Last week I threw down my epic DONE list. This is most def a practice I wanna keep on keeping on at the end/beginning of a year. Not a report card from each year’s resolution throw down, but just a moment of reflection and celebration, making much ado about crossed off things. To start this tradition and the year off with a #bang #kaPOW, I threw down 51 things on my epic DONE list to reflection/celebration my 51 trips around the sun.
I wasn’t going to do 51 things on my epic TO DO list of this happy New Year’s Resolutions (or Intentions or Goals or Whatever term floats your boat and/or doesn’t get your goat). I was going to narrow it down to 17 cuz that’s what the poet inside of me wanted to do. But the #fomo-aholic in me obvi wanted to cast wider. Luckily #fomo me also waxes poetic. Instead of narrowing down my dreams, when I started throwing them down, I noticed they kinda fell into 3 categories: Places I wanna go, things I wanna do, and the person I wanna be. So I decided to do 3 lists of 17. And then I did the math and LMFAO off at the #divineirony.
So without further ado . . . my 51 things . . .
Plan and save for and save the date for my Buen Camino/Don Quixote pilgrimage in Spain
Albuquerque Balloon Fest
This winter a winter get-away; by next winter a winter home-away-from-home
Have an affair with my creativity #everydamnday but also a writer’s retreat
Check out a drum circle
Nowhere Else Festival
Take the scenic route whenever possible
The the stairs whenever possible (and especially if I ever get back to the Eiffel Tower and the stairs are open for biz)
Girls Night Out
Catch all the sunsets I can
Say YES to adventure
Talk to strangers
On the Road with Grace project (Cincy, Colorado, DC…)
Metavivor Die-in protest on Capitol Hill
Next time I’m in DC, to run the 6-mile running tour that my friend Barbie #RIP #fuckcancer told me about that we wanted to run together #WWBD?
Ride my orange is the new bike on the Loveland bike trail #crosstraining
Step up to the microphone (speaking, storytelling events, open mic, poetry slams, etc)
Finish #shittyfirstdraft of my Route 66 book
Enter my route 66 pix in more photo contests/art shows and have another solo exhibit
Take Jeremy Cowart’s photography and lightroom/photoshop courses from his See University
Finish editing pix/setting up Smug Mug
Record #SHAKEN so Taran can someday hear it in my own voice
Alice in Wonderland writing workshop
Learn to make an origami crane
Learn Qi Gong and/or Tai Chi
Run 500 miles
Do a Tri
Learn to play my uke and my red guitar
Publish a book of my poetry
Flesh out St. Udio’s dream
Build my tribe and love them hard
Make candles out of glass bottles I’ve been learning to cut #upcycle
Learn to etch rocks with my dremel engraver
Work on my Mail Chimp/Postables and make my own thank you/thinking of you note cards, #postcardsfromtheroad, etc send more snail mail
Bringing good energy with me wherever I am #goodjoujou
Fit (Hit the mat/road/gym #everydamnday) (Runkeeper app, Moonjoggers #chasethesun challenge, Yes Fit app)
Heavily meditated (Insight Timer app)
Eat and drink mindfully (My Fitness Pal app)
Hydrated (iHydrate app and water bottle)
Chill on the carbs, superchill on the glutens
Fit back in my fave pair of blue jeans (My Fitness Pal app)
Organized (Evernote app)
Intentional (my carpe the fuck out of the diem worksheet)
Lost in a good book but also writing one #everydamnday
Reading poetry but also writing it #becausetheworldneedsmorepoetry
Creative #thewarofart #makeartnotwar
Cancer free and celebrating my 9 year cancerversary on Aug. 20
Leaving a beauty mark that I was here #belove #theartofkindness
What are your resolves, the intentions you’ve set, the goals you are aiming for, the dreams you are dreaming for 2017? I’d love for you to share them with me so we can cheer each other on!
Here’s mine in a picture. My 2017 vision board, that I worked on during January which I spent with my sweet Redheads and sweetest #taranthewonderbaby! in Colorado. It’s hard to tell from the picture that the base of my vision board is a clock. Which I promptly threw away the batteries and set to 6 o’clock. (Bonus points for anyone who gets that reference!) Anyway, it’s a cool retro superBIG and clunky clock I picked up at a Thrift store cuz I wanted a legit frame for my vision board and also #upcycling things is super fun. I have my vision board hanging out right in front of of my writing desk in my office aka the #rabbitroom so I can keep the intentions I have set and the dreams I’m dreaming for this year always before me. I also have it set as the wallpaper on both my phone and compy. Staying in the game is the hardest part, yeah? How do you stay in the game and manifest your intentions?
This is not a test. This is not about a cute little penguin eating an ice cream cone either. Although since his name is Frank, I’ll follow suit…cuz let’s be frank… If it were a test, I gimme an A. (I thought about giving myself an A+ but that would be boring and leave no room for improvement.) But like I said it’s not a test. This is life. My life…so far.
