ten things i would like to achieve

A while back Helene blogged about the ten things that she would like to achieve in her life. Her post inspired me to write my own! Writing out your dreams is an amazing way to hold yourself accountable. My hope is that one day I can look back, hopefully when I am old and wrinkly, and be happy with all that I have achieved.


Without further ado,

ten things I would like to achieve

Go barefoot and bra-less often.

I don’t know about you, but to me there is something incredibly freeing about digging your toes in the dirt. Every chance I get, I kick my shoes off. Also, I’ve traded my underwire bras in for bralettes and am loving it!

Backpack Europe.

John and I do a lot of traveling around the pacific northwest — exploring new trails, finding gorgeous waterfalls, and climbing up mountains. While I absolutely am enamored with where I live, there is something enchanting about Europe. To be able to visit Ireland, France, Greece, Italy, Norway, and all of the places in between would be a dream come true.

Completely decorate our home.

Through the years John and I have picked up a lot of hand-me-down treasures. While I love the gifts and love behind them, I also wouldn’t mind matching furniture. Also, our walls are rather bare. Slowly, but surely, we have been working on home improvements. This has included, so far: a gorgeous handmade wood dining table, painting the walls, laying down amazing laminate flooring, painting our front door a bright coral, and purchasing our first “real” furniture!

Minimize our life.

To put it simply, I have too much stuff. I would estimate that a good 80% of what I own I do not use, wear, or actually care about. At this point in time a majority of our stuff is in storage units. The oddest part? I have not missed one thing yet. My end goal is to completely go through all that we own and get rid of everything that does not make us happy or fulfilled.

Be debt free.

At this point in my life I feel like I am drowning in debt. Between mortgage, two car loans, student loans, and credit cards I am overwhelmed. Am I embarrassed to admit this? Well, yeah. However, if I want to truly hold myself accountable I cannot pretend that debt does not play a huge role in my life.

Make healthier choices and love my body.

Eating healthy and working out is pretty nonexistent right now. With so much going on, I have put myself on the back burner which is incredibly unfair to my body (and sanity). From firsthand experience, I know how great I feel when I have been eating right and working out. My skin clears up, my nails and hair don’t break or split, and I am mentally calm.

Read inspirational and motivational books.

When I began reading “You Are A Badass” by Jen Sincero I realized that I needed more books like that in my life. Of course I do not plan to give up my fiction books, but rather I plan to add more diversity to my reading.

Live self-sufficiently.

For a few years now I have been dreaming of planting a garden full of fruits and vegetables. To be able to eat food that we have planted and grown would be such an amazing feeling! Not to mention how much money we would save. After all, there are a lot of days where I have to feed four hungry boys.

Give back often.

I am blessed with an amazing family, a roof over my head, reliable transportation, and a pantry full of food. However, there are many families that are not. I hope to volunteer more as well as have my boys volunteer with me.

Inspire others.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to live a life that inspires others? To give back and inadvertently cause others to give back as well? Living a life that is inspirational would be amazing.

Those are the ten things that I would like to achieve, what are yours?