I’ve been thinking about the new things I want to try this year. Have you?
I’ve come up with a list, not just for myself, but also for those of you who are looking for something new to do in 2014:
1. Try your hand at stand-up comedy (just like Monty!).
2. Write a book.
3. Paint a work of art.
4. Learn how to tap dance (or do the flamenco or tango or Zumba).
5. Take voice lessons.
6. Pray and meditate daily.
7. Cook paella (or some dish you’ve always found delicious but intimidating).
8. Bake bread from scratch.
9. Organize a road trip with family.
10. Sew works of art.
11. Actively sell my plushies (online or on consignment).
12. Get my books into the Auckland Library (officially, not by sneaking them onto shelves).
13. Learn how to play the drums/guitar/saxophone (my sister Michi showed me this clip of Sheila E live at Stern Grove Festival killing the timbales — if this doesn’t move you to learn a new instrument, I don’t know what will).
14. Run a 10K (or a half-marathon, or a full marathon).
15. Plant a vegetable garden (or add new crops!).
16. Try Pilates (or those awesome Physique 57 workouts).
17. Drive more.
18. Change your hair colour (or hair style).
19. Invite an old (or new) friend to lunch/coffee/walk every week.
20. Visit a city you have never been to.
21. Start a journal (or a blog or a vlog).
22. Read books by an author you’ve never read (I just borrowed Ian Rankin’s The Naming of the Dead because I saw a Facebook friend holding one of his books!).
23. Learn how to speak Japanese (or German or Dutch or French or Kapampangan or one of the Elvin languages). You pick.
24. Start a craft project (pottery? felting? knitting? I could go on!).
25. Volunteer at a regular charity or ministry at your church.
26. Adopt an open mind about a person you don’t really like (a better impression, hopefully!), and actively exercise kindness.
27. Wear sunblock everyday (working on this!).
This isn’t an exhaustive list, and I am sure you can come up with more ideas. The trick is to write them down, and then select the top 12 (one for every month) that call out to you. Tack this list where you can see it everyday, and make it inspire you to work towards your goals. Remember to check it once it’s done, even write about how it made you feel. By the year’s end, you’ll realise that there is power in writing down our goals.
May your New Year be filled with new things to explore!
“Life is a narrative that you have a hand in writing.”
― Henriette Anne Klauser, author of Write It Down, Make It Happen