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In these last few years, I’ve often done a yearlong challenge that commemorates how old I am. And there is the added bonus that the challenge helps me remember how old I am.
- One year I collected that number of Operation Christmas Child boxes.
- Twice I read that number of books.
- And this year, my 59th year, I am going to watch musicals. Between March 2017-March 2018, I will watch 59 musicals.
Yes, believe it or not, there are THAT many musicals. In fact there are 100’s of them. TRULY.
- For example Shirley Temple movies are musicals (I think all of them are). And she has made 37 such movie musicals. .
- And it never occurred to me that many of Disney’s animated movies are also musicals.
So just between these two sources there are about 100 musicals.
I found several links that pointed me in the right direction:
- Top 100 Greatest Musicals
- The 100 Greatest Movie Musicals of All Time I have seen 52 0f these.
- Top 100 Musical Movies I Want My Children to See by Their 18th Birthday – This post breaks the musicals down by age group. I have seen about 70 of these. I will use this list over the coming years as viewing suggestions with my grandchildren.
And I asked my friends on Facebook to recommend their favorite musicals. They gave me 78 ideas.
I picked this challenge because I thought I hadn’t seen very many musicals. Boy was I wrong. On most lists I’ve seen about 50% of the titles. Yet, there are huge gaps in my viewing history. And there are more than 59 musicals I could see.
I made up a list of potentials musical dates. I will see what I can see through Amazon streaming videos, Netflix, the library, thrift store, friends’ collections, and the stage. Since I might not be able to find each one, this list will most likely change.
Which ones on my to-watch list have you seen?
- 42nd Stree
- Across the Universe
- An American in Paris
- Anchors Aweigh
- Babes in Arms
- Babes in Toyland
- Barefoot in the Park
- Calamity Jane
- Chorus Line
- Christmas Carol with Kelsey Grammer
- Duck Soup
- Easter Parade
- Finian’s Rainbow
- Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
- Guys and Dolls
- Happy Go Lovely
- Hello Dolly
- High School Musical
- High Society
- How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
- Into the Woods
- Jersey Boys
- The Last Five Years
- The Lego Movie
- Little Shop of Horrors
- Man of La Mancha
- Meet Me in St Louis
- The Mikado
- Moulin Rouge!
- On a Clear Day You Can See Forever
- On The Town
- The Pajama Game
- Princess and the Frog
- The Producers
- Robin and the 7 Hoods
- The Rocky Horror Picture Show
- Second Chorus
- A Star is Born
- State Fair
- Sweeney Todd
- The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
- Viva Las Vegas
Your Turn . . .
- Do you do anything special to commemorate your own birthday? If yes, what?
- Do you do yearlong challenges? If yes, how has that gone and what do you do?
- Are there any musicals I should add to my list?
Related Resources . . .
- 3 Reasons to Watch Christmas Movies
- Did I Read 58 Books Last Year? Summary of My 58th Year Challenge
- Finding Laughter: Funny Christmas Movies
- Finding Laughter: Funny Halloween Movies
- My 55th Birthday Yearlong Plan
- My OPERATION Christmas Child Plan is to Collect 55 Shoe Boxes
- Seven Reasons I am Grateful for Music
I recently had a birthday, so it is time to evaluate how well I did on my birthday challenge. I challenged myself to read 58 books because I was 58 years old last year. Did I meet that goal?
Turns out I was a reading fool! I read 111 books.
I’ve always loved books and last year I read differently.
- I read series. In fact I read books from 8 series. The first series I’ve read to completion as an adult is The Mitford series by Jan Karon. Then I discovered Louise Penny, Shannon Stoker, Douglas Preston and James Patterson (to name a few). I don’t know why I went on a series binge, but it certainly was fun.
- I finished some unfinished titles. I was able to read to completion four books that have been languishing in my to-finish pile. I am most proud of finishing Moby Dick. I really s-t-r-u-g-g-l-e-d with the first part of that book. Then when I picked it again last year, I LOVED reading it. And I wondered why it took me so long to finish. The Imitation of Christ was such a deep read, I just couldn’t rush through it.
