My 2014 To Do List

2014 To Do ListHappy New Year, everyone!!! Here we are that the beginning of bright new sparkling and shiny new year.  2013 is done and past, and 2014 has arrived on our doorstep.  As my friend Terri posted on Instagram last night, today is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.  What will you write in your book for 2014?

I’ll start by saying I’m not really a fan of the whole New Year’s Resolutions thing.  It seems like most people don’t really take them very seriously for more than just a week or so, if that.  So, I’ve decided to go a different route this year and make a To Do list instead.

Given I’ll be turning 50 in 2014, I decided it would be fun to come up with a list of 50 things for my to do list in honor of my 50 years of life.  Hence the name, 50 Things for 50 Years.  Some are on-going items that will last the entire year or are multiple-part items, while others are a one-time shot that can be marked off as completed.  I have my 2014 to do list divided by the two types of activities to make it easier.  So, without further adieu, I present my 50 Things for 50 Years:


  1. Get back on (and stay on) my Spending Diet for all of 2014
  2. In bed by 10pm on work nights and midnight on the weekends
  3. Track my food every day on the Weight Watchers site and/or mobile app
  4. Walk at least 10 miles per week
  5. Take my lunch at least four days per week
  6. Drink at least 48 oz of plain water per day
  7. Complete at least fourteen 5k races in 2014
  8. Try at least one new recipe per month
  9. Balance my checking account every month
  10. Read at least 10 books
  11. Post an Instagram of at least two positives every day
  12. Post on my blog at least twice per week
  13. Perform at least one random act of kindness per month
  14. Take a progress photo on the first day of every month
  15. Make & send at least a dozen handmade greeting cards
  16. Put $10 in my savings account for each item as I complete it
  17. Vlog at least once per month


  2. Lose 50 pounds
  3. Create a budget
  4. Take a transatlantic cruise to Europe (scheduled)
  5. Mail someone a hand-written letter
  6. Watch the sun rise (planning to do on my cruise for an unobstructed view)
  7. Watch the sun set (planning to do on my cruise for an unobstructed view)
  8. Stargaze (planning to do on my cruise for an unobstructed view)
  9. Take a selfie at the Eiffel Tower
  10. Eat some chocolate in Belgium
  11. Visit the Starbucks concept store in Amsterdam
  12. Visit a museum
  13. Attend a live theatrical performance
  14. Go to an Angels baseball game
  15. Finish stitching Le Quaker à 6 Mains
  16. Finish stitching Halloween Fairy
  17. Finish Siren and the Shipwreck
  18. Finish Happy Halloween
  19. Stitch and finish a Christmas ornament for my 2014 tree
  20. Frame at least one of my completed cross stitch pieces
  21. Declutter and organize my home office/craft room
  22. Create an inspiration board
  23. Spend an entire day reading
  24. Bake something from scratch
  25. Try a new group exercise class
  26. Answer 50 Questions That Will Free Your Mind
  27. Visit the Aquarium of the Pacific
  28. Go hiking at Runyon Canyon
  29. Unplug completely for a weekend (no TV, no phone, no interwebs)
  30. Complete a 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle
  31. Buy myself flowers on my 50th birthday
  32. Go one week without turning on my DirecTV box which leads to …
  33. Cut the cord (DirecTV) – yeah, this one might be the most scary. lol

Well, that’s my personal list.  If I manage to mark everything off my list, it will definitely be an awesome 50th year for me!  I’ve added this list as a page available in the navigation pane at the top of the page.  That’s the list I’ll be updating and marking complete as the year progresses rather than always returning to this initial January 1 post.

Will you be making resolutions, setting goals, creating a to do list, etc. for the new year?  If so, what’s your biggest goal for 2014?  Leave a comment below and let me know.  )

Until next time …



  1. S says:

    Congrats on Turning 50! I love your list, I did 14 in ’14 and your list has a number of inspiring one time and ongoing things that I’ll be adding to my repertoire! I especially like your monthly progress picture.
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