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Thursday, August 9, 2012

fifty for 50. the 100 day plan.

...I knew this year was going to fly by, but I was still caught a bit off guard last week when I uploaded daily photo 257...and realized I'd hit 266 yesterday. that's right. just 100 days left in my 50th year. a few years back I had a boss who was big into "100 day plans" and that idea struck a chord to (re-)focus my efforts on the fifty for 50 list.

as I wrote back in march, flexibility and planning are critical. so is being realistic! I went through the list this morning to see exactly where I was and noted a few more "done":
  1. ten projects knit from my stash - they were all cowls and hats, but still...
  2. poppies needlepoint (it's off with the finisher now).
  3. strength training routine/regular walking - a big change for me this summer; I now regularly attend 4-5 pilates, barre and zumba classes each week, together with walking three days and running two. feels like this is truly an all-around fitness program and I'm seeing results and feeling better (and enjoying it!)
  4. manicures - I hit a rough patch after non-stop linen/silk knitting in may and june, but it's better now and I am definitely committed to keeping it up.
  5. volunteering at a senior center - holly & I are now helping to facilitate a knitting group at the roswell nursing home on thursday afternoons. (how perfect is that!?!)
  6. twitter :-)
then I crossed off or gave myself permission to not finish quite a few. things related to cooking (there were four; I finished one with sara's help; started two others; and have made no more progress since may), cleaning out the guestroom and organizing the pre-2003 photos, reading mere christianity, card-making (meh!) and finishing all my knitting WIPs (I made some progress - it's now only seven projects and they all fit in one small basket :-)

...and that leaves me with a manageable number of big things to complete:
  • raising $2,500 (we're nearly halfway) for the 2-day walk...and walking 30 miles.
  • revitalizing the prayer shawl ministry.
  • celebrations for my dad's 75th birthday and sara's 21st.
  • a new lace class in october.
  • a trip to chattanooga this fall.
  • 45 more random acts of kindness.
  • four needlepoint projects (and three new stitches).
these next 100 days are going to be busy. and fun.



Blogger Carole Knits said...

Reevaluating is important. Recognizes the things that are no longer enticing is equally important. Have fun with the rest!

Thursday, 09 August, 2012  
Blogger Lydia said...

love how you've kept up with this and have been opening to making adjustments. i've got my 45 for 45 list-wasn't sure how that was going to go-posting soon!

Thursday, 09 August, 2012  
Blogger Debbie said...

I am new to your blog and really enjoy your positive attitude about turning 50. I'll soon turn 58 and it was bothering me, but after reading your blog posts, I wonder why not celebrate each year by learning and doing new things? Thanks so much!

Thursday, 09 August, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

great post! you've done so much already this year! i look forward to hearing about the rest of the year.

Friday, 10 August, 2012  
Blogger Honoré said...

I applaud you for being kind to yourself and feeling great about revisions and changes and accomplishments and 'going with the flow.' Your assessment shows us all that we are - even if we don't think so - just where we need to be.
Carry on!

Friday, 10 August, 2012  
Blogger Patty said...

Mary this is so fun to watch! I wish we could all come to your birthday party and celebrate with you!

Saturday, 11 August, 2012  
Blogger Kym said...

Perfect! Celebrate your accomplishments so far. . . let go of things that just aren't going to happen . . . and embrace the future. Now THAT is the way to turn 50!!!

Monday, 13 August, 2012  

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