- I discovered the Gilmore Girls reading list. I read 8 books from that diverse list last year. I plan on reading the 339 books that Rory read. So far I’ve read 82 books.
- I am obsessed with yearlong quests. Several years ago I read Living Oprah: My One-Year Experiment to Live as TV’s Most Influential Guru Advises. And I was hooked on this genre. This year I read three such books. The Gratitude Diaries: How a Year Looking on the Bright Side Can Transform Your Life was my FAVE book in this category. And it is one I will reread so I can re-immerse myself in its helpful ideas. This link has 12 ideas and I plan on reading from this list this 59th year.
Read the rest of the post to see the 111 titles and other categories.
- The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron – I read and did the assignments with my daughter.
- Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Gratitude: 101 Stories about How Being Thankful Can Change Your Life by Amy Newmark and Deborah Norville
- Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
- Daughters of the Dragon by William Andrews – I read this as an e-book while traveling in Taiwan.
- The Einstein Prophecy by Robert Masello – New author to me which I enjoyed a lot.
- The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
- The Good Life Lab: Radical experiments in Hands-On Living by Wendy Tremayne
- Iscariot: A Novel of Judas by Tosca Lee – I want to read more books by this author.
- The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name by Sally Lloyd-Jones – This book has beautiful pictures and words
- Long Way Gone by Charles Martin – This is a title for the reread list.
- Miss Julia Inherits a Mess by Ann B. Ross (published this year-2016)
- One Memory At A Time: Inspiration & Advice for Writing Your Famiy History by D.G. Fulford
- The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller
- The Optimist’s Daughter by Eudora Welty
- A Paris Apartment: A Novel by Michelle Gable – While reading this book I kept Googling historical events and people.
- Pure Heart, Enlightened Mind: The Life and Letters of an Irish Zen Saint by Maura O’Halloran
- Rethinking Positive Thinking: Inside the New Science of Motivation by Gabriele Oettingen
- The Secrets of a Charmed Life by Susan Meissner
- The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher – This is also a must reread.
- A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23 by Phillip Keller – I confess, this is not the fist time I’ve read this book.
- A Spy’s Guide to Thinking by John Braddock
- Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative by Austin Kleon
- Still Alice by Lisa Genova – Tears, and more tears as I read this book about Alice, a 50-year-old Harvard professor diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s.
- Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas by James Patterson
- Thinner in 30: small changes that add up to big weight loss in just 30 days by Jenna Wolfe
- The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battle by Steven Pressfield
Audio – I am not usually one who listens to books on tape. And I enjoyed doing this while walking or driving.
- The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
- The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
- Memoirs of a Geisha: A Novel by Arthur Golden
- Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
- The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Spears
Austen in August – This is the second time I participated in this yearly internet challenge.
- Emma: a Modern Retelling by Alexander McCall Smith
- Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith and Jane Austen
Book to Movie – So far, I’ve only seen one of these books as a movie. If you’ve seen these movies, which one(s) do you recommend?
- The BFG by Roald Dahl
- The Circle by Dave Eggers
- The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins
- A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers
- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ramsom Riggs
- Silence by Shusaku Endo
Gilmore Girls Book List – There are 339 books on this list. I read 8 of them this past year. Now the total # I’ve read is 82.
- Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
- Atonement by Ian McEwan
- Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy
- David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
- Deenie by Judy Blume
- Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters by Mark Dunn
- S is for Silence by Sue Grafton
- Swimming with Giants: My Encounters with Whales, Dolphins and Seals by Anne Collett
Recommended – I got these ideas from friends, blogs, and Facebook.
- Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilber
- Four Seasons in Rome: On Twins, Insomnia, and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World by Anthony Doerr
- The Chocolate Snowman Murders: A Chocoholic Mystery by JoAnna Carl
- The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick
- Lying Awake by Mark Salzman ]
- Moloka’i by Alan Brennert
- The Nazi Officer’s Wife: How One Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust by Edith H. Beer and Susan Dworkin
- The Neverending Story by Michael Ende
- We Have Always Lived In The Castle by Shirley Jackson
SERIES – I read books in EIGHT series this year
One. Alexander McCall Smith: Isabel Dalhousie Series – I plan on reading all the books in this series. I started reading this because I found books #57 & 58 at the dollar store and loved them.
