RAD52in52 for 2016

Last year, I created a bucket list of sorts for my year, a list of 52 goals for 2015. Over the months, I kept that list in mind and did so many new and fun things because they had been written down. I didn't tackle all 52 goals (I realized some were ridiculous...like who wants to go a month without caffeine?! Why did I make that a goal?!) so some on this 2016 list are carried over from 2015! 

I've found that simply writing down my goals makes me much more likely to achieve them, and it makes the year more fun, full, and exciting when I have these things in mind.

Here are my 52 bucket list goals for 2016!

In the list below, bold means DONE and italic means IN PROGRESS. (Some are already in progress because it's 6 days into this new year and I am apparently way too excited to knock some things off the list!)


  1. Go kayaking on the James River.
  2. Visit Uncle Glenn and Aunt Cathy in NYC.
  3. Take a solo roadtrip for an overnight stay.
  4. Get tattoo #3.
  5. Go stargazing/camping in my Eno. (July 24)
  6. See live music/concerts 5 times.
    1. Anderson East with Andrew Combs (Feb. 4 at The Broadberry in RVA with Mom)
    2. The Revivalists with Seratones (June 3 at Friday Cheers)
    3. Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors (June 24 at Friday Cheers)
    4. Triple Crossing Jazz Project (July 15 at The Wine Loft with Mom and Dad)
    5. Tour de Compadres -- Welshly Arms + John Mark McMillan + Mat Kearney + Needtobreathe (August 22 with Sydney and Lindsay)
    6. Amos Lee (September 14 with Harrison)
    7. The Lumineers with Rayland Baxter and Børns (September 16 with Sydney)
  7. See a movie at the Goochland Drive-In. (Bad Moms + Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates -- August 20)
  8. Have a picnic in a park.
  9. Attend a TED event.
  10. Make (and spend the night in) a blanket fort.
  11. Go to a hot air balloon festival.
  12. Try 3 new Virginia wineries.
    1. Barboursville Vineyards (September 10 with the family)
  13. Buy NO NEW BOOKS.
    1. totally failed at this. FAILED.
  14. Add $5,000 to my savings.
  15. Visit 2 new states.
  16. Drive the Blue Ridge Parkway in autumn.
  17. Go to 3 Richmond festivals.
    1. Richmond Vegetarian Festival
    2. Carytown Watermelon Festival
    3. Italian Festival
    4. MakerFest
  18. Write and release another e-book.
  19. Feature 15 new writers on The Rising.
    1. Ella Connolly
    2. Erin Salmon
    3. Jen Fair
    4. Jordan Gage
    5. James Harris
    6. Kaitlyn Anderson
    7. Kaitlyn Boyd
    8. Robert Vore
    9. Lesego B. Otlhabanye
    10. Amanda Everett
    11. Katrina Hunter
    12. Jessica Fralin
    13. Cathy Terranova
    14. Piper Lynn
    15. Hannah Jolly
    16. Summer Haslett
    17. Katie Dorsey
    18. Allie McDonald
  20. Add 5 new monthly writers to The Rising.
    1. Jordan Gage
    2. Jen Fair
    3. Ella Connolly
    4. Kaitlyn Anderson
    5. Kaitlyn Boyd
    6. Jessica Fralin
    7. Matt Smelser
    8. Cathy Terranova
    9. Piper Lynn
    10. Hannah Jolly
    11. Summer Haslett
  21. Try one new restaurant in RVA every month.
    1. 821 Cafe (Jan. 2)
