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Fifty Intentions for 2023

Welcome to Issue No. 15 of Listicles, the feature that presents the Top 10, Top 5, Top 3, Top 100 or Top 1,000,000 of whatever it is you want to know about. Email your Listicle suggestions to johnagliata@gmail.com.

So last year, I had a list of 100 intentions for 2022, and I did fairly well, knocking out around 50 percent of the things. When I look at what I missed, sadly, they fall mainly into two categories:

  1. Self care.
  2. Fun with others.

Yikes. I couldn’t pick two worse categories to miss in. Maybe it would have been, ya know, better had I missed out on that which could be labeled “unhealthy vices,” i.e. bourbon and cigars and spending too much money on frivolity. Meh. No regrets.

On to 2023! In no particular order …


Fifty Intentions for 2023

  1. Go on 52 dates with CC.
  2. Get two new tattoos.
  3. Read at least 10 books.
  4. Collect at least 10 more Stephen King books.
  5. Add at least 10 more CDs to my collection.
  6. Add at least five more signs to my sign wall.
  7. Go to at least one concert.
  8. Plan and go on a Back to School Vacation.
  9. Have a Dude’s Retreat Weekend with Tony.
  10. Make a new friend.
  11. Raise money for, create and give out at least 20 bags of supplies to help those experiencing homelessness.
  12. Take at least one improv class.
  13. Compete in at least one competitive go-kart race.
  14. Organize and hold Season 2 of the Waffle House Fantasy Baseball League.
  15. Organize and hold Season 2 of the Drum For Shriners Fantasy Football League.
  16. Hold a college bowl game contest with friends and family.
  17. Hold a college basketball NCAA tournament challenge with friends and family.
  18. Go on a float trip with CC.
  19. Hit our house financial goal.
  20. Hit our car financial goal.
  21. Hit our JoeyStuff financial goal.
  22. Hit our Annoying Things financial goal.
  23. Hit our non-Alaska travel financial goal.
  24. Hit our Alaska travel financial goal.
  25. Have a 2024 financial planning/goal session with CC.
  26. End the year with our emergency fund still fully funded.
  27. Go on a writer’s retreat in the fall.
  28. Go to the Drake Relays.
  29. Organize and go on a weekend trip with CC.
  30. Earn more through Johnny Boy Marketing in 2023 than we did in 2022.
  31. Go to restorative yoga at least twice a month.
  32. Get at least 10 massages.
  33. Go to at least three new restaurants.
  34. Update my will.
  35. Complete at least one short story.
  36. Edit/rewrite the Popcorn Whipstein book.
  37. Go skiing.
  38. Go to a minor league baseball game.
  39. Keep track of my Top 3 accomplishments from each month.
  40. Give someone an anonymous gift each month.
  41. Meditate at least four times a week (minimum of 10 minutes each!)
  42. Find at least one new band/singer with whose music I fall in love.
  43. Weigh somewhere between 185-190 at the end of the year.
  44. Go on at least three couples double dates.
  45. See at least one comedian.
  46. Join a curling league in the fall/winter.
  47. Watch the John Wick movies.
  48. Start and complete Year 1 of a five-year one-line journal.
  49. Be authentically, unapologetically me in the difficult situations of life.
  50. Remember exactly who the fuck you are, John.

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