Updating My “List of 100 Dreams”

Updating My “List of 100 Dreams”

Updating My List of 100 Dreams

Once upon a time, way back in 2018, I was inspired to create a List of 100 Dreams after listening to the audiobook 168 Hours. I buckled down and got to work on the very long list, and posted it here when I was finished. It was full of a pretty good mix of things. Some were more easily achievable than others, but at the time everything on the list seemed to make sense.

Flash forward 2 years, to the present, and my life has changed in about a million different ways. I chose a few of the items to actively try to work on, and some I ended up completing just by navigating the changes in my life. Some of the things make absolutely no sense for my life anymore, and some are things I just don’t care about now. I guess that’s part of the appeal of the list, too; revisiting it and making changes as your life changes, and figuring out which things are still important to you.

In the midst of a global pandemic, while everyone is stuck at home and trying to figure out how to pass the time, I thought I would revisit my list and see what I could work on. At this point, even though part of the idea behind the list is that trying to think of 100 dreams makes you really start narrowing in on things, I’ve decided to cut my list down to 50. That’s still a lot of dreams, and I think it will be nice to be able to focus more on each one instead of having 100 things haunting me in the back of my mind.

It was kind of anxiety-provoking to have this long list of things I wanted to do sitting out here on the internet while I was just trying to stay alive some days. 50 things seems like an okay compromise, and this is my blog, so I make my own rules. You can, of course, read my original 100 dreams by clicking here, but here is a rundown of the what I accomplished, what I’ve changed my mind about, and what my list looks like now.

(If you want to skip ahead to just read the new list, click here.)

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My Finished List of 100 Dreams

My Finished List of 100 Dreams

Hey, hello, it’s been a while. I’m back with an update on my List of 100 Dreams, and that update is that I finished it. Unsurprisingly, this list took me quite a while to finish, and even longer to finally post. I actually started this post back in March and never got around to publishing it because a lot of things have been keeping me busy! Adventures, heartbreak, panic attacks – it’s been a whirlwind few months, but things are finally settling down (or at least they are when I’m writing this, but I’m sure as soon as I hit ‘Publish’ my life will explode.) I thought this would be a good time to get back to writing new posts.

I originally considered only posting parts of my List of 100 Dreams, because I find some things on it embarrassing, but I’ve decided to share the full list. What’s the point of blogging about my disaster of a life if I’m going to hide parts of it? I don’t think you’re supposed to try to justify or explain your List items too much, because it’s meant to be a tool that helps with productivity and focusing your attention on priorities, but I’ve included a few notes or updates where I wanted to because it’s my blog and I can do what I want.

The final version of my List of 100 Dreams is arranged in blocks of things that I thought were similar, so if you notice that there are a few things in a row that relate or overlap, that’s why. I definitely didn’t write out my list in any sort of cohesive order, and it took me a while to get to 100. If you haven’t read my first post about the List of 100 Dreams and the audiobook that led me to it (168 Hours by Laura Vanderkam), you can read that by clicking here. If you just want to creep through my list, and judge my dreams and priorities, read on! Read More

List of 100 Dreams and My New Love of Audiobooks

List of 100 Dreams and My New Love of Audiobooks

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been reading a lot. I’ve tried to mix it up a bit between fiction and non-fiction, and threw in a few audiobooks as well. Audiobooks came in very handy when I was travelling to, from, and around Nashville for a few days. I’ve never been able to read in cars or on the bus, and lately I haven’t even been able to read on planes, so I usually listen to music if I’m flying or on a bus. While I definitely love passing the time by listening to a good Spotify playlist, borrowing audiobooks from the library has kind of changed my world.

I have never been into audiobooks before, because I couldn’t imagine just sitting and listening to a story when I could read the book myself, but I was completely missing out on how helpful they can be in circumstances where you just aren’t able to read. Between my flight to Nashville, walking around and taking the bus in Nashville, and my flight home, I finished 3 audiobooks that I otherwise wouldn’t have had time to read.

I discovered through this process that while I do love the convenience of an audiobook, I’m not a fan of fiction audiobooks. I prefer reading fiction at my own pace, imagining the characters and scenery in my head as I read, and I didn’t feel like I was able to do that as effectively with fiction audiobooks.

Non-fiction, however, was a different story. Read More