You can’t take it with you, but I sure could use some

We spend so much of our lives working towards financial goals; paychecks, payments, or bills, that sometimes it’s easy to forget what we really want out of life. Yes, money is a means to an end, but the end usually isn’t worth the means. AJ and I were talking today about how the most rewarding things in life aren’t really what you get, but more about what you give–what you invest into the lives of others.

I don’t generally like New Year’s Resolutions. You make a list of all the things you wish you were doing that you aren’t–because you really don’t want to in the first place, and the end result is that you never do them–at least not for the whole year. However, I think it’s important to take stock of the coming year and think of all the things you would like to have done by this time next year. Here’s our list.

January: go sledding

February: cook only authentic ethnic food. week 1: Japanese. week 2: Indian. week 3: Greek. week 4: yet to be decided.

March: go on an overnight trip to one of the local islands (not Camano) for our half-anniversary.

April: sit at home with my feet up and try not to think of great amounts of mind-numbing impending pain.

May: Have a baby and go visit the icecaves.

June: go to the zoo.

July: go camping

August: go visit the coast/peninsula/rainforest.

September: run a 10k

October: take Violet fishing

November: go to a concert

December: Baby’s first Christmas!

See, that wasn’t hard. We like adventure and fun. We’ve done this before, and the nice thing about having something for every month, is that you put it on the calendar and schedule it in as an event. Of course we also have the gotta-do, want-to-do, but just-too-lazy-to-do’s like working out and stuff. We will of course be continuing the cheese-of-the-month deal because it was awesome and the world of cheese is too big to stop now. If you would like to join, you may pay us $100 a month, or just go to the grocery store and try out a new kind of cheese every month. We also like reading novels in bed at night. There’s something quite enjoyable about putting Violet to sleep and getting under the covers to delve into our latest page-turner together.

Anyway, my point is this: life goes by. At the end of this year, you will have spent a considerable portion of it working for money. Make Life a priority this year and find new ways to connect with people.