2011 GOAL

Completing a Goal -run a 5k- from our 2008 list

*A Note from BlueCakes Blogger: In order to change things up a little for the new year I’ve decided to make some changes to this blog: I will no longer be posting First Friday Flashbacks. Now, before you run out of the room to get the Kleenex box and sulk, let me assure you that I am replacing them with something better! Read on, there are more details at the end of this post…

Each year on New Year’s Day Drew and I sit down and write out a list of hopes, goals, dreams and challenges for the new year. We started doing this five or six years ago and it has become a well-loved tradition for our little family of two plus 5 pounds (Maxwell). We write the list on a page in the back of my yearly planner and refer to it from time to time throughout the year.

Items on the list range from small tasks to larger challenges. The purpose of the list is to challenge us to grow, learn, and try new things. It’s something for us to have fun with- not to stress over, which is why we hold no expectations whatsoever of crossing off every item on our list by the end of the year; although, we do make a decent effort.

When the year is over, we review our list from the previous year, discuss why we did or didn’t do certain things, decide if we want to carry over any items to the new list, and make out our new list.

To give you an idea of what our lists look like, here is a random sampling of items that have appeared on previous years’ lists, all of which were completed:

-Finish Scrap-booking Photos from our 2005 Circle of Europe Trip

-Lisa: Try Acupuncture

-Drew: Get a Pedicure with Paraffin Wax

-Visit the LA Arboretum

-Hike the Echo Mountain Trail

-Drew: Learn to cook one Asian recipe from scratch

-Maxwell: Learn 2 new ticks

-Lisa: Learn more about investing and re-evaluate finances

-Go for a bike ride along the ocean

-Host a (sit-down / non-buffet) dinner party in our apartment

-Learn and play 3 new card games

-Run a 5K

There are 32 items on our 2011 list. Want to know what they are? I’ll reveal some of them (others are personal), but you’ll have to keep reading…

This year on BlueCakesBlog I will be replacing “First Friday Flashbacks” with “Glimpses Of the Annual List”, or GOAL for short (don’t you love my tacky acronym?). Flashback Fridays were designed to take a break from my regular blogging about life in Germany and give you a small look into other areas of my life. I feel that this change will allow me to continue doing that in a new and fresh way. Every month, on the first Friday of the month, I will reveal and discuss an item on our list for 2011. By the end of the year you will have seen 12 of these items and should have a little bit better idea of what goes on in the BlueCakes Household.

I’m excited for this change and hope you are too!

Stay tuned- this Friday will kick off our GOAL series…

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