18 things in 2018

Every year towards the end of the year I make a to do list for the coming year. Most of it involves things from my bucket list, for example how many books I need to read for the coming year to reach my goal of reading 1,000 books in my lifetime.

This year as I wrote my list I integrated things that I have not accomplished for the past three years. I also looked over the fact that at the end of 2015 I wrote a list of things I had accomplished even if they didn’t match the list of things I set out to do at the beginning of 2015.

Today you get treated to my list of things to do in 2018. I originally planned to write 18 things, i started the trend of a list matching the year, ie 15 in 2015, 16 in 2016, etc. let me just say I have not met every expectation on my list for 2015, 2016, or 2017. Oops. So again I integrated things from those years into my 2018 list and I ended up with more than 18 things.

1) Pay off 3rd loan
2) See between 2-10 new states
3) Complete a full show series (probably mad men, madam secretary, or Peaky Blinders)
4) Watch 10 movies all the way through (my Netflix list is stupidly long )
5) Read 50 books or more to get over 350 read
6) Cut down on calorie counting (I have an addiction to MyFitnessPal)
7) Maintain A or B average in grad school
8) Continue on the journey of minimalism
9) Regular contact with my African parents
10) Try a new workout class (ie hot yoga, Pilates, barre, this will NOT be CrossFit, I refuse)
11) 5 self dates #treatyoself
12) Go to Charlotte’s restaurant week
13) Have at least one salad a month
14) See one of my current or former students go to college (I’m setting hopes on y’all)
15) Say yes to less; give the best yes
16) Save as much money as I spend
17) Work on my Charlotte bucket list (below)
18) Volunteer with habitat for humanity, Salvation Army, or toys for tots
19) Sky dive
20) Go to a college football game

Charlotte bucket list:
• eat at price’s chicken
• go on a date in each of the “neighborhoods”
• see the Charlotte symphony
• eat at the annual mallard creek bbq
• Greek festival
• Charlotte liberty walk
• go to a race
• food truck Friday
• eat at Cabarrus creamery
• restaurant week
• taste of Charlotte
• spend a day wondering around Davidson

So what are the things I’ve missed in the past 3 years
•2015
1) graduate college with honors …curse you UNCC for not giving me that .037
2) quit using myfitnesspal
3) save as much money as I spend
4) learn to make food for every meal course
5) go to a drive in movie
6) finish college to do list – it was a thing
•2016
1) go to a Charlotte baseball game
2) Sky dive
3) quit counting calories
•2017
1) See 5 new states (I only saw one)
2) stop counting calories
3) college football game
4) watch Casablanca, Star Wars, James Bond, and Austin powers
5) try an actual fitness class at a gym
6) 4 single dates
7) take time to spend with a friend once a month

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