The day is finally here, my 25th birthday. Finally my car insurance will go down… Oh wait, I don’t have a car in Chicago.
Well at least I have a good excuse to crack open a beer, smoke a cigar and maybe throw back some whiskey. I love birthdays, mine and others, because like wedding invites, they are a chance to reflect on the past year, celebrate accomplishments and make plans for the future.
Normally, I start my goals on January 1st, but this year I’m hopping on the trend of creating a goal for each year I’ve been alive. Some of these goals might evolve throughout the year, but the spirit of each goal won’t change. One of the themes you might notice is an emphasis on Chicago, I’ve found that it’s tough to be a tourist in my own city and as someone that has lived here over two years, it’s time I truly embrace the city and everything it offers.
Visit the Willis (Sears) Tower Observation Deck 1/3/11
Spend a afternoon on the John Hancock Observation Deck 12/27/10 (Edited – During a recent visit to the JH I learned that they outdoor part is covered and blocked by mesh, which defeats the original purpose of this goal.)
3) Run ten 5k races (My first is this weekend – you should join me!)
4) Watch my older sister run a marathon (In April she is running the Boston Marathon!)
5) Spend a weekend with each of my sisters in the city they live (St. Louis and Phoenix)
Spend a week in New York City (Jan. 8 – Jan. 13, 2011 – Technically this isn’t a full week but 6 days is close enough.)
7) Call my grandma at least once a month
8) Visit the Chicago Field Museum,
The Art Institute of Chicago (1/3/11), Adler Planetarium, and Shedd Aquarium (1/16/11)
9) Go to a downtown club and order bottle service (Only once)
10) Try a new recipe once a month
11) Travel to Europe (or schedule my trip)
12) Learn to drive stick shift
13) Re-learn how to ride a motorcycle
14) Ride to Sturgis, South Dakota with my dad
15) Attend every Kitten Kall meeting
16) Take a girl out on a date every month
17) Spend more time blogging / writing about food
18) Spend a weekend with my parents that isn’t attached to an activity I already plan on doing
19) Attend 10 Major League Baseball games
Get a Chicago library card (1/3/11) and read one book a month
21) Once a week go for a walk outside
22) Volunteer somewhere for at least one month
Do something that scares me (1/8/11 – Details to come.)
24) Meet Victoria Secret supermodel Marisa Miller and or attend the Maxim Hot 100 Party
25) Move somewhere new
Some of these goals will be easy and some of these will be tougher. Unfortunately, money might hinder my ability to accomplish all of these goals but that just means I have to look at my decisions seriously, plan appropriately and occasionally pass on other opportunities.
In addition to being a tourist in my own city, another theme throughout these goals is my family. As my sisters and I continue to create our own paths in life, maintaining a strong connection to them is extremely important to me. If everything works out, I’ll turn 26 with stronger friendships and a slew of stories to share. I hope you’ll join me on some of these adventures.
If you’ve ever created a list like this, I’d love to hear your advice.