27 for 27

To continue, here is the flip side – 27 things I’m looking forward to and/or am aiming for in the coming year. Here’s a recap:

We’re on to year three of yearly lessons and goals. It’s been a fun practice to reflect on the past year and look forward with anticipation at the coming months.

For those tuning in for the first time, for the last two years I’ve made a list (as long as my age) with simple goals, lessons, facts, and other randomness that I have experienced and am looking forward to. It ranges from serious to ridiculous, while covering everything in between.

Here’s to 2018 and a year of 27:

  1. Continue rooting myself in my community and my reliance on Him. Each and every year.
  2. PISTOL SQUATS. I will be doing them by June. #goals
  3. Trying more local restaurants. I’m a creature of habit and need to step out of the box.
  4. Travel: Northern California, PNW, Utah, Nashville, North Carolina, Texas…the list goes on.
  5. Is it redundant to mention coffee yet again?
  6. Be more consistent with daily habits/routines. I often let life get in the way of things that are truly important.
  7. Go to more sports games. Hockey, football, baseball – all of it.
  8. Complain less. There’s so much beauty within the hard and mundane.
  9. Send more snail mail.
  10. Be more intentional. With words, with actions, with relationships.
  11. Whole30 – at least two rounds. AT LEAST. Round one starts Monday. Bless.
  12. Cook more. Meal prep more. Use that InstantPot. #gamechanger
  13. Somehow I’m not even halfway through this list.
  14. Serve. Serve often. Serve willinging. Serve others. Serve.
  15. Make fewer excuses. About everything.
  16. Find new and challenging workouts. It helps with motivation.
  17. Start playing a sport again. I miss that.
  18. Watch less TV. Read more.
  19. Gather more books. I’m okay with owning a full library.
  20. Go skating more often. You brought those skates all way the way from Canada – USE THEM.
  21. Listen to more podcasts.
  22. Watch new movies (I know, I said to read more. Whatever). Stop watching the same ones over and over again (or at least throw in a new one here and there).
  23. Go to the beach more. Swim in the ocean more often. It’s good for you.
  24. Use your planner. ALL year.
  25. Slow down. Notice the little things. Find something to be thankful for in every circumstance.
  26. Is it too much to list coffee twice? Yes? Oops.
  27. Dream big. Work hard. Kick 2018 in the teeth.
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26 from 26

We’re on to year three of yearly lessons and goals. It’s been a fun practice to reflect on the past year and look forward with anticipation at the coming months.

For those tuning in for the first time, for the last two years I’ve made a list (as long as my age) with simple goals, lessons, facts, and other randomness that I have experienced and am looking forward to in the next year. It ranges from serious to ridiculous, while also covering everything in between.

2017 was a year of progress and learning and rooting myself in the community I’ve cultivated here and more importantly in Him. It’s been a wild ride that makes me excited for the year to come.

Here are 26 things I learned/experienced in 2017:

  1. Canada is really cold. San Diego’s sunshine and warm temperatures are taken for granted. Never again.
  2. A lot can change in a year. Wow.
  3. Sometimes distance and boundaries are the necessary solution. And sometimes that leads to more redemption than you ever thought possible.
  4. Coffee is still one of my love languages.
  5. So is sarcasm. Although, it may be worse now than ever.
  6. I still crave travel and discovering new places, but I’m just as content being here in the place that I love.
  7. There’s just something about those Friday night lights above a football field that makes you nostalgic all over again.
  8. Watching people do what they love is the best feeling in the world.
  9. The ocean isn’t as intimidating as I once thought. But let’s be honest, it’s still a little terrifying.
  10. Speaking of, I swam in the Pacific Ocean for the first time this year. There’s no going back.
  11. Grounding yourself with a walk in the sand is just about the best medicine for anything and everything.
  12. Friends you can laugh hysterically with (even if you’re laughing at yourself) are the best friends you could dream of having.
  13. You’ll even learn to forgive those friends for introducing you as “the Canadian” before ever sharing your name.
  14. But you’ll still roll your eyes and pop them in the arm. Everytime.
  15. The best conversations still happen in the kitchen or the car.
  16. I never IN MY LIFE thought I would want a dog as much as I do right now.
  17. But Ralphie will work just fine for now. Is it possible to miss him even though I saw him 12 hours ago?
  18. Burgers. I think they’ll always be my favorite food.
  19. Also tequila. Because duh.
  20. A list of 26 things is really long.
  21. Fresh off the vine passionfruit is THE BEST thing ever. I can’t even begin to count how many I ate. Is it passionfruit season yet?
  22. Keeping routines new and exciting is necessary for survival. Boredom = laziness.
  23. The Bachelor/Bachelorette is still just as entertaining 15 years later.
  24. Learning to be content in the moment is an ever-evolving lesson that I’m still trying to conquer.
  25. How many books is too many books? 5 million? Perfect. I’m not there yet.
  26. San Diego is home. And I’m so thankful for that.

