213 in 2013 Project

I have been a list maker and goal setter my entire life. I’ve followed a well-paved, straight and narrow path in order to reach a place of “success.” And, it worked. Sort of.

To-do lists full of getting papers done, projects finished, business cards printed, portfolios built. Goals made of attaining internship after internship, winning scholarships, climbing the ranks in professional organizations. As I’d tick each one off, I’d climb one rung higher on the ladder to achieving success and stability after graduation: a well-paying job, health benefits and a 401k.

I did all of this while I watched friends chase their dreams and desires and live more fully than I ever dreamed of. Jumping out of planes, living in another country for four months, getting tattoos, climbing mountains, traversing across South America. I’d watch their photo albums fill up with incredible experiences and memories and craved so badly to create my own, all while sitting in a small gray cubicle — the one I had worked so hard to get.

live your life

That’s why I’m making 2013 my year. The year where I stop acting like I’m dead and my chances for adventure gone. The year when I take chances, conquer fears, make messes and cherish every single moment of it. The year when I finally stop surviving and actually start living — passionately and fearlessly.

Here is my list. 213 things in 2013. Some are more grand and pretty adventurous like jumping out of a plane while others are about facing down my fears like giving blood or trying sushi (what can I say… I hate needles and fish.) Many are meant to get me out of my comfort zone while others are there for self-reflection or just good ol’ fashioned fun.

213 is a pretty lofty goal…but I’ve never been known to be scared of a challenge. Even if I don’t accomplish all of them — I know I’m going to have a damn good time trying.

Here’s to you, 2013.

Work in Progress:

1. Learn a new language.

2. Go ice-skating under the stars.

3. Make a new friend.

4. Take a painting class.

5. Make a pizza from scratch.

6. Throw a fabulous dinner party.

7. Play an ultimate game of laser tag.

8. Make a 3 a.m. diner trip.

9. Have a girl’s weekend.

10. Go to a comedy show.

11. Try a new type of cuisine I’ve been too afraid to try.

12. Win a game of trivia.

13. Go wedding dress shopping.

14. Go bridesmaid dress shopping.

15. Write a list of 20 things I like about someone and give it to them.

16. Be a guest speaker at an event.

17. Go skiing.

18. Get my hair done professionally.

19. Go to a farmer’ market.

20. Buy a piece of art from a local artist.

21. Go on a picnic.

22. Go to the cherry blossom festival.

23. Go skydiving.

24. Go paintballing.

25. Plan a brother/sister weekend.

26. Celebrate my half birthday.

27. Visit Texas.

28. Meet a new member of Mike’s family.

29. Eat at one of the best/most expensive restaurants in the city.

30. Enjoy a night of jazz.

31. Play a game of chess in the park.

32. Go to a sporting event.

33. Reach 10,000 blog views.

34. Grab drinks with old friends.

35. Play a sport.

36. Have an awesome bridal shower.

37. Go on a father-daughter date.

38. Buy something nice for someone else.

39. Enjoy a French brunch.

213 things to accomplish in 2013

  1. Attend a religious service I’ve never experienced before
  2. Try sushi
  3. Take a dance class
  4. Perform at an open mic night
  5. Throw a fabulous dinner party
  6. Commit a random act of kindness
  7. Run a 5k
  8. Go skydiving
  9. Read an entire book in one day
  10. Write a letter to someone I need to forgive
  11. Ride a bike in the city
  12. Take a spontaneous road trip
  13. Go to a concert
  14. Spend an entire day without technology
  15. Take a painting class
  16. Go to the top of the National Monument
  17. Get into the White House
  18. Get a tattoo
  19. Give blood for the first time
  20. Get married
  21. Sew/knit something
  22. Volunteer at a senior center
  23. Go on a hike
  24. Go white water rafting
  25. Go skiing
  26. Tour a vineyard/go to a wine tasting
  27. Learn how to make homemade pasta
  28. Get one of my blogs/writings published
  29. Plant something & watch it grow
  30. Take a photography class
  31. Volunteer with animal rescue group
  32. Be a guest speaker/presenter at an event
  33. Visit a state I’ve never been to
  34. Buy something nice for myself
  35. Buy something nice for someone else
  36. Go to a sporting event
  37. Learn a new language (at least just the basics)
  38. Play a sport
  39. Eat at one of the best/most expensive restaurants in the city
  40. Have a girls’ weekend
  41. Go to an opera
  42. Make homemade croissants
  43. Go salsa dancing
  44. Go to a yoga class
  45. Learn to play a song on the piano
  46. Learn to play a song on the guitar
  47. Take Mike on a romantic date
  48. Host thanksgiving dinner for my family
  49. Stay up all night and watch the sunrise from the Lincoln Memorial
  50. Make a 3 AM diner trip
  51. Participate in a charity walk
  52. Attend an exclusive party
  53. Try a type of cuisine I have been too afraid to try
  54. Plan a weekend with my brother and sister
  55. Go on a girls date with my mom and sister
  56. Make risotto
  57. Make a pizza from scratch
  58. Go to the cherry blossom festival
  59. Go to a comedy show
  60. Make homemade candles
  61. Buy an antique/interesting piece of furniture
  62. Buy a piece of art from a local artist
  63. Make a meal using solely farmer’s market ingredients
  64. Have a crazy bachelorette party
  65. Go apple picking
  66. Have a snowball fight
  67. Go ice skating under the stars
  68. Makeover an old piece of furniture
  69. Go grocery shopping only using coupons
  70. Go on a city food tour
  71. Bake a cake from scratch
  72. Spend a day in an art museum
  73. Only eat breakfast for an entire day
  74. Write a postcard to a stranger
  75. Go an entire month without drinking
  76. Visit every Smithsonian museum
  77. Play a game of chess in the park
  78. Go roller skating
  79. Write a list of 20 things I like about someone and give it to them
  80. Host a movie marathon with the top 5 AFI movies
  81. Complete a jigsaw puzzle
  82. Learn a new vocabulary word every day for a month
  83. Learn to juggle
  84. Visit Mike’s family in Texas
  85. Eat my first authentic BBQ meal
  86. Make a homemade Christmas ornament
  87. Be a member of an audience in a TV show
  88. Send a message in a bottle
  89. Write a fan letter to my ultimate hero
  90. Go on a Pentagon tour
  91. Have a French brunch
  92. Go moonlight kayaking on the Potomac
  93. Visit the drum circle at Meridian Hill Park
  94. Go to a farmers’ market
  95. Write a letter to my three closest friends
  96. Fly a kite
  97. Go on a picnic
  98. Visit a renaissance fair
  99. Learn to say hello in 30 different languages
  100. Enjoy a night of jazz
  101. Ride a mechanical bull
  102. Learn to play poker
  103. Learn how to perform a magic trick
  104. Donate clothes to a women’s shelter
  105. Sell a piece of original artwork
  106. Visit the Baltimore Aquarium
  107. Go a week without cursing
  108. Participate in a flash mob
  109. Take a cooking class
  110. Make a new friend
  111. Get a professional haircut
  112. Become a vegetarian for a month
  113. Get a library card and check out a book
  114. Make a house out of cards
  115. Make homemade jam
  116. Bake a pie from scratch
  117. Visit an animal sanctuary
  118. Give up soda for a week
  119. Make an awesome Halloween costume
  120. Go Christmas caroling
  121. Go an entire day without knowing the time
  122. Spend an entire day only walking – no cars, buses, trains, etc.
  123. Go to a community theater show
  124. Make my own infused vodka
  125. Recreate Mike and I’s first date
  126. Finally buy a Living Social/Groupon deal
  127. Make a piece of homemade jewelry
  128. Visit Arlington National Cemetery for the changing of the guards
  129. Go to a rooftop party
  130. Tour the Capitol building
  131. Read a classic novel
  132. Finish a crossword puzzle
  133. Learn to change the oil in a car
  134. Learn how to do my own taxes
  135. Join a club
  136. Win a game of trivia
  137. Mail my biggest secret to Post Secret
  138. Go to a gay pride parade
  139. Have my caricature done
  140. Buy a homeless person lunch
  141. Pay for the person’s order behind me at Starbucks
  142. Learn the entire MJ Thriller dance
  143. Go to an awesome fireworks display on the 4th of July
  144. Make only homemade Christmas presents
  145. Make a wall gallery with my photographs
  146. Make tiramisu
  147. Get a pedicure
  148. Have a kindergarten craft day
  149. Sing a solo at karaoke
  150. Go an entire without looking in the mirror
  151. Buy a spice rack and fill it with spices
  152. Conquer my fear of crabs
  153. Have a father/daughter date
  154. Go to Ocean City, Md.
  155. Get my face painted
  156. Get my fortune told
  157. Invent a new martini
  158. Visit the dentist…FINALLY
  159. Enter a photo contest
  160. Grab drinks with an old friend
  161. Make homemade macaroons
  162. Have breakfast in bed
  163. Go to a fair
  164. Have a water balloon fight
  165. Climb a tree
  166. Attempt a DIY up-do
  167. Get a Letter to the Editor published
  168. Win a prize using “the claw”
  169. Break open a piñata –  eat all the candy
  170. Go down a waterslide
  171. Learn the names of all the presidents
  172. Make the ultimate PB & J sandwich
  173. Go horseback riding
  174. Meet a celebrity
  175. Go to a beach bar
  176. Ride a rollercoaster I’ve been on
  177. Celebrate Christmas in July
  178. Celebrate my half birthday
  179. Play on a playground
  180. Make sidewalk chalk art
  181. Reach 10,000 blog views
  182. Take a Zumba class
  183. Take a bubble bath
  184. Have a spa day
  185. Have an awesome bridal shower
  186. Try a new cheese
  187. Go to a Native American Pow-Wow
  188. Build a sand castle
  189. Reach 1,000 followers on Twitter
  190. Ride in a hot air balloon
  191. Stay at a bed and breakfast
  192. Meet a famous chef
  193. Make a blanket fort
  194. Sneak into a second movie at the movie theater
  195. Go bridesmaid dress shopping
  196. Go wedding dress shopping
  197. Take engagement photos
  198. Go through $10 at a 10 cent ski ball game
  199. Carve a pumpkin
  200. Go go-kart racing
  201. Play an ultimate game of laser tag
  202. Have a paintball battle
  203. Make a homemade facial mask
  204. Meet a new member of Mike’s family
  205. Eat a dirty water hot dog in New York
  206. Go dancing in the rain
  207. Pull off the ultimate April Fool’s prank
  208. Make homemade smores over a firepit
  209. Take an IQ test
  210. Participate in Chat Roulette…with my cats
  211. Help build a house
  212. Buy Christmas gifts for a child in need
  213. Witness a Christmas tree lighting

