June 6, 2014

Progress Report: June 2014

Goal #7. Dine at Noma (Chef René Redzepi), Copenhagen, Denmark. Noma has reclaimed the no.1 restaurant in the world title this year. Third time’s the charm. Got out of bed at 3am to book a table at Noma. I’ve learned from past experience. You have to be at the booking site just a little bit before it […]

April 1, 2014

Progress Report: April 2014

I can’t believe it’s been 2 years since I came up with the idea for this personal project. Which means that I only have 3 years left to accomplish everything! So, since November 2013 (my last blog post), I have done the following: Goal # 1 Visit all 50 states in the US I went to […]

November 15, 2013

Progress Update: November 2013

I can’t believe it’s been over 3 months since I updated this blog. Time flies when you procrastinate. I have been updating the Facebook page regularly though, so please go “like” it. Goal #1. Visit all 50 states in the US In September, I presented at the Mountain Plains Library Association conference in Sioux Falls, […]

August 5, 2013

Goal 18: Learn 150 interesting words – The First 25

    1. Fabulist – 1. a person who invents or relates fables. 2.a liar. In a sentence: “I’m thinking about writing a screenplay called Fabulist Fabulist. It would be perfect for Jim Carey” 2. Bathetic – displaying or characterized by bathos. 3. Harridan – a scolding, vicious woman; hag; shrew. 4. Ataraxia – a state of freedom from emotional disturbance and anxiety; tranquillity. 5. Franchise – the right to vote. 6. Disbosom – to reveal; confess. 7. Potvaliancy (noun) – Brave only as a result of being drunk. 8. Empurple – To color or become purple or […]

June 14, 2013

Goal #34: Create a photo or video essay – COMPLETED

I have been recording video clips everyday since March 2013 with the intention of compiling  a video diary of the year between my 41st and 42nd birthday. That would be my video essay for this goal #34. However, as I capture these moments, I want to experiment with them in different ways. Hence this “Travelogue” […]

April 25, 2013

Goal #21 Learn CPR – COMPLETED

When I learned that the success rate of CPR is only around 3%, I had my doubts about following through with this goal. However, a 3% chance is still better than nothing. I was going to spend two-three hundred dollars to do training course at UFM, a community learning center. But then my library offered […]

April 8, 2013

Artistic Creation – One Second Everyday Video

A few years ago, when I was in the screenwriting MFA program at Hollins, I wrote a lot. I was really bad at the beginning, but just like most things, practice helped. By the time I graduated, my thesis screenplay actually did well in screenwriting competitions and film festivals. Instead of moving to Hollywood to […]

March 31, 2013

Jumping out of a plane and other progress updates

Goal #24 Jump out of a plane (preferably with a parachute) – COMPLETED!! All I can say about that 1 second when you jump out of plane for the first time is, it’s freaking surreal! I wasn’t scared at all. I wasn’t even nervous. I was surprisingly calm for someone who’s about to leap off a […]

March 1, 2013

Goal #10 Try vegetarianism for a month – Check

So 28 days came and went just like that,  and I was a vegetarian for a month. It was actually much easier than I expected. I think it’s mainly because there’s an end date. I knew I could go back to eating meat again on March 1st (which I did. I had a meatball sub […]

February 4, 2013

2013 Progress Update #2

Goal #10 Try vegetarianism for a month (happening right now) This is happening right now! Feburary, 2013 is THE month. Of course I would pick the shortest month in a non-leap year to try this, despite many friends telling me to pick a summer month to get better and more variety of vegetables. I grew […]

Welcome!

Hello!

This 45 Before 45 Project is a list of 45 things I want to accomplish by the time I turn 45 years old (2017). I came up with this list at age 40 (2012), so I have about 5 years to complete them. It is not exactly a bucket list. For someone who waits until the last minute to do things, a bucket list wouldn't really work for me. It could however be looked at as a "bucket list with a deadline" (get it? get it?). It is a list of intentions. It is a road map for me to experience the kind of life I want to live. It is my quest to become the person I've always wanted to be.

Setting goals is a good way to achieve things you want in life. Even though I don't know if I will be able to complete all 45 things, I know that simply by writing them down, it will give me motivation to get up each morning. Other similar blogs have inspired me to attempt this, and I hope mine could do the same for you.

Leo
June, 2012

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