A New Year’s Resolution: Go Big or Go Home

A while ago we were reading a friend’s blog, the McGinness Clan and noticed something that both Christine and I found absolutely enticing and something that we both wanted to do. It was a “th (“st time in 8 months!)/lilispan style=”text-decoration: line-through;”Meet up with forum girls amp; babies/span (June 2009) /liliMove closer to family (hoping to do this in 2011)/liliNo CSI or Law and/or Order and/or 90210 /liliPAY OFF CREDIT CARDS (thanks to our tax return everything will be on one card now, so much easier to pay off)/lilispan style=”text-decoration: line-through;”Redecorate Christine’s classroom/span (No longer in a classroom due to new position)/liliWrite a book about Breastfeeding experience span style=”font-style: italic; font-weight: bold;”(In Progress)/span/li/olstrongCouple’s Goals/strongbr /ol start=”64″liBe together on our anniversary every year strong(Incomplete, 2009 away from each other)/strong/liliDance together at least once a year (can be in public)/lilisDress up and go to dinner on a day that is not our anniversary/s (we went on a date shortly before Nolan was born, we actually got a babysitter for Ainsleigh and everything!)/liliGet a couples massage/liliGive a gift to each other on a day that isn’t a holiday or a birthday/liliGive each other a time out card once every six months /liliHave one date night out once a month/lilispan style=”text-decoration: line-through;”Hold hands while walking on a beach/span strong(June 2010 in San Diego, CA, Ainsleigh was with us too)/strong/liliPost on our blog why we love each other at least once a year (has to be separate posts from each of us) strong(In Progress)/strong/liliSay “yes” to each other more/lilispan style=”text-decoration: line-through;”Stay in a hotel once a year/span strong(Thanks for all the hotel stays Bonnie, a.k.a. Noni)/strong/liliSurprise each other at least ten times in some romantic way/liliTake a cooking class together/liliTake a dance class together/liliWatch a movie in bed at least once/month with ice cream for six months/li/olstrongPhotography Goals/strongbr /ol start=”79″liFind something artistic and photograph it once a month/liliFinish wedding albums and span style=”text-decoration: line-through;”converting wedding video to digital/span span style=”font-style: italic; font-weight: bold;”(Video Conversion to digital complete January 2009)/span/liliGet a photo published /lilispan style=”text-decoration: line-through;”Start using Flickr Pro and post a photo at least once per week of the family/span span style=”font-style: italic; font-weight: bold;”(Completed: January 19, 2009)/span/liliTake 10 minutes of video every month (mainly of Ainsleigh)/liliTake a photo of something that makes you happy at least once per week/li/olstrongTravel amp; Exploration Goals/strongbr /ol start=”85″liEat clam chowder out of a sourdough bread bowl in Santa Cruz together/liliExplore the Spy Museum/liliGo to Monticello/liliGo to our 10 year high school reunion and not use money as an excuse of not going strong(Incomplete due to grad school and Christine having surgery on 10-year date in VA)/strong/liliGo to the Corcoran Gallery of Art/liliPut our toes in the Atlantic ocean/liliReturn to the park we visited on our first date with Ainsleigh (and Nolan-will do in August 2011)/liliSee a Broadway show/liliSee Niagara Falls/liliSee Salem, Mass./liliSpend a weekend in Chicago/lilispan style=”text-decoration: line-through;”Take a vacation that doesn’t include going to see family and is at least one week long/span strong(July 2010, Sesame Place in Langhorne, PA outside of Philadelphia, PA, it was three days but we’ll count it considering our schedules during this period)/strong/liliTake Ainsleigh to Disneyland/liliTour a California Mission/liliTour the Statue of Liberty in New York City no matter how long the line is/liliVisit 10 new places east of the Mississippi River/liliVisit every Smithsonian (almost complete)/li/olstrongMiscellaneous Goals/strongbr /ol start=”102″lispan style=”text-decoration: line-through;”Remove the word “retard” from our vocabulary/span (“

We’re one over, but this last one really counts, honest./li/oldiv style=”font-size: .85em; font-style: italic;”(Updated: August 26, 2010)

Will Hull, MPA

Front-End Web Developer, Nonprofit professional, SigEp Alumnus who holds a Masters in Public Administration living in the San Diego, CA Metro Area


  • DB


    LOL…”Make Ainsleigh a big sister”BR/BR/I”Start a side business that we can both enjoy and pursue together”/I -Perhaps your smartest goal (especially for you Will since I know you have the motivation to make it work). This is one of my goals and I think it will make all the difference in the end on my quality of life for my family and future kids.

    January 2, 2009 at 6:46 AM
  • Jill


    I love these kind of lists! Good luck on accomplishing all your goals and coming up with new ones!

    January 2, 2009 at 4:37 PM
  • Anonymous


    Wow! What a list. I do have some comments and/or suggestions:BR/Family:BR/Could you add grandparents to #27?BR/BR/Will#39;s:BR/#41- How could you? Impossible!BR/BR/Christine#39;s:BR/#58 Yeah, I support this 150%BR/BR/Travel:BR/#90 Park in Reno, you are there now.BR/#95 Vacation – Yes, please and leave baby with Grandmother Bonnie and Nana Jean.BR/#97 Great one in San Diego right near where your mother lived before.BR/#99 Pudacah KY with lovely old homes, great quilt musuem right on the river (amp; some good places to eat right there) and I hear some wonderful Bed amp; Breakfast places (reasonable). Ky Lake is great for fishing too Will.BR/Also how about doing some family research right in VA and visit the oldest German Lutheran Church (still in business) where your great, great, great, great, great, great grandparents worshiped Christine.BR/Nana Jean

    January 2, 2009 at 7:25 PM
  • Sara McGinness


    great list, I am glad that my list inspired you guys. good luck!

    January 8, 2009 at 5:21 AM
  • Will Hull


    Thanks Sara. We’ll need it.

    January 8, 2009 at 7:00 PM

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