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January 11, 2017
Engaging an Aging Workforce
December 28, 2016
6 Things to Include in a Job Description
January 11, 2017

In December 2015, I wrote a blog where I set a goal to do 52 new things in 2016.  I turned 52 in April, so it was a fun time to accomplish my “52 at 52.”

It was an interesting exercise for me.  I kept a list, and although there would be no one to “audit” my list, I found myself a bit critical as to whether or not certain actions were “good enough” to be added.   I rode in a helicopter, shot a gun, walked on a glacier, and wrote a book, so was it “enough” to add that I tried a new food or went to a new restaurant?

A friend of mine told me she took this challenge a couple of years ago with a group of her college friends.  They shared their “new thing” at the end of each week, and she felt judged.  It was so much pressure for her to worry if her “new thing” was going to be good enough?  It is fascinating to me that we do this to ourselves.  The goal was meant to be fun, to try new adventures, foods, activities, create new habits, or simply be open to some change; yet, our natural drives can lead us to be critical and judgmental.

It reminds me of my favorite quote from Donald Clifton, founder of the StrengthsFinder movement:

“What will happen when we think about what is right with people rather than fixating on what is wrong with them?”

And not just “other people,” right?  It’s ourselves as well!

So, here’s my list; you can judge it if you’d like, but I hope you use it for ideas to try something new in 2017 and just be open to it, and not judgmental.

  1. Shot a gun at point blank
  2. Made 20 meals in one day!
  3. Filed all our family tax returns in January
  4. Saw High School Musical
  5. Ran 92 miles in January
  6. Trained 120 people in a 3 hour session
  7. Spoke at the Corn Belt Seed Conference
  8. Trained in Roachdale, IN
  9. Attended an indoor Ultimate Frisbee game in Bloomington
  10. Spoke at a University of Evansville alumni lunch
  11. Took the senior discount at a movie
  12. Went to the high school swim meet sectionals
  13. Went to Mass in Vegas
  14. Had 4 new cheeses in one meal at Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant
  15. Attended WCC championship game – Zags win!
  16. Had 2 massages in 2 days at MGM
  17. Lost $180 gambling in Vegas
  18. Joined The O’Connor House board
  19. Went to my first CD release party
  20. Ate a steak dinner on Easter!
  21. Hiked in the Smoky Mountains
  22. Went to Asheville, NC
  23. Had a hygienist say my teeth were “delightful”
  24. Had a non-family-member live with us
  25. Bought pork tenderloin
  26. Had a chemical peel
  27. Ate brussels sprouts
  28. Went to Canada for a client
  29. Had a massage at Bridgewater
  30. Ate raw octopus
  31. Went to Hartford, Connecticut
  32. Did (and lost) the Escape Room
  33. Had acupuncture
  34. Went to a polo match
  35. Took a cruise to Alaska
  36. Went to Vancouver, Canada
  37. Walked on a glacier
  38. Bought Alpaca moccasin boots
  39. Flew in a helicopter
  40. Went to Brickyard qualifications
  41. Had plantar fasciitis
  42. Published a book!
  43. Had 3 kids travel internationally in one summer!
  44. Hosted my own book signing
  45. Attended Carmel’s Porchfest
  46. Strategized at a Purple Ink retreat at Lake Santee
  47. Spoke to an IU HR group
  48. Taught a SHRM class in Atlanta
  49. Saw a Donny and Marie show
  50. Won $217 on a slot machine (later lost all of it!)
  51. Bought the meal plan at Disney World
  52. Took the Magical Express from the airport to Disney World

My goal for 2017?  To spend a lot more time thinking about what is right – with me, my team, Purple Ink, my family, all others and all situations – than I spend fixating on what is wrong.   I’ll keep you posted on my success, but I challenge you to do the same!

JoDee Curtis
JoDee Curtis
JoDee Curtis is the Founder of Purple Ink, author of several books in the JoyPowered® series, and co-host of The JoyPowered® Workspace Podcast. She has a passion for helping organizations and individuals discover their talents, do more of what they do well through her speaking and training, and find joy in their work.


  1. Dana Harrison says:

    Love this! Congrats, JoDee, and thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Susan kohut says:

    Loved reading every item on your list and being a part of a couple items.. 🙂

    Where did you eat raw octopus? And gambled?

    You are always inspiring to me!

    Love you for that and love you my friend

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