Mental Spring Cleaning Workshop” and my favorite parts were the beautiful, moving, mental clearing meditations.  So good not just for the head, but for the soul.  I had already been a s0metimes-meditator, but since then I’ve been trying to meditate every day.  Thanks, Chris!

52. Take a wine and painting class (Done! 3/15/14 and 4/19/14!)

I have to admit, I was skeeeered about taking this class.  I didn’t take art in high school (I was told art “isn’t my thing”).  So this was my first painting class.  And it was a complete blast (especially thanks to my friend Margaret!).

PaintNite Collage

I loved that the artist took us STEP BY STEP through the whole thing.  You might end up with a different interpretation of her painting, but you still walk out with a great painting – that you did yourself.  High five!

I loved it so much that I did it again with more friends!


55. Set up 100 resolutions FB group (Done!)

I set up a private (invisible!) group around the who concept of 100 Things to Do This Year and I’m so glad that I did because it’s been fun to chat with other friends who are striving to get some well-intentioned and FUN things done this year.  Of course it’s not necessary to have 100 things on the list, it could be just a few, but I love love love when someone updates that they accomplished something they’ve been meaning to or always wanted to do!  YAY for support.

64. Art journal for 30 days straight (Done! March 17-April 15)


I normally play in my art journal 4x per week, but on my list was a self-imposed challenge to do 30 days straight.  It was…hard.  And fun at the same time.  Fun to create, but some days I was up late scrambling to get in a page before midnight.  Still, I learned a lot in the process and I’m even more passionate about learning more techniques.  It’s true what they say about tasks you do for 21 days straight becoming a habit.  Even though towards the end of the challenge I was SO! READY! for a break, the days after I was still ready to sit down at my normal time of day to create.  I love that.

70. Have nieces over for a sleepover (Done! 3/16/14)

Fun times!  Even though they aren’t little-little girls anymore and there was no Disney movie involved, we had dinner and played games and had a good long talk before bed.  And off-to-school-rush in the morning.  Yay!

81. Learn card making (Done! 3/15/14)


My friend Julie (Hi Julie! xoxo) makes amazingly beautiful cards.  Like, STUNNING.  She takes a class taught by a very talented lady in our area, and she invited me to one!  Because I love to play with paper, I thought MAYBE I’d be okay at making them?  But these cards are ADVANCED.  Here’s the first card we made in the class (hint: the teacher had to make that flower in the middle for me because “whaaaaaat”?  Awesome.  But it got me to fall in love with card making, and since then I’ve made a few for friends and family:


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Yay.  Onward and upward!  Part 1 is here, if you missed it.


[100 Things] Completed since January (Part 1)

I’ve decided to post whenever I’ve completed something from my 100 Things to Do This Year list.   I’m sure it won’t make for riveting reading for anyone else other than myself (and even that might be a stretch).  Yet it feels good to cross things off – things I’ve wanted to get around to, things I’ve dreamed of doing – heck after a year of being the most unproductive person ever, it feels good just to see that things are moving along in my life. Really, it’s just for me to remember what I did, rather than just using check marks on a list.  So, I’ll write about them when they’re done.  Even if it’s just a little something.

I’ll start by catching up on some of the things I’ve already completed since January:

11. Join and use Pinterest (Done!)

Pinterest logo

Oh, Pinterest.  I resisted for so long, but the siren?  It was LOUD.  Mostly because people kept sending me arts and crafts ideas from it via email and I finally thought to myself, “this is silly – just set up an account.”  I actually think it’s going to be one of my best tools for my new business, but I the big problem is, I could spend FOREVER on it.  I’m not even completely sure how it works, but oh boy can I click-click-click with the best of them.

14. Learn a new game (Done! Liar’s Dice 1/1/14) It felt pretty good crossing off an item on the FIRST DAY. I love, love, love playing games but I never seem to play any very often.  I played Liar’s Dice with a big group of friends after midnight on New Year’s Eve, so I believe it counted.  Here’s how to play, and boy is it addicting.  I think I won my first game after barely learning how to play.

21. Get a clock for living/dining room (Done! 2/18/14)


We’ve only needed a clock in the living room for about 9 years or so.  There isn’t an appropriate wall space to hang one (the entire back row of the living room/dining room is windows, so the next best thing was a table top clock.  I found this retro beauty at a garage sale….for $2.00.

40. Synch contacts Phone-Tablet-PC (Done!)

Between all three devices, my contacts were a mess.  It took me a long time, but I broke this project down into pieces so that I wouldn’t have a fit and completely give up.  BUT, I do enjoy having all of my contacts on EVERY device I work on, rather than pulling up a contact and thinking, “Oh that’s right.  Her cell phone is on my computer contact.  UGH.

47. Read the Four Doors (Done!)

My friend Kelly gave me this book back in November, and while it’s a short read, it made a great impact on me.  I really enjoyed the conversational tone the author used, and I learned that there are basically four doors to walk through to improve your life:  1) Believe there was a reason you were born; 2) Free yourself from limitations, 3) magnify your life and 4) develop a love-centered map.  Worth the read.

More to come in the next post….


It’s okay to change your mind.


Earlier this week I was updating my 100 Things to Do This Year list, and I realized that even though we’re only in the 4th month of the new year…some of the things I thought I’d want to do this year?  I don’t really want to do.   So, I crossed a few off or changed them.

Maybe way back in December when I watched a cool episode of The Twilight Zone I thought it would be neat to watch the entire series.  But then I found myself sitting in front of a couple boring episodes, when I could have been doing something more interesting or something else on my list that I truly cared about.


On my list for 2013 was learning Zumba.  I didn’t do it then, so I added it to the top of my list for 2014.  But then I realized I am not really ready for that kind of commitment, considering I’ve barely exercised aside from a walk here or there in two years.  So, I changed it to Yoga (which I’ve been doing with instructional video here at home with my husband).  Once I tackle that I may revisit Zumba, but I’m not going to put that kind of pressure on myself.

A list of wants and to-dos should be a living, breathing, evolving document.  I’m not afraid to say I don’t want to do something and I’m not going to be tethered to it just because it’s on my list.  My list is made up of things I want to do, or NEED to do, or are things that are just plain bugging me and need to get done already.

I’m sure that won’t be the last of my changes.  And it shouldn’t be.