As Anne Morrow Lindbergh said, “I must write it all out, at any cost. Writing is thinking. It is more than living, for it is being conscious of living.”

Things I’d like to remind myself of or accomplish:

1. Write a grant for seed me.

2. Hike Blanca this summer.

3. Build a strong, meaningful relationship with another AmeriCorps member; a community member; a stranger; someone using a program of La Puente…

4. Use less plastic. Recycle more.

5. Bike and walk to work. Exercise daily.

6. Slow down and pace yourself. Don’t burn out.

7. Focus on your strengths, and give all your energy towards serving others with the gifts you have to offer.

8. Camp and stargaze at Great Sand Dunes National Park.

9. Continue seed me’s initiative and help the vision move forward.

10. Pay back the micro-loan to UP before my term is over.

11. Have David, Mom, Addie and as many others come and visit the Valley.

12. Get a multimedia sidekick for the summer.

13. Practice speaking Spanish.

14. Continue this daily blog, and Thought of the Day journal.

15. Continue writing letters to friends and family, allowing those relationships to grow stronger despite the distance.

16. Host UP members for a week service trip next winter.

17. Spend less, save more, and continue to make extra payments on loans.

18. Complete the resource center for Adelante clients.

19. Design and create the new poster for La Puente.

20. Personally put together at least one solid multimedia story.

21. Continue to learn and grow and find a purpose and meaning in life.

22. Run the Denver Rock and Roll half-marathon in the fall.

“This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.

I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community, and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.

I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no “brief candle” for me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.” ~George Bernard Shaw


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