My RAD52in52 Bucket List for 2017

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The last few years, I've created a bucket list for the calendar year as a way to encourage myself to step out of my comfort zones, try new things, and keep life interesting. I don't make resolutions, I just craft a whole list of fun things I want to try to accomplish in the upcoming 365 days, and it's awesome how motivated it keeps me all year long!

This year, for the first time, I carried over 10 things from 2016's list that I didn't quite get to, so I'm excited to have an additional year to knock those out.

These lists have 52 things because there are 52 weeks in the year, but I don't have any sort of roadmap for how or when I'll cross these off. It's all just part of the fun! FYI: I'll bold them when  they're done and italicize them when they're in progress!

(Here's my list from 2016, and here's my list from 2015.)

Here's to a whole lot of fun, growth, and adventure in 2017!


  1. Be on a podcast. (orig. on my 2016 list!)
    1. I was on Chasing Creative here!
    2. We also started a podcast at work-- Inside the Editors' Room
    3. I'm also on this Your Daily Prayer podcast at work!
  2. Visit NYC. (orig. on my 2016 list!)
  3. Take a solo road trip somewhere fun. (orig. on my 2016 list!)
  4. Go to a hot air balloon festival or ride a hot air balloon. (orig. on my 2016 list!)
  5. Drive the Blue Ridge Parkway in autumn. (orig. on my 2016 list!)
  6. Make something out of wood. (orig. on my 2016 list!)
  7. Visit a new national/state park. (orig. on my 2016 list!)
  8. See a play on Broadway in NYC. (major bonus points if it's SOMEHOW Hamilton!)
  9. Be part of un/defined gathering again!
    1. Watch the videos of the talks here!
  10. Read through the entire Bible again throughout the year.
    1. (I use this one and love it!)
  11. Attend a TED event of some kind.
    1. TEDxRVA Salon: Updating the Menu on 1/23
  12. Go to (at least) 5 concerts.
    1. Johnnyswim on 3/23
    2. COIN with ARIZONA on 5/8
    3. OneRepublic with James Arthur on 7/10
    4. Ed Sheeran with James Blunt on 9/2
    5. John Mark McMillan with The Brilliance on 9/14
    6. NEEDTOBREATHE on 10/3
  13. Hear an author I love speak.
    1. Barbara Brown Taylor on 2/9
    2. Krista Tippett on 10/2
  14. Plant my own garden.
  15. Try 10 new restaurants (anywhere!)
    1. Kitchen on Cary
    2. Ginger Red
    3. City Beach
    4. Xtra's
    5. Julep's
    6. K-Town Kitchen and Bar
    7. Don Taco (in Old Town Alexandria)
    8. Pasture
    9. Fat Dragon
    10. Bartaco (in Reston)
    11. Tupelo Honey Cafe (in Johnson City)
    12. Pharmacy (in Nashville)
    13. Pfunky Griddle (in Nashville)
    14. Burger Up (in Nashville)
    15. Lilly's Pizza (in Raleigh)
    16. The Remedy Diner (in Raleigh)
  16. Go to a movie by myself.
    1. Saw La La Land on 2/18
  17. Go on an adventure with my camera simply to play with taking pictures.
  18. Write to my Compassion child at least 4 times.
  19. Visit (at least) one state I haven't ever been to.
  20. Go to at least one Caps game.
    1. DONE! 1/1/17 with Ben! We won!
    2. 12/2 with Austin! We won again!
  21. Send Thanksgiving cards to loved ones.
  22. Host a dinner party.
  23. Complete #The100DayProject.
    1. bandoned this one. Oops. Here's what I DID do, though!
  24. Send a surprise gift to a friend.
  25. Try a new kind of art or craft project.
  26. Read Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow.
  27. Go kayaking again.
  28. Tithe monthly to church.
  29. Pay back outstanding family loans.
  30. Go through She Reads Truth's Lent study.
  31. Go through an Advent study.
  32. Complete Modern Mrs. Darcy's 2017 Reading Challenge.
  33. Read 150 books total.
    1. See everything I'm reading here!
    2. I upped my goal to 200 books! -- DONE
  34. Read 5 classics. 
    1. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
    2. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
    3. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
    4. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  35. Read 10 books by authors of other ethnicities.
    1. You Can't Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain by Phoebe Robinson
    2. The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
    3. Swing Time by Zadie Smith
    4. The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae
    5. March: Book One by John Lewis
    6. March: Book Two by John Lewis
    7. March: Book Three by John Lewis
    8. Home by Toni Morrison
    9. Selected Poems of Langston Hughes
    10. The Very Good Gospel: How Everything Wrong Can Be Made Right by Lisa Sharon Harper
    11. I Almost Forgot About You by Terry McMillan
    12. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
    13. The Mothers by Brit Bennett
    14. Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
    15. Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
    16. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
    17. One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
    18. Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson
    19. Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
    20. Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper
    21. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
  36. Write for a new publication or website of some kind.
    1. DONE! Became a contributor for #createlounge.
    2. Also joined the Everyday Exiles team!
  37. Go on a new hike.
  38. Travel to a new country.
  39. Watch at least 5 highly recommended movies (either by friends or critics).
    1. Minimalism
    2. La La Land
    3. Moonlight
  40. Try hot yoga.
    1. YES! Read more about how hot yoga has changed my life
  41. Cook a gluten-free and vegan meal for somebody who is neither gluten-free or vegan.
    1. DONE! I made this chili for my family + Ben. Everyone gave it rave reviews!
  42. Complete a 5k.
  43. Complete the Ukrop's Monument Ave 10k.
  44. Give a gift to a homeless person.
  45. Make some kind of art for a friend.
    1. DONE! Made wedding invitations for my cousin.
  46. Stay in a fun AirBnB somewhere new.
  47. Pay off my credit card.
  48. Get new headshots taken by a photographer for my website.
  49. See my favorite former-babysitting family (they now live in Baltimore).
  50. Finish my 1,000 gifts journal.
  51. Get tattoo #4.
  52. Celebrate my 25th birthday well with family and friends!

What's something you want to accomplish in 2017?!

One year ago on the blog: Five Finds Friday // January 8

Two years ago on the blog: SELAH: My #OneWord365


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