This is that time of year where we’ve all been throwing down our New Year’s Resolutions/Intentions/Hopes/Dreams/Goals/ToDo’s/Much Ado’s/Whatever you wanna call it, it’s chill just like that scoop of pink bubblegum ice cream Frank’s #nomnom-ing on. I took my own sweet time and worked on mine during January, via a vision board project with my daughter while I spent her birthday month with her in #taranthewonderbabyland aka Denver.
This is not that post. Stay tuned for that post.
This is the prequel to that post. If you know me at all, you know I love me a To Do list like nobody’s biz.
But one of the things I love most about To Do lists, is they help me get shit done cuz I get superkaPOWer motivated checking things off. That Been there, Done that feeling… #amiright?! It got me thinking that maybe a little pause, and dare I say a little celebration, is in order. In honor of the Done list. Which I feel is a more fitting ceremony than merely crumpling up said list and tossing it in the nearest trash can.
So here’s to the Done list that I’ve been there done that these 51 trips around the sun.
In no particular order, here’s a quarter of a century of some of my fave things (in the history of the 51 times I’ve surfed the sun) that I’ve crossed off my To Do list…
Wrote a book
Ran a 10-hour endurance run and netted 35 miles
Ran the #Route66 marathon and world’s shortest ultra
Road-tripped Route 66
Road-tripped California Highway 1 in a convertible
Road-tripped from Vegas to Grand Canyon in a convertible, saw the Grand Canyon, ran the Grand Canyon half marathon trail run
Watched a sunset at Joshua Tree National Park while listening to U2’s Joshua Tree album. TWICE
Met my creativity guru Liz Gilbert TWICE and she remembered me, also she commented that I write like a dream on my FB
Met my writing gurus Anne Lamott and Jasper Fforde TWICE
Met my photography guru Jeremy Cowart TWICE
Did a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, ran the breathtaking Jerusalem ½ marathon, was Kosher for 3 weeks while spending time with my beloved Achoti
Drove down to the Keys and had a Cuban sandwich and some Cuban coffee
Stood on a corner in Winslow, Arizona
Checked in to Hotel California. Heard the mission bell ring. Didn’t check out
Created my #postcardsfromtheroad #Route66 photo exhibit, one of my pics made it into an #americanroadtrip art show at a gallery in NYC, won photographer of the year at ADC’s ACA academy awards for artists, had my first solo exhibit at the 86
Raised my sweet Redheads, homeschooled them for 16 years #bestjobEVER
I am Gigi #hearmeroar #bestjobEVER
Produced SCAR Cincy exhibit, SCAR exhibition consultant, created scar blog, produced SCAR BAMA at Freedom Center
Produced Angelo Merendino’s exhibit in Cincy
Grace project roadtrip sidekick and assistant
Dante pilgrimage and tour in Florence
Saw Rafa play on clay (in Rome sweet Rome)
Ran my own half marathon from Missouri through Kansas to Oklahoma on july 4, 2014 during my route 66 road trip
Ran from Illinois to Missouri across the chain of rocks bridge TWICE
Took down 24 chemo cocktails and (so far so good, 8 years later #yearoftheoctupus) kicked cancer’s ass
Won city districts with my tennis team with me on court 1 my first season back after cancer
Got a volleyball scholarship to college
Got up on stage and told a story at Bespoken Live (a moth-like storytelling event) (3 X so far)
Hiked Ocho Rios in Jamaica
Participated in peaceful protests on Capital Hill
Got tats (12) (so far)
Been COMPLETELY bald down to all but a couple eyelashes
Saw Niagara Falls
Drank a shot out of a test tube at Frankenstein’s Pub in Edinburgh
Bought a copy of The Little Prince from a cashier who was brushing her teeth at Shakespeare’s & Co. in Paris
Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam
Read the Beatitudes on the Mount of Olives. Broke bread and spilled wine there with my friend and fellow pilgrim on my journey to the Holy Land and back. We walked the Via Dolorosa together.
Train-tripped through the Alps from Munich to Rome
Followed in Audrey Hepburn’s Roman Holiday footsteps, vespa-ing about Rome (until the “Vespa Incident” in which the brake didn’t break and I did a Wiley Coyote into a wall and broke my face)
Got red clay on my tennis shoes at Roland Garros in Paris
Snorkeled in Cozumel
Saw Wicked on and off broadway
Walked into THE Cheers Bar and everybody yelled JOULES!
Did a Mayan mud hut sweat lodge ritual akaTemazcal and had the most incredible Mayan massage IN THE WORLD aka Kukulkan in Cancun
Road-tripped up the coast of Scotland
Hiked Hadrian’s Wall
Created my own Not-a-Chemo-Cocktail (for my book release party)
Drank a ½ pint in THE Rabbit Room of THE Bird & Baby aka Eagle and Child Pub, where the Inklings used to hang out
Saw THE wardrobe (at Wheaton University)
Liverpool. Magical Mystery Tour. Hard Day’s Night Hotel. Cavern Club. Amanda and I closed down the club, singing and dancing our hearts out with the Beatles cover band.
I know I probs missed a few epic moments but I tried not to overthink it too much and just go with the flow of my own little brainstorm. #postcardfromtheroad #memorylane #epicmoments #done