Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.

It has been nearly 3 weeks since my last post, therefore my “post a week” idea had a little hiccup. Not that I haven’t been thinking and writing in the last few weeks, I’ve just not gotten around to finalising the blogs I would like to post. Which is like many things in life, no matter how much ground work you do, unless you finish it doesn’t count.

Lately I have felt the pressure on to successfully accomplish all the items off my list. I have made progress with a few, but I know that some of the more time arduous ones, I am sweeping under the rug, trying not to think of them and the challenge I will have to undertake. There has been debates between many of my friends about the hardest task on the list. The jury is out, it is a tie between saving $10,000 and learning to speak Italian fluently.

Lets be honest – almost every item on that list will cost me a sweet penny, so being able to put away $10,000 on top of the extra I am spending… What on earth was I thinking putting that on the list?! I made a little budget, did a little guessing, and threw some numbers around to see how much a list like this might cost me.

  1. Read list of 10 books
    10 x $8/book – $80 (What did you say a library was?)
  2. Watch a list of 100 movies
    Netflix ($18/month), Red Box ($1.63/bluray) and random rentals – $250
  3. Save $10,000
    Cold hard cash – $10,000
  4. Participate in multiple dance competitions – Lindy Hop, Balboa and Collegiate Shag
    Camp Hollywood including accommodation, passes, competitions, food etc – $1,000
  5. Visit three new countries where english is not the native language (excluding Herräng)
    Europe – $6,000
  6. Learn 3 lindy routines
    Learn from my mates – Free
  7. Make a short film
  8. Attend Herräng dance camp for a week
    Camp, accommodation, excluding flights – $2000
  9. Move into a new(er) apartment
    Extra $300/mth, movers – $900 (Clearly not moving until later in the year)
  10. Cook and host a dinner party for myself and 7 friends
    Food – $250
  11. Put art or photos in all the frames on my walls
    Print Photos – $50
  12. Visit the Getty Museum for the first time
  13. Get an agent
    Mail outs, new head shots, editing reel etc – $300
  14. Take a road trip
  15. Learn to speak Italian fluently
    Already have all the study material – Free
  16. Go to bed before 9pm, and wake up at 6am three days in a row
  17. See a show at the Hollywood Bowl
  18. Actually do the full 90 days of P90X
  19. Complete a series of Burlesque workshops
  20. Go white water rafting
  21. Do the Gladiator Rock n Run
    Registration and costume – $75
  22. Watch a live sporting event in LA
  23. Research and write my family tree
  24. Go camping in the Chanel Islands
  25. Get my motorbike license
    Test and License – $150

Total – $22,355

Making a spreadsheet before I finalised my list and decided to make a blog about it might have been a good idea. I tend to budget everything, except for this apparently… Ignorance is not bliss, because eventually you’ll find out.
That being said, saving $10,000 will be the toughest number on the list for me to do. Learning Italian will be a challenge yes, but I have some basic knowledge in it, so just need to put in some hard-core hours to relearn it.
Regardless of the pressure, I’m still thoroughly excited about all challenges that lay ahead of me this year by completing all the items off my list. Here is to finishing what I started!
Now off to water that money tree in the back yard…

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