my “sunny set”

In the wonderful & inspiring book The Sunny Side-Up by Lauren Cook {you can read my review here} she writes about starting something called “The Sunny Set” … like a Bucket List, but with happier connotations. On her blog, Lauren explains, “Writing down your goals helps with the realization of your true dreams and is the first step towards overcoming the fear that comes along with achieving any sizeable goal.”

Aren’t you inspired? I sure am! Here is my {ever-changing, ever-expanding} very own Sunny Set, in no particular order:

1. Become a published novelist.
2. Edit a literary magazine.
3. Publish the work of young writers.
4. Marry the man of my dreams, who is my best friend and biggest supporter, who I love, admire and respect, and who is my true life partner.
5. Have 2 or 3 amazing children and be the best mom I can be.
6. Adopt a dog from the animal shelter.
7. Grow a vegetable garden.
8. Plant 1,000 trees.
9. Live in a big city.
10. Live in a small town.
11. Travel to Africa with my brother to donate shoes.
12. Hike Machu Pichu.
13. See the Taj Mahal.
14. Visit all 50 states.
15. Hike up Half Dome.
16. Skinny dip.
17. Grow sunflowers.
18. Go to New Orleans.
19. Catch a fish. {And let it go!}
20. Write the lyrics to a song.
21. Learn to play the piano.
22. Meet Taylor Swift {with Holly!}
23. Cook a big Thanksgiving dinner for all my friends.
24. Teach creative writing at a university.
25. Throw a surprise birthday party.
26. Sew a quilt for someone I love.
27. Put on plays written by young people.
28. Speak at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books.
29. Hold a writing conference.
30. See the Northern Lights.
31. Raise $1 million for charity.
32. Hike Yosemite Falls.
33. Go to Washington, D.C. with my brother.
34. Eat organic.
35. Buy a car.
36. Buy a house.
37. Buy solar panels for my house.
38. Build a compost bin.
39. Live where it snows. Build a snowman!
40. Speak to a sold-out auditorium.
41. Meet J.K. Rowling.
42. Host a podcast.
43. Love every item in my closet.
44. Love every part of myself.
45. Be confidently ME in every situation!
46. Pay for someone to go to college who could otherwise not afford it.
47. Volunteer for Habitat 4 Humanity.
48. Volunteer regularly at a soup kitchen or food pantry.
49. Read all of Shakespeare’s plays.
50. Go to Times Square on New Year’s Eve.
51. Take Mom to New York City for the 4th of July fireworks.
52. Kiss in the rain.
53. Hold a Prom for Senior Citizens.
54. Volunteer at an animal shelter.
55. Go camping & roast marshmallows over an open fire.
56. Learn how to drive stick shift.
57. Learn how to change a tire.
58. Coach a youth sports team.
59. Rebuild something that has been forgotten.
60. Grow old gracefully.
61. Raise a family unconcerned with materialistic things.
62. Travel to Australia & New Zealand.
63. Sleep out under the stars.
64. See fireflies.
65. Learn sign language.
66. Visit the pyramids in Egypt.
67. Make an indie film.
68. Go wine tasting.
69. Go snorkeling.
70. Go to a barn dance.
71. Ride a horse.
72. Swim with dolphins in the wild.
73. Organize a beach clean-up.
74. Befriend someone completely different than I am.
75. Grow my own Halloween pumpkins.
76. Donate my hair to Locks of Love.
77. Go to the Olympic Games.
78. Write down all of my Gramps’ life stories.
79. Write a full-length play that is produced in New York City.
80. Found an M.F.A. program for YA writing.
81. Help a village get access to clean water.
82. See Mt. Rushmore.
83. Publish a short story in The New Yorker.
84. Live fearlessly and fully.
85. Love what is.

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