Friday, 30 December 2016

2016 Year In Review

Here's the thing about 2016. It was pretty terrible. Which might sound overdramatic when I also add that nothing truly earth shattering in my life happening. There wasn't one big event when the world collapsed around me but more like 300 moments that strung together to leave me feeling defeated and generally unhappy. And maybe 2017 will be different, but maybe it won't, it could get worse. 

January// I rang in 2016 with J. and had dinner with his family which mainly revolved around his sister sharing her tales of adventure from the night before. Then I headed off to Florida and got to experience Disney World. Turns out I was very wrong in my thought process about not enjoying Disney because I don't like rides. Disney World is a magical place. I turned 26 and didn't do much to celebrate because I was working. January was also the month that I committed to spending a fifth summer working at camp

February// I celebrated four years of blogging in this little space. And spent the rest of my time working at the office job and planning for the summer. I had a very low key Valentine's Day celebration and didn't blog all that much. 

March// At this point I was working seven days a week. In addition to working Monday-Friday I was also working overtime on Saturday & Sunday. I forget exactly how many days I worked in a row but I know it was a lot. 

April// My contract for the office job ended towards the end of the month and as soon as it did I hopped on a plane to visit H. in Ontario. We hit up all the major tourist attractions and had the best time catching up. 

May// I transitioned into working at camp full time and right from the beginning it was a bit of a gong show. Blogging moved to the back burner to the back of the fridge and then became that thing you put in the freezer that you keep meaning to defrost. 

June// More camp, no blogging. I ended things with J., which was probably my best decision of 2016. Camp was one tale of adventure after the other. I wish I had blogged more but I did keep a written journal and I documented everything using Project Life so I'm letting myself be okay with not blogging. 

July// R. arrived home and since we were in the middle of an epic staff shortage she came on board and also moved into my room. We made a lot of jokes about being 26 working at camp and having bunk beds. I think we passed the ultimate friendship test sharing a room, working together and still going on weekend adventures. 

August// R. and I went on many weekend adventures and camp continued to teach me a lot of things about human resources. 

September// We ran our first two fall camping events! Which was really exciting and also meant I didn't leave camp until mid-September. I started blogging again and also started seriously pursuing year round camp jobs out of province...none of which worked out. I did start helping out with a new Spark/Brownie group which has been a lot of fun!

October// We had some serious weather over Thanksgiving weekend. I got back into the groove of blogging and participated in the Back to Blogging Challenge hosted by Alyssa Goes Bang which really got me back in the blogging groove. I finished off the month with a weekend trip to visit H. & R. and continued to reach a lot of dead ends on the year round camp job front. 

November// We had our enrolment ceremony at Sparks/Brownies and celebrated my grandparents 50th anniversary. I was feeling really discouraged about the job hunt but tried really hard to embrace the journey.

December// I embraced the mantra always forward for the remainder of the year because the search for full time, year round employment is still coming up short. I continued to apply for positions and try to be in the moment rather than worrying about what happens next.

I have no idea what 2017 will have in store. I hope that it brings an amazing new job, that I get to spend lots of time with H. & R. and I can keep working on becoming less of a worrier and more of a savourer. 


Friday, 23 December 2016

Christmas Week Favourites

I finally watched my first Christmas special this week. Let it be known that Merry Christmas, Mr. Bean is the movie that finally made me feel a twinge of holiday cheer. I know not everyone is a fan but the whole opening scene where Mr. Bean is playing with the nativity makes me giggle every time. 


Our Christmas tree went up on Sunday and for the first year since Peyton was a kitten we put the nice ornaments on the tree! I'm not sure how many NASCAR and hunting ornaments are allowed on a tree before it becomes a Jeff Foxworthy joke, but I'm pretty sure we are at that threshold. I haven't gotten around to taking any proper photos so the oddly light iPhone photo is going to have to do for now.

Yesterday I posted about my plan to combine One Little Word with my 52 in 52 list to tackle one word each week of 2017. I'm super excited about it, even though I'm not entirely sure how it will play out. I'm just excited about all the potential!

I made Peanut Butter Balls for the first time...

