There’s a lot of doom and gloom in the air these days, and most of my posts have been focused on that (I’m a real masochistic). It’s easy to get sucked into the black hole of the state of the world (and while it’s important to pay attention and get involved, it can lead to a pessimistic attitude, and I refuse to let this political situation take anything else from me). So, I want to re-focus on the future and my goals.
I’m a big fan of lists. I have random lists all over my apartment: grocery lists, to do lists, lists of clothes I want, travel lists, lists of books to read, and shows to watch… you get the idea. It’s lisztomania! Anyways, while I’m not the best at following through with all my lists, there is one list I tend to focus on the most. One list to rule them all, you might say.
When I turned 22, I made a list. I called it my 27 by 27 list. That gave me 5 years to accomplish (or at least try to accomplish) goals in a variety of different segments of my life. Some were career focused, some were financial, some were personal, and a whole lot were based on travel.
I think having goals/a bucket list/whatever you want to call it is important. I think it’s valuable to have a written record around what you want and what you’re interested in. Life moves incredibly quickly, and you can lose sight of lofty goals (or even basic goals) throughout the doldrums of everyday life. It’s good to have something to strive to, and to check in with. I keep my list framed in my closet so I see it at least once a day, staring at me, reminding me to get my ass in gear. I also find it amusing that more than half the items on my 27 by 27 list were travel based, clearly I had my priorities in order when I wrote it!
I know this is super different content than what I normally write about, but this is a large glimpse into what motivates me, and since this blog is about sharing our interests, concerns, and inspirations, I feel like it works.
So below is my 27 by 27 list, and the current standing of where I am. I have around 2 years left to successfully complete this sucker, and it’s unlikely that I will knock them all off, but I’m having a lot of fun regardless.
- Be promoted twice
- Go to a foreign country completely alone
- Celebrate Hogmanay in Edinburgh
- See Stonehenge
- Live alone
- Learn to like whisky
- Own Christian Louboutins
In-Progress Goals (Highly Likely to Complete by 27):
- Go on 1 trip somewhere new each year (I have been super successful with this goal so far)
- See the Northern Lights (I am going to Iceland in a week, and am planning on hunting the Aurora’s every night- who needs sleep?!)
- Go on Safari (This is booked for July of this year)
- Go to 3 Major World Events (I’m at 2/3 currently)
- Read Shakespeare’s complete works ( 16/37 left to read)
- Savings Goal (I am 80% to my set goal, if you include investments, 401K, and Roth IRA accounts- and since this is my goal, it counts)
- Read the top 100 books (67/140* left to read)
- I ended up adding some to this list based on my interests, so my list is more like 140 books
There are 14/27 items I am confident I will be able to check off my list in the next year and a half. That leaves 13 items not covered above. Those items basically fall into the ‘stretch goal’ category or the ‘no longer interested category’. There are also a few travel goals scattered in there (Isle of Skye, New Zealand, Egypt, filling up my passport) which may be possible, but are currently not planned due to scheduling and financial constraints.
- Go on a trip to another country with a significant other
- This is only a stretch goal since I am currently single, and in no real rush/don’t have a ton of interest in relationships right now.
- I have a fairly aggressive salary goal that I would like to be making by 27, and I’m pretty sure I’m not reaching it (unless I achieve the goal under this one, and it ends up getting published…)
- Write a book- I have been working on this since I was 22 and I’m only like 6 chapters in.
- Learn the basics of another language- I took Spanish in school and was decent at it, but have forgotten most of it, and I haven’t made any moves in remedying that.
- Take a class for a hobby – I want to take a photography or wine appreciation course, but just haven’t gotten there yet
I’m not going to bother writing about the goals I’m no longer interested in, but I will share the three new goals I have replaced them with.
- Get certified in Barre
- Be able to do the splits
- Cook my way through the two cookbooks in my house (excluding anything I really don’t like)