23 before 24

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Inspired, as always, by my sister, Kate, I came up with a 23 before 24 list. In short, this is a list of 23 goals that I would like to accomplish before I turn 24. Unlike a bucket list, I want these goals to be specific and realistic. I want some of them to be fun and free, but I would like most to be challenging and grow me as a wife, a mom, a daughter, a sister, and a friend.

As I accomplish each of these goals, I plan to blog about it...

So here it goes:

1. Record daily things I am grateful for
Because a thankful, contented spirit requires cultivating with intention.

2. Blog once per week for the next year

3. Visit an elderly person (who isn't a relative)
There is so much wisdom to be gained from those who journeyed before us. Honor them; respect them; befriend them; learn from them.

4. Donate blood
This is something I've attempted before, but because of all of the traveling I did as a teen, I never was considered safe enough to donate blood. It has been about two years since I was out of the United States (other than Canada) so I am going to try again.

5. Learn basic floral arrangement
To stop and smell the roses.

6. Participate in one group workout with an instructor
I enjoy challenging myself physically, solo. A little group competition would be good for this introvert-ish soul.

7. Take up gardening
To become more like my mom.

8. Visit a new state
Or province or country.

9. Make French macaroons
I've never had one... I don't even know if they are good. But I have heard they are daunting and require precision. I am not precise; this will not be easy. 

10. Read twelve non-fiction books
This should be fairly easy.

11. Write 52 love notes to one man

12. Break my long distance run record
Once upon a time I was planning to run a full marathon, and someday I will. But this year I just need to run at least 16 miles. 

13. Learn about and use my SLR camera
A great photographer once said, "The best camera is the one you use." But I say, "Move over iPhone. You ain't got nothing on a Canon." Hello Sarah. Practice what you preach. That camera is getting dusty.

14. Hand write a note to someone who inspires me

15. Learn to knit or crochet and make a scarf

16. Bike around Seneca Lake
I've relayed raced those 77.7 miles twice. Now it's time to bike it as well.  

17. Take a personal retreat
Whether a day, a long weekend, or a week, some personal time would be refreshing. 

18. Try a new dish
Hello Pakistani restaurant, here I come! ... oh wait, you mean I actually have to prepare it?

19. Go hunting
Archery, muzzleloader or thrift shopping. All three count. Yes they do.

20. Explore downtown Rochester

21. Take dancing lessons with my man
As a rule, most Mennonites and Baptists don't dance very well. (Folks, we need all the help we can get.) Besides, it would be a fun couple of date nights. 

22. Make fresh mozzarella from scratch
Again, to become more like my mom.

23. Go paddle boarding
I live in the Finger Lakes region of New York. There is water all around me... let's make good use of it and try something new, shall we?


  1. I can't wait to read all of your #2's! (don't think too hard about how weird that sentence could be) also lets just be honest. Some old people are just hilarious so #3 should be quite fun. :)

    1. I am trying not to think about how weird that sentence is. Haha.

  2. What a fun list! Looks like a fun year ahead of you :)