Who doesn’t enjoy a good list?

I have always been a list maker. Generally speaking, I am not the most organized person. I flit between projects and interests. I have several unfinished craft projects hanging around the house waiting for me to return to them. I have always found list making beneficial to help me organize my ideas. Alex pokes fun at me for making lists as a way to plan for everything. I explained my lists to him like this: I don’t need to finish everything on the list, but committing ideas to a list increases the probability that I will accomplish SOME of the things. I’m cool with that.

I have seen the idea of a life list floating around the internet on different blogs for a while. I don’t know where the idea originated (in terms of it being a blog feature), but I saw it on Making it Lovely. Let’s do this!

1. Visit as many National Parks as possible. Alex and I would like National Park trips to be our family vacations with the kids when they get a little older. One of the wonderful things about the United States is the landscape diversity, and we want to experience as much of it as possible.

2. Move. Although not originally from the Florida panhandle, I grew up here. It was a perfectly fine place to grow up, and I don’t abhor living here; however, I haven’t lived outside of Florida since I was five, save summer stints in Atlanta and Boulder. Alex has lived in West Virginia, Louisiana, Nevada, Montana, and Florida. He has also traveled more extensively than I. Prior to dating, we were both interested in moving out west and had narrowed down our desired cities to the same three. Because we had children so quickly, we never put a plan to move into action. We do not regret that at all. I love having my parents in the same city and Alex’s parents in the same state while the kids are so young. The idea of a move in the future is still looming. Our desired cities from several years ago are still our three cities of interest.

3. Sell Our House. There are so many reasons for this one: it’s not large enough for our family, it’s not very close to our workplaces, and a move will never happen if we still own our current house. Accomplishing this is a work in progress, but I hope it happens within the next two to three years.

4. Finish Graduate School. I’m cheating a little with this one. This (Spring 2013) is my last semester. I really want the experience of crossing this off a list.

5. Learn to Sew Like a Professional. I wasn’t lying when I mentioned in earlier posts that I can sew. I can. I just think that my items still look handmade. I would like to develop my sewing skills by taking some classes and challenging myself with the type of projects I choose. I also need to borrow my mom’s serger to master that machine. I don’t want to invest in one until I know how to use it.

6. Make Some Cash Money. I have a few MBA friends who, when they found out that I made things, wondered why I hadn’t turned my skills into a business. I don’t have enough time. I just do it for fun. The market is flooded. I have several excuses. The truth is that, while some of those excuses account for my hesitation, the real reason is that I feel I need to refine my skills (see above) in order to sell what I make. I don’t know that I will ever think anything I make is worthy of selling because I am so critical of the construction. I could spend the rest of my life refining my construction skills, but at some point I just have to go for it. Once I wrap up grad school, I want to throw myself into making a good faith attempt to monetize my hobbies.

7. Take Classes Just for Fun. Remember when I mentioned how I have been in school FOREVER? Yes, I am a procrastinator. Yes, I flit from interest to interest. Most importantly though, I freaking love learning new things. I specifically love learning in a classroom setting. My graduate degree has been 100% online (offered through the university in town where I finished undergrad), and it’s been great for someone who works full time. Let’s be honest about discussion threads though: they suck and they do not generate the same level of discourse that face-to-face meetings do. For me, there is always something missing when I learn via the internet vs a classroom. I prefer the latter, and I would like to take some classes that serve no purpose other than my own edification.

8. Make The Knitted Farmyard. I spent the summer of 2008 with friends in Boulder, CO. While there, I met up with an old friend who had relocated to Denver. While waiting for her to get off of work, I browsed through the Tattered Cover bookstore. I won’t even discuss how fantastic this bookstore is because the book I found there says it all:
I snatched this bad boy up so quickly, and its purchase was probably the highlight of my summer. For perspective, I saw the Flatirons and the Rockies for the first time that summer, and I love the mountains. Not convinced? Allow your eyes to treat themselves:
When I bought this book, I was single and was not planning on having children anytime in the near future. I wanted to make the knitted farmyard for myself. Now that I have kids, I still want to make it for myself. I might let them play with me.

That’s not the end of my list, but it is a good start. I think that will keep me plenty busy for a while.

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