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Resolving to Make a List

Some people live and die by lists, meticulously checking off tasks once complete.  It’s not that I don’t see their value, I just feel like I can remember everything I need to without them, despite time and experience showing me different.

So, with a new year and all the talk of resolutions, my mind has turned once again to the merits of a list.  Let’s be clear though.  I am not a “resolution” maker.  I reckon that if there is something you want to accomplish, April is just as good as January, as long as you do it.

But the trusted list can be a place where you define priorities and commit to specific goals, keeping them top of mind, and checking back in to see how you’re faring.  So, in the spirit of keeping me honest, here is my list of goals.  I will check back at some point to make sure I haven’t let anything slide.  And if I do, I give you permission to call me out on it now that it’s all in black and white. 
  • Volunteer in Africa
  • Undertake a serious photography project i.e. book or exhibit
  • Join a bike club and take on a cycling challenge(s)
  • Learn Spanish
  • Commit to more volunteer work
  • Complete kitchen renovation
Care to share your list?


  1. Great post. I absolutely love that picture too.. I imagine that if I could make a list (because I suck at doing that) it would be like that.

    Your goals are lofty and I wish you the best in completing the entire list!


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