    2. Foo Dog (Jan. 6)
    3. The Savory Grain (Feb. 25)
    4. Spiral Noodle (Feb. 27)
    5. Carytown Burgers and Fries (March 18)
    6. Zzaam! (April 6)
    7. Tio Pablo (May 3)
    8. Stuzzi (May 3)
    9. Mean Bird (June)
    10. Continental Divide (July)
    11. Curbside Cafe (August)
    12. Stella's (August)
    13. Citizen (September)
    14. Goatocado (October)
    15. Helen's Cafe (October)
    16. Fan Noodle Bar (December)
  22. Become a member of the VMFA and go to every new major exhibit.
    1. Rodin (Jan. 2)
    2. Virginia 360 (April 16)
    3. Kehinde Wiley (September 4)
  23. Go to at least 2 Caps games.
    1. aps vs. Sabres on November 25 with Mom, Dad, and Drew
  24. Visit 10 new-to-me coffeeshops (in Richmond or beyond).
    1. Sugar & Twine (RVA, Jan. 31)
    2. Mott Gallery (RVA, March 12)
    3. Whisk (RVA, June 11)
    4. 45 South Cafe (Norcross, GA, October 16)
    5. Cafe Zata (RVA, October 29)
  25. Find somebody to consistently mentor/disciple me.
  26. Be part of a fantastic un/defined gathering and document it all well on social media and through photos.
    1. shared about this HERE!
  27. Host or be part of a Friendsgiving.
  28. Complete The 100 Day Project.
    1. Find the results here!
  29. Try a new kind of art project.
    1. made this!
  30. Re-read the Chronicles of Narnia series.
  31. Re-read the Harry Potter series.
  32. Watch all Harry Potter movies-- for the first time EVER! (I have been ridiculously stubborn about never watching these, but I think it's time.)
    1. movie one: done
    2. movie two: done
    3. movie three: done
    4. movie four: done
  33. Do something big that scares me.
  34. Get above 75% fluent in Spanish through the DuoLingo app.
  35. Play a round of mini golf AND try my hand at real golf.
  36. Read a paper copy of the New York Times cover to cover.
  37. Learn sign language to a favorite worship song.
  38. Build something out of wood.
  39. Host #COLLABOREADS for all 12 months.
    1. January: A Book for a Better You
    2.  February: A Literary Classic
    3. March: Memoir
    4. August: An Author of a Different Ethnicity than You
    5. September: A Banned Book
    6. October: A Book with "Fall" in the Title
  40. Try 10 new drinks.
    1. Blackberry Fence Hopper (made myself at home!)
    2. "The Red Carpet" (at my work Oscar's party!)
    3. Lovely Lola (at Postbellum)
    4. Long Island Iced Tea (at Social 52)
    5. Serrano Margarita (at Quirk Hotel)
    6. Blackberry Old Fashioned (at Quirk Hotel)
    7. Grand Bellini (at Postbellum)
    8. Bloody Mary (at Postbellum)
    9. Cayman Lemonade (in Grand Cayman at Tortuga)
    10. Magner's Cider (in Grand Cayman)
    11. It's 5 o'Clock Somewhere (at Margaritaville in Grand Cayman)
    12. Bold Rock Peach Cider (at Social 52)
    13. Hardywood Cream Ale (at Hardywood Brewery in RVA)
    14. The Roslynn (at Sundial in Atlanta)
  41. Be on a podcast.
  42. Visit 3 new farmer's markets.
    1. 17th Street Farmer's Market (June 11)
