On Tuesday, January 14th I completed ‘the list.’

Project Initiation Step 1: Create a list of small and large challenges and goals to complete within a year.

I got – or rather stole – the idea for this project after reading this on a blog written by my partner’s coworker, Erin.

‘Chapter 30′ represents Erin’s year of being 30 and the challenges she has declared will punctuate this year of her life. Why wait for a midlife crisis when you can create urgency for fun, living, and excitement on your own accord?! Here’s hoping this sparks some ideas for you too.

Boy have my ideas been sparked! I’ve been waiting and searching for a project like this! The way I see it, I am setting out to live a better, more fulfilling life through setting and reaching 30 goals over the course of the year. There are 465 tasks in all, ranging from the social to the career-based, and from the mental to the physical. I want to busy my mind, body, and soul with daily activities to keep from being lazy and watching way too much Netflix this winter. I’m bored, and that’s motivation enough for me.

But more than that, I hope that through this project I can prove my resolve and commitment to making small yet meaningful changes in my life. And I hope that through these changes I will find more comfort and happiness. Ever since I quit Teach For America at the end of 2013 I’ve been feeling a lot of shame and doubt about myself and my future. I have been frustrated with myself for how my anxiety held me back, and I’ve blamed myself for giving up. I’ve been wallowing in comparison, wondering why I couldn’t hack it as a teacher when others could.

It’s only recently that I’ve started to accept that leaving was really the right choice for me, and even though I’m still stressed about some things, I’m a lot happier overall now. But I’ve still been feeling timid about moving forward with my career since I failed at my last attempt. Just like millions of other twenty-something’s in the world who don’t find their place straight out of college, I’m unsure how to combine my skills, interests, and experiences into a career that’s truly a good fit for me. I don’t think I’ll been content until I’m more confident in myself and less afraid of making choices in my life. It’s not just my career, I feel lost, like I don’t know my place, and this project is part of my journey to find it.

I hope that by making small changes and looking for things to feel positive about – and grateful for – every day, I will find more inner-peace and happiness. And I hope that through it all, I will be able to find my path.

Check out my Home Page, to see regular blog updates on my progress!

Yesterday I began the journey.

Project Initiation Step 2: Set out to accomplish the list. In effect.

The List…

Cook your way through 1 entire cookbook.

Take 2 classes.

Attend 3 births.

Shadow 4 different professionals.

Find 5 things you like that you didn’t used to like.

Visit 6 new places.

Do 7 new things outside.

Take on 8 acts of self-expression.

Find 9 people or things that inspire you.

Accomplish 10 things you didn’t think you could do.

Visit 11 museums.

Make 12 new friends.

Perfect 13 recipes.

Give up something for 14 days.

Learn 15 new things

Engage in 16 acts of pure joy.

Watch 17 films.

Learn 18 songs on piano.

Take on 19 acts of gratitude.

Read 20 books.

Try 21 new restaurants.

Be your unabashed-self 22 times in public.

Try 23 new physical experiences.

Engage in 24 acts of kindness.

Walk 25 miles with your dogs.

Go on dates with friends 26 times.

Discover 27 ways yoga improves your life.

Discover 28 ways meditation improves your life.

Try 29 new foods.

Go raw for 30 days.


2 thoughts on “About

  1. Cheyenne, I love this list! I am embarking on a new phase in my life next year when Elsa goes to college. The things you are focusing on inspire me! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Just re-read this piece and think it is wonderfully self-aware and a little sad and then it gets all hopeful! You know I’ve got your back and if I could make your life perfect I would. As soon as I fixed my own. “All who wander are not lost” as Gandalf said. Love you very much and proud of you for all this effort!

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