Five Year Plan

I hope to accomplish all these things before I turn thirty.  Wish me luck!

  1. Run a half marathon (done, May 2013 – read about the kickoff here and the final result here!)
  2. Visit South America
  3. See the Grand Canyon
  4. Learn how to cook a chicken (done, Nov 2011)
  5. Play my guitar in public (played my ukulele in front of all my coworkers, April 2013, but I’m not done yet!)
  6. Spend some time in Washington, DC (done, over the last few years.  What city is next??)
  7. Go back to London (massive trip planned for October 2014!)
  8. Find a place to do some steady volunteering
  9. Find a job that I love that helps change the world (right now, I think that will be with a non-profit or government agency that helps women, children, and people with cancer) I’m already doing this, helping amazing non-profits be more successful at fundraising and communicating online – LOVE it.
  10. Continue to volunteer at the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp (attended in summer 2010, 2011, 2012 and counting!)
  11. Go back to school, for something fun (Spanish?  Cooking?) if not for a specific advanced degree – took an awesome French class in spring 2014
  12. Climb Mount Washington
  13. Reduce possessions to quality things that I need and love
  14. Get my name in the New York Times
  15. Run for public office (school board, state rep, whatever!)
  16. Stop saying “yeah” in public settings when I really mean “yes”
  17. Visit the White House (done, Jan 2012, though I would still love to actually be invited!)
  18. Give at least $1,000 to charity over five years, combined
  19. Plan a stellar 10-year high school reunion (in progress)
  20. Get backstage at a Broadway show or major concert
  21. Get back in touch with professors and other leaders who can be lifelong mentors as I continue down my path, and become a mentor myself
  22. Go on a Segway tour (preferably not in Boston, somewhere where I know fewer people…)
  23. Get recognized by my alma mater, Mount Holyoke College, in some cool way (done, elected communications chair for the class at my 5 year reunion! But I’ll take more if I can get it!)
  24. Get certified in CPR
  25. Sit in the emergency exit row of an airplane Done and done (x3).  It was actually just as fun as I thought it might be. New goal: fly in the front of a small plane the next time I ride in one.  I came so close last time!
  26. Even better, FLY a plane – I just bought a Groupon to do this over the summer (2013)!
  27. Try out for a game show (applied to be on Wheel of Fortune – no dice!  Also auditioned for a show in July 2013. Price is Right next, perhaps?)
  28. Meet Sally Ride (actually a life goal, but major bonus points if I can get there before I turn 30!)  Alas, the time ran out on this one.  Still proud of my fellow Sally and her accomplishments.  Read more >>
  29. Get certified in something – massage, Zumba, crepe-making?
  30. Get a photo or article published somewhere
  31. Apply for a job I know I won’t get
  32. See a major league baseball game somewhere other than Fenway Park
  33. Deliver the best MoH toast ever at my little sister’s wedding (Done and done!)
  34. Learn to poach an egg to the extent that I can serve it to someone other than myself
  35. Hug a redwood tree (achievement unlocked in 2013!)
  36. Post on my blog 500 times
  37. Watch the Red Sox play from the Green Monster at Fenway Park

… and more!  I’m adding things as I go, and checking things off as I accomplish them!

After those five years…

  • Host Thanksgiving for my family
  • Watch the top 100 movies on the American Film Institute’s list
  • Help build an awesome treehouse
  • Own my own house
  • Get involved with Girl Scouts or some other group that helps girls be awesome leaders
  • Live somewhere where I can actually follow feng shui and not store everything under my bed (sounds minor, but I think it could be really lovely).  And maybe have a closet with a door.

What’s on your list?

3 Responses to “Five Year Plan”

  1. Allie December 6, 2010 at 8:39 pm #

    You and I will cook a chicken.

  2. Sara June 1, 2011 at 7:15 pm #

    I finally started reading your blog, so cross that off my list! :)

    I’m enlisting to help you with steady volunteering, climbing Mt. Washington, and *maybe* playing guitar in public.

    Let me know when we should get started!

    • sallybrz June 1, 2011 at 10:52 pm #

      Yay! Now that you have an acoustic guitar, let’s pick out some songs to learn together! We can hike when it cools down but before bear season…

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