Yeah, it's that time of year again. Happy Birthday to Rachel, etc, etc...
I've seen lots of interesting "life lists" on other people's blogs, and from time to time I wonder about creating my own, but I'd really struggle to enumerate everything I want to achieve in my life. Not least because I have a short attention span, and it's highly likely to change; my goals have never been static.
However, looking ahead to the next three years feels much more realistic - and leads to a conveniently round number.
This list is designed to be challenging; if everything was easy, it wouldn't be much fun. But I don't think I've included anything that's completely beyond the bounds of possibility, either. (I don't want to hear the word 'impossible' before 2013!)
So, without further ado, this is where I'm hoping to get to by the time I'm 30. Feel free to call me on it.
(6 Jan 2010)
|Complete my PhD||Just about to complete my 'transfer'|
|Publish in an academic journal||Not started|
|Present at a conference||One unsuccessful submission in 2009|
|Install a woodburning stove||Not started|
|Redecorate the house||Not started|
|Install solar water heating||Not started|
|Build raised vegetable beds||Not started|
|Go to Greenland||Booked for summer 2010|
|Visit the southern hemisphere||Probably New Zealand in 2011|
|Have visited 30 countries||Currently 20|
|Writing & Speaking|
|Have a novel published||About to start sending out queries (wish me luck!)|
|Finish the Charanthe series||Volume 1 (of 3) complete|
|Finish writing one standalone novel||Odd first-drafts lying around|
|Record and podcast an audiobook||Not started|
|Have articles printed in 10 different publications||1/10 so far|
|Average 5,000 hits a month on my blog||Currently ~1,500|
|Get a slot on the local radio station||Training course starting soon|
|Take at least 5 public speaking engagements||Not started|
|Crafts & Skills|
|Hand-knit a jumper or cardigan for myself||Not started|
|Learn embroidery||Not started|
|Learn 10 new juggling tricks||Not started|
|Use manual camera settings most of the time||Currently rather erratic|
|Get my Guiding warrant||At the beginning of the process|
|Develop a board game||A few ideas floating around|
|Make all my own Christmas cards||About half were hand-made in 2009|