Thursday, December 26, 2013

my 2014 to-do list

four years ago, i decided that resolutions pretty much suck, and that it's so much more satisfying -- and tangible -- to check the items off as you go through the year. an annual "things to do" list was born! after coming up with 100 things for 2011 and 2012, i pared it down to 50 for 2013 and got even more focused this year. going for quality over quantity, and repeating some that i still haven't accomplished (#3, #27, #39). what do you want to tick off of your list in 2014?

1. purchase a home
2. visit new orleans
3. be in a music video
4. take a cooking class
5. swim in an infinity pool
6. finish my book proposal
7. learn enough french to get around
8. use a terrible pick-up line on a random guy
9. visit somewhere that's haunted
10. color my hair
11. get business cards
12. dine at 5  restaurants on the eater boston 38
13. make a collage
14. watch a whole TV series that i've never seen before
15. take the jeopardy online test
16. try air bnb
17. get something that i wrote published on mcsweeney's
18. go to a state fair
19. do volunteer work
20. visit martha's vineyard
21. drink a "green smoothie" :(
22. overcome my eyelash-curling phobia
23. write to a celebrity and receive a response (online or via snail mail)
24. see a (non-musical) play
25. say "yes" to something i want to say "no" to at first
26. make my own sushi
27. crash a wedding
28. buy a plant for my apartment (and don't kill it)
29. participate in a scavenger hunt
30. reconnect with an old friend or acquaintance
31. teach myself a dance routine via youtube tutorial
32. go sailing (or, at least, on a sailboat)
33. pack a picnic lunch and eat it on boston common
34. win at pub trivia
35. go to an ice bar
36. make my own pizza
37. win money from a slot machine or scratch ticket
38. send christmas cards
39. go out to dinner by myself
40. watch 5 movies on the IMDB top 250 that i've never seen before


  1. You can do it!

    Also green smoothies are mostly :-(. Putting a beet in to make it red helped me confuse my senses. I pretended it was strawberry flavored.

    1. thanks, girl! i figured it can't hurt to try it, right? my friend has already provided me with a non-gross sounding recipe, so it should be interesting.

  2. bring back the monthly update posts, where you tell us which of these things you've accomplished each month. I loved those!

    also...i'll help you with #30!

    1. ahh, i didn't think anyone cared about those posts, but i will definitely bring them back! :) and YES to #30. but seriously, for real this time! let's make a date.

  3. Oh yeah, I want to do #14 and finally watch the Wire.

    1. nice! i've had more than one friend recommend that to me. maybe i'll follow your lead!

  4. that is a very nice wish list!! :)
    happy new year :)

  5. What a fun list! Lots of great ideas. I want to make a list like this for my area!