This Color Me Rad race looks really fun. My first thought was, “Someday we’re all going to look back on this race and think, ‘Oh…that’s what gave me cancer’”, but when I looked up the FAQ, it says that it’s non-toxic, colored corn starch! This makes me feel a tad better. Too bad the race isn’t coming to Michigan…maybe next year.
Most of them are introductory classes, but really, how perfect is that? I’ve been fascinated by behavioral neurology the past few months, but I’m not about to go back to school for it. Now I can take a free course and see if I’m actually interested in the actual science behind it! Booya!
Last year, after my friend’s 30th birthday, I was inspired to write a list of 35 things I want to do before I turn 35. It’s now 7 months later, and one week before my 33rd birthday, so I thought it might be a nice time to revisit my list and see how I’m doing.
The answer is: not good. I haven’t completed a single thing on my list! But, I’m not going to be hard on myself about it. There is still time. And, it’s sort of an ambitious list, considering my current financial situation. I had expected that I would have done at least ONE of them. Sigh. On a positive note, I have started to work on number 22 from my list, which is “learn macrame.” I even have books from the library sitting next to me right now on the subject. AND, I bought twine. So, that one is definitely in progress. Actually, a lot of them are in progress! Katie and Tim, are coming to visit this September, and we will most likely knock numbers 7, 11, 12, 13 & 14 off of that list, no problem. And, I sometimes wear a sunhat! Take that, #17!
I’ve copied my list for you below. I’ve made a couple of revisions from the original, which should be clear to you. Because it’s a personal list, a lot of names will mean nothing to you. But, I truly think this type of lists can serve as an inspiration. For me, seeing this list helps ground me and give me a perspective on what truly sets my soul ablaze. It’s friends, family, travel, learning, creating and quieting my mind. I could easily add to this list today, especially in the creating department, but I’ll save that exercise for another day.
I’d be curious to know what’s on all of your lists. Feel free to comment below, or email us privately at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a successful online shop that rivals a combination of Hindsvik and DWR and2Modern. Only cooler. (A girl can dream, alright!?) edit: Have a successful online shop, the likes of which the world has never seen.
Live at least 3 months in the middle of nowhere. (I need some space to breath, dammit.)
Teach my old dog new tricks. Like how to like other dogs and new people. Sign language. My poor baby doggy has gone deaf.
Fly my family out to California for a visit.
Cross country road trip with Sean and DJ.
A short road trip to Colorado with Jill, Sean and DJ.
Camp in Big Sur.
Visit New Mexico.
Create a living space that brings myself and others comfort.
Spend three days alone, in silence, completely unplugged from technology.
Develop a well curated collection of clothes that a versatile and comfortable. Emphasis on quality and layering. I don’t want a bloated closet full of cheap things.
Wear more hats. They really make a huge difference on an outfit. But, often, at the last minute, I leave my hat at home because it makes me feel like I’m “trying too hard.” I just need to admit that I like hats, and phooey to anyone who wants to judge.
Have at least one polished screenplay that I’m actually proud of.
Be completely debt free.
Visit Michigan at least twice.
Swim in Lake Michigan.
Learn to macrame.
Bake an apple pie with Kate.
Renew my Passport to prepare for my 40 before 40.
Write a children’s story with Sean.
Gain a greater understanding of Economics.
Develop a regular exercise habit. I walk and stuff now, but I’m soft around the middle. Time to step it up!
Remember to take a quiet moment just for myself every single day.
This one is a secret.
This one is another secret!
Get a pedicure. I get nervous about people touching my feet, so this one will be a challenge for me. I’ve decided I don’t care about this one. Instead I will add…hrm…learn how to use a saw. Various saws, in fact. This terrifies me, but I would love to be able to build things out of wood.
Take a class at UCB.
Finally get my hair cut by a serious hair stylist whom I have the pleasure of knowing. A stylist who has also been known to style Miranda July *AND* Fred Armison’s hair.
Re-learn all of the Spanish I’ve managed to forget over the past 10 years.
It’s funny. I’ve never really thought of myself as creative. I’ve always associated the word with artists and artists only for some reason. The fact of the matter is that we’re all creative. From the ideas we come up with for work to making dinner to decorating our home to making handmade gifts for our friends. We all have that spark. We all have the ability to create something.