Please tell me that there is some easier way to get the chocolate onto the peanut butter balls. Without exaggeration I was covered in peanut butter and chocolate from head to toe, along with the kitchen and pantry and everything in between. I used this recipe as a guideline, but I halved it. It turned out really good, they taste just like I wanted them to taste but they are not going to win any beauty contests. I'm thinking the secret might be to freeze the peanut butter balls and then cover them in chocolate? I rolled them and let them hang out in the fridge for an hour but it didn't seem to make that much of a difference. 

I could have sworn I had a photo, but apparently not. Regardless, I'm devoting my last favourite of the week to Root Beer Floats. Root Beer was on sale this past week so I made it my 'I survived Christmas Grocery Shopping' treat. And then I got home and realized there was vanilla ice cream in the freezer. If I'm lucky enough to have kids someday I'm probably going to go ahead and convince them that Santa enjoys Root Beer Floats & Potato Chips more than milk & cookies. 

Linking up here

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Word of the Week (52 in 52 2017)

Last night I was in the middle of creating a 52 in 52 list and I stalled. I had been struggling with the darn thing all week and wasn't getting anywhere. Nothing seemed new or exciting, it was quickly become a list comprised of the same things I did last year and some things that I didn't actually have any interest in doing. In other words I was wasting my time.

And then I had an 'Ah-Ha' moment. 

I'd already decided that the official One Little Word class wasn't for me but was still toying with the idea of picking a word and letting it lead me but there wasn't really one word sticking out to me. So I'm not choosing a word. I'm choosing 52. Conceivably, one for each week of the year. Or maybe I'll choose 4-5 each month. Either way, I'm excited. 

I'm still working on what exactly this will look like but right now I am planning on choosing a word each Sunday and incorporating it into my week. I'm thinking I will either use a Smash book or 8x6 Project Life album from my stash to document my words. Maybe I won't get through all 52 words, maybe there will be a couple that stick around a little longer or I'll revisit them as life dictates. I'm not going to use the words in any particular order, just whatever seems appropriate for the week. 

My words came to me pretty quickly, a few quick thesaurus searches but it took me less than 30 minutes to create this list. And have I mentioned yet I'm really excited about this plan?
  1. Abide
  2. And
  3. Balance
  4. Be
  5. Bless
  6. Begin
  7. Clear
  8. Do
  9. Devote
  10. Detail
  11. Engage
  12. Explore
  13. Firm
  14. Faith
  15. Flow
  16. Grace
  17. Grow
  18. Honour
  19. Humble
  20. Intention
  21. Intrepid
  22. Joy
  23. Know
  24. Kindness
  25. Light
  26. Little
  27. Might/Mighty
  28. Peace
  29. Prayer
  30. Plant
  31. Psalm
  32. Praise
  33. Preserve
  34. Produce
  35. Play
  36. Quiet
  37. Reduce
  38. Refresh
  39. Relax
  40. Ripple
  41. Remember
  42. Renew
  43. Still
  44. Savour
  45. Soften
  46. Spark
  47. Shine
  48. See
  49. Selah
  50. Thrive
  51. Whole
  52. Well
What do you think? Am I in over my head? Have you used any of these words as your One Little Word? 

Linking up with Mulling Over My Morning Coffee!

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

What's Up Wednesday - December

What I'm Eating This Week: English Muffins, Tacos, Grilled Cheese, Pad Thai and my beloved "Best Sandwich Ever" which involves chicken breast with cajun season, chipotle mayo, red onion and avocado. 

What I'm Reminiscing About: This time last year when I felt a lot more confident in life. I've gone from employed and in a relationship to unemployed and very single. The relationship status part doesn't bother me, that was a positive change. The employment part though, not so much. 

What I'm Loving: I am loving that this year is almost over. And grilled cheese.  

What I've Been Up To: Still on the job hunt...

What I've Been Dreading: It's hard to properly articulate exactly what I'm dreading. In some ways I'm dreading the constant reminders that when people inquire about what I'm up to these days I have nothing of substance to offer them. 

What I'm Working On: Finishing up Project Life album for the year, figuring out how I'm going to use my Happy Planner, trying to finish my 52x52 list for 2017 and a fun (and hopefully profitable) camp related project. And you know, the never ending job hunt. 

What I'm Excited About: As long as the weather cooperates I'm planning on celebrating the new year with H. & R., so I'm cautiously excited about celebrating bestie Christmas and starting the new year with them!

