A friend/ex-coworker/fellow blogger gave me the idea to write down the goals that I would like to see accomplished within the next…oh, five or so years. She put her personal goals on a separate page so that she could constantly refer back to them. I think that’s a pretty dandy idea, so I’m going to copy her. And my five years starts NOW, September 28, 2009.

Things in grey: Haven’t done yet.
Things in pink that have been struck out: Completed!
Things in red: Failed!
Things in blue: In process

Work and Money

1. Find a job that I like that is related to linguistics in some way, shape, or form.
I am going to be teaching secondary English in Memphis, TN! I’m really excited. It’s related to linguistics in some way, shape, or form 🙂

2. Once I graduate from school and get a job, save 10%, tithe 10% of each pay check.
3. Once I graduate from school and get a job, make a budget where I can buy a house when I’m 30.

Travel and DC Stuff

4. Go outside of the United States at least once a year (1/5: Haiti 2011).
5. Visit at least two countries that aren’t Haiti (0/2).
6. Visit 5 states I’ve never been to. And by visit, I mean take in (1/5: Connecticut, 2/5: Alabama, 3/5: Mississippi, Arkansas, 4/5)
7. This is both friends and travel: Take a vacation with Jackie, Anna, and Suzie.
8. Go to Hogwarts!! (aka, the new theme park in Florida).

9. Ice skate at the National Gallery’s Sculpture Garden (12/20/09).
(Ok, so we went skating at Rockefellar Center, but I think that it   is better than the National Gallery’s Sculpture Garden, so I think that it counts 🙂

10. Visit the National Cathedral.
11. Visit the 16th Street Masonic Temple (Thank you, Dan Brown.)
12. Go on a tour of the Capitol.
13. Participate in Embassy Day.
14. Go see something at Wolf Trap.
15. Go on a tour of the White House.
16. See the changing of the guards at Arlington Cemetary.
17. Go sit on the big green chair at the Duke Ellington school. And take pictures.
18. Go to the top of the Washington Monument. How is it that I live in DC and never done this!!
19. International Spy Museum. (11/14/09)
20. Go to Ben’s Chili Bowl (11/14/09)

21. Go to the Eastern Market.

Volunteering and causes I care about

22. Find somewhere I really like teaching English. Stay there. Wooddale High School!
23. Clean out all of my stuff at least once a year, throwing unnecessary things out and giving things I don’t need to Goodwill and/or Haiti (1/5: 1. May 7, 2010).
24. Volunteer at a local non-profit that I care about.
25. Set up the eye-glasses clinic in DC/Memphis.
26. Volunteer somehow with Blood:Water::Mission.
27. Have a fundraiser for our trips to Haiti.
28. Work at a soup kitchen on Thanksgiving Day.
29. Operation: Shoebox one year.
30. Take one day and fill a whole garbage bag with trash from around the neighborhood.
31. Help someone that I really don’t want to help.
(11/13/09)
I helped this guy I don’t like do an experiment for one of his classes. I did it just because I don’t like him, and I thought I should help. Hopefully, I will help people I don’t want to more often, however.
32. Guerilla gardening for a day.
33. Sing in a Christmas cantata.

Friends and Family

34. Go see Anna, wherever she may be, at least twice a year (1/10: In New Haven)
35. See Dustin at least once a month (7/60). Turns out I moved to Memphis and therefore never see him.
36. Go see Sara Beth at least once a year. (0/5)
37. Take a trip with my grandmother, Momma, and my sisters.
38. Record my Nanny’s stories.
39. Record Aunt Nell’s stories.
40. Visit Chris N. for a weekend in Morgantown.
41. Go on a trip with Kiersten and Mary Kellan.
42. Go visit Paw-Paw’s WWII sites with my Daddy.
43. Help my mom create a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner.
44. Go visit Suzie in L.A.
45. Host a game night for my DC Friends.
46. Surprise a friend with flowers.

Spiritual Growth

47. Find a church I like and attend regularly.
48. Join a Bible study group.
49. Start a prayer/devotional journal. (Started February 2010.)
50. Read The Gospel of Thomas.
51. Read the whole New Testament.
52. Try to see Jars of Clay every year (1/5…1. January 14, 2010, 2/5…2. November 20, 2011).
53. Get Trinity to send me service tapes at least once a month, for a year. Listen to them.
54. Attend a spirituality lecture at Georgetown.
55. Read “Three Simple Rules,” The Wesleyan Way book (And can I say that this is an amazing little book?! I recommend it to anyone)
56. Read Gutierrez’s book, “A Theology of Liberation”.

