I’m eighteen today, guys.
Honestly, I’m having a hard time believing it myself – I feel the same as I did yesterday. Eighteen is a big milestone, though, and reaching it is amazing. So much has happened in the past year and at first I considered writing a blog post about all of that, but I finally decided to do a bucket list instead. The New Year’s Tag usually catches everything that happens in my life (all the important stuff, at least) and I’ve seen this idea for a bucket list drifting around the blogosphere for quite some time. Here goes!
1. Read the Bible through in one month. I tried this one time before, but I ended up skimming far more than I read. With my new-found faith and love for God’s Word, I can’t wait to do this in whichever month I chose.
2. Own a cat. My grandparents have an adorable cat and I’ve recently realized that I’d love to have one of my own. We shall see.
3. Vote. Since this is the first year I can.
4. Finish editing The Bounty Hunter. This has been an on-going project for at least a year and it’s time that I got serious about it. The characters are near and dear to my heart, though I have to admit that on paper, they don’t seem like much (just in my head). And I know I can do it, too.
5. Participate in a walk for a charity. I think it would be fun and, more importantly, helpful. And in that same vein…
6. Donate blood. Something I’ve wanted to do for a long time.
7. Meet at least one of my internet friends. Right now, I don’t see how that could happen, but I can always hope (and pray). I’ve made so many good friends online in the past several years and being able to meet one (or more) of them face-to-face would be fantastic.
8. Lose weight. The on-going battle. *wink*
9. Finish coloring my Romeo & Juliet adult coloring book. It’s absolutely gorgeous, girls, and I know it will be even more stunning once it’s all colored in. There are beautiful quotes from the play on each page, including my personal favorite: “…Give me my Romeo. And when I shall die / Take him and cut him out in little stars / And he will make the face of heaven so fine / That all the world will be in love with night…” Gahhhhh.
10. Throw someone a surprise birthday party. Haven’t figured out who just yet, but I enjoy planning events, so that’ll be tons of fun.
11. Make a significant dent in the amount of books on my shelves that I haven’t read yet. As in, reading them. Not throwing them out. Duh. I’d say about a third of the books on my shelves have never been read. (Embarrassing, right?)
12. Comment on more blog posts. While I think I’m pretty good about replying to just about every comment I get on my blog, I hardly ever comment on the posts of others – even best friends’ blogs. (Which is kind of stupid.) But I know the thrill of seeing a new comment waiting to be read, so I feel like I should interact more with the blogs I follow.
13. Learn ASL (American Sign Language). Ever since I started watching Sue Thomas F.B. Eye, I’ve been fascinated with ASL and since my family owns a couple of books on how to learn the language (and I have two sisters who are enthusiastic about it as well) I can’t wait to give it a try.
14. Spend less time online. In the past few months I’ve started doing this more and more but I know that I could be spending even less time on my laptop and more time reading, cooking, hanging out with my family, etc., etc.
15. Cosplay. Yesssssss.
16. Take over the cooking/baking in my home completely. I already do a good amount work in the kitchen (creating delicious meals is one of my favorite things to do) but I think it would be a big help to Mom + great experience for me to do everything (maybe even menu planning), especially with school starting so soon.
17. Watch Captain America: Civil War. I have waited so, so long, you guys. Definitely needs to happen sometime SOON.
18. Host a read-along on this blog. Hamlette, over at The Edge of the Precipice, has hosted several read-alongs and it looks like great fun. And since I love books so much, I think a read-along would be a perfect way to get everyone reading/talking about one of my favorites. Still haven’t made a decision about which one to read, yet, though I’m leaning toward The Outsiders (though that could just be because it’s my current book crush). Any suggestions?
19. Spend more time focusing on the Things That Matter and less time on the things that don’t. Pretty self-explanatory, right?
So, those are my hopes and plans for this coming year, guys. What are your thoughts?