What I'm Watching/Reading: I've been watching Grey's Anatomy on Netflix along with a documentary called The Drop Box which I highly recommend (and is on Netflix). Right now I'm reading A Year of Living Prayerfully by Jared Brock, which is pretty great so far. 

What I'm Listening To: I usually have Grey's Anatomy or Friends on in the background. 

What I'm Wearing: Lots of comfy clothes, leggings, hoodies and warm socks. 

What I'm Doing This Weekend: Christmas things! 

What I'm Looking Forward to Next Moth: Maybe 2017 won't be as terrible as 2016. 

What Else Is New: Refer to the 'what I'm dreading' question above. But I will share that I've applied for my first totally unrelated to camp job, but is still working with people who have disabilities and is much closer to home than the camps I've been applying to. It's still pretty competitive and I'm sure they will have loads of internal applicants (which have become my arch nemesis) but it's worth a shot. 

What's Your Favourite Memory from 2016? 

There wasn't any one standout moment this year. The first thing that came to mind was a quick visit to camp back in the fall with H., R. & M. there were so many leaves that it just felt quintessentially fall. I also had a lot of fun visiting H. in Toronto back in May. And meeting Meeko at Disney World also deserves a shout out because even if the trip was sort of a do over it did make me fall in love with the place. 


Monday, 19 December 2016

Monday's Matter #2

My weekend looked a lot like everyone else weekend. I finished up the last of my Christmas shopping and had lunch with mom. I spent Saturday night working on a service project for church and on Sunday we put up the Christmas tree and went to bed at a reasonable time. Since none of that is particularly noteworthy I'm going to go ahead and continue with the Monday's Matter tradition.

1. Let's start off with some of my favourite blog posts lately. Rachel wrote about The Importance of Feeding People Well and had me nodding along in agreement as I read. Alyssa shared how she made A Simpler 2016 and really motivated me to start thinking about what changes I'm going to make in 2017. Louise wrote about Comparing Apples to Oranges and it was a reminder that one of my worst habits lately has been comparing what's happening with me to what's happening with everyone else.

2. I'm working on creating my 52x52 List for 2017 but for whatever reason it's not nearly as easy as it was last year. I have a grand total of 10 things on my list right that's going to need some work. I think I'm struggling with it this year because everything seems so unknown. I don't know where I'll be or any other details of the upcoming year. Last year I at least had an outline. This year I've got nothing.

3. Every so often Stuff Mom Never Told You does an episode that really shifts my mind into over drive. Lately they've done two in particular that have left me with lots to think about like this one on Adoption. And this one about working in the non-profit world was one part comforting (it's not just my experience!) and one part frustrating (why is this okay?). 

4. I've been really into grilled cheese lately. I'm not entirely sure where this new found love came from because typically I am totally over grilled cheese and sick of eating them all time time. This is a true testament for the food situation at camp this past summer, it's like I have a quota of grilled cheese per year and I'm just trying to make up for lost time. 

5. I started the process of setting up my Happy Planner for 2017 and it turns out it's more of a challenge than I was anticipating. I love the idea of vertical layout, but I'm not sold yet. I'm hoping it's a learning curve and once I get adjusted I'll be planning like the best of them. That's an exaggeration, there's no way I'm going to start spending $20/week on planner sticker kits. 

6. This is the quote I'm working on keeping in my mind this week:

It's a busy (this is going to me my non-word for 2017, I've started cringing every time I see it written)  full week with a lot of family and friends and commitments. And I'm going to work on not letting all of that over shadow the reason we're celebrating. Doing my best to be patient with others (and myself), showing love and being gentle in the days to come. 

Friday, 16 December 2016

Friday Facts of Life

It's no secret that 2016 was not a good year for reading for me. I set out to read 52 books this year and  just finished my 8th. I'm attributing part of this to the fact that last December I got a new phone and never got around to downloading the OverDrive app, which is what I had been using to access ebooks from my library. Earlier this week I re-downloaded the app and I've already finished one book with a dozen waiting in my queue. Here's to many more hours spent reading actual literature and not browsing Reddit.


