My Top 17 Albums of 2017

This isn’t going to be a numbered list. Thinking about ranking these albums was stressing me out. This is supposed to be fun! So here are my top 17 albums of 2017 in no particular order:

  • Ryan Adams – Prisoner
  • Nelly Furtado – The Ride
  • Ed Sheeran – +
  • Lea Michele – Places
  • Chris Stapleton – From A Room View: Volume 1
  • Paramore – After Laughter
  • Lorde – Melodrama
  • Ke$ha – Rainbow
  • Joan Osborne – Songs of Bob Dylan
  • Pink – Beautiful Trauma
  • Demi Lovato – Tell Me You Love Me
  • Sam Smith – The Thrill of It All
  • Taylor Swift – reputation
  • John Mayer – The Search For Everything
  • Maren Morris – HERO
  • Lana Del Rey – Lust For Life
  • Shawn Mendes  – Illuminate

If I had to pick my top 6 albums of 2017 in no particular order, it would be Lorde, Sam Smith, Demi Lovato, Ke$ha, Paramore, and Pink. 2017 was a decent year for music. I’m hoping 2018 is going to be a lot better.

keeping it 100

I finished reading The Power of 100! Kickstart Your Dreams, Build Momentum, and Discover Unlimited Possibility by Shaun King. The following is what I came up with while reading the book. My list is not finished. Btw, this might seem like a bucket list, but it isn’t supposed to be that way. I don’t want to spoil the book, but I will say these are the categories he came up with. I like them so I went with that. As far as the dates in parentheses go, that is a rough idea of when I would like to accomplish each. I have a physical health* problem that I’ve never blogged about (and maybe never will), and that is what makes it so hard to come up with when I want goals done. Some things won’t be able to be done within the next 2-3 years due to that. So I’ve tried to keep that in mind and be pragmatic as possible.  Some things have no dates. Working on it.

*I think my mental health issues are well-documented. 😉


  • Do a charity walk (by 2016)
  • Join Peace Corps (by 2040)
  • Donate 5% of my income to an animal related charity. (by 2016)
  • Donate 5% of my income to a human related charity (by 2016)
  • Help people become responsible citizens after they get out of prison.

Health & Fitness

  • Go to the gym 3x a month. (by  2015)
  • Maintain a healthy BMI (starting now to infinity)
  • Take swimming lessons. (by 2018)
  • Take tennis lessons. (by 2019)
  • Master Pilates (by 2018)
  • Take an online yoga class (2015)
  • Do yoga at least 3 times a week. (2015)

Career & Finance

  • No credit cards or credit card debt. (by 2020)
  • Have a flexible job I like working from home (by 2017)
  • Retire early from full-time work. (by 2035)
  • Have an ER fund of $6000.00 (by 2020)
  • Find a career mentor.
  • Stop working and take a sabbatical for 3 months.
  • Work less, take more time off (2016)
  • Reduce work hours without compromising productivity. (Starting now)
  • Find a career that doesn’t feel like work. (by 2021)
  • Update resume. (2015)
  • Shadow a social worker to learn about that job. (by 2018)
  • Make at least $60,000 a year. (by 2025)

Spirit & Emotion

  • Tap daily in the afternoon (starting now)
  • Meditate each morning (starting now)
  • Read everything I can about minimalism. (by 2015)


  • Do a road trip from where I live to California. (by 2018)
  • Vacation in Bora Bora. (by 2025)
  • Vacation in Puerto Vallarta for a week. (by 2019 )
  • Visit every continent in the world. (by 2035)
  • Visit France.
  • Visit Hawaii.

Friends and Family

  • Go to Vegas with my mom. (by 2018)
  • Be a friend to someone in need.
  • Reconnect with my sister.

Accomplishments and Experience

  • Finish the novel I started (by 2016)
  • Re-learn how to play guitar. (by 2018)
  • See Ellie Goulding in concert (by 2016)
  • Take horseback riding lessons (by 2017)
  • Attend a Spanish immersion school in Oaxaca, Mexico. (by 2021)
  • Go to the U.S Open in NYC (by 2019)
  • Attend the Grammy’s. (by 2020)
  • Buy and/or build my dream house (by 2025)
  • Change the oil myself in my car. (by 2016)
  • Join Toastmasters ( by 2018)

Each year I want to write my main goals in my planner and focus on accomplishing them. At the beginning of the year, I will write action steps to complete the goal. When I finish my list, I’ll add it as a page at the top of this blog. I’m going now. I think I’m working late tonight.

must love dogs

Tomorrow I have to ignore her. Don’t think negative thoughts about her or anyone. How can I expect to succeed when I’m thinking “Wow she is really getting off on this. How immature.” I used to smile when they did things (not AT them) but that makes them do it more. Today I was flabbergasted. How can someone over 50 (or 20, or 30, or 40) act like this???! But being self righteous is not the answer.

I need better answers. I always try to make sense of other people’s behavior but that is destructive. I am slowly learning the hard way. I hate to say it’s my nature BUT I try to figure out human behavior. It logically make sense to me but ugh!
I’m not into dating nevertheless I have decided to make up a BS date list. It’s only bs b/c I’m not looking. The list is real. 😉

Prerequisite for anyone who wants to date me:

-must be able to cook and enjoy it
-must not be a neat freak but doesn’t mind cleaning the house weekly(or hiring a monthly maid service)
-must never bitch @ me on Saturday or Sunday while I spend hours watching football
-must work (I don’t make enough on my own- I’d worked too, of course)
-must be into DIY projects
-must love animals
-don’t want kids
-must be a loner
-not that into sex
-may be willing to live separately even if married (but that doesn’t get the person out of cooking and helping me clean my place…I can mow my own lawn) 🙂
-must love music and going to concerts
-must love to travel but allow me to travel solo w/o giving me a guilt trip
-must not freak out if we don’t communicate for 24 hours

What do I have to offer someone? ROFL