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In honor of my first 100 blog posts, I indicated today would be a big day of writing, and I don't intend to let myself down.

First off, a promise: I intend to focus more on creating the life I want and looking forward. I want my emphasis to be on what's to come, and not what's already happened. I have a habit of replaying scenarios to death, and I'd rather live a hopeful life, rather one of regret.

It's easy to suggest that one has no regrets, as the choices made have led them to where they are now in life. I have regrets. I'm not ashamed of it. You take those moments and move forward. So, with that in mind, here's a bunch of stuff I want to do:

First of all, I would move to a new neighborhood with my family. I'd sell our house and move into the city. I'd want a house, with a fenced back yard, and wood floors. It would have a quirkiness about it, and arched doorways, and be an older house. And I'd take pride in it, and have beautiful, fun neighbors, and be able to walk to lots of fun places.

I'd join some kind of sports league. I wrote about it the other night as a bit of an aside, but it's true. I'm pretty positive I want to join some kind of intramural sports...thing. I want to enjoy being active and make new friends while doing it.

My summer would include taking a paddleboat out on the lake in Wash Park. It'll also include more trips to the farmer's markets, more cooking of fresh produce, and more trips to the berry patch. I think I just want to be outside more, and more active overall. I want to swim a lot more. Maybe I'll swim tonight. Have I mentioned how much I adore swimming? Man. I totally do.

There will be more trips taken in my future. I want to revisit Seattle, and St. Louis, and Chicago. I want to take one of those cruises up around Alaska to see whales. I want to revisit Scotland. I want to visit museums and see art and find those hole-in-the-wall restaurants that make cities so special.

I'm going to open a business, and it's going to be successful. And I'm not going to shy away from it because it's not responsible, or level-headed. Oh, and I'm going to get this promotion I'm going for, too. That's happening.

Crap, the family is going swimming right now. I'll be adding to this later. In the meantime, here are a few of my favorite things that people are unaware of:

Moon Over Bourbon Street - Sting
Piano Man II by Justin Bua
Sarah Kay - For My Daughter
And I'm back. Admittedly, it's later, it's been a full day, so my fervor might be a little tempered. Tomorrow is going to be a good day. It's a friend's birthday, it's almost Friday, I'm going to be making blueberry lemon quinoa for tomorrow, presuming I ... meh, I'll likely make it in the morning, let's be honest.
I need a piano badly. Here's one of the pieces I used to know how to play. When I get a new piano in the future, which I will, I intend to learn how to play this entire piece again.

Reverie - Claude Debussy
Forget past mistakes. Forget failures.
Forget everything except what you're going to do now and do it.
-William Durant
It's go time. Here's to the next 100. First stop - finding some local DBT groups. And a sport.

Major Goal Accomplished.