Mini leap list


I saw this on Pinterest and it really stuck with me.  I've always got thoughts rolling around in my head of things I'd love to do, things I'm interested in, things I really want to learn about.  But being a mama is all consuming and it's really just recently that I've tried to start doing some things for myself again.  As a mom I often feel guilty for doing things for myself but there's a quote from the movie Jerry McGuire that I love...when the old man says to Jerry "You gotta get rid of that darn guilt".  Really, my mind hangs on to the strangest things!  My family is what's most important to me but I sometimes forget that that includes me too.  So here's my list of things I'm going to work on accomplishing this year.  For me!

1.  Learn French.  I took a year of French in college so I have a little head start.  I know this will make me feel smart and cultured.  

2.  Learn to play the piano. This will be a work in progress.  I took a few lessons as a teenager but had a scary teacher who used a stick and scraped it across the notes in my piano book.  It scared me and I stopped.  It took me 20 years to recover but now I'm ready.  Christian and I have informed my parents that we will be stealing their piano and moving it here.  Thankfully they are okay with that! Woohoo for a free piano.

3.  Read a few of the classics. One or two, nothing crazy.

4.  Run a marathon (or half marathon) in the fall.  It will be my first and I'm SO excited.  I was planning to run one in April but quickly realized I was not willing to train in the cold..brrr. I'm not a huge fan of treadmills because I'm clumsy and I haven't worked out in a gym in oh, 10 years (yet another fear I need to face).  But I love running outside; it clears my head and it's a rare moment of solitude. It is amazing how good I feel after a long sweaty run. I'm going to stick with it this time and I'm gonna do this!!!


  1. Love your list! You can do it all :) I posted my Summer to-do list today too. Have a great Wednesday!

  2. I love that quote. Such a good reminder! I am your newest follower and would love for you to stop by The Jem Journal and say hi!

  3. 1. French is my first language, so if you need any help feel free to ask!

    2. I quit piano when I was young too. I think if I could I would want to learn the violin.

    4. Good luck!! I'm not a fan of gyms either -- I prefer doing pilates on a mat in my basement. Ha!

    I know what you mean about feeling guilty for doing things for yourself. Sometimes I find it really hard to justify a shopping trip even though I deserve some "time off" too!

    I have a few things on my "to do" list, but they'll have to wait until we're done building our house. Too big of a project!