As of eight days ago, I officially became a twenty-five-year-old. Since it’s often viewed as a milestone year, I considered using this post to wax poetic about how I’m now a quarter of a century old. But after some thought, I realized that’s probably been done before, so I should instead just go ahead and share this year’s list of goals:
- Become politically knowledgeable
- Befriend someone
- Break up with food ✔️
- Contribute toward someone’s education ✔️
- Create my own holiday traditions ✔️
- Don’t spend anything for one week ✔️
- Explore an unfamiliar city
- Hike a new trail*
- Join a club
- Take five professional development courses* ✔️
- Learn Photoshop
- Make homemade bagels ✔️
- Master meal prepping
- Mentor someone
- Pay it forward
- Publish a blog post once a week
- Read the first twenty-five books recommended in an Instagram poll
- Rewrite my five-year plan
- See how much $100 can grow
- Submit a short story to ten publications
- Take a class in an unfamiliar subject* ✔️
- Unplug for a weekend ✔️
- Use a weight room 3x a week for eight weeks
- Wake up at 5 a.m. for twenty-one days ✔️
- Watch all Best Picture winners from the previous decade
The list contains some familiar goals (publish a blog post once a week and join a club), but it also includes ones that will push me out of my comfort zone (submit a short story to ten publications), encourage a more others-focused perspective (pay it forward), and prompt me to try new habits (wake up at 5 a.m. for twenty-one days).
As mentioned in my latest post, last year’s collection of 24 goals was pushed aside because of some significant life transitions, but those are in the past, which leaves me raring to start this year’s list and begin making new memories throughout the next year of my life.
Bring it on, twenty-five!
*Moving to New York caused me to alter these marked goals that I’d set for the year I planned on living in Florida.