- The Careful Use of Compliments (book 4/11)
- The Uncommon Appeal of Clouds (book 9/11)
Two. Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child: Gideon Crew Series – Completed the series.
- The Ice Limit
- Gideon’s Sword
- Gideon’s Corpse
- The Lost Island
- Beyond the Ice Limit
Three. James Patterson: Women’s Murder Club (books 1-9) – I plan on reading all the books in this series.
- 1st to Die
- 2nd Chance
- 3rd Degree
- 4th of July
- The 5th Horseman
- 6th Target
- 7th Heaven
- 8th Confession
- 9th Judgement
Four. Jan Karon: The Mitford Series (books 3-10) – This is the first series I read to completion as an adult. There are only two book series I read when younger (and again as an adult): Chronicles of Narnia and Anne of Green Gables.
- These High, Green Hills
- Out to Canaan
- A New Song
- A Common Life: the Wedding Story
- In This Mountain
- Fluke Light from Heaven
- Somewhere Safe With Somebody Good
- Come Rain or Come Shine
Five. Joanne Fluke: Hannah Swenson Mysteries with Recipes
- Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder (book 1/21)
- Strawberry Shortcake Murder (book 2/21)
- Blueberry Muffin Murder (book 3/21_
- Lemon Meringue Pie Murder (book 4/21)
- Blackberry Pie Murder (book 17/21)
- Double Fudge Brownie Murder (book 18/21)
- Wedding Cake Murder (book 19/21)
- Christmas Caramel Murder (book 20/21)
Six. Justin Cronin: The Passage Trilogy
- The Passage (1/3)
Seven. Louise Penny: Chief Inspector Gamache Novels (books 1-11) – Completed the series and I wish there were more!
- Still Life
- A Fatal Grace
- The Cruelest Month
- A Rule Against Murder
- The Brutal Telling
- Bury Your Dead
- The Hangman
- A Trick of the Light
- The Beautiful Mystery
- How the Light Gets In
- The Long Way Home
- The Nature of the Beast
- A Great Reckoning
Eight. Shannon Stoker: The Registry (books 2-3) – Completed the series.
- The Collection
- The Alliance
Unfinished: Books that took me several years to finish reading
- The Imitation of Christ by Thomas à Kempis
- Moby Dick by Herman Melville
- The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence
- Umapped Darkness: Finding God’s Path Through Suffering by Thomas Finch
Yearlong Theme – I am captivated by books in this genre
- The Gratitude Diaries: How a Year Looking on the Bright Side Can Transform Your Life by Janice Kaplan
- My So-Called Life as a Proverbs 31 Wife: a One-Year Experiment and Its Surprising Results by Sara Horn
- Learning to Breathe: My Yearlong quest to Bring Calm to My Life by Priscilla Warner
Your Turn . . .
- Did you make any reading goals last year? Did you meet them?
- Did you read “differently” this year? If yes, how so?
- Were any books a surprise?
- Which one(s) would you recommend that I read?
Related Resources . . .
- 10 Read Aloud Questions and Answers
- 13 Benefits of Reading
- 21 Things I Learned by Reading Individual Bible Books in One Sitting
- Finding Laughter: Books on my Laughter Bookshelf
- Musicals Bucket List – My 59th Year Challenge
- Top Ten Books I Read in 2015
Are you competitive?
I am. I am even competitive in my reading. Therefore reading challenges spur me on to read more consistently. Last year my goal was to read 57 books.
Did I make that goal? YES! And I did so with 30 books to spare!!!
This year, (starting in my birth month) I want to read 58 books. I will use various “techniques” to get there. One such technique is using BINGO.
In past years I have used other people’s BINGO lists. This year I came up with one of my own. I picked categories because I like to read a bunch of books from the same author, from a series, etc. In other words, I LIKE to batch read from categories.
