Breakfast Cannolis & Birthday Lists

26 Things I Hope to Accomplish During My 26th Year

Here’s the trick to making lists of goals: always throw in a few things that are already guaranteed to come to fruition. I suppose the fitting way to mark this birthday is to write up a list of things I’d like to do during the next year. Goals stay as goals when they remain in your head. They only become action items when written and shared. So this morning I started my birthday with a cannoli for breakfast and a full day of work. But my affinity for lists and thoughts for the next year inspired me to take a moment to reflect and write down 26 things I hope to do/accomplish during my 26th year.

  1. Throw the biggest, best party I’ll ever throw (Complete!)
  2. Eat something adventurous (Complete!)
  3. Scuba dive or snorkel again (Complete!)
  4. Visit my out-of-state friends (Complete!)
  5. Attend a blogging conference or workshop to improve my skills (Complete!)
  6. Practice photography
  7. Decorate with my souvenirs from traveling (Complete!)
  8. Get a book of my travel photos printed
  9. Kayak to Turnip Rock in Port Austin
  10. See the Northern Lights (attempted & failed)
  11. Visit a new country (Complete! x2)
  12. Adore the tulips in Holland, MI (ended up going to Cabo that weekend instead)
  13. Show people my gratitude (Complete!)
  14. Send more snail mail (Complete!)
  15. Listen to live music
  16. Host the first Travel Massive in Detroit (semi-complete… attended Travel Massive in Ann Arbor)
  17. Eat deep dish pizza in Chicago
  18. Learn more about Detroit (Complete!)
  19. See the ice caves on Lake Superior (it never got cold enough!)
  20. Eat a pasty
  21. Make something (Complete! x20)
  22. Run a race (lol)
  23. Volunteer
  24. Read 5 Books
  25. Help someone else plan a trip
  26. Plant something

Anything else I should try to accomplish in the next year? Travel-related or otherwise? Do you make a birthday list?

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  • Amelia Mack

    I love this idea!
    & Happy birthday by the way. I hope it’s your best year yet.
    I’ve recently learned a lot about Detroit because one of my favorite organizations, World Hope, ( ) just last year opened a center in the city. I love everything they are doing for the city. I have it on my list of places to go next year and I highly recommend checking it out to see what they’re center is all about.
    Amelia Mack
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    • Thanks so much Amelia! I definitely think it’s going to be a great year. I haven’t heard of this organization yet, but will definitely check it out – maybe that can help me accomplish #23 – Volunteer! If I have any questions about it, you’re my go-to girl.

      If you do end up in Detroit, let me know. I’d love to meet up with you and if you’re interested, even give you a tour around town and show you some of my favorite places. A couple months ago I gave another blogger a tour and just this week I met up with a blogger from Ohio for dinner/drinks.

      • Amelia Mack

        I would love that! I’ll definitely let you know when I finally make it to your city!

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  • Lara Stephenson

    I think that this is an outstanding list!

    Two things that will be on my list come October will be: 1. Make a Tres Leches Cake from scratch, and 2. Make the best goddamn pot of soup (starting with a homemade stock) from a book of country soup recipes I picked up in England.

    I love your #1 item! I think you’ll definitely be able to knock that one out in August :) :)

    • You have a country soup book from England? That’s amazing!
      Also, since I’m visiting you in October (I know, I still need to buy my plane ticket), you should definitely plan on making that Tres Leches Cake when I’m down. Maybe I can help. :P

  • Jenn Smith Nelson

    Fun and doable list Amanda! One question though. What is a pasty?

    • Thanks Jenn! Hopefully I accomplish all in the next year.
      So a pasty… definitely not nipple tassels as most may think.. HA!

      Actually, I should have spelled it as “pastie” – that’s the proper US spelling. It’s a small, individual meat & veggie pie, kind of like an empanada. Apparently its the ‘state food’ of Michigan and as a born and raised Michigander, I’ve yet to try one. They are more popular in the Upper Peninsula, as it was a cheap, warm & mobile dish for the miners up there.

      • Jenn Smith Nelson

        Not gonna lie. My head went straight to nipple tassles haha! Thanks for clarifying!

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