A couple years ago I was completing a 30-Day Writing Challenge. I don’t think I ever revisited a list of things I wanted to accomplish within that year. I know it’s been a couple years, but I thought I’d see if I’ve done everything on the list yet because I’m pretty sure I did not complete them all in my 25th year.
Original 30 Day Writing Challenge Post
Original “25 Things” Post
Update #1 to the “25 Things” list
- Check off every item on this list. Incomplete
- Take & pass the CompTIA Network+ exam. Complete! I passed it on December 21, 2014.
Take & pass the Linux course my college offers. Take & pass the Computer/Internet Security course my college offers. Complete!
Register for & begin taking their Windows Server Management course. Register for at least one more course.Complete. Not only did I register for another course, but I took several other classes before I ended up having to completely enroll in a new school because I was one of the unlucky students going to ITT when it closed.
- Successfully complete this 30 day writing challenge. Complete! Although I may not have checked everything off the list, I did complete the challenge.
- Finish writing Dr. Noph’s Nophinites (A book I’ve been working on for the last 4 years that I need to just buckle down and finish!). Incomplete. Getting closer to finishing my first draft, but still not done.
- Do at least one studio photography session. Complete! I did a senior photo session for a co-worker’s son.
- Finish everything except the carpeting in our living room. Incomplete…We did our first coat of paint and have done some of the remodeling, but considering we made some design changes, we are not done.
- Clean out our garage. Complete!!!
- Clean out our guest room. Complete, but incomplete. I cleaned it out and then we filled it back up, but spring cleaning should fix that.
- Watch one of my best friends, who is basically my little brother, walk down the aisle. Complete! He’s still happily married too! Bonus!
- Listen to & find at least one new music artist I like. Complete! I’ve found a lot of new artists over the past 2.5 years. Halsey, Lana Del Rey, Hozier, Jessie J., Iggy Azalea, Alessia Cara to name a few.
- Get caught up on Sons of Anarchy so I can be ready to watch the final season. Complete!
- Finish Anna Karenina and read at least two more books. Complete! Finished Anna Karenina, 6 of the Lemony Snicket stories, Game of Thrones (4.8 out of 5 of them – almost done with #5) Audiobooks, and several more, along with starting Everything’s Eventual.
- Spend at least one afternoon at one of the largest metro parks in the U.S. with my family. I almost marked this incomplete and then I realized I did go!
- Finish the Johnny Depp marathon and move onto musicals with my best friend. Complete – including the musicals marathon. We’ve started Sandra Bullocks now.
Cut & Color my hair, short and black. Changed my mind about this one, I’m now going to grow it out and color it red. I’m going to consider this as complete because I grew it out (still not as long as I want) and it’s back to my natural red color.
- Relax more and not be so uptight and anxious all the time. Complete, but incomplete. I have good days and bad days. Most are better than they were 3 years ago.
- Visit one place I’ve never been before. Complete! I traveled for work to a location I had never been before.
- Try a food I’ve never had before. Complete! I tried Orzo.
- See both of my grandmas at least once. Complete! One of my grandma’s did pass away and I was very glad I was able to see her one more time before she was gone forever. I was able to help feed her and connect on our love for crunchy hospital ice. I also braided her hair and was able to see her coherent and laughing.
- Complete all my work-related summer projects. Complete! Good thing or I may have lost my job!
- Pay more attention to the news. Complete! I pay a lot more attention to the news than I used to.
- Learn to be more patient and less hot headed. Complete…I think. This goes hand in hand with 18 I think. I’m pretty sure I’ve cooled down a bit over the years and maybe age has something to do with that. I know there are some days I still need to work on it, but for the most part I think I’ve accomplished this.
- And last, but not least, remember to come back to this after turning 26 and post an update on what I did and did not check off! Complete!
This “life hack”didn’t exactly rewire my brain to be happier, but it did make me realize there are a few things I’m thankful for on a daily basis.
1) my husband
2) my family
3) my job
Through this exercise I realized what is most important to me. What I’d be most devastated to lose and what drives me to keep pushing even when I feel like I can’t push any harder.
I’m mentally tired. I’m tired of the excuses I make. I’m tired of being a complete scatter brain. I see potential in myself to be great, but I feel like there is a version of me holding me back. I feel like the 18 year old in me keeps whispering you’re not good enough, you’re not old enough, you’re not experienced enough. I sometimes feel like I have these ideas and this drive, but there’s always this little voice in the back of my head that’s saying “Why would anyone listen to you? You don’t have enough experience to speak on that. Do you REALLY know what you’re talking about?” And then I start to doubt myself. I start to shrink back into this goofy, quirky, 18 year old who wants to fade into the background and let everyone else make the decisions. This happens even more often when I do decide to take charge and then fail. When I make a mistake I focus on it, analyze it, replay it, and reanalyze it. I can’t let it go. Failure is not an option, but it is always a possibility and that’s what scares me the most. Failure.
Wow! I just got really off topic. Anyway, I push through all the crap and self-doubt because I love my husband and family and I don’t want to let them down. I may not be the best at what I do. I may not have the best memory in the world. And I may be the most organized scatter brain there is, but I make it work.
So in conclusion; although I disagree that coming up with three things a day to be grateful for will “rewire” your brain to be happy, I do think you will end up finding what your are MOST grateful for and what is most important to you.
