Here is a list of personal goals.
I will add more as I think of them.
Goals will be marked as they are completed.

Start date: October 2, 2016

(This list was inspired by Idzie Desmarais.)



  • Take one photo and write one haiku about it every day for at least one month (A “secret” side project I am working on!)
  • Handwrite and mail three letters
  • Write five travel posts
  • Keep up with WOWW for at least one month
  • Keep up with FLF for at least one month
  • Write five reviews on TripAdvisor
  • Perfect my resumé


  • Crochet an afghan
  • Learn to play the banjo
  • Learn to drive & get my license
  • Play with my camera every day for at least one month
  • Learn to ice skate on a real frozen lake
  • Learn to cross-country ski
  • Learn to weave a basket
  • Take a pottery/ceramics class
  • Read three books by the end of 2016
  • Give something I do not like doing a second chance

Food and Drink

  • Make and can ketchup
  • Teach Nico how to make grandpa’s potato salad
  • Roast a whole turkey by myself
  • Make pasta from scratch
  • Keep up with a sourdough starter

Money and Work

  • Have $500 in savings
  • Have $500 in a travel fund
  • Work for a historical society or heritage museum
  • Consistently volunteer for at least one month


  • Keep up with my Mood Diary every day for at least one month
  • Do yoga at least twice a week for at least one month
  • No phone/computer after 9pm for at least one month
  • Climb Mount Lamborn
  • Climb a mountain over 12,000 feet
  • Hike at least 10 consecutive miles
  • Donate blood (won’t be until after August 27th, 2017 because of recent tattoos)


  • Visit five alpine lakes
  • Explore Canada (cross-country road trip? YES PLEASE!)
  • Arches National Park, Utah
  • Go see Heather in NYC
  • Take Nico to Italy
  • Eastern Europe
  • South America
  • Southeast Asia

#365grateful Challenge

I completed the #100happydays challenge a while ago and it really helped me zone in on photographing the little things that made me happy. It really changed the way I viewed each day and I starting realizing I could find multiple happy things for each day.

“The miracle of gratitude is that it shifts your perception to such an extent that it changes the world you see.” -Dr. Robert Holden


After watching a friend work on the #365grateful challenge, I have decided to do it for myself. Each day, for one whole year, I will post a photograph of something I am grateful for. While I really wish I had a polaroid camera to do so, I will be sharing my 365 day journey on my personal instagram and twitter account. I’m so happy to have inspired friends to start the #100happydays challenge and thankful to have now inspired a few other friends to do the grateful challenge with me.

I’ve already started the challenge; today is day twelve.
Here’s my grateful photo.  

Day 12 | #365grateful | Inheriting my Uncle Joe’s big, tacky duck. I LOVE this thing, always have. So grateful to have it as my own now.