Holiday Blog Break

santaWell, it’s Friday, December 14, 2007, the last day of classes here at Boise State for the fall semester. Next week is finals week and then Friday the 21st is the last day of work until after the New Year! I’ll be working until that Friday, but I’m declaring a Holiday Blog Break starting today. But before I begin this blog break, I need to write about something that will propel us to the New Year and help you remember to keep reading this blog!

Here’s a website that will help you keep track of all of the things you’ve been meaning to do and/or write down: Stay with me here, because I think this website really fills an important purpose . . .

What is 43 Things? It’s a website that encourages you to list and discuss your personal goals, both with yourself (your present and future selves) and read about others who share the same goals and how they are doing. You can list your goals, write notes to yourself, and decide if these goals are short-term or long-term. You can have your future self emailed to remind yourself of these goals. You may or may not be surprised when you look at the tag cloud of what other people want to do with their lives. (And by the way, after you sign up for this service, you are faced with the awesome challenge of answering that ubiquitous question, “What do you want to do with your life?”) And you thought I was going to let you off easy for the year . . . 🙂

Below is a partial image of a recent tag cloud from the site, which lists “learn French” and “get a job” as a couple of the more popular goals. I think that once you write your goals, fine tune them, and keep chipping away at what’s keeping you from achieving them, alternate methods of achieving them naturally appear.


If you are so inclined, sign up for 43 Things and start making a list of what you want to do with your life. I’ll be back on January 2, 2008, checking in with you again. Until then, have a fabulous holiday and New Year. And don’t forget to come back to this blog. Maybe that should be one of your 43 Things!


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