26 for 26

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To continue with the tradition after “25 from 25“, I give you 26 things I want to do, experience, or focus on in the year to come. Who even knows what will is to come in the next 365 days, but it is sure to be an unpredictable journey. Here’s to the next year of continued traditions and new experiences.

  1. Travel more. There’s so much of this country and world that I’ve yet to see. This year ended up being focused on roots more than wings. Having said that, the few trips I did take were perfect.
  2. Also, let’s start with the PNW, cause that place looks like the dream. Next Year?
  3. Buy more coffee brewing equipment. I will get that Chemex this year. AND I DID.
  4. Be more intentional with friendships and connecting with friends who live hundreds of miles away. I think this will be on my list every year. Yup – life goes quickly and somehow another year has passed. This will always be at the top of my list.
  5. I would say drink more coffee, but I’m not sure that’s even possible at this point. I feel like I’ve kept this up pretty well to this point. Always room for improvement ;)
  6. I’m going to attempt the surfing and snowboarding goals again this coming year, because I didn’t do so well at those last year… Well, I got on a stand-up paddle board and floundered for a while. And I got a whole lot more comfortable in the water. So, I’ll take that as a partial win.
  7. Continue to explore this city I find myself living in. There are still many unknown and undiscovered areas to find. Slowly chipping away at this one. Yet the list keeps growing…
  8. You know that big exciting project I was excited for in 2016, let’s move that to the 2017 list. Okay, so maybe bump that another year.
  9. Also, about taking more pictures…let’s add “get a new lens for my camera so I’m excited to take pictures again” to this list. Or maybe just replace that camera with a phone that takes killer pictures.
  10. Cook more. Gather more people around the table and cook for them and with them. That’s when my heart comes most alive. Still working on this one, but it’s still one of my favorite things.
  11. Start playing a sport again. I miss the teamwork and comradery that comes with that. Does watching sports count? Cause I did lots of that.
  12. Try more local restaurants. This place has some of the best around and I’ve been to embarrassingly few of them. I think I made a good dent in this one. Slowly, slowly.
  13. Visit Australia. This will be the year. IT HAS TO BE. NEXT YEAR HAS TO BE.
  14. Continue to read often. I want to keep up this habit I’ve picked up over the last year. Every. Year.
  15. Go to Stone Brewery more. Because pretzels and brussel sprouts. Always and forever.
  16. Also, learn more low carb options of all the carb filled foods. Because that kind of feels like Christmas to the two T1Ds in the house.
  17. Make it to Fresno more often. How am I so close, yet so far? Ugh. FAILED.
  18. Play games more often. The sound of laughter in the midst of competitiveness is the best thing. Need to focus on this one next year. Maybe once football season is over…
  19. Stop overthinking things. And by that I mean try to overthink things less. And by that I mean just start chiseling away at that monumental task. Ha…yeah, about that.
  20. Explore the options when it comes to grad school. Who knows where that may lead… Still figuring out what this looks like.
  21. Work on hand-letting and graphic design more. I need to spend more time learning what I enjoy. Chipping away at this one. Still learning LOTS.
  22. See snow for more than 12 hours at a time. My soul comes alive in the snow. White Canadian Christmas, for the win.
  23. Invest more money in quality items and less money on things that aren’t sustainable or needed.
  24. See more of California.
  25. Focus more on my writing. I haven’t done nearly enough of that in the last 12 months.
  26. Enjoy 2017. There’s beauty and pain and redemption everywhere I look. See it, notice it, remember it. The pain makes the redemption that much more beautiful.

So as 2017 comes to be, as new resolutions and goals are set, let us remember that each day is fresh and new – as are His mercies. Treat each day as such, as a blank slate with the beautiful opportunity ahead of us to make Him GREATER.

Photo by Christina Jean Photography.

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