Page 56: I Don’t Do Resolutions, But…

This is the part where I tell you, like everyone else does, that I’m not really into resolutions, but…

Here’s the thing—I don’t need to make any resolutions. Did you read my last post?? Enough is going to change in 2016 on its own. Other years, resolutions have been important. This year though, the concept is utterly unnecessary for me.

That being said, however, I love a list of goals. I love a good bucket list. So instead of resolutions, I’m going to write a to-do list. And I want to encourage you to do the same! This is a list that only includes one-and-done items. There’s nothing (well, not much, anyway) about this list that encourages a habit. I think that’s the important distinction between a list of resolutions and a to-do-list.

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So here we go with my list of 25 things that I want to do in 2016:

  1. Have a pot-luck style brunch party with my friends.
  2. Take a long road trip with my husband.
  3. Really, really figure out how Evernote works.
  4. Monetize this blog.
  5. Bring a new plant into the house.
  6. Drink a Sazerac in New Orleans
  7. Send out gift cards randomly to people.
  8. Do a 30 Days of Yoga Challenge
  9. Have a BBQ.
  10. Interview my friends.
  11. Go to an Indian Restaurant for the first time ever in life.
  12. Meet Jamie for lunch ½ way between where we both live.
  13. Walk all the way from Wall Park to Lakeside Park on the walking trail (it’s not hard, it’s just something that I’ve always wanted to do and never done).
  14. Find a perfect lipstick.
  15. Donate a bunch of clothes.
  16. Explore cool things in Kansas.
  17. Explore cool things in Kansas (I want to do it at least twice).
  18. Put away all of the laundry in the bedroom (it has literally never all been put away before).
  19. Have my nephew, Owen, stay the night.
  20. Pay off my dental bill (this one might actually not be very reasonable).
  21. Paint—this time with watercolors, maybe.
  22. Finish a book (I didn’t finish many books last year and I mean to change that).
  23. Bake something with a kid.
  24. Make a really good homemade pizza.
  25. Make choux pastry.

Full disclosure: there are a few other things that I am going to do this year that I’m just not going to tell you about but they will happen and when they do you’re going to be so pumped! Probably. If I know you like I think I do, and I think I do.

What do you think? Are there any one-and-done things that you want to make sure that you try this year? Anywhere you want to visit? Any food you’ve been dying to try?

I really do hope that all of your most reasonable (and a few of your wildest) dreams come true this year.
XOXO, Lib

Page Thirty-Three: Road Trip [before]

Next week, Ryguy and I are going on a vacation. It’s a short vacation (a four-day-weekend) but it’s still the first one I’ve ever been on. In my whole life. I’m defining a vacation as going to a place simply because you want to go there and not because there’s a specific event or to visit family or friends. When I was little, we went on one “family vacation” when we drove to Kalamazoo, Michigan to attend my cousin’s wedding. I mean, yeah, it was definitely a trip (in a few different ways). But this is a vacation–we’re going to this place just because we want to go to there. And I’m so excited. I feel more relaxed just thinking about it! Needless to say, it’s all we’ve been thinking about for some time.

We’re going to Eureka Springs, Arkansas, which has been described as “quirky” on nearly every single website that I’ve pulled up while researching our trip. It’s five-ish hours away from McPherson, KS which is far enough away that you’re really leaving home but close enough that we won’t be spending half of the time driving. So that is a definite plus. But we will still be spending a substantial amount of time, together, in the car. Which makes this a legit road trip.

I have some serious road trip essentials. I’ll tell you mine if you tell me yours.
Snacks: Twizzlers (first and foremost), followed by something grainy (Kind bars), a bottle of water (Evian or Smartwater–my tummy is oddly particular about the kind of bottled water it likes to consume), and a bottle of Green Machine Naked Juice. Ordinarily, I wouldn’t go anywhere without a cup of coffee but if I’m going to be in the car for several hours… come on now.
Sound: A back-log of favorite podcasts. I like a good mix of something nerdy (Radio Lab) and something funny (Totally Married). And also some really good sing-along music. Sing-along music is pivotal for the times when you get extra-super sleepy and need to actively keep yourself awake. For me this is a good time to bust out Haim or some old old Tegan and Sara albums.
Proper attire: a sports bra (because the car is no place for an underwire), a softie (for me it’s a particular snuggly sweater), and slip-on shoes (because I’m a take-your-shoes-off kind of traveler).
And a well-packed purse within arm’s reach. Featuring a phone charger, lip balm, sunglasses, hand cream, magazines, and a journal.

I have to say that I feel ignorant and judgmental to just now be realizing there are things of worth not far from here. When you think of Arkansas, beautiful mountains and tree-house cottages and quirky museums (there’s that word again) and cave exploration don’t immediately come to mind. At least it didn’t for me. But once I started researching our trip I was feeling so excited. Not just because we’re definitely going to have fun, but also because it really inspired me to look for the great things that really are close by! I mean, our part of the US is often referred to as “fly-over country” but that doesn’t mean that there’s nothing of worth here. And so I’m excited to find out about it.

In that same vein, I happened upon this website/ app that helps you to make the most out of your roadtrip. We just plugged in where we’re going and where we’re leaving from and it gave us a bunch of suggestions of fun places to check out between here and there. It’s like we’re constantly learning in yoga–it’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey.

Can you fill me in on your road trip essentials?
And also can you recommend a good audio book? Something that will appeal to me (a lover of character studies) and him (a nerdy guy with a taste for mysteries)??

xoxo, lib