35 in 35

Happy New Year, everybody! I’m excited that it’s 2016. I’m looking forward to making 2016 my year, and of course, I have a few things I’d like to achieve. Since my birthday falls so close to the end of the year, I figured I’d list 35 things I want to do while I’m 35 instead of making a list of resolutions. I’ve been working on this list for weeks and I’m excited to finally post it.


  • Move back to New England. This is the big one. I’ve been in Portland now for a year and a half, and while I love a lot of things about it, I don’t love living so far from my family. Sometime in 2016 I will be packing up my things and moving 2500 miles back to the land of Dunkin Donuts, Celeste Pizza, and, of course, Friendly’s ice cream.
  • Take a trip to the Cape. Cape Cod is my favorite place in the world, so I want to take a trip there. Just a weekend would do. I want to smell the salt air and walk on the flats and pick up pretty shells. I love the Cape.
  • Grow out my hair. I like having short hair, but I also like changing it. A lot. I’ve never kept it long for decent periods of time, so this year, I want to grow it. Maybe I’ll even document the hair growth process here!
  • Cook at least one new recipe a month.
  • Cook more at home. I go out to eat so much these days, and while I still want to enjoy delicious restaurants, I want to cook more, too.
  • Host a holiday or event. I’ve never really hosted many parties and I’ve never hosted a holiday, so I’d like to do one of the two. It will more than likely be some sort of party, but it’s better than nothing!
  • Listen to more music. Music is such a big part of my life, but I’ve slacked off for years on finding new music to listen to. I don’t even know how to do it anymore! I’m hoping to figure this out in 2016 and I’ll utilize my Spotify account a lot.
  • Learn tarot. I’ve been talking about learning tarot since my friend Josh gave me a couple readings back when I lived in Indiana. I finally bought a deck right before the holidays, so I want to spend some time learning how to do my own spreads.
  • Meditate. I always feel weird talking about meditation and I feel weird wanting to do it, but I think it will help with the big changes happening in my life right now. I want to start with 5 minutes in the morning before I start my day.


  • Read 25 books. I wish I could make this 35, just because, but 25 is a much more realistic goal. I read 22 books last year, so hopefully I can jump it up to 25 this year!
  • Participate and finish Nanowrimo 2016! I’m so happy I finished Nanowrimo last year, so I’m hoping I can finish this year too. Whether I write by myself or write with a group, I’ll make it happen again!
  • Write in the blog at least 8 times a month. This averages out to 2 posts a week, which I think I can do. I love writing and would love to continue writing more often in here.
  • Fill up my current paper journal. I started my current journal at the end of November, and I’d like to fill it up before the end of 2016. I can do it!
  • Write in my paper journal at least 3 times a week. Ideally I’d like to write in it daily, but I know that’s not realistic for me. 3 times a week is a good starting point.


  • Knit my first sweater. I’ve tried knitting sweaters in the past, but not since maybe 2008, but none of them ever looked right. This year, I want to make one. I’m thinking of knitting a Mama Vertebrae as my first, as I’ve heard it’s pretty straightforward.
  • Spin all the fiber in my stash. I only have 11 bumps of fiber in my stash currently, so it’s feasible I can get through them all. I’m still sitting on a couple from 2006, which I so need to spin!
  • Finish 3 cross-stitch projects. I’m not even halfway done with the Harry Potter cross-stitch I’m working on right now, so this might be a little too ambitious. We shall see.
  • Find a local knitting group. I haven’t belonged to one in such a long time, and I miss it so much. 2016 will be the year I get back to it.
  • Knit a pair of socks for Christmas 2016. I love the tradition of knitting socks for Christmas, so I want to continue it in 2016.
  • Buy no new yarn besides at fiber events. I have enough yarn as it is, so I only want to buy yarn at fiber events. Speaking of which…
  • Attend at least 3 fiber events. Rhinebeck, I’m looking at you! I’m hoping for a few other events, because I’ve missed attending them.