1) I’m grateful we had a great wedding photographer. I was just going through our wedding photos and she really did do a great job, not to mention she helped with a ton of other stuff throughout the day.
2) I’m grateful for the app Study Blue. It has helped me a lot with my studies!
3) I’m grateful for weekends! The break from work is very refreshing!
1) I’m grateful for sunny days.
2) I’m grateful for contact lenses.
3) I’m grateful for the peace of nighttime.
1) I’m grateful for a happy, energetic kitten. He’s really nice to have around when my husband is working. He always makes me laugh because he does some of the silliest things.
2) I’m grateful for the creators of WordPress.com! I’m grateful they provide a free place for me to lay out my thoughts.
3) I’m grateful that my husband pushed me to buy the mustang when I had the money. Sometimes when I’m down I just remind myself that I have a ’67 mustang fastback title with my name on it. That I can touch the car of my dreams whenever I want. She isn’t complete yet (and far from it), but at least I own her.
1) I’m grateful for a husband who understands when I’ve had a rough day at work and just relaxes/cuddles with me on the couch all night.
2) I’m grateful for the sound of rain at night. It’s one of my absolute favorite sounds!
3) I’m grateful for a comfortable bed to fall asleep in. I’m dead tired tonight!
1) I’m grateful for… I’m at a loss tonight. I feel like I’m running out of unique stuff. Ice been trying to avoid the cliché/corny stuff (like a bed to sleep in, clothes on my back etc…) And not repeat the same thing twice. It’s really hard to come up with three things that are different every day. Most of the time I’m sincerely grateful for something I’ve already mentioned. For example, tonight I’m extremely grateful for my husband. I’m grateful for the way he makes me laugh, for his constant playing around, for his companionship. I’m grateful for my parents who give to their kids with everything they can. They are two of the most selfless people I know. I’m grateful for my sight. I’m grateful that I can see my husband’s eyes. There are moments that I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that I’m the only woman he loves just by the way he looks at me. I’m grateful I’m blessed enough to be able to really see that. I’m grateful that I get to hear his voice and, especially, his laugh. I love hearing him laugh. I think for these last 5 days I’m just going to say whatever I REALLY feel that day, without trying to avoid saying the same thing twice or sounding corny.
Finally – today I’m grateful for sleep! Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz………………
1) I’m grateful for a quick return on my midterm – A+!!!
2) I’m grateful for a king size bed. I love cuddling, but it is nice to have enough room to spread out too.
3) I’m grateful for my husband’s love for technology. Because of it, I get to watch movies in 3D at home on a 125″ screen! And because he’s a bargain shopper we got the setup for a really good deal!
I thought I’d do a follow-up to a post from earlier this year. Original Post
An adjustment to the goals:
- Take & pass the Linux course my college offers. Take & pass the Computer/Internet Security course my college offers.
- Register for & begin taking their Windows Server Management course. Register for at least one more course.
My company changed the courses they wanted me to take so my goals needed adjusted a little.
Here are the things I’ve completed:
#1 – In Progress
#2 – Scheduled & Paid for
#3 (as listed above) – Working on it
#4 (as listed above) – Will be done as soon as this semester is over.
#5 – Done!
#6 – In Progress
#7 – Done! It wasn’t in a studio, but I did a senior photo session
#8 – In Progress
#9 – Done!
#10 – Done!
#11 – Done! It was beautiful!
#12 – Need to work on.
#13 – Done!
#14 – Done! Shutter Island & Minority Report (now I’ve moved on to Stephen King’s It)
#15 – Didn’t happen.
#16 – In Progress, honestly not sure if this is going to happen before my next birthday since there are soooooooooo many movies on the list!
#17 – Changed my mind about this one, I’m now going to grow it out and color it red.
#18 – Still working on this one
#19 – Done!
#20 – Done! Orzo
#21 – Need to get it done.
#22 – Done!
#23 – Still working on this one, I’ve started to pay more attention, but not as much as I want to.
#24 – Still working on it
#25 – Can’t be done for another 6 months
Day 1 – cat, ability to walk, “DIY” husband
Day 2 – family, technology, sleep
Day 3 – best friend, good job, sisters and mom
Day 4 – running vehicle, cameras, music
Day 5 – parents good health, owning a house, the sun
Day 6 – words, sight, fruits and veggies
Day 7 – husband, stepdaughter, understanding boss
Day 8 – video games, lazy afternoons, electricity
Day 9 – running water, books, modern medicine
A little story to go along with this one, the very next day our water pump gave out because of faulty electric lines outside our house. What are the odds that the day after I’m grateful for running water, it goes out?!
Day 10 – food in the fridge, in-laws, hoodies
Day 11 – telephones & webcams, love for photos, hearing
Day 12 – benefits of IT, comforters, raised to be non-judgemental
Day 13 – ability to bottle things up, winters being short, my niece
1) I’m grateful for the game of Nertz. It is a multiplayer game that is somewhat like solitaire with multiple players. Four players works the best. Three or less is usually too slow and too few cards, five or more is usually too many cards. It is my favorite game and always helps relieve stress. For more info click here.
2) I’m grateful for Kombucha Tea. It really helps relieve my heartburn and I think it may also give me more energy.
3) I’m grateful for my Bamboo Fun Pad. It makes editing photos so much easier!!!