Me & My Big Ideas released a whole bunch of new sticker books for the Happy Planner this week and I'm itching to get my hands on at least two of them. I already have two and I am kind of in love with them. They are the perfect blend of practical and cute, I'm eagerly awaiting the week of December 26 when I can start using my 2017 planner. I am having some regrets about my choice of Happy Planner, I'm thinking I should have held out and went with the coil bound Erin Condren knockoffs by Recollections? (I love the look of the ECs but in order to get one from there to here I'd need to spend about $100 and there's no way I'm spending that kind of money on a stack of paper.) But what's done is done and I'm sure I can work with what I've got for the year.

I didn't hear anything this week about making it through to the second round of I'm not really sure how to interpret that one. It seems strange that I wouldn't get an e-mail indicating it was a no thanks...but they also indicated they were planning on doing second round interviews on Friday (today) I'm really shrugging my shoulders on that one. There is another posting for a job that isn't camp related, but is much more closer to home and sort of in line with my skills. And maybe that will be the ticket? Ugh.

I've been debating about choosing One Little Word for 2017. I know I won't be officially signing up for Ali Edward's class this year, I don't need to spend $40 to chose a word. I wasn't overly interested in the community and I would be fine with using the same monthly prompts from this year. The words that have been rolling around in my head are 'Still', 'Calm', 'Whole' and 'Spark'. I'm not feeling particularly passionate about any of them though. In years past I've chosen Love,  Brave & Rise. Do you choose a word for the year? If so what do you do with it?


It started snowing on Sunday and hasn't stopped all week. It's -20 out with the wind and it's not even winter yet. This is not a Friday favourite, but it does seem to be a fact of life.

In the spirit of 'out with the old, in with the new' I've been cleaning up my blog routine. I've gone through and deleted a bunch of draft posts because let's be real I was never going to finish that 'Friday Five' from 2013. I've also been cleaning up my Blog Feed, unfollowing some folks who I never read anymore or who haven't blogged in more than a year. Which, side note, am I the only one who feels sad and immense curiosity when bloggers who I followed for years stop blogging? There are about half a dozen that I just can't bare to 'unfollow' because I still have hope they'll reappear one day and I don't want to miss that. It also means I've made room for some new bloggers. So who are you following that I need to check out? I would love to find some single, late twenty somethings like myself but I'm as long as every post it's trying to sell me something or tell me how to build my blog followers I'm open to any suggestions.

Linking up here and here

Thursday, 15 December 2016

A List of Stuff & Things For My Future Husband

I was browsing the big wide world of Bloglovin' recently and came across this listicle "May You Not Be Weird and 30 Other Prayers for my Future Husband" and it made me giggle. And I was a little nostalgic for that time I wrote out a list of everything my 'perfect' boy would be...and then he appeared a few weeks later. A few months after that we had, what I've come to classify as a 'whirlwind summer romance' and it ended because I forgot to include 'looking for a serious long term relationship' on my list. Okay, there were other reasons why it didn't last forever but I like to think that little omission also played a part. 

After that mess was cleaned up (it didn't end well) I decided to abandon the list and let the universe bring me something. The universe brought me J. who was essentially the anti-list. I went with it for awhile but at the 18 month mark it became clear that it was not what I wanted. Now, six months after that relationship ended I'm ready to return to the list philosophy. 

  1. I hope you exist, and I meet you before my 30th birthday. 
  2. May you be ready for marriage and looking for a serious relationship.
  3. I hope you want multiple children and are open to the idea of adoption and/or being a foster parent.
  4. I hope you're a camp person. That you can teach me one new campfire song and own a minimum of two tie-dye t-shirts.
  5. You need to own a pair of work boots.
  6. Please don't expect me to be in constant contact with you. I need to fuel my inner introvert and be able to spend time with friends without my phone. 
  7. May you know the value of a hard day's work.
  8. May you believe in something bigger than yourself.
  9. It would cool if you were an RCMP officer, social worker, farmer or camp professional. 
  10. It would also be nice if you shared my love of Disney.
  11. I hope you love outdoor adventures and watching Netflix. Balance is important. 
  12. You need to be financially responsible. I don't expect you to be a millionaire but you also shouldn't have mounds of consumer debt.
  13. It's worth saying that I've always had a thing for males who play guitar. Especially if you can play Slide by the Goo Goo Dolls and/or a selection of country ballads. 
  14. You're probably going to need to be a meat eater if you're going to attend my family gatherings.
  15. I hope you know the value of eating vegetables, but also be open to eating chicken strips & french fries on special occasions.
  16. I hope you are involved in your community, that you know your neighbours and they refer to you as the 'nice young fella down the road'.
  17. Know that I'm using the term neighbours loosely, I expect you to be a a country boy.
  18. I hope you are passionate about something other than making money.
  19. May you meet the high standards of H. & R. and remember I loved them first.
  20. May you be compassionate, humble and kind to others.
  21. It would also be cool if you drove a truck. 
  22. May you be blessed with a working knowledge of  basic vehicle and home repairs. 
  23. And a desire to assemble any furniture that may come in multiple pieces.
  24. Please be accepting of the fact most my skills conform to gender stereotypes. 
  25. I hope you appreciate the little things in life. 
  26. I hope you are surrounded by a good friend group.
  27. I hope you love my quirks.
  28. I hope I love your quirks.
  29. To echo the inspiration for this updated list, "I hope you think the idea of praying for your future-but-maybe-doesn't-exist spouse is kind of silly but also sweet". 
Do/did you have a list of requirements for your future spouse?