  43. Send a surprise gift of some kind to a friend who needs it.
  44. Start sponsoring a child.
    1. Done! Thanks to my church's Compassion Sunday, I started sponsoring sweet Mi-Mi who lives in the Philippines.
  45. Read Flannery O'Connor's Complete Works.
  46. Visit a new national park.
  47. Visit 3 new museums.
    1. Renwick Gallery (Feb. 6 with Vianne for WONDER)
    2. Chesterfield County Museum (March 12 with Mom/Dad)
  48. Leave a 100%+ tip to bless a waiter.
  49. Take a selfie on the 1st of every month.
  50. Watch the fireworks on the 4th of July somewhere fun with friends.
  51. Design and order a photo book from last summer's #RADnDadventure.
  52. Read 100 books. -- Follow me on GOODREADS!
    1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling (January)
    2. I Said Yes: My Story of Heartbreak, Redemption, and True Love by Emily Maynard (January)
    3. Guerrillas of Grace: Prayers for the Battle by Ted Loder (January)
    4. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling (January)
    5. Out of Sorts: Making Peace with an Evolving Faith by Sarah Bessey (January)
    6. From Tablet to Table: Where Community is Found and Identity is Formed by Leonard Sweet (January)
    7. The Road to Character by David Brooks (January)
    8. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling (January)
    9. The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming by Henri J.M. Nouwen (January)
    10. Through the Eyes of a Lion: Facing Impossible Pain, Finding Incredible Power by Levi Lusko (January) 
    11. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling (January)
    12. Felicity by Mary Oliver (January)
    13. East of Eden by John Steinbeck (January)
    14.  Small Wonder by Barbara Kingsolver (January)
    15. Flannery: A Life of Flannery O'Connor by Brad Gooch (February)
    16. Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer (February)
    17. Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art by Madeleine L'Engle (February)
    18. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo (February)
    19. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling (February)
    20. Garden City: Work, Rest, and the Art of Being Human by John Mark Comer (February)
    21. The Wild Truth: The Untold Story of Sibling Survival by Carine McCandless (February)
    22. The Martian by Andy Weir (February)
    23. Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling (February)
    24. Last Night in Montreal by Emily St. John Mandel (February)
    25. Bossypants by Tina Fey (March)
    26. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling (March)
    27. Sounds Like Me: My Life (So Far) in Song by Sara Bareilles (March)
    28. Breaking Busy: How to Find Peace and Purpose in a World of Crazy by Alli Worthington (March)
    29. We Are Called to Rise by Laura McBride (March)
    30. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng (March)
    31. The Feathered Bone by Julie Cantrell (March)
    32. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling (March)
    33. Wildflower by Drew Barrymore (March)
    34. The Season of Migration by Nellie Hermann (March)
    35. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (March)
    36. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi (March)
    37. The Lola Quartet by Emily St. John Mandel (March)
    38. Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown (April)
    39. The Book of Strange New Things by Michael Faber (April)
    40. Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave (April)
    41. Bandersnatch: An Invitation to Explore Your Unconventional Soul (April)
    42. Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay (April)
    43. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (April)
    44. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah (April)
    45. Euphoria by Lily King (April)
    46. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman (April)
    47. Create vs. Copy: Break Through with Imagination by Ken Wytsma (May)
    48. The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh (May)
    49. Looking for Lovely: Collecting the Moments that Matter by Annie F. Downs (May)
    50. Wild and Free: A Hope-Filled Anthem for the Woman who Feels She is Both Too Much and Never Enough by Jess Connolly and Hayley Morgan (May)
    51. The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own by Joshua Becker (May)
    52. Trains and Lovers by Alexander McCall Smith (May)
    53. Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis (May)
    54. Eligible by Curtis Sittenfield (May)
    55. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford (May)
    56. The Essential Henri Nouwen by Henri Nouwen (May)
    57. A Mile Wide: Trading a Shallow Religion for a Deeper Faith by Brandon Hatmaker (May)
    58. How to Have a Good Day: Harness the Power of Behavioral Science to Transform Your Working Life by Caroline Webb (May)
    59. My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout (May)
    60. The Complete Stories by Flannery O'Connor (May)
    61. I Don't Wait Anymore by Grace Thornton (May)
    62. Four Seasons in Rome: On Twins, Insomnia, and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World by Anthony Doerr (May)
    63. Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger (May) 
    64. The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald (May)
    65. somethingtofoodabout by Questlove (June)
    66. Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter (June)
    67. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (June)