  • Attend at least 3 conferences. I’m hoping to attend Design 4 Drupal, Nerd Summit, New England Drupal Camp, and hopefully Wordcamp US and Wordcamp Boston!
  • Learn how actions and filters really work in WordPress.
  • Learn a new CSS technique. I’m looking at you, Flexbox.
  • Put up a portfolio site, finally! I’ve been wanting to do this for years, and 2016 will be my year for this!
  • Re-categorize and organize the posts here. I have so much content here, from 2000 onward, and I want to make more of my archives public. I also want to move back to using categories instead of tags, but I don’t know how long that will take. I have over 1000 posts here, which is unbelievable!


  • Start running more consistently again. I’ve only run a handful of times in the past year and a half, so I’ve lost most of my endurance. I want to run at least 3 times a week to start. I just need to get better at doing it regularly so I don’t lose it again!
  • Run another 5k. I’d preferably like to run a 5k in under a half hour again, but I’m not sure I can do that with my first race back to it.
  • Run another 10k. My last 10k was terrible, so I want to redeem myself. I won’t get under an hour with the first one I run again, but that will be a longer term goal.
  • Run another half marathon. I have such fond memories of running my first half marathon that I want to run another. Seriously, I count that as one of the best days of my life.
  • Run a Turkey Trot. I miss having this as a Thanksgiving tradition!
  • Run the Hot Chocolate Run! This is my most favorite race ever, so of course I want to run it again. And again. And again.
  • Join a running group. I love running with other people, so I’d love to do this again!
  • Join a gym. I’m thinking I’ll want to run indoors when it’s cold outside this time around, as navigating streets covered with ice and snow isn’t something I want to do any longer! I also would like to do some strength training.
  • Find a method of cross-training that sticks. I’m thinking either yoga or strength training. I might start with yoga and once I’m feeling not so intimidated, I’ll try lifting weights. I’d love to have muscles.

10 thoughts on “35 in 35”

  1. Those are awesome goals! I’m getting excited for you just reading the list. Best wishes to you in the new year! :) btw, your December posts really inspired me to give prompts a try, so thanks for that :)

    1. Thanks! I am glad to see you posting more, too! I’ve enjoyed your last few posts!

  2. Linda

    Yay! I’ve been waiting for this post. Had no idea about tarot! I’m excited to see all the running goals–it’s not for me, but I know it’s something you love! I hope you kill these. And now I need to start working on my Resolution post. And start the Q&A book. Happy 2016–I love you!

    1. Yay, I’m glad you read it! Yeah, I never talk about it much because I feel weird about it for some reason, haha. I’m not into new-age stuff at all except for that. I can’t wait to read your resolution post! I updated the Q&A book already and I hope you have fun with it too :)

  3. Rachel

    I love your goals!!! I’m SUPER excited that you want to learn tarot and I’d love to know what deck you got! I have a couple that I use a lot and then I’m a collector of them too :)

    Also, if you’re looking for a neat little course, I can’t recommend Little Red Tarot’s Alternative Tarot course strongly enough – http://tarotcourse.littleredtarot.com/ It ROCKS! It’s an 8 week (at your own pace) online course, and although I took about 6 months to finish it, it was fantastic!! And it was incredibly reasonable too. I think it was only $20 when I signed up :)

    1. I knew you’d be excited! I just got a Rider-Waite deck to start with. I’ll have to look into that course! I’m kind of just muddling through right now and learning the cards as I go. I’m excited to learn more!

      1. Rachel

        I highly recommend the book Learn the Tarot by Joan Bunning as well. BUT, her website has all the content in the book as well, so you don’t necessarily need to buy it. http://learntarot.com/ is the site. I also really like reading the LittleRedTarot.com blog.

        Rider Waite Smith decks are the perfect place to start, they have imagery that helps you learn the cards so that’s a perfect starter!

        1. I’ve been using the learntarot.com site for my readings and it’s been so helpful! Tarot has me so excited!

  4. Those all sound great! Please keep in the loop when you move back. I’d love to get together again!

    1. Will do! I am hoping it will be within the next month or so, but once I get a car, I’ll plan to come out that way!

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