Just shy of two years ago I wrote a list of 25 goals I wanted to achieve before the age of 25 and last year I wrote an update on my progress of these goals. Now that I’m 25, I figured it’s about time I follow up on these. It’s really funny to re-read these goals, because some of the goals that I actually accomplished I really didn’t expect to. Similarly, some of the goals I thought I would easily accomplish I haven’t even started on yet. Turns out, a lot can change in two years in terms of priorities, but this was still a really fun thing to try.
1. Travel to Iceland and Greenland alone or with a partner.
2014 was supposed to be the year that I went to Iceland, but instead all 2014 has been is the year my life got flip turned upside down a-la-Fresh Prince. Iceland 2015. It’s gotta happen. I’ve wanted to go to Iceland since I was 17 and the 6 hours total layover time we spent in Reykjavik back in 2012 does not count.
2. Sew a cool quilt.
I came embarrassingly close to actually achieving this, guys. My fabric is chosen. My squares are cut. I dragged my heels for a long time, I know, but now I finally see how calming it is to sit in my studio listening to This American Life while cutting little fabric squares and it’s just lovely.
Take circus lessons in trapeze and aerials.
I did trapeze and aerial lessons in 2013 and learned that I lacked serious upper body strength, which actually surprised me (I like to think I’m Wonder Woman and that my strength know no bounds). I’ve since changed my focus to be being able to do an unassisted pull-up at the gym.
Do the colour run or a similar style race.
This race was the Most Fun Ever. Every race should be a rainbow.
5. Finally be able to do a handstand in yoga.
I think I have a fear of leaving the ground. But 2 weeks ago I actually, like, yippee’d out loud at my otherwise silent yoga class because I was so proud/surprised of being able to balance in crow and then jump straight back to chaturanga. #noregrets
6. Have a booth at a crafters fair.
Two years ago this was a thing I was super eager to do. This is one of the goals where my priorities changed and I just lost interest. I still love shopping at craft fairs though.
Do an overnight camping trip by bike.
DONE! We biked to Peggy’s Cove in June of 2013 and it was so fun and perfect.
8. Travel across the country.
I made it halfway!
Print a scrapbook of photos from the last 10 years.
It turns out finding photos from the last 10 years is a hard thing to do. Last year while I was off work to have my wisdom teeth out I made a scrapbook for Ryan’s Christmas gift that was 60 pages of photos from the past 3 years. I feel like that counts because it was such a massive undertaking. I used blurb.com and it was really easy and awesome quality. I’m thinking of doing an Instagram book next.
10. Throw a pop-up dinner party.
This one was so hard to organize! I feel like it’s one of those things only fancy bloggers do and not real people. Still, it would be fun.
11. Bake macarons.
Every time I look at a macaron recipe I just feel discouraged and already defeated. Sticking with chocolate chip cookies.
12. Visit a vineyard.
No vineyards yet but lots of apple orchard visits happened!
Go to a psychic and have my fortune told.
The first time I had my tarot cards read it kind of felt inauthentic because it was only a 3 card reading for $5. This summer I made the leap and had a half an hour reading a few weeks before my 25th birthday. It was interesting, to say the least, but it was also a little bit of hogwash.
14. Take a ceramics class.
I would still really like to try this but I’m finding it difficult to commit to a time that works best for me.
15. Write and submit a grant proposal for the Web DIY Workshop.
I’m crossing this off because this goal has manifested itself as a part of my involvement with Ladies Learning Code. Being a part of a non-profit that helps close the gender gap in coding is amazing. It’s something you just can’t do on your own, but when you have a community behind you, you can achieve so much.
Go on an artist/yoga/inspirational retreat.
This one happened early on when I met Jeanne Beker at Oceanstone resort in 2012. I still reflect on that weekend sometimes and how it affected me and helped give me a fresh perspective.
17. Spend at least one full month living in a new city.
I have to say, if there was one goal on this list I didn’t think I’d achieve by 25, it was this one. I did it, though. Living in Toronto from January – May of this year was one of the hardest things I’ve done but also one of the best things I could have done for myself at the time.
18. Learn a secret talent.
But how to choose a talent to learn? What’s a good party trick these days?
19. Donate blood (I can’t believe I’ve never done this!).
I’m so ashamed I haven’t done this.
20. Create a budget that works for me and stick to it.
So mint.com is amazing, if you’re not already using it. Also, being a freelancer has really helped me understand money now!
21. Make pasta from scratch.
This time last year I rarely ate pasta or much of any grain at all. I’d like to re-open this goal and maybe on a lazy winter weekend I can actually do this.
22. Watch all of the Star Wars movies.
To be honest, I just forgot about this. It’s actually more interesting to be the person who’s never seen Star Wars, though.
23. Write an e-book about something awesome.
I’ve got all kinds of ideas for this. This is totally just in the cooker right now.
24. Throw one really elaborately themed party.
Did I mention that for my 25th birthday we had a “Frosh Week” themed party? Turns out, Frosh parties when you’re 25 are way more fun because all your friends are sensible enough to not get black out drunk but kegs and jello shots are still fun. There was also a pretty elaborate murder mystery party about a year ago that was one for the books. We spent the whole evening in character, even during dinner.
Do something I thought I would never do.
I never thought I’d become a runner and be able to run half marathons. I’ve done two half marathons and a bunch of 10k races since I started this list. I never thought I’d become a web developer, now it’s my jam. I never thought I’d move to Toronto. I never thought I would actually like Toronto. I never expected to be working with some of the awesome and exciting clients that I’m working with right now. I’ve been surprised a lot.