    68. The Collaborative Habit: Life Lessons for Working Together by Twyla Tharp (June)
    69. Speaking of Faith by Krista Tippett (June)
    70. Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye (June)
    71. The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney (June)
    72. Spinster: Making a Life of One's Own by Kate Bolick (June)
    73. The Roommate Book: An Illustrated Guide to Parties, Crafts, Pranks, and More by Becky Simpson (June)
    74. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant (July)
    75. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (July)
    76. Holy the Firm by Annie Dillard (July)
    77. Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation by Michael Pollan (July)
    78. Secrets of a Charmed Life by Susan Meissner (July)
    79. Vinegar Girl: A Novel by Anne Tyler (July)
    80. Before the Fall by Noah Hawley (July)
    81. Blue Shoe by Anne Lamott (July)
    82. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett (July)
    83. The Essential Enneagram: The Definitive Personality Test and Self-Discovery Guide by David N. Daniels (July)
    84. The Lightkeepers by Abby Geni (July)
    85. The One-in-a-Million Boy by Monica Wood (July)
    86. The Art of Asking; or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help by Amanda Palmer (August)
    87. Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan (August)
    88. The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom (August)
    89. Infinite Home: A Novel by Kathleen Alcott (August)
    90. In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume (August)
    91. My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares (August)
    92. The Book of Speculation: A Novel by Erika Swyler (August)
    93. Life in Community: Joining Together to Display the Gospel by Dustin Willis (August)
    94. Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (August)
    95. The Girls by Emma Cline (August)
    96. Delancey: A Man, a Woman, a Restaurant, a Marriage by Molly Wizenberg (August)
    97. No One Knows by J.T. Ellison (August)
    98. The Catcher and the Rye by J.D. Salinger (September)
    99. The Magician's Nephew by C.S. Lewis (September)
    100. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis (September)
    101. Play with Fire: Discovering Fierce Faith, Unquenchable Passion, and a Life-Giving God by Bianca Juarez Olthoff (September)
    102. The Paris Wife by Paula McLain (September)
    103. The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis (September)
    104. Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living by Krista Tippett (September)
    105. Grace, Not Perfection: Embracing Simplicity, Celebrating Joy by Emily Ley (September)
    106. Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson (September)
    107. Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman (September)
    108. And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hossseini (September)
    109. You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott (September)
    110. The History of Love by Nicole Krauss (September)
    111. Alice & Oliver by Charles Bock (September)
    112. No Man is an Island by Thomas Merton (September)
    113. I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh (September)
    114. Finding God in the Waves: How I lost My Faith and Found It Again Through Science by Mike McHargue (September)
    115. Love, Henri: Letters on Love, Hope, Faith, and Vocation by Henri Nouwen (October)
    116. Selected Poems by Emily Dickinson (October)
    117. Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living by Shauna Niequist (October)
    118. Rilke's Book of Hours: Love Poems to God by Rainer Maria Rilke (October)
    119. Falling Free: Rescued from the Life I Always Wanted by Shannan Martin (October)
    120. She Reads Truth: Holding Tight to Permanent in a World That's Passing Away by Raechel Myers and Amanda Bible Williams (October)
    121. The Light of the World by Elizabeth Alexander (October)
    122. Upstream: Selected Essays by Mary Oliver (October)
    123. Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis (October)
    124. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis (October)
    125. The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis (October)
    126. The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis (October)
    127. The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House by Kate Andersen Brower (October)
    128. Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Ed Catumll (October)
    129. Wreck My Life: Journeying from Broken to Bold by Mo Isom (October)
    130. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (October)
    131. Our Only World: Ten Essays by Wendell Berry (October)
    132. Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery by Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile (October)
    133. Learning to Walk in the Dark by Barbara Brown Taylor (November)
    134. Habits of Grace: Enjoying Jesus through the Spiritual Disciplines by David Mathis (November)
    135. Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope, and Repair by Anne Lamott (November)
    136. Mr. Darcy's Diary by Amanda Grange (November)
    137. We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (November)
    138. The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware (November)
    139. Vegan Freak: Being Vegan in a Non-Vegan World (November)
    140. Calm my Anxious Heart by Linda Dillow (November)
    141. Jack: A Life of C.S. Lewis (November)
    142. Alexander Hamilton's Guide to Life (November)
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