16 in 16

For the fourth year, John and I sat down on New Year’s Day to develop our list of sixteen things we want to accomplish in 2016. However, this year’s list is significantly different from those developed in previous years. Different because it’s not written in stone.

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Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2013

In both 2013 and 2014 we made our list a priority, and it served us well. It guaranteed we got and did something at least once a month. The list was responsible for regular biking and fishing and established watching the sunrise over the Atlantic and set over the Gulf in a single day as an annual event.

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Emily and Brian’s wedding in 2013 made the 13 in 13 list.
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Last year Sarah and Daniel’s wedding was part of 15 in 15.

But retirement has meant many more opportunities to camp, bike, hike, fish and travel; and without the constraints of a daily work schedule, spontenaity interrupted the fifteen items included on our New Year’s list last year. Therefore, we’ve created a list of more than three dozen things we’re looking forward to doing in the coming years…not just 2016.

Swimming, snorkeling and paddling in Florida's springs were a highlight in 2014.
Swimming, snorkeling and paddling in Florida’s springs were a highlight in 2014.

We’ll still check off each event as it’s accomplished with the goal of completing at least sixteen adventures in 2016. Some of the things we’re looking forward to:

  • our annual family weekend
  • a bike trip in The Netherlands
  • spending time in several National Parks celebrating their 100th anniversary
  • baseball games
  • a McCollum triathlon
  • another sunrise sunset day
  • a concert
  • art events
  • fishing, boating and time at the beach
15 in 15 included lots of lighthouse & a trip to the Pacific Northwest.
15 in 15 included lots of lighthouse & a trip to the Pacific Northwest.

A first day hike, two bike rides and an art trail, we’re off to a good start in 2016 and looking forward to completing the first official adventure of the year.

2016 off to a good start!
2016 off to a good start!