Below are the 5 categories I finally settled on
- 5 Books by the Author Charles Dickens
- 5 Books I’ve Never Finished
- 5 Books from the Gilmore Girls Books List
- 5 Books from the The Mitford Series by Jan Karon
- 5 Books That Have Been Recommended
- . My list of books is at the very end of this post.
You can go here to fill out and then print your own BINGO Reading List card.
Each time I make a BINGO, I will allow myself a treat. As I am not so good in the reward department, I am not sure what that will be. I would like it to be book related.
- I don’t want to buy another book as there are TONS of choices on my Kindle and bookshelves and from the library.
- Maybe read a book not ON THE LIST?
- Give me some ideas, please!
- And when I get a BLACKOUT, at that time I will BUY a book from my Amazon Wish List. I have hundreds to choose from. Seriously.
Your Turn . . .
- Are you competitive – even in reading?
- Do you ever do BINGO Reading Challenges? Why? And how do you reward yourself for completing a BINGO? A blackout?
- Have you ever made up your own BINGO list? If yes, how about linking it?
- If you were to design one similar to mine, what categories would you include?
- How many of the books on my list have you already read? The list is at the end of this post.
- It would be so fun if you’d read along with me. Let me know if you decide to.
Related Posts . . .
- Classic Book Reading Plan for 2015
- 10 Read Aloud Questions & Answers
- 13 Benefits of Reading
- Finding Laughter: What Does Norman Cousin’s Laughter (and book) Have to Do With Me?
- How Good Books Aid in a Child’s Growth
- I Read 87 Books in 2015
- Top Ten Books I Read in 2015
- Using an X-ACTO to Make a Kindle Cover from a Hardback Book
Below are the books in each category. Of course I reserve the right to make changes at any time!
5 Dickens Books
- Oliver Twist
- The Old Curiosity Shop
- Our Mutual Friend
- The Pickwick Papers
5 Unfinished Books
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
- War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
- Simply Christian by NT Wright
The Imitation of Christ by Thomas à Kempis Unmapped Darkness by Thomas Finch 5 Gilmore Girls Books S is for Silence by Sue Grafton Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt Elle Minnow Pea by Atonement by Ian McEwan Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy
5 Mitford Books These High, Green Hills Out to Canaan A New Song A Common Life: the Wedding Story
n This Mountain 5 Recommended Books The Passage by Justin Cronin (Barb) Chocolate Snowman Murders by Joanna Carl The Neverending Story by Michael Ende (Elizabeth) Four Seasons in Rome: On Twins, Insomnia, and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World by Anthony Doerr The Lost Island by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (book 3/4)
One of my goals for my 57th year of life, was to read 57 books. To help me accomplish that goal I signed up for reading challenges. I am competitive and I even like to compete against myself!
I signed up for the following challenges . . .
- . . . Austen in August Reading Challenge. I read all her majour works.
- . . . #write31days where Finding Laughter was my topic. I read a bunch of books on this topic.
- . . . Back to the Classics Challenge. I read books from 10/12 categories.
- . . . Reading to Know Classics Book Club. I only read 6/12 of their suggestions.
The rest of the titles I read came from recommendations, gifts, and from my bookshelves.
I met my challenge of 57 books and raised it by 30!!!
Your Turn . . .
- Did you make a reading goal for 2015? Did you meet it?
- How do you motivate yourself to read?
- What are some books you’d recommend that I read?
- Have you read all 87 books on my list?
Below is the list of books I read in 2015.