17 responses to “213 in 2013 Project

  1. Pingback: The 213 in 2013 Project | when the girl meets world

  2. Totally feel the same way after reading the opening paragraphs! Hope you can check all of these off your list 🙂

  3. Good luck! 213 is heavy but I think you can get it done!

    • Thanks, Sarah! Yes — 213 is definitely a daunting number & I’m hoping I’ll be able to come close and maybe even accomplish them all. I’m definitely up for the challenge either way!

  4. Stephanie Simms

    I love this idea!!!! Thanks for sharing

  5. OMG, I thought my 25 by 25 was too much… now I feel like total lame! Good for you darling, I’ll def. be keeping up with you as you knock these goals down. Good Luck 🙂

    • I’m so excited to hear you’ll be reading along! And You’re not lame at all – I think I’m just crazy. 🙂 I love your blog, btw – definitely looking forward to following it along!

  6. I just came across this and I LOVE this idea! Good luck with your 213 things to accomplish! I might have to do this myself and come up with a list — but I think I’ll be a bit less ambitious and aim for around 100 things haha 🙂

  7. you have me hooked! i want to make a list of my own now and will def be reading your other posts! good to see youre doing well (:

    • Thank you, Erin! I’m glad you’ll be reading! You should definitely make a list – it has given me so much to look forward to this year. Hope all is well with you!

  8. Good luck, girl! You’ve made yourself quite the list. It’s only January and you’re on your way to having 9 crossed off. Good work!

  9. Hi Nikki, I just started a Meetup Group here in DC. Check it out and if you’re interested, come hang with us on Sunday : http://www.meetup.com/DC-Fearless-Beauty-Healing-Circle/ . BTW, I have a lil experience with #60 if you ever need help 😉

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