My Leap List

If you watch The Bachelor,  then you probably recall the part of Monday night’s episode when they were discussing leap lists. I must be honest, before that episode, I had never even heard of a leap list. A bucket list, yes, a leap list, no. If I’m not the only one who’s clueless, it’s basically a list of things you want to accomplish before the next big milestone in your life (getting married, having a baby, etc.). Since I happened to watch that show right around the same time I was contemplating my purpose in life ;) , it really made me think of my own leap list. What would be on it? What is on it?

The next big milestone in my life is my wedding- less than six months away. Though I could make a list and try to accomplish a ton of goals in half a year, I know I’d only be setting myself up for failure. So, my leap list is going to be a list of things I want to accomplish before 2013. There’s nothing that I feel I absolutely need to do while I’m still single, so I might as well give myself the whole year, right?

My Leap List

1. Become Zumba certified I’ve been taking Zumba for over 3 years now. Unlike running and strength training, it’s the type of exercise that comes naturally to me. Since I danced for many years, it reminds me of that time (I miss dancing…a lot). I’ve been talking about becoming certified for almost a year, and I feel that this year is the year to do it. Once I’m certified, I can begin teaching classes!

2. Buy a house No big deal, right ;) ? My experience with apartment shopping and house hunting, thus far, has been frustrating. After realizing that we’re not ready to build a house, Jordan and I looked around at apartments- and I haven’t liked what I’ve seen. I’m really hoping to find a cute starter home in our area for a good price. I’ve learned that we don’t need brand new, we just need functional. Fingers crossed!

3. Run a half marathon Yes, you read that right. Five years ago, I didn’t even know the distance of a half marathon. Two years ago, the thought of running made my head hurt. Today, I feel differently. I’ve done 5Ks, I’ve done a 10K, so what’s a few…or 7…miles more? I don’t plan on running forever, but I’d like to do a 12 week training plan, and accomplish the task one time.

Before a 5-miler, with my dad and sis

4. Book a honeymoon This may seem like an obvious goal, but as I mentioned earlier, our original honeymoon plans didn’t work out. I plan on explaining in a later post- but here’s a hint- don’t book a trip through WeddingChannel.com! We’re still in the process of getting our money back, and once we do (and I pray that we do), we have to book a new trip. I just want to go somewhere fun and relaxing…and I hope to book it soon.

5. Find a job that I love Right now, I’m working full-time creating content for a website at a company 45 minutes from my house. It’ s been a good first job, and I’m thankful for the experience, but it’s also a temporary position. I know I can’t be (and don’t want to be) a temp forever. Eventually, I’d love to freelance and do something in the health and fitness industry, and possibly work with kids (I know, I’m random), but I’m still not exactly sure what path I need to take to get there. That’s what I’m hoping to figure out this year!

My friend and I worked together as camp counselors. Working outside made the time fly!

6. Become self-hosted Since I really enjoy blogging, I think I’m ready to take the next step- becoming self-hosted. I’d love to become a part of a bigger blogging network, like BlogHer, and unfortunately, I can’t do that until I accomplish this goal. I plan to make the switch after I’m married, changing the name and theme of my blog to match the new chapter of my life. I am kind of clueless when it comes to self-hosting, so if you have any advice, (please do) email me at perfectionisnthappy at gmail dot com :) .

I may or may not add to this list as the months go by, but for right now, here’s to accomplishing goals :) .

Do you have a leap list? Share some of your goals!

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15 Responses to My Leap List

  1. LeeAnn says:

    Ah! Joining the world of Zumba Fitness instructors… I like it! ;) It’s nice over here, you’ll like it :)

  2. terranleigh says:

    Good luck with your honeymoon search! I am struggling in the same search somewhere warm, relaxing, and not a bank-breaker!

  3. Grace says:

    Your leap list is awesome! My next big milestone is gradating May and I’m not sure if I’ll be able to accomplish anything before then. I guess I should probably start job hunting?

  4. Caitlin C. says:

    Great goals! I was actually thinking of doing a list/goal post today too, so I will wait until today when I post to share :) but I feel you on looking for a job! I too am hoping blogging will take me to the right career I want, even if it just starts with freelancing work.

  5. Let me know if you have questions about self-hosting! I just made the switch this past year!

  6. With you on #4. I need to find something that I enjoy doing and that I want to do for the rest of my life, and take the steps I need to get there. :)

  7. Ooh I like this leap list thing! I’m like Grace–graduation is my next big milestone. I don’t have any “major” goals to accomplish before then, but I do have several little things that I’d like to do before graduation–have a much-needed talk with a particular friend, get my ducks in a row for the “real world,” that kind of thing.

  8. eatpraytri says:

    Have you tried Expedia for your honeymoon? We booked our trip to Jamaica there and it was awesome! No problems at all. Quick and easy and cheaper than trying to do it individually.

  9. I really hope you run the half! What a great goal. I think you are most certainly ready for it. I haven’t gotten into the process of self hosing yet. I bought a domain so I guess I’m getting there eventually. Can’t wait to tag along!

  10. Good luck training for the half-marathon! I never thought I’d run one, either, and now I’m training for my second one! :)

  11. Josie lake says:

    Hey! I was looking up leap list on google and stumbled across your blog. I happen to be a Zumba instructor. I have been since November of 2010. It changed my life!!! Do it and don’t wait! Get in before aug and go to convention lol! All the best in Zumba and your upcoming wedding! Zumba will be the J O B you love… Promise!
    Cheers Josie Lake

  12. JOyLady says:

    Try Island Bay Resort in the south part of Kay Largo in the Fla Keys, and take a special snorling cruise w Mike’s Sailing Charter (both are on Trip Advisor). A cruise to the eastern part of the Carribean on Celebrity Eclipse (spring for a balcony…it is worth it)…Check out cruise critic online. To hike in the summer or ski in the winter, try Carter Notch Inn in NH (also on Trip Advisor). We are DINKs, and visited all of these in the past yr (I am NOT a paid reviewer, just someone who has lucked into some grat trips this past yr.). Enjoy your honeymoon…and best wishes!!!

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