- 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
- A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (audio)
- A Jane Austen Education: How Six Novels Taught Me About Love, Friendship, and the Things That Really Matter by William Deresiewicz
- A Light in the Window (book 2) by Jan Karon
- A Man of Grit and Grace: Paul by Charles Swindoll
- A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
- A Severe Mercy by Sheldon Vanauken
- An Acceptable Time by Madeline L’Engle
- An Old-Fashioned Girl by Louise May Alcott
- At Home in Mitford (book 1) by Jan Karon
- Beloved by Toni Morrison
- Choosing Gratitude: Learning to Love the Life you Have by James A Autry
- Christmas Day in the Morning By Pearl S Buck
- Dawn’s Light by Terri Blackstock
- Emma by Jane Austen
- Franklin and Winston: A Christmas That Changed the World by Douglas Wood
- Get It Done: From Procrastination to Creative Genius in 15 Minutes a Day by Sam Bennett and Keegan-Michael Key
- Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
- Heart of Darkness by Joseph ConraD
- I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
- I Know How She Does It by Laura Vanderkam
- I’m Glad I’m a Mom: Inspirational Stories of Love, Laughter, and Everyday Life by Hearts at Home
- Inspiration Sandwich by SARK
- Joseph Andrews by Henry Fielding
- Laddie; a true blue story, by Gene Stratton Porter
- Last Light by Terri Blackstock
- Lay My Isaac Down by Carol Kent
- Let Magic Happen: Adventures in Healing with a Holistic Radiologist by Larry Burk
- Living Oprah by Robyn Okrant
- Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
- Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
- Miss Julia Lays Down the Law by Ann B. Ross
- MWF Seeking BFF: My Yearlong Search for a New Best Friend by Rachel Bertsche
- Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens
- Night by Elie Wiesel
- Night Light by Terri Blackstock
- Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
- On The Outside Looking Indian by Rupinder Gill
- One Thousand White Women: The Journals of Mary Todd by Jim Fergus
- Persuasion by Jane Austen
- Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter
- Prayer: Life’s Limitless Reach by Jack R Taylor
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
- R Is for Ricochet by Sue Grafton
- Seasons in Rome: on twins, insomnia, and the biggest funeral in the history of the world by Anthony Doer
- Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
- Shepherds Abiding by Jan Karon
- Skipping Christmas: A Novel by John Grisham
- Still Alice by Lisa Genova
- Still Life by Louise Penny
- The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion: A Novel by Fannie Flagg
- The Blessing: Giving the Gift of Unconditional Love and Acceptance by John Trent & Gary Smalley
- The Christmas Pearl by Dorothea Benton Frank
- The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America by
- The Engine 2 Diet: The Texas Firefighter’s 28-Day Save-Your-Life Plan that Lowers Cholesterol and Burns Away the Pounds by Rip Esselstyn
- The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
- The Great Divorce by CS Lewis
- The History of the Snowman by Bob Eckstein
- The Hope Quotient by Ray Johnson
- The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
- The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson
- The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo
- The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
- The Prayer Box by Lisa Wingate
- The Pursuit of God Paperback by A. W. Tozer
- The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe
- The Registry (Book 1/3) by Shannon Stoker
- The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie
- The Secrets of Mary Bowser by Lois Leveen
- The Scent of Water by Elizabeth Goudge
- The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
- The Sherwood Ring by Elizabeth Marie Pope
- The Sweet Spot: How to Find Your Grove at Home and Work by Christine Carter
- The Turn of the Screw and Other Short Fiction by Henry James
- The Woman in Black: A Ghost Story by Susan Hill
- The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
- Thrush Green by Miss Read
- Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading by Nina Sankovitch
- Too Busy Not To Pray by Bill Hybels
- True Light by Terri Blackstock
- Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
- Walking the Road to Bethlehem: Your Journey to Christmas by Adam Hamilton
- We Have Always Lived In The Castle by Shirley Jackson
- What’s So Amazing About Grace? by Philip Yancey
- Wide My World Narrow My Bed: Living & Loving the Single Life By Luci Swindoll
- Writing is My Drink by Theo Pauline Nestor
- Zero Belly Diet: Lose Up to 16 lbs. in 14 Days! By David Zinczenko
Healthy laughter, especially regular and copious amounts of laughter, requires a cheerful heart. This book, I’d Rather Be Laughing: Finding Cheer in Every Circumstance by Marilyn Meberg, tells how to develop a cheerful heart.
I will list some of the points that Meberg makes about establishing a foundation of cheer. Be sure to read the book in order to get the back-stories and all of her ideas.