Linking up with Stuff & Things

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Hymn #674

Last week when I had my interview they told me I would hear from them early in the week about the second round of interviews. Monday and Tuesday have gone by and I haven't heard a word good or bad, so I'm not really sure where that leaves me. I do know that I've had "In The Bulb There Is A Flower" stuck in my head since Monday evening when it started snowing. All day yesterday and so far today the familiar lyrics have been on repeat:

In the bulb there is a flower,
In the seed, an apple tree,
In cocoons a hidden promise:
Butterflies will soon be free!
In the cold and snow of winter,
There's a spring that waits to be,
Unrevealed until it's season,
Something God alone can see. 

Maybe it's because it's a catchy song. Maybe it's because the song is a lullaby of sorts, I don't remember ever learning it but it was a staple of camp Christian Education time and vespers services. The lyrics were written in magic marker on chart paper above the piano in our main building complete with little doodles of tulips and apple trees. Whatever the reason it's a comforting song to be playing on repeat when I'm in the middle of season with more questions than answers. Just wandering around the proverbial forest setting off down different paths only to discover they're all dead ends. 

And as much as I appreciate a good adventure and generally enjoy the scenic route I'm kind of over it. I don't want to "savour my season" or "embrace the unknown" or "enjoy the journey" because those things are all fine for a while but regardless of how much fun you're having on vacation you always want to get back to your own bed eventually. 

While everyone is busy admiring the twinkle lights, eagerly awaiting watching their littles opening presents on Christmas morning and starting to set goals for 2017 I'm refreshing my e-mail every hour (that may sound a lot but it's an improvement over every 15 minutes) and wondering if somewhere along the line I took the wrong exit and am doomed to wander around the wrong forest forever. 

My goal, wish, objective, intent...purpose in life is to have a permanent, full time camp job. Anything past that is a bonus. 


Monday, 12 December 2016

Watching, Shopping & Partying

I don't have a lot of weekend excitement to share today but for the sake of blogging and documenting I'm sharing anyway. 

My Friday night looked like this:

Me, Peyton (that's the cat for those of you who might be new to these parts) and the second season of Grey's Anatomy. I went to bed fairly early because early Saturday morning I went to the city with my aunt, cousin and grandma to do some last minute Christmas shopping and visit another cousin. It was a whirlwind trip but I managed to hit all the main stores and finish my shopping expect for dad...but I'm still counting it as a win. 

Sunday we drove home and I made it just in time for our last Spark/Brownie meeting before Christmas break. The girls didn't have to wear their uniforms and most showed up in their Christmas dresses and sweaters and it was a whole lot of adorable. They decorated cookies, had a dance party and did Secret Santa. Which is everything any good Christmas party should be! 

We're supposed to get a snowstorm tonight and another on Thursday which should make for an interesting week, or at least a snowy one. 

Linking up with Biana.

Friday, 9 December 2016

Friday Coffee Chat

My Friday Five is a little heavier this week, I thought about not posting but in the spirit of keeping things real and genuine around here I'm going to go ahead a post. So let's pretend we're doing this over coffee. I'll have my usual with cream & sugar, or just sugar if there's no cream. 

