I know the arguments for and against posting goals publicly, but I’ve really enjoyed and been inspired by the blogs I’ve seen do this, so I’d like to pass mine on as well.
If you know me at all, you’ve probably seen my lists. I’ve got paper lists, digital lists, short term, long term, etc. They’re not perfect, and I’ve rarely held a completed list in my hands. But I love them so.
This type of list intrigued me. It feels like a very positive collection of goals, experiences, and practices. And it’s got a deadline. 01.26.2014
And guess what? I’m probably not going to do all of them. If I do, hey, that’ll be crackerjack, but I probably won’t. I’ll miss some, I’ll partially complete others, and some I’ll knock out of the park. (what is up with my idioms today? Do they feel wacky to anyone else?)
So I ask for the blessings of the saints upon my humble 25 before 26.
1. Practice yoga once a week
I’ve been doing this for a couple months already, but it’s an amazing practice I don’t want to lose track of.
2. Create four pieces of non-digital visual art
3. Have an LP listening gathering
4. Write to my government representatives
5. Make dinner for a group of friends
6. Watch 50 films
I mean film-films. Not movies. I watch a lot of movies and not enough films. You get me? Those dramas, foreign, and art-films that you know are good but just sit in your netflix queue.
7. Update apartment decor
Already have some plans started for this. Wall art, rugs, etc.
8. Write five poems
9. Read all the comics I own before buying more
I have a problem. I own probably 30 comics and 5 or 6 graphic novels that I have yet to read.
10. Collaborate on a creative endeavor
11. Sing more duets at karaoke.
Most of us go solo week to week, but every once in a while we’ll do a duet and it’s super great. More of that.
12. Write women & media manifesto
Have had some thoughts and research swirling around in my mind for over a year now. Gotta get it down.
13. Add to DSLR kit
Lenses, audio, flash, cam support, some or all of the above.
14. Try three new recipes
I know this sounds tiny for a year, but I always make things I already know and love. Keyword here is NEW.
15. Pay off 30% of student loans
Already in my budget/plan, but looking forward to crossing this one off.
16. Digitize my 16mm film
I shot a roll of 16mm film of my grandmother for a class five years ago. I still haven’t gotten it digitized.
17. Go skinny dipping
Have never actually done this.
18. Decorate office space
20. Build a fort
Yeah, like with blankets.
21. Travel outside of the midwest
22. Blog once a week
23. Take the bus/walk more
I know this isn’t very measurable, but I know I’d fail at a measurable goal. So I’m just counting it as a habit I’d like to increase. I’ve been doing decently well considering it’s winter.
24. Re-sew my comforter
It got ruined at the laundry-mat last week. It’s one of my favorite things I own. I will salvage it.
25. Shoot two rolls of 35mm film
That’s it! You ready? I am. As a wise woman once said…
(“Our Ladies” art by Heymonster at Society6. Go buy them all.)
The 2012 Oscar Nominees were announced this morning!
You know what that means, it’s time to come up with pun-filled dishes for the Oscar party! AKA Oscar Noms. (Thank you, David LeGault or Jack Terpstra. I can’t remember who made that pun last year.)
Here’s a few that have come from years past:
(Firthday Cake for Colin Firth’s Best Actor nom. When he won, we lit the candles and all sang Happy Firthday)
(Left: Ruby Red Squirt Locker. Right: Up-Cakes)
Here’s The List of Nominees for this year. Shoot me your ideas! Whatcha got?
did lots and lots of dishes.
listened to my Christmas Kitchen playlist.
took a few photos of Christmassy things.
(all of our films that have anything remotely to do with the holidays)
made two batches of fudge.
made one batch of caramels.
made one batch of Christmas cookie dough.
bought some festive-smelling candles and new cookie sheets.
ran into Joel at Panera. Talked about goose clothes.
cut out and baked the cookies.
cut the caramels.
wrapped each one in an individual piece of waxed paper. oof.
cleaned my room and put away laundry.
whoa, Sunday, whoa.
One of my favorite quotes on writing, specifically poetry. It comes from an essay called Writing Off the Subject. The thing is chock full of great advice for writing and poetry newbs (like myself). I highly recommend clicking that link.
I just caught myself in one of those character-introduction scenes. You know, the one where they follow the character home from work and show how lonely and pathetic they are?
Empty apartment. Prepared dinner for myself. Sitting at the table to eat it, napkin on my lap. I chastised myself on my posture and sat a little straighter. All while Harry Connick Jr. sings The Way You Look Tonight.
But I’m not pathetic and lonely! Sara just got here and we’re going downtown. So there.