twenty-six by twenty-six

“Don’t get stuck. Move, travel, take a class, take a risk. Walk away, try something new. There is a season for wildness and a season for settledness, and this is neither. This season is about becoming.” – Shauna Niequist

I reference this quote from Shauna Niequist often. It perfectly embodies how I feel about being in my twenties—I’m constantly getting stuck and wanting to experience something new. I want to continue becoming.

In keeping up with the tradition of a yearly bucket list, I’ve decided to do twenty-six things before I turn twenty-six. I guess this birthday is kind of a milestone in that I’m a quarter of a century old (OLD!)… but just because I’m turning into a cranky, sore-backed old lady doesn’t mean I shouldn’t have a little fun in the mean time (ok, to be fair, I’ve been a cranky old lady with a sore back for a while now—but still, I need fun to balance things out).

Here are the twenty-six things I’m hoping to accomplish by July 5, 2016:

  1. Improve my photography & calligraphy skills
  2. Go to SXSW
  3. Try pole dancing (extra challenging, as I have chicken arms)
  4. See Twenty One Pilots live
  5. Get a job in my own (or a new) industry
  6. Don’t be afraid to say “no”
  7. Get a tattoo
  8. Learn something new—bartending? coding? CAD? drums?
  9. Read 12 books (ideally, that’s one per month… *math*)
  10. Go on a date with someone new (condition: only when I feel ready/excited to do so)
  11. Visit the ocean
  12. Take a trip to Nashville
  13. Finish all of the shows I’ve been putting off finishing—including: Orphan Black, Community, The OC, Hart of Dixie, Gilmore Girls, Friends, etc.
  15. Get paid for my writing
  16. Visit a professional for my anxiety
  17. See three new bands/musicians live
  18. Commit to #BBG for at least 1 month
  19. Get comfortable with parallel parking
  20. Hang out with a friend I haven’t seen in a while
  21. Visit my Jersey family (bonus points if they visit me!)
  22. Exchange X-mas gifts with a far-away friend
  23. Commit to training for the Big Dawg Dare (in hopes it doesn’t kick my ass this summer)
  24. Go to Cider Summit Chicago in February
  25. Fall in love (with a person, place, band, hobby, etc.)
  26. TBD (it’s always fun to leave one space open for future un-thought-of endeavors)