Yesterday I had an my interview for the full time camp job that I really want, I'll find out next week if I make it through to the second round of interviews. I think it went okay, but the only thing I know for sure is I am exhausted. I've spent the past nine months in this never ending cycle of searching, researching, writing, editing, e-mailing, interviewing and not being good enough. People have made full fledged human beings in the amount of time I've spent dedicated to securing a camp career. 

Also in the past nine months my three closest friends have secured jobs that they love, in the field they want to be in. Which means they don't/can't relate. And that's exhausting, because I don't want to be the Negative Nellie of the group or the underachiever so I keep repeating my standby mantra that everything happens for a reason and things will work out. 

I have been on a serious Facebook break this week because there's a lot of provincial politics happening and I happen to fall on the unpopular opinion side of things. Nobody seems to be thinking with a clear head though and scrolling through people's Facebook rants and opinions was making me crazy. The upside of that is I've levelled up a whole bunch on Sky Burger. Still haven't picked up a book yet though, maybe that's a task for next week.

It might sound cold hearted, but earlier this week I celebrated not celebrating a two year dating anniversary. A big catalyst for ending the relationship was more freedom to look for camp jobs and being six months on the other side of that and still not having anything to show is hard. The good news is there were lots of other reasons why the relationship needed to end and I haven't regretted my decision for a second. It would just be nice if I had something to show for this year. Instead I'm entering into the season of family gatherings single and unemployed. It's zeros all across the board and for a Type A like me that's a hard pill to swallow.

I started watching Grey's Anatomy on Netflix this week.  

Even though the whole 'Pick me, choose me, love me' quote is meant to be about choosing between romantic interests that's essentially how I feel about the hiring process. I don't doubt my ability to do any of the jobs I've applied for, the problem is there are dozens of other people who have the same ability. I've never been someone bursting with self confidence, but I've always been confident about what I'm passionate about. Continuously being told that I'm not good enough for the thing I love most is the absolute worst. 

I'm not the least bit excited about Christmas. I'm 90% finished all of my shopping and wrapping and I'm just ready to get it over with. I don't want to listen to any Christmas music or partake in any decorating. I want to watch Elf once because I think it's a great movie and that's kind of the extent of my Christmas Cheer. 

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

52 in 52 List Check-In

If you've been around these parts for awhile you might remember that last year I decided to take a new approach to the 101 in 1001 or 30 by 30 type lists. Instead I came up 52 things I wanted to go/see/do in the 52 weeks of 2016. With three weeks left in the year I can definitively say I won't be accomplishing but there are a few more things I should be able to squeeze in. I know I want to do this approach next year but make the list a little more realistic/manageable. So I thought I'd go through the list and make a few notes about each item and start the process of making a new list for 2017.

Fair warning this might be a long one and is mostly for my benefit. If you want to stop reading now I'll understand but would be forever grateful if  you'd leave an idea for 2017's list in the comments! 

