The 25 in 25 List

(originally posted on December 13, 2012)

Today, I am 25 years old. I love those moments in life that are definitive vantage points. A time when you can look back to reflect and simultaneously look ahead to reorganize, re-prioritize, commit to new things and shed the old. Technically, we have a chance to do this every morning and evening (celebrate the fresh palette before us, and at the end of the day celebrate the accomplishments, blessings, lessons to learn from and look ahead to start anew once more). But I personally love the milestones that hold a little bit of a grander feeling- the graduations, moves to new places, anniversaries, New Years, and today, the celebration of a quarter of a century of my life well-lived.

As I embark on my 25th year, I decided to make a list of 25 tangible goals and dreams that I'd love to check off my greater life list. So, this year, hopefully this list will not be a barometer through which I measure the year's success (as I have a tendency to do when I set goals), but more a gentle reminder of the things I love and strive for, and hopefully I will be forgiving and have grace with myself when undoubtedly a few of these remain unchecked by next December 13th. But there's nothing wrong with dreaming :)

3. Make a trip to the West Coast.
4. Take part in a musical or play (acting, directing, helping behind the scenes, etc.).
5. Bake a gourmet cake.
6. Pay down at least 50% of my school debt.
7. Write and illustrate a children's story for Emmett.
8. Run a mile (no stopping or walking!).
9. Memorize 25 psalms.
10. Cook the turkey! (Thanksgiving? Christmas? another special occasion? just for the heck of it?)
11. Have a romantic getaway weekend with my hubby.
12. Host a themed party.
13. Read 10 literary classics (that I've never read before!)
15. Take a creative writing workshop (online or at a local community college?).
16. Listen to one new artist/band per week (let those suggestions start rolling in!)
17. Try eating vegan for one month.
19. Go for a picturesque hike somewhere in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
20. Volunteer at a soup kitchen.
21. Paint a mural for Emmett's nursery.
22. Go on a picnic with family and/or friends somewhere beautiful on a spring or summer day.
23. Write the thank you notes that I've been needing to write for a really long time (ah yes, I still haven't written them).
24. Take a day or weekend trip to the shore with my family and experience the ocean through a child's eyes.
25. Tell 25 people why I am grateful that they are in my life. 

Hopefully as the year goes by, I'll be able to blog about these little and big adventures, cross some things off of my list completely, and share the progress of those longer goals (like reading 10 literary classics or working on that children's story). You can always check back at the new tab above called '25 in 25' to see how things are coming along, or maybe gain some inspiration to write your own list for this year. 

Love, chocolate cake, and life lists,
Mama Bird


  1. That's a great list! For your hike I recommend going down to Grayso Highlands State park to see the wild ponies. You get off exit 45 on I-81. You can check off #1 because you just did that. Now you only have 23 to figure out. :)

    1. Amy!!! I love your feedback- especially the suggestion of where to do our hike. I've never seen wild ponies before and that'd be such an amazing addition to the hike! Also, thanks for the reminder of the item I've no accomplished :) You're so helpful!

    2. We got numbers 19 & 21 on your list planned for next weekend! -Dad

    3. Sorry, make that #19 & 22 - Dad

    4. Yay Dad! I'm so excited!!!

  2. I've always wanted to do #4, too.

    For some of the classic novels, I recommend:
    - The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte
    - Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
    - The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope
    - Persuasion by Jane Austen


    God bless.

  3. #9 is really inspiring, great list!