25 by 25

Idealist-Kat in all of her glory, circa Summer 2009 created a 101 in 1001 list with her boyfriend at the time.

Obviously I didn’t blog about them nearly as much as I could have.  Partially because some of the things on the list were too personal for the internet (for example, money), and partially because some of them (like getting flu shots) were deadly-boring.

In the process of swapping e-mail accounts, I found a copy of the list, that I had saved for myself in the cloud.  It’s kind of ironic that it decided to show its face, considering the fact that since post-honeymoon, I’ve wanted to set goals at a manic pace.

There were some really good ideas in there.  And I would say for being all of 21 years old and fresh off of college graduation, most of them were pretty spot in-terms of what we wanted to accomplish together.

Some goals? Were really frivolous…like making a habit of addressing my mitts + paws or cultivating le jardin.

Other goals?  Were big picture – weight loss, conversion, Marcus’ MBA, marriage, travel.

But they all worked.  We cooked with new ingredients, brought Judaism into our home, realized how daunting the reality of redecorating and renovation can be.

As I perused through the goals that we haven’t completed yet, I kind of had to laugh.  Because some of them?  Were totally valid, but not necessarily a part of the person I want to be or the person that I have become in the past two years.

So, in the Spirit of Progress and all that, I decided that it’s time to say farewell to that little list of ours.

And since I just turned 24, I thought it might be nice to give Past-Kat another shot at predicting her own future.

Enter: 25 by 25

Here goes…

  1. Finish a marathon
  2. Take-up Pilates
  3. Go to the Bakken Museum
  4. Go to the Mill City Museum
  5. Learn how to properly arrange flowers
  6. Learn how to make pie crust from scratch
  7. Take a gun safety class
  8. Do five DIY re-decorating/home improvement projects
  9. Correspond
  10. Create and maintain a proper adult address book
  11. Give to the food shelf monthly
  12. Use our china at least one time each season
  13. Learn how to do a proper smokey eye
  14. Source the following cookbooks: Veganomicon, Time for Dinner, How to Roast a Lamb, From Mom with love…
  15. Take a Friday off.  And bake a challah.  From scratch.
  16. Bake Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies when I want them
  17. Complete the process of legally changing my name
  18. Visit one new restaurant in the Twin Cities every month
  19. Make at least one recipe out of each of the cookbooks we got as a wedding gift: pizza, Williams-Sonoma SALAD, Kosher by Design, Kosher by Design Lightens Up, The Wine Lovers Cookbook, Super juicer, The Fearless Baker, MIXT Salads, Bride & Groom First and Forever Cookbook
  20. Come up with some sort of skin care habit to replace my completely non-existent routine
  21. Visit Chicago
  22. Buy a piece of jewelry for myself
  23. Get my broken/under-used purses cleaned or repaired
  24. Donate old gowns/dresses to those who could actually use them
  25. Learn how to use my french press

What are some goals you want to accomplish in the next year?


21 responses to “25 by 25

  1. Baking challah from scratch is fun!

    My goal: gtfo!

  2. I raised an eyebrow at gun safety course, cuz it’s a little unexpected. Once you perfect the smoky eye, can you send me directions, please?

    My goals for the year: finish dental school, take the kids on a big trip at the end of it, and find a job!

  3. Talk about inspiring there doll – realistic and brilliant all at the same time. I think it’s time for me to set up a goal list – even if I am almost 26. 🙂

  4. Wait a sec…why take a gun safety class when you can just start shooting them? Come to the cabin with me next year and we will take some shotguns and pistols down to “the pit”.

  5. Kat, I love your list! I turn 27 on Monday, so I have been thinking and thinking about how I want to challenge myself this year. Only a couple more days to decide! And I think it’s funny we are almost birthday twins (albeit a couple years apart!) 🙂 That must be why we are on similar wave lengths!

  6. Girl, we will finally be all over the Mill City Museum this year. Love this list!!

  7. If you figure out the smoky eye, you have to share! I actually just saw these yesterday and was thinking they might be a big help . . . http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P295604&shouldPaginate=true&categoryId=1073

  8. Great list! I am a BIG fan of item 16. 🙂 Chicago is so much fun – definitely go! My brother used to live there so I’ve visited a few times. For a big city, it is pretty friendly and vibrant without being overwhelming (how I always feel in NYC).

    I just turned 27 and made a list of 30 goals before 30. I tried to make it a mix of hard/easier/fun/serious goals, from visit a country I’ve never been to, to adopt a cat, to learn how to grill. We’ll see how it goes!

  9. I’m with you on #6. And 19 and 21 sound amazing!

  10. Send me a shout when it’s time to address #6 and I will help you make a mean pie crust. Dare I sound cliche, but it’s easy as pie.

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  12. Awesome list! It’s nice to see a mix of simple goals and big goals.
    My goals… I’m not really sure all of my goals. A lot of my goals are things I’d like to do in a couple of years, like finding a good job. Right now working towards a marathon.

  13. A gun safety class? Remind me not to piss you off.

    You would LOOOOOVE Chicago. As a foodie, it’s a crime you have not gone.

  14. Happy belated Birthday!!!

    Looks like you have lots planned for your 24th year, and it looks like it will be a great year! Have fun!

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  17. You are SO doing #6. Even if I have to fly there and stand along side you. Which would be fun in its own right.

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