The other day I came across the TrulyLovelyBlog, run by the adorable duo Kayli and Kassi. Inspired by the book Twenty Wishes by Debbie Macomber, they started a little web campaign where we share our wish lists for each other and complete them over the course of the next year. Here’s a little bit that they said on the subject:
Life is short. Life is not guaranteed. And although we both believe this life is not the end you still HAVE to work with the time you have however long that might be. Focus on things you truly want to do! Things you want to see, things you want to experience. Those things you feel like you should do aren’t meant for this list. This one is for the things you really WISH to do.
I think it’s only fitting that I post this on my birthday (Happy Birthday to me!), and next year on my birthday I can bring it back up and see how many I’ve marked off. Although the timing was purely a coincidence, I think it was pretty cool. I plan on updating you all occasionally on the progress, and I hope that you will either join in or cheer me on.
I understand that a lot of these are food related. But I do run a site about food, so it’s on my mind a lot. Sue me. Also I know there’s a lot of explanation and that’s not necessary, but it’s important to me to clarify my wishes so that I can follow up on them in subsequent posts.
To see the Twenty Wishes Link Up List, go here.
Do a raw food cleanse.
For like a week. A real one, with headaches and achy muscles and all.
I’m not sure it matters what I volunteer for, but it’ll be mandatory for the Johnson family and the kids and husband must come.
Anywhere, anyplace. It can be a few hours away or across the continent, I’m not picky. A road trip to the Grand Canyon sounds nice. Except for the background screams of the toddler, who hates car rides, and my other daughter whimpering the entire trip about how bored she is. Okay, a road trip sounds like a terrible idea. I’ll settle for a weekend getaway. Maybe just a long bike ride…
I believe that eating together as a family is a communal and bonding time. With no televisions or cell phones to get in the way, it’s a time when we can just relax and sit together, having conversations– you know, like in the good ol’ days. My family, as in my husband and children, eat dinner together at the table almost every day, so my wish is to extend our dinners with our parents, our siblings, my nephews, and my best buds. Once a week I’d like to get everyone together to break bread, literally and figuratively.
Start a club about food.
And no, I’m not joking. This goes hand in hand with the above wish, but it’s a little different. I promised my husband I’d cook healthy, homemade meals most of the week if he took over on Sunday and cooks a badass insane delicious dinner. Rustic, masculine meals that only him and his buddies have the power to do, like roasting whole pigs over an open fire. We will name the club something cool, like the “Frontiersmen” or the “Mountainmen” or “Homegrown & Healthy” (that one’s still cool, right?). If you can help me come up with a cool name then I’ll give you a prize.
Start another club, about reading.
Technically we already started a book club, but I moved and we only had one meeting so the club ceased to exist. We’re going to restart the club and read, damnit, and get together with my lady friends and have no kids around and discuss poetry a little less transparent than Horton Hears a Who.
Get a camera, improve my skills.
I’m tired of my love/hate relationship with professional bloggers and their stupid beautiful websites. I want to have pictures so beautiful that people hate me, too. I’m going to get a real camera one of these days and find someone who can teach me how to use it.
Pay off debts.
Kassi deliberately stated that our wishes shouldn’t be chores, she even used this as an example of what we shouldn’t use, but I mean it. Me and my husband have lived ours lives virtually debt free for the past decade, other than an occasional car payment and eventually our mortgage. We are going to get back to that point and I believe there’s no reason why it shouldn’t take us more than a year as long as we’re committed.
You’re welcome to make fun of me for it, but I truly believe that the way to get the most nutrition into your diet is to consume a wide variety of incredibly fresh, incredibly wild foods. Dandelions, sorrel, clovers: all nutrient packed and– surprise!– free.
Go see a musical or a fancy play.
My favorite favorite play is Les Miserables. Fancy clothes are mandatory.
Use cook books.
When I’m lacking inspiration I turn to my trust sources of bloggers and recipe collaboration sites to get ideas. Meanwhile I’ve got shelves of cook books and cooking magazines collecting dust in my kitchen. No longer, I say! From now on I hope to find my muse through paper.
Play board games with my children.
We have so many cardboard boxes of goodies collecting dust and yet we spend our “quality time” inundated with technology. Put away the gadgets and pick up a deck of cards already. Your kids will thank you for it! And by you I mean me (and also you).
Learn to swim.
Whatever, don’t judge me.
The past two years aside, I’ve been a “college student” since I graduated high school almost ten years ago. I decided that I don’t give a hoot about this imaginary degree that’s never going to happen, but I do care about pushing myself mentally. I’m going to start taking classes again and continue going to school, but for something fun. Like writing (which we all know I could benefit from), photography (ditto), or horticulture.
Learn to play the piano.
My mother in law, per my request, got me a nice keyboard for my birthday. I learned to play a few Christmas songs on it, which I find incredibly impressive. In between Christmases it doesn’t get much use. That should change. That may change. We’ll see.
Get rid of all of our crap.
Everything must go, no more crap.
I’m not trying to run a marathon or anything, just get back into shape.
Make homemade wine.
Preferably with dandelions or jalepenos.
Sleep outside, under the stars.
We camp a lot, but the fun kind of camping where we make s’mores and sleep in a tent full of blankets and pillows. Now that we’re going to be back in the country we need to spend the night outside, under the stars.
Make friends with more bloggers.
I love bloggers. Let’s network!