2017: 52 Things in 52 Weeks

In other words, 52 things in a year.  Sound familiar?  Probably because I did the same thing to kick off the new year in 2015.

I’ve included my list below and will be sharing updates as I go.  Items that I have accomplished will be crossed off the list (like this).  If I’ve posted about the list item, I will include a link to the specific post.  Here we go!


  1. Get a massage.
  2. Take an aromatherapy bath.
  3. Unplug completely for 24 hours.
  4. Practice daily yoga for a month.
  5. Run a sub-30 5K.
  6. Run a sub-hour 10K.
  7. Make sure to get 8 hours of sleep every night for a week.
  8. Try a month of Meatless Mondays.
  9. Eat VB6 for a week.
  10. Move my weekday waking time to 6 AM.
  11. Stop pressing “snooze”.
  12. Keep a gratitude journal for a month.
  13. Develop a meditation practice.
  14. Develop a workout routine and keep it up!  (This goal was revised during my mid-year review.)
  15. Floss daily.


  1. Throw a dinner party.
  2. Host a brunch.  (My friend Kristen came over recently to catch up and we made a giant Dutch Baby Pancake, with fruit, bacon, powdered sugar, and tons of syrup!)
  3. Visit five new cities.  (Charleston – not technically my first visit, but my previous stops have only been for a few hours and I can barely remember them because I was little; Cancún, Nashville – again, not technically my first visit, but definitely the first one to count)
  4. Cook one new recipe each month. (This goal was revised during my mid-year review.)
  5. Take a trip with my sister.  (We went to Charleston for a girls trip with our momma!)
  6. Take a trip with my immediate family.  (We took a trip to the mountains!)
  7. Take a trip with my boyfriend.  (Cancún!)
  8. Create a “best of” city guide for Atlanta.  (Find it here!)
  9. Create a few playlists (for wake-up, yoga, and dinner prep).
  10. Bake something from scratch just because.  (My boyfriend and I made a vegan apple pie for Thanksgiving!)
  11. Have a guest post on the blog.
  12. Finish watching all of the movies in Dad’s “must see” box.
  13. Fill a sketchbook with original work.
  14. Frame and display a piece of my own art.
  15. Read one new book each month. (This goal was revised during my mid-year review.  Didn’t exactly come out to a book each month, but I read enough that it could have been spread that way.)
    (1.  This is Happening: Redesigning Mindfulness for Our Very Modern Lives by Rohan Gunatillake, 2.  Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage by Elizabeth Gilbert, 3.  My Life in France by Julia Child and Alex Prud’homme, 4.  The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living by Meik Wiking, 5.  The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, and Douglas Carlton Abrams, 6.  The Joy of Leaving Your Sh*t All Over the Place: The Art of Being Messy by Jennifer McCartney, 7.  Who Says It’s a Man’s World by Emily Bennington, 8.  Mother, Can You Not? by Kate Siegel, 9.  Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination by J. K. Rowling, 10.  Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World by Linda Hirshman, 11.  Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty, 12.  168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think by Laura Vanderkam, 13.  The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood)
  16. Watch 10 documentaries.
    (1.  That Sugar Film, 2.  Small Is Beautiful: A Tiny House Documentary, 3.  What the Health, 4. Season 1 of Chef’s Table, 5.  In Search of Israeli Cuisine, 6.  Demi Lovato’s Simply Complicated, 7.  From Fat to Finish Line)


  1. Complete Duolingo’s Italian lessons.
  2. Master a headstand.
  3. Take an art class.
  4. Take a cooking class.
  5. Try ten new foods.  (1.  Zoodles, 2.  Homemade sweet potato fries, 3.  Rainbow chard, 4.  Brebirousse cheese, 5.  Red Leicester cheese, 6.  Pickled collard greens, 7.  Salmon, 8.  Dragon Fruit, 9.  Mussels, 10.  Lobster, 11.  Seared tuna steak, 12.  No Woman cheese, 13.  Chorizo, 14.  Humboldt Fog cheese)
  6. Buy something fresh at the local farmer’s market.  (I didn’t buy anything myself, but my family bought some summer veggies!)
  7. Try a CSA.
  8. Learn how to use chopsticks.  (On two separate occasions this year, I have used chopsticks.  Not flawlessly, but made it through the meal and got most of the food into my belly.  I’m calling that a win.)
  9. Complete a month without shopping.
  10. Complete a month without eating out.
  11. Cultivate existing friendships. (This goal was revised during my mid-year review.)
  12. Grow some of my food at home.


  1. Perform a full-apartment clean-up/reorganization.  (It wasn’t exactly a standalone clean-up/reorganization, but I moved and that required some serious work!)
  2. Update digital security (passwords, accounts).
  3. Back up everything (computer/phone/etc.).
  4. Update professional portfolio, head shot, etc.
  5. Deep clean my apartment once a month.
  6. Put together a go-to recipe book.
  7. Frame my nerdy sloth print.
  8. Reorganize personal filing system.
  9. Create a habit of putting away clothes and shoes ASAP.

Let’s do this!