Looking to 2011

It was about this time last year that I was speaking with Shane Ambry about the year ahead and the fact that it would be good to have something akin to Jessica Claire’s ‘101 in 1001’ list (she also happens to be an amazing wedding photographer). I’m not sure who originally came up with the idea but it is similar to a bucket-list, only with a shorter timeframe – i.e. 101 goals to achieve in 1001 days. Think of them as the detail in New Year’s resolutions.

I didn’t end up making one for 2010 but i’m determined to create one for 2011 – and instead of ‘101 in 1001’ i’ll make mine ‘20 in 2’ or 20 goals in 2 years – 1. because I can’t think of 101 goals that I really want to achieve of such significance and think they would lose their meaning after 20 and 2. three years is quite a way ahead and i’d rather focus on short-term goals. So, here is my list so far in no particular order:

1. Save a deposit and buy a place

2. Finish my legal studies and be admitted as a solicitor

3. Volunteer at least once a month

4. Lower my cholesterol and keep it within the ‘normal’ range

5. Think about becoming a father

6. Take the time to watch the sun rise or set at least once a month

7. Ride 10,000km over a 12 month period

8. Successfully complete the 3 peaks challenge

9. Enrol in and successfully complete a culinary course

10. Have friends over and cook them a meal at least once a month

11. Take a European or North American vacation

12. Take at least 1 photo a day

13. Take the Camera Craft 3 and Lighting workshops at the Australian Centre for Photography

14. Take a public speaking course to help overcome my glossophobia

15. Read 1 non law-related book per month

16. Make a will

17. Take a group family photo at least once per year

18. Learn to dance (don’t laugh!)

19. Photograph a complete stranger once every two months

20. Try and be a bit more sociable

If you have created your own list i’d be interested to hear what you’ve got on it and why, and also how successful/unsuccessful you were in achieving the goals. As I think of the last 6 5 4 3 2 1 items i’ll update this post  – LIST COMPLETE and also create a separate section on the blog called 20 in 2 and as I complete things I’ll cross them off this list and update that part of the blog!