13 Goals – Winter 2014/2015

Well, I didn’t do so great with my autumn goals (so much so that I’ve carried over a few of them to work on this season).  It’s probably not even worth reviewing what I did and did not accomplish, so I’m just going to go ahead with my list of goals for this winter.

  1. Find a new job.
  2. Save at least $100.
  3. Donate to a cause I care about.
  4. Make Thai Yellow Curry – Will be trying this for the first time!
  5. Undetermined social thing.
  6. Undetermined social thing.
  7. Complete a winter writing challenge.
  8. Make some paper snowflakes.
  9. Take advantage of some winter/after holiday sales.
  10. Write 10 non-TiLT blog posts.
  11. Get a nice new haircut.
  12. Go to the movies.
  13. Work on my happy play list.

There you have it!  Wish me luck!  What are some of your goals for this season?

Also, hop over to Petticoat Pedaler and Strangely Chantel to check out Lilian’s (who first came up with the idea of doing a seasonal goal list) and Chantel’s lists.  Maybe you’ll get some ideas for your own list of goals and join us for the challenge!

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Goodbye, 2014. Hello, 2015.

A new year approacheth!  I feel like a summary of 2014 would read much like my summary of 2013.  It makes me sad to think that not much has changed.  I didn’t stick to the resolutions I made for the year, and I honestly feel that maybe setting resolutions, especially many (and sometimes difficult) resolutions is like setting myself up for failure.  I struggle with a lot of the things that I tend to focus on when I set goals and resolutions, so maybe that’s not the greatest idea.  But, enough of that.  I just want to talk a little about some of the things that happened this year, and mention a few of my hopes for the coming year.

Not to start off on a sad note, but because it is one of the first things that occurred this year, we had to say goodbye to our kitty Hide the day after I posted my New Year’s post and mentioned that he’d been sick.  So, we’re coming up on a year since that happened, and I still miss him so much that it sometimes brings tears to my eyes all over again.  However, we have now given a home to a new family member.  Not that Hide can ever be replaced.  But around the middle of the year, Simon came to live with us from some family members who couldn’t give him the life he deserves.  He’s only about two years old, and Sebastian is loving having another cat around again.  They wrestle all the time, and I’m so happy to have Simon as part of our family.

This year marked my first time to cosplay.  I dressed as a punk-rock version of Princess Bubblegum from Adventure Time.  My A-Kon crew joined me for an Adventure Time Princess Party! There are some things I would have changed about my costume, looking back.  However, I had a lot of fun!  Of course, I always have a lot of fun with my babes at A-Kon.

I set and reached my goal of writing 25,000 words for Camp NaNoWriMo in July.  That was a HUGE accomplishment since I’ve struggled so much with my writing recently.  Of course, I haven’t written much since then, but it certainly made me think a lot about where my story is going.  I just need to get back to it and make writing more of a priority, even when it’s difficult.

I participated in GISHWHES for the first time!  It was an exhausting week, but I had so much fun with Lilian, Chantel, and all our wonderful team mates!  I was kind of nervous going into it, but we accomplished a lot more than I originally thought we’d be able to.  And aside from getting dehydrated and almost passing out from being buried up to my neck in sand at the beach in the horrible South Texas heat, it was a great time!

Additionally, my little car that I’d been driving since it was brand new in 2002 started to act up on me.  Driving it was getting a bit scary, so I finally got into a newer (2012) car.  I’ve been super happy with it so far!  And the fact that it has heated seats for when it’s cold, like it has been this week, makes me even happier.

And as usual, I’ve read lots of good books (hello, obsession with The Mortal Instruments series), and listened to lots of great music.

On top of that, I’m expected a new mattress any time now.  I’ve put off getting a new mattress for far too long, and I’m extremely excited to be starting off a new year on a comfy new bed.  *Presses face to the window watching for the UPS truck).

As far as my hopes for the new year, here are a few:

Get a new job, dammit! I’m so tired and frustrated with where I’m at and have been for way longer than I should have ever let myself stay there.  It’s time for a change.  I just need to stop doubting myself and being so scared.

Lose weight and get healthier.  I know I’ll feel so much better in so many ways if I do.  On that note, I’m going to incorporate Shakeology into my eating-healthier-diet.  I figure it doesn’t hurt to give it a try and see how I like it.

Write!  Write so much more, and do something with it.  Figure out what I need to do with a potential children’s story I wrote for one of my creative writing classes, and keep working on the many stories I’ve started and have yet to finish.  Focus and get something finished!

Blog more, see friends more (even though this is sometimes hard because of schedule and location conflicts), read even more, be kinder to myself, learn more, spend more time outside, save more, and smile more.

I’m sure there’s a lot more I could say I want to do  in the coming year, but maybe I should just go with the flow.  Take it a day at a time.  A week, a month, a season at a time, and set my goals accordingly.  I’ll probably be asleep before the arrival of the new year since I have to work in the morning.  And I know it’s going to be a long, busy, and tiring day tomorrow, but I’m going to try to welcome the new year with a smile.

I hope any of you who happen to take the time to read this have had a beautiful year, and I hope your new year starts with a spark and is filled with love and magic.

13 Goals – Fall 2014

Okay, so I know when I posted my summer goals I said I probably wasn’t going to document my goals here anymore.  I might have lied.  I want to keep challenging myself to get stuff done and do more things, and I think documenting my list here is a good way to try to hold myself accountable.