Recognize Life Is Not Meant To Be Perfect
“Of course we all know nothing is perfect-don’t we? Yet why do we continue to feel restless and on a quest for perfection? What makes us think it is attainable? And how can we find cheer when we’re muddling about looking for perfection?” ~ Marilyn Meberg
We look for this perfection in our marriages, children, and in fact in all relationships. We look for perfection in the service industry, in those we deal with at work (whether a co-worker, boss, client, or assistant). We look for perfection in ourselves: how we look, talk, and perform in all areas of life. We look for perfection from our machinery: cars, air conditioners, computers, and this list goes on and on. And when perfection is not attained we get depressed, angry, GROUCHY or feel picked upon.
But anyone can . . .
Develop A Habit Of Cheerfulness
By developing the HABIT of cheerfulness, we can live with an ATTITUDE of cheerfulness. We acquire certain behavior patterns [aka habits] by frequent repetition.” These frequent repetitions of behavior affect our thinking and feeling.  What do we need to repeat and repeat? Two things: what we think and recalling the past.
Make A Choice On How To Think
Our attitude is directly impacted by what we think. Taking a cue from Philippians 4:8, let’s think on these things throughout our days.
“Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse.” (Philippians 4:8, MSG)
Until I read this version of the verse (The Message) I would have said I was fine, that I have gracious thoughts and words. But this past weekend I was complaining (cursing really but without bad words) about service that we received at a famous coffee shop. I really do want to concentrate more on praising and stop with the complaining.
So I want to CHOOSE to think upon the “true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse.
Bring Up The Past
“I am convinced that one of life’s most easily accessible sources of cheer is to remember some of the off-the-wall, crazy things that happen to us. . . The original cheerful feeling will always remain attached to that memory. . . . Seeing and reliving those good memories can give me a giggle as well as a break from the circumstances that threaten to overwhelm me during a difficult time.” ~ Marilyn Meberg
I have already started a laughter journal because of this #write31days commitment. I am writing down things that made me laugh from my childhood, but that has been HARD to remember that far back. I think I need to include more current things like I did laugh at Retreat a LOT:
- A bathroom conversation where Bip misunderstood what I said
- Mary told stories that were startling and so were FUNNY
- Seeing LaRee so excited about singing Jabba the Hut
These are just a few things that will go into my journal. It is true, thinking about them now gives me a giggle.
There are more points from this book. I will share a couple more in a future post. But you’ll have to read the book to really know them. This book is WORTH the read.
Your Turn . . . Do you already have the habit of cheerfulness? . . . . Did you know another way we can develop this cheerful habit is by “indulging” in more fun. What do you do at home, work, or in the neighborhood that fosters the atmosphere of fun? I NEED ideas.
I am joining 100’s of others at #write31days to write every day in October on a single topic. My topic is 31 Days of Finding Laughter. I will spend time each day studying laughter to see if I can improve my laughter quotient.
Go here for the landing page which has all the posts in one spot.
Read, learn, and discover with me what this world of laughter is all about and is it all that it’s cracked up to be. And be sure to leave a comment. Talking together will make for a richer, interactive experience for all of us.
Fall starts this year September 23 and ends December 21. I haven’t done a Fall Bucket List in a while and so I am going to do one this year. This time I am going to put most of my list into one of the months. Maybe that way, I will get more done.
Why do I write Bucket Lists? I want to live more intentionally . . I want to spend more FUN time with friends and family. And sometimes my experiences take me out of my comfort zone which always cause me to grow!
- Watch a movie with friends. I will watch Les Mis with the PEP group from church. This movie is part of our 5th Tuesday Movie Night series.
- Fall Drink – Have a pumpkin spiced latte with a friend. Or make this one at home.
- Decorate – Put up one Fall decoration in my home or office. I normally only decorate for Christmas. But I am trying something new this year. Maybe this burlap wreath? This felt flower wreath is also cute.
- Create – Make Bed Treats for Women’s Retreat. I will do this with the Women’s Ministry team.
- Read – As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
UPDATE – – – Fall Bucket List Update – September 2015
- Plan my weekend with Sofia. Her parents are gone one weekend and I get to have her.