Exercise and Health

57. Get a massage.
58. Try a new form of exercise (kick-boxing, yoga, spinning, whatever). (Yoga!)
59. Run 4 days a week for a month (my attempt to get back in shape).

60. Run a 10K.
61. Go on a vegan diet for 10 days.
62. Cut out caffeine after 8pm.
63. Start taking calcium.
64. Join a club soccer team for one season.
65. Find a good therapist. Go regularly.
I didn’t put a time line on this…I’m not sure what “regularly” means. However, I found a therapist that I like, and I’ve gone once a week since November…So I think I can cross this off.

Domesticality

66. Make a recipe book.
67. Make peach cupcakes.
68. Have a dinner party.
69. Make an echinacea tincture.
70. Go an entire week without eating out/buying coffee.
71. See how my garden grows!
72. Learn a new knitting stitch. (December 2009)
I learned how to toggle! And make hats!
73. Make myself a really adorable apron.

Learning and things

74. Read two Shakespeare plays that I haven’t read before.
75. Become conversational at Haitian Creole.
76. Learn to play one song on the dulcimer.
77. Learn how to use SPSS. I’m not going to do this and I don’t care about it anymore anyways.
78. Learn how to change the oil in my car.
79. Read 5 Spanish novels (one a year) (0/5)
80. Subscribe to the Washington Post, and do more with it than the crosswords and sudoku.
81. Learn how to do my own taxes (this kinda fits in with category 1, as well.)

Random:

82. Buy a great pair of work boots.
83. Procure a great pair of flannel jeans.(December 2009)
I didn’t buy them, but I got them as a Christmas gift.
84. Win Best Costume at a Halloween party.
85. Go apple picking with friends.
86. Teach a college course.

87. Go on a hot air balloon ride.
88. Perform at Rocky Horror Picture Show, or at least dress up and be in the audience. That was one of the weirdest things that I have ever done in my life. I mean…woah. I was in the audience, and I had props and stuff. I tried to follow along, but man. They get rowdy.
89. Buy a filing cabinet and organize all the random papers I have flitting about (12/12/09).
I no longer have 87 gazillion folders and binders of unorganized school things. I have one big filing box (Ok, so I didn’t buy a filing cabinet, but those are really expensive, and a box works just fine).

90. Go to a drive-in movie theatre. Went and saw a movie at the Princeton drive-in with Kiersten, Hannah, and Dustin.
91. Go sky diving.
92. Buy a great pair of black pumps.
93. Take a dance class (it doesn’t matter what the style is…Foxtrot, Waltz, Salsa, Meringue, whatever).
94. Learn how to change a tire.
95. Buy an amazing multi-functional knife.
96. Raft the Gauley.
97. Learn how to walk properly in heels. I now have a real job that requires me to wear heels.
98. Break up with that poisonous friend

99. Go skinny dipping in Walden Pond.
100. My secret. 14 months and counting.
101. My secret 2.

Travel

18. Go outside of the United States at least once a year (0/5).
19. Visit at least two countries that aren’t Haiti (0/2).
20. Visit 5 states I’ve never been to. And by visit, I mean take in (0/5).
21. This is both friends and travel: Take a vacation with Jackie, Anna, and Suzie.
22. Go see Jude Law as Hamlet in NYC (this has a very short deadline– By Dec. 6!!!)
23. Go to Hogwarts!! (aka, the new theme park in Florida).

Washington, D.C.
Even though I live here, I have seen a shockingly few amount of things…I’m embarrassed, and so here’s this subsection.

24. Ice skate at the National Gallery’s Sculpture Garden.
25. Visit the National Cathedral.
26. Visit the 16th Street Masonic Temple (Thank you, Dan Brown.)
27. Go on a tour of the Capitol.
28. Participate in Embassy Day.
29. Go see something at Wolf Trap.
30. Go on a tour of the White House.
31. Go see Ted Kennedy at Arlington Cemetery.
32. Go sit on the big green chair at the Duke Ellington school. And take pictures.
33. Go to the top of the Washington Monument. How is it that I live in DC and never done this!!
34.