Long-time listeners of the Best of Both Worlds podcast know that Sarah and I both love talking about goals. Today’s episode is about a specific kind of goal-setting exercise: Our Lists of 100 Dreams — very long lists of anything we might want to try in life.
Sarah made a list in 2010 after reading 168 Hours. She said she wanted to be a pediatric endocrinologist working in a part-time role (done!) She also said she wanted three kids (done!)
We spent a fair chunk of the episode talking about travel goals. Sarah wants to go to Japan sometime, and we lamented the fact that the stage of life when it became financially feasible to do such things has coincided with the little kid stage (which makes it logistically difficult). However, this will probably happen someday.
Or if not, there’s visiting Japanese stationery stores. Especially the one she likes in Philadelphia. That is doable.
We talked about items that have drifted off our lists in their various iterations. I never did see Casablanca. It would be pretty easy to do so, so the fact that I haven’t is telling. Sarah had originally listed wanting to work 3 days per week, but now realizes that her professional goals are best served by working more days than that (4 on medicine, 1 on other projects such as the podcast, blog, and some long-term writing things).
I talked about wanting to form a writer’s strategy group. We had one going in NYC for a while, but a lot of us moved. This would be a group of people who are in the writing business professionally, and we’d brainstorm professional goals and opportunities for each other. I suppose it could be virtual, or local to Philly.
Sarah wants to hit 100,000 page views per month on The SHU Box (please go click and help her!). I want the podcast to hit 1 million downloads by our second birthday (we’re on track for that now, but it would be fun to hit it early! Please tell your friends to check us out!)
I want to protect open fall days for leaf-viewing trips. Sarah wants to see the fall leaves (not so many in Miami, so that will likewise require a trip).
I want to do more morning runs. It’s logistically challenging sometimes, but the key is reminding myself it doesn’t need to happen every day. I could definitely do outside morning runs 1-2 days per week. Sarah wants to qualify for and run the Boston marathon. We noted that this is actually two separate goals; she could train really hard and try to make the time cut, but if she came close and didn’t make it, she could still do the race as a charity runner (you commit to raising a certain amount in exchange for being able to run it).
Finally, I want to get some nice pajamas. I welcome suggestions on luxurious yet sleep-able options that would help me up my pajama game.
I’ll be writing about Lists of 100 Dreams all week on the blog, so any day, feel free to share items on your list in the comments!