You might recall that toward the end of 2015 I shared my 2016 Word of the Year – Progress – and followed up at the start of January with an explanation of a project I’d conceived to help me put the word into action in the new year. My introduction to The 50 by 50 Project was as follows:
The 50 by 50 Project is a list of 50 things I want to accomplish in the coming year: things I need to do, things I want to do, things I keep saying I’m going to do but never quite get around to it, things that will make me a better person, things that will get me out of the house more, things that will help me get my house in order.
Some of the things on my list are big, ongoing, and challenging while others are short, sweet, and easily accomplished. Some are serious, others are frivolous. Some are tedious, others are a delight. All are realistic, doable, and life-enhancing.
The intent of the project isn’t to somehow attain perfection by the age of 50 (if that were even possible!); rather, as Peter suggested when I explained the project to him, to hit the ground running when I reach that milestone, happy and healthy and ready for a vibrant, fulfilling life to come.
I wrapped up the post by committing to write a monthly “Progress Report” (usually toward the end of each month) with updates on how my 50 by 50 Project is progressing.
I shared my first progress report at the end of January, and now that it’s the end of February (happy Leap Day!) it’s time for me to check in again.
The 50 by 50 Project: Progress Report #2
(Comments for January 2016 are in blue)
(Comments for February 2016 are in pink)
Ongoing (until complete!)
- Lose 50 pounds.
- 7.1 lbs lost as of 2016-01-25.
- 5.5 lbs lost in February, total 12.6 lbs lost to date in 2016.
- 5 books finished in January, 3 currently on the go.
- 8 books finished in February, 3 currently on the go, total 13 finished to date in 2016.
- 5 books finished in January, 2 currently on the go.
- 5 books finished in February, 1 currently on the go, total 10 finished to date in 2016.
- Sketchbook purchased, 1 page finished in February.
- Purchased Hand-drawn: Pysanky-inspired Coloring from Amy Romanczuk Art.
- Purchased Geometric Colors Spiral Notebook from Barbara Storey.
- Promoted Hand-drawn: Pysanky-inspired Coloring and Amy Romanczuk Art.
- Promoted Geometric Colors Spiral Notebook and Barbara Storey.
- Purchased sheet music for piano (which includes guitar chords as I’m hoping Peter will join me!).
- Make a video of me playing “Morning Has Broken” and upload the video to YouTube.
Buy and set up a bookshelf in my arts & crafts room.
- Purchased a bookshelf and am hoping to assemble it and get the room organized this weekend.
- Done! Assembled bookshelf and a new marker/paper organizer and tidied/organized the whole room.
Renew my passport.
- Planning to get the ball rolling by having passport photos taken this coming Monday.
- Done! Photos taken (predictably bad, but better than the previous one!), renewal application submitted, and new passport received a week later… so I’m good for another ten years!
- Purchased a package and set up an account on Canadian Legal Wills, but haven’t yet completed any of the forms.
- Done! Last Will and Testament, Power of Attorney, Ontario Living Will, and Funeral Wishes documents completed, printed, signed, witnessed, and filed away until needed (which will hopefully not be for several decades at least!).
- Done! We chose to split our donation between Multicultural Council of Windsor and Essex County (local) and Canadian Council for Refugees (federal).
- Done! Profile registered; currently considering a very intriguing volunteer opportunity and trying to decide if it’s something I’m willing and able to commit to completing.
- Instructions and supplies have been assembled in preparation for learning.
- Done! While I still need a LOT of practice, I did create my first ZenGem and will be sharing a photo in my next Tangled Tuesday post.
- Done! Had a really enjoyable time and will definitely return for a future visit.
- Scheduled for February.
- Done! And it was wonderful!
- Work with Peter to plan and set up a vegetable garden.
- Spend an afternoon taking photos of spring blossoms.
- Visit Ojibway Nature Centre and Ojibway Park.
- Take a walk in Jackson Park.
- Host a games night for friends at my house.
- Complete the training to become a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT).
- Have a logo designed.
- Have new business cards designed and printed.
- Create and launch a personal web site.
- Go to the beach and walk barefoot in the sand.
- Visit Uncle Tom’s Cabin Historic Site in Dresden.
- Visit Kingsville.
- Host a backyard barbecue for friends.
- Publish a colouring book.
- Teach a Zentangle class.
- Create a new design for a Christmas/holiday card.
- Spend an afternoon taking photos of fall foliage.
- Blog daily with NaBloPoMo (November).
- Send/give Christmas cards to family and friends.
- Find a cat-proof (or at least cat-resistant!) way to decorate the house for the holidays.
- Host a Christmas cookie decorating party for friends at my house.
- Spend an evening touring the city to look at Christmas lights.
- Gather with friends to celebrate New Year’s Eve and my 50th birthday.
Thank you so much for reading, and I do hope you’ll return and follow along with my Progress – to keep me accountable, to offer support and encouragement, and to be inspired!
Are you with me?