The 24 List

24 Photo

Two years ago, I wrote a list of 22 things I wanted to do before I turned 22. I loved the idea and the project, and some of my favourite memories of that year were sparked by the 22 before 22 list: creating a book club, making a podcast, sewing a dress, running a race. I didn’t make a list last year, mostly because the year was a bit strange for me between travelling for 3 months in Europe, living at home deciding my next steps, and ultimately moving to Korea. Since I didn’t know what the year would look like in terms of my routine or physical environment, I didn’t feel inspired to set goals. This year, I feel more settled and I have a pretty good vision of what 23 will look like, which means I’m feeling excited to start a new project.

These goals are all things I think will make my life richer, happier, and more fun. They’re meant to inspire me to have more adventures and experience more joy. They’re not meant to make me feel stressed out trying to check them all off. On the 22 list, I only completed 12 of my goals, and while I (of course) hope to cross more off this list, I’m approaching it with a very fun and relaxed attitude. So here we go, 23! Let’s see how many of these I can do before I turn 24.

  1. Get a tarot reading 
  2. Learn to surf Go surfing 
  3. Try acro yoga 
  4. Get into lotus pose safely and comfortably
  5. Run a half marathon Run a 10K race 
  6. Shoot & develop a disposable camera
  7. Learn 4 new hairstyles
  8. Get a manicure 
  9. Make 24 new recipes (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18)
  10. See the sunrise from a beach 
  11. Have a picnic somewhere stunning 
  12. Write another (e)book
  13. Sell something I make 
  14. Order room service
  15. Make a photobook for my trip to Europe
  16. Spruce up my websites 
  17. Go camping 
  18. Go trampolining 
  19. Write articles for 7 websites (1, 2, 3, 4)
  20. Create a photography portfolio 
  21. Be able to do a free-standing handstand 
  22. Donate to charity once a month 
  23. Make business cards
  24. Write 12 love letters by hand (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6-9, 10, 11)

Get It Together!

Well I've been meditating a lot lately on the subject of total synchronization. In other words, like Dyson vaccuums, I wish everything would just WORK. It seems constantly ridiculous to me that it takes twenty sweaty minutes to set up the dvd player, instead of just a wireless install like you would on a wireless printer. Why not have the TV remotely find any devices nearby and sync with them, in that way playing the dvd without all the unneccessary cords.

Something else that would make everything just work properly would be internet clouds. I know some cities are doing it, but why not have one fee every month, for your phone, house internet, laptop internet and have a key to the city so to speak, a password that allows you to access internet from anywhere all over the city grid.

On that same note: we were traveling around Toronto yesterday, and kept continually having to feed the meter at every stop. Again, why not an option for a parking day pass? Anywhere in the city, just stick it on your dashboard and it says you can park anywhere there's a free space. Or better yet, for people who run around doing errands downtown maybe they should have an option for monthly parking.

Technology is apparently so powerful, and yet we can't seem to get over this little hump that is connection, syncing. It is so key: we can do it on our cell phones, but not on our powerful laptops? That means we sometimes leave our computers at home or search desperately for a connection port. Why not leave that stress behind and give us the option for connection!

And at the same time: why not keep working on that wireless power charging thing. That would be awesome.