Several of my summer goals when unaccomplished: organizing my writing, saving $20 per week (I did well with this until I had to put what I’d saved so far toward a down payment on a newer car), having a weekly craft day, creating my magical girl persona (I still want to do this), and going to the movies.  However, I donated through the Animal Rescue Site to help kitties in need, made homemade popsicles, hosted a doll meet-up, did lots of social stuff for GISHWHES, blew bubbles outside, spent time with my characters, wrote 25,000 words of one of my stories for Camp NaNoWriMo, and made s’mores.

My list for this fall includes a lot of creating, so hopefully I can get my inspiration flowing, overcome my bouts of indifference (sometimes I just feel so unmotivated despite all the things I want to do),  and produce some great stuff!  So, here is my list of goals for this fall:

  1.  Participate in and win NaNoWriMo, though I will be rebelling and continuing with an already-in-progress story instead of starting something new.
  2.  Save at least $100.
  3.  Undecided donation/act of kindness.
  4.  Paint a canvas.  I believe I put this on one of my first two lists, but I still haven’t done it!
  5.  Undetermined social thing #1.
  6.  Undetermined social thing #2.
  7.  Try a new Thanksgiving dessert.
  8.  Write an autumn-themed thing, likely a short story or some poems.
  9.  Fill five pages in a sketchbook.
  10.  Post ten non-Things I Love Thursday blog posts.
  11.  Treat myself on my birthday.
  12.  Get a nice new haircut.
  13.  Work on my happy playlist.

And there it is!  Anyone reading this want to accomplish anything in particular over the course of this most wonderful of seasons?

Having Fun and Getting Stuff Done

I just wanted to post about a few things that have kept me busy over the past month and a half or so.

If I’m honest with myself and anyone reading this, I struggle with motivation. I want to do things, but I often just can’t seem to convince myself to do them instead of sticking with my usual and mostly unproductive routine. But! Somehow I was able to pump myself up to achieve some goals and complete some little projects recently. It made me feel really good, so I don’t know what it is that keeps me from completing more tasks and working toward accomplishing more goals in my day-to-day life. That aside, I would like to harness the motivation I used for these projects to get more done, including but not limited to participating in more events and projects such as those I’ve recently thrown myself into.

First up was CampNaNoWriMo. I’ve tried on several occasions to participate in and win NaNoWriMo, which takes places every November. However, I’m terrible at planning in advance and usually start writing with a very small idea of a plot or the dream of a fantastic new character, so I typically don’t get very far before discouragement gets the best of me. Well, I figured it was time for me to stop just saying “I need to start writing again,” and actually get some writing done. So when Lilian asked if I was going to participate in Camp, I said “Sure!” and joined her cabin. I goaled myself for 25,000 words of rewrites, edits, and additions to a story I’ve been playing with for a while now. It’s not my oldest piece, but one I’m more excited by than most of the others right now. Again, I didn’t plan much in advance, and what I wrote is a mix of scenes from different parts of what will eventually be the whole, but I’m excited about what I did. I succeeded. I wrote just over 25,000 words during July, and they weren’t comprised only of edits and rewrites. I actually added new stuff to the story. There’s still a lot I need to think about, rework, and add, but this is the most I’ve written in years. It makes me sad to say that, but it’s the truth. And I don’t want it to be the truth anymore. I want to write, so I need to make writing a habit and priority. So, while I’m unsure of whether or not I’ll participate in NaNoWriMo this November, I do know that I’m ready –no matter how hard it might be– to act more like the writer I want to be. Now, if only I was better at titling my work!

During the same month, I took on Radical Self Love July. This was a simple, but thoughtful Instagram challenge that turned out to be really fun. I love taking pictures and have been trying to love myself more, so it was a perfect thing to take part in. I’m hoping there will be another month of radical self love in the near future, because I would love to do something like this again.

Finally, I was invited to join Lilian’s team for this year’s GISHWHES, which I’ve heard about, explored a bit, but never participated in. Not going to lie, but I was really anxious after signing up because I decided to look at last year’s list of tasks and was sure I’d hardly be able to get anything done for my team. Most of them seemed fairly impossible, but I guess nothing is ever impossible. A good portion of our team met up to go over the list of 185 items as soon as it was available on the afternoon of August 2nd. The brainstorming session was fun in and of itself, and I walked away feeling like maybe we’d get more done than I originally anticipated. It was an exhausting week, and I spent more time being social during that time than I typically do in a whole month (so sad), but it was such fun! I raced in a newspaper boat regatta in a public fountain, was buried up to my neck in sand (not something I’d care to ever repeat), dressed in evening wear constructed only from items found in my bathroom, played a kazoo soundtrack for tweed “porn”, posed for a rock band album cover (and got paint everywhere making a backdrop), destroyed a book (horror!) for the sake of creating a “novel life form”, got the perfect shot of a vampire sucking blood from a doughnut (including horrified onlooker reading Dracula), and compiled 15 mug shots into a Brady Bunch-style photo grid.  Check out our Facebook group to view the photos and videos of our shenanigans!

But the team accomplished even more than that! From walking on water, building a kale throne, arm wrestling movie theater employees, and having a cat order from a food truck to constructing an angel from feminine hygiene products, posing for a multi-generational gender-swapped family portrait, making a candy swimsuit, and going toilet paper shopping as a zombie, our team did some great stuff!

Also, our team members were just awesome in general! It was a ton of fun working and playing with them!

So, that’s what I’ve been up to recently. The next little project I’m hoping to participate in is the 30 Days of Lists challenge, which starts September 1st.

Any projects you’ve participated in recently or hope to participate in someday? Also, what do you do to motivate yourself to get stuff done, especially on a day-to-day basis?