In Progress
  1. Complete 12 months of Project Life. (10/12) This was probably my favourite task on the list, the only change I'm going to make for 2017 is trying the weekly approach opposed to the monthly.
  2. Document my One Little Word for the whole year. Fell off the wagon on this one. I might choose a word for next year but I won't pay to participate in Ali Edward's class again. It just wasn't for me. 
  3. Read 52 Books. (8/52) Ugh, I don't know what happened here. It's embarrassing. 
  4. Fill three Notebooks. (0/3) Looking back this was a weird goal. I kept a journal and prayer notebook and a daily question book but none of them are really full. 
  5. Try 12 new foods. (12/12)  This ended up being easier than anticipated. I do wish I had kept better track of what those foods were rather than just a little tally every time I tried something. 
  6. Cook 12 new recipes. (12/12) Same as above. 
  7. Try 12 new restaurants. (12/12) I ended up knocking this one out pretty early in the year, again I wish I had kept an actual list. 
  8. Spent 10 nights sleeping in a tent. (7/10) I was on track to finish/exceed this and then all of my fall camps were cancelled because of the weather.
  9. Visit six museums/National Historic Sites.(4/6) Again, better notes. I might have finished this? 
  10. Participate in a "Photo A Day" Challenge. There are no excuses as to why I haven't gotten around to this yet. 
  11. Add a stamp to my passport. 
  12. Plant a garden. Even though this was a camp program, I'm giving myself full credit. 
  13. Write a "1000 Gifts" inspired list. I forgot about this one and then just never started. It'll go on the 2017 list. 
  14. Invest in a custom piece of jewelry. I'm so excited about this one and would gush more but I can't because I bought multiple for Christmas gifts. 
  15. Mail Valentine's Day Cards. This was fun and I'll do it again!
  16. Mail Christmas Cards. They are addressed and just waiting for me to take them to the post office to mail. 
  17. Mail post cards during a vacation. Nope. 
  18. Publish 152 blog posts. (70/152) I didn't blog at all during June, July & August which totally derailed this goal. 
  19. Take a photography or cooking class. I looked into photography class but it didn't fit with my work schedule. 
  20. Volunteer for a total of 52 hours. (52/52) Thanks to a week long Girl Guide camp in August I surpassed 52 hours. 
  21. Visit another province. Went to visit H. and hit all the major tourist attractions in Southern Ontario! 
  22. Buy fresh flowers 'just because'. This was a good idea until I realized the cats would try to eat them. 
  23. Write the rough draft of a novel. I started this but then consciously stopped participating in NaNoWriMo because it wasn't fun. 
  24. See my blog reach 100 followers. This happened in November and I was super excited! 
  25. Watch 12 TED talks. (9/12) Surely I can fit 3 more in before the end of the year!
  26. Read the Bible cover to cover. I started this and never finished. 
  27. Complete 12 Pinterest Projects. (12/12) There's a theme here...the theme is I wish I had kept better track of exactly what I did. 
  28. See a play.  I'm cheating a little here but I assure you I watched a lot of plays performed by campers as part of drama programming at camp. 
  29. Complete six jigsaw puzzles. (2/6) I'm sad about this one. Hopefully Santa brings me some puzzles and I can do this in 2017. 
  30. Sew all my patches on to my camp blanket. Not even attempted
  31. Save $2 each week and use it to celebrate completing all 52 things. This is still in progress, although I won't be completing 52 things so I'll probably just put all my change into my bank account at the end of the year. 
  32.  Attend an NHL game.  I knew this one was going to happen when I put it on the list, but it seemed like a noteworthy thing to add. 
  33. Have a girls' weekend. We all went to H.'s parents cottage in September and although the lead up was chaotic once we all got there it was fun. 
  34. Choose a good habit to start during Lent. Nope.
  35. Build a snowman. I should have managed my expectations on this one. 
  36. Complete two "Day in the Life" posts. (0/2) I really wanted to do this during camp season and I didn't blog at all. I'm legit sad about it but lesson learned. 
  37. Invest in an external hard drive and back up my photos. This is on my Christmas list! 
  38. Visit a Farmer's Market 6 times. (2/6) I thought this would be an easy one but as it turns out it wasn't. 
  39. Purposely learn something new everyday for a week. I'm not sure browsing the 'Today I Learned' thread on Reddit was what I originally had in mind, but I'm counting it. 
  40. Watch a fireworks display. This is a sore spot because I envisioned this happening at Disney and it didn't. 
  41. Meditate once a day for a week. (0/7) Yeah, no. 
  42. Complete a crossword puzzle without help from Google. Not even attempted.
  43. Listen to a full album of classical music. I talked about this one with multiple people, but haven't actually done it. 
  44. Do the Clean Sweep test and improve my score in six months. This got thrown on here because I wanted to get to 52 things. I had no real interest/motivation/commitment to this. 
  45. Watch the sunrise.  Done! I watched it on the first day of fishing this year.
  46. Spend an hour outdoors in silence.  I'm sure I did this at some point, although I'm not sure when. 
  47. Try three different types of wine. (3/3) Tried more than 3, but not sure how many more than 3
  48. Enjoy a guilt free afternoon nap. This was harder than I thought, but it happened. 
  49. Join a club. I should have been more specific with this because I'm still not really sure what I had in mind. 
  50. Enjoy a bonfire with friends. Done on multiple occasions during the summer!
  51. Follow through with decluttering and the KonMari method. I decluttered my clothes this way and some knickknacks but wouldn't say I went all in.
  52. Make cards using my photos/scrapbooking stash and sell them.  This happened very last minute but I ended up making a few cards to fill a spot at the church's Christmas tea & sale. 
As of now I'm on track to complete about half of the list, not ideal but okay for a first attempt. 

Do you have a list of things you want to do? Have you ever completed a full list?