- Autumn Field Trip. See if anyone wants to go to a corn maze, cemetery tour, or pumpkin patch with me.
- Refresh – Go to Women’s Retreat at Zephyr Point
- Create – a pumpkin masterpiece (carve, paint, glitter, or use stickers for a subway art pumpkin). Maybe create this sunflower mural with our Sunday School classes.
- Watch a movie with friends: He Named Me Malala. Here is the Official Trailer. This will be advertised as a women’s event for our church. Have you read the book?
- Read – a scary book: The Turn of the Screw and Other Short Fictionby Henry James or The ghost stories of Edith Wharton. Here is a list of more scary books. Have you read any of these?
- Participate in Nester’s 31 Days of Writing. I am studying and writing about laughter. There are 100’s who do this every year. Why don’t you join us?
UPDATE – – – Fall Bucket List 2015 Update – October
- Read – A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens before seeing the play.
- Field Trip – Go see A Christmas Carol: The Musical with the PEP group at Folsom Lake College.
- Another Bucket List – Write a Thanksgiving Bucket List and do at least a few of the items.
- Celebrate Thanksgiving in a new way – We probably won’t be going to the beach this year
- Make grown up Advent calendar. See this online Advent calendar. Here is an advent chain to make. Advent November 29 (ends December 24).
- Donate something extra. Operation Christmas Child is always something I do. Here are some posts about Operation Christmas Child . . . Everyone Can Help One Child . . . Grateful I am Able to Help . . . I Help Because I am a Parent, Auntie, and Missionary . . . Love in a Box . . . My Plan to Collect 55 OCC Boxes
UPDATE – – – Fall Bucket List Update – November
- Celebrate advent some more. Pick one/more of the following: wear purple, make a wreath, read an advent devotional, Read this. Or read this. This site has Advent ideas.
- Make snowman Christmas ornaments. I do this yearly with my nieces and daughter. Here are some past examples. Snowman Ornaments Made of Foam & Some Made with Eyeglasses . . . From Eyeglasses to Snowman Ornament (tutorial) . . . 4 Types of Home-Made Ornaments Using Decoupage, Dough, Clay, & Fabric
- Watch a movie with friends: The 33. Here is a trailer.
- More movies. I LOVE watching Christmas movies. Before Christmas, I want to watch 4 of them. Here are some posts I written about them. 3 Reasons to Watch Christmas Movies . . . Christmas Movies I Watched in 2011 . . . A Charlie Brown Christmas Quiz . . . The Nativity Filled Our Time and Minds
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- Write in notebook daily.
- Write at least 3 letters of gratitude.
- Read one book on gratitude: Living life as a thank you : the transformative power of daily gratitude by Nina Lesowitz
- Memorize 2 hymns
- Take gratitude photos (at least 7)
- Try 2 new pumpkin recipes. Pumpkin toffee tarts, anyone? Here is a pumpkin spice latte recipe. And here are 50 pumpkin recipes. Here are 45 paleo pumpkin recipes.
- Try 2 new apple recipes
- Make my first ever cake roll
- Make pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats
- Try 2 new soup recipes. How about this mushroom cheeseburger soup?
READ (at least 3 of these)
- Night (Elie Wiesel)
- The Godly Grandparent (Dennis Ellingson)
- War and Peace (
- The Imitation of Christ (Thomas a Kempis)
- 1984 (George Orwell)
- The Sherwood Ring (Elizabeth Marie Pope)
- Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales.
- The Magicians Nephew (CS Lewis)
- A Journal of the Plague Year (Daniel Defoe)
Your Turn . . . What things would you put on your Fall Bucket list? . . . Will you do any of the above mentioned things these next 3 months? . . . What is something I could do this Fall that would take me out of my comfort zone?
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- Fall Bucket List 2011 (Fruitful Words)
- Fall Bucket List 2012 (Fruitful Words)
- Bucket List Index (Fruitful Words)
- 56 Ideas For Your Fall Bucket List (Marelisa Fabrega from Daring to Live Fully)