Feeding my obsession with the brain, I recently finished Imagine by Jonah Lehrer (he regularly appears on Radiolab!), and it left me completely inspired. It made me realize that I need to learn how to let go. It reminded me that I need to keep traveling, not only because it makes me happy, but because it encourages an open mindedness that helps me make connections I have never made before. When we stay put, we’re more likely to be shackled by the familiar. It made me realize that frequently daydreaming as a kid was actually good for me and that sleeping is truly the height of genius. If you’re experiencing a mental block in your creative path, I suggest reading this book.
I’ll leave you with a quote on persistence: “It’s only by really thinking about something that we’re able to move ourselves into perceptions that we never knew we had the capacity for”.
I read the blog Zen Habits, by Leo Babauta. I find it valuable as a productivity blog, and occasionally, it helps me remember some wisdom that I have briefly possessed, but I cannot hang on to. I’m assuming this is true for all people, but it seems, at least for me, that moments of feeling some sort of true understanding are fleeting.
I recently read Leo’s post on keeping a journal. Keeping a journal is something my ideal self would do, but not something actually practiced. I have started up and abandoned countless journals. This cycle began in junior high and has repeated itself as recently as 8 months ago.
Whenever I find one of my abandoned journals I love flipping through the two or three written pages and remembering things long forgotten. I am a very future oriented person, so it would helpful to have a record of the past to help me stop and remember things gone by. Also, I am in a period of accelerated change and (hopefully) growth, so it seems like it would also be awesome just to look back on my progress.
It’s hard to say what keeps me from following through on journal writing. I think that my hand just gets tired of writing or I go to bed so late that I just want to fall asleep as soon as my head hits the pillow. Regardless, I’m going to give it another try, this time following Leo’s suggestions. They are pretty easy…he says to just jot down a few bullet points to get the idea across of what you did with your day. This sort of takes the pressure off. It makes it a quick activity, which makes it seem more doable. He also suggests writing about the previous day in the morning before you check your email, but I think I’m still going to try and do it before bed. It seems like a good way to reflect on, and perhaps learn from, the day’s happenings.
Clearly, this all sounds like a good excuse for getting a new, covetable notebook. However, I will only reward myself with one if I can successfully journal for three weeks straight in a regular old composition notebook I have around. If there is one thing I’ve learned about myself, it’s that buying a new fancy journal does not guarantee follow through. I will develop the habit first, and then get myself a pretty, covetable notebook.
One of my resolutions this year to to “step it up a notch.” This applies to many, many things in my life.
Please watch the the following video from Parks and Recreation, literally the best comedy on network television, in order to get in the right mindset for “Step It Up.”
Ok…so are we on the same page? I think we are. Check it:
Step It Up 2012
Exercise…Step it up.
Blogging…Step it up.
Eating Healthy…Step it up.
Personal Appearance…Step it up.
Perhaps my project seems a little less awesome than Treat Yo Self, but I’m pretty damn excited about it.
To step up my exercise habits, I plan to try out Urth Yoga in Echo Park. A friend and I are going to take advantage of their introductory offer of one month unlimited for $49. Easy. DONE.
Blogging is obvious. I need to sit down and write posts. Which I am doing right here, right now. BOOM.
Eating healthy is a whole other thing. Over the past two years, my eating habits have deteriorated, and I want to get back to where I used to be, whole foods wise. I’m not gonna go crazy and restrict myself too much. I think that would just mess with my brain and cause me to eat even less healthy than I have been.
What I’ve decided to do is get a few books from the library to serve as inspiration for healthy meals. Instead of taking anything away, I’m going to simply add in healthy meals a little bit at a time. I genuinely like healthy food, so this will be enjoyable. I just got busy and lazy. It’s time to step it up.
Personal Appearance…now this one is a toughie. The way I see it, I have several fairly significant things that need some attention. Now, I don’t need anyone saying, “oh…you don’t need to change a thing.” I appreciate it, but it’s not very helpful. It’s just that I’m 32, and in Los Angeles, so it’s time for a reassessment. Mostly, it’s just time to Step. It. Up. I guess that means that this post is going to be the first in a series while I determine what I want to bring into my life. I’m going to be looking around for inspiration for hair, bags, shoes, boots, clothes and accessories. This will also help me step up my blogging. Two birds, baby! Two birds.
For now I’ll leave you with two cute photos that mark the starting point for this adventure.