Friday, December 28, 2007

It's A Good Time To Make Lists!

A few posts ago, in "Of Purpose, Picket Signs and Big Girl Jeans," I blogged about picketing our lives. Here's a lil' excerpt in case your memory (or hangover) is as bad as mine:

"If any of you are feeling dissatisfied with your life, I have some advice: YOU NEED TO PICKET LIFE... What are you dissatisfied with? What are you MAD AS HELL about and NOT GOING TO TAKE ANYMORE?

I'm taking this mentality of picketing and protesting and I'm APPLYING IT TO LIFE. Let's write our lists, let's make our signs, let's draw our line in the sand. Let's claim what we want, when we want it and how we're gonna get it! Get your bullhorns out, get your signs made, get marching FOR WHAT YOU WANT IN LIFE. When you look back in ten years or twenty, you'll be so glad you did."

So I'm starting my list, right now. Today. Things I'm going to go after with all the gusto in the world. If I think about what my life was two years ago, I only one goal: GET OUT OF BED. Now that I have, I want to ENJOY LIFE. Every day, I come a little closer to circling BACK TO THE ME I ALWAYS WANTED TO BE.

Here's a start to the list (though it will be updated along with what I'm doing to make it all come true):

1) I want PINK hair. Not a huge goal. But I want it. There.

2) I want to go to Italy. I loved it there when I went. I've always wanted to go back. I might need to hold a fundraiser, but hell, I'm going.

3) I'm going to write a book.

4) I'm going to lose forty pounds. I MUST! I don't like this weight, it stinks. Forty won't even get me to thin, it will get me to healthy.

5) I've always wanted to run a road race. Even a five K, I don't care. Spring is coming, there will be lots of them.

6) I want to redecorate my apartment. I want it to reflect the NEW ME I AM TRYING TO BECOME. That means color, brightness and beautiful. Out with clutter, in with organization and necessities.

7) I want to make something. I've narrowed it down to: POTTERY, SOME KIND OF JEWELRY MAKING OR I've always wanted to learn how to upholster furniture (all though me with a high powered staple gun could BE VERY DANGEROUS.) Maybe paint.

8) I want to volunteer. I've already made the contact on this one. I'm going to teach writing to sick kids.

9) HAVE MORE FUN! Every day carve out time for FUN.

10) Investigate my life, figure out who I am and stop repeating patterns that are learned and that have hurt me.


And that my friends is just the beginning, to a new and beautiful life.


coco said...

Sounds like some kick a$$ resolutions... Good for YOU!! It's always easier said then done, but now that you have it in writing (or typing he he) you can look back and remind yourself of what you want and what's important to you.

Will you be making a list of how you are going to accomplish these things? I would be interested to see your ideas of tackling weight loss in the new year... I struggle with this myself.

Surfergrrl said...

Kiss more boys! I'd like to just kiss one boy this year! Am I aiming too low? :)

thesleepycat said...

I think you can definitely accomplish every one of your goals if you really want to. I can't wait to read about how it all goes! (and maybe see some pics of that new pink hair :D)

I love that feeling of a new year, a fresh start, full of possibilities. "picketing" your life is a great way of looking at it. when you write your book I'll be buying a copy!!

Angie said...

I agree with coco. I think that you should make a list of how you are going to accomplish these things :) Would be interesting.

adventure grrl said...

Coco/Angie said: "Will you be making a list of how you are going to accomplish these things?" Yes! Because lists are EASY, it's the DOING & THE CROSSING OFF that's hard. I'll blog about the best way to do this.

Sufergrrl, Yes, you are! I double dare you to get to THREE, though if you fall hard for one or two, you are off the hook :)

thesleepycat, you rock girl, for YOU, yes, there will be pictures of pink hair!!!

LI Writer said...

Hey, I just discovered your blog today (I replied to one of your more recent posts that I found you through and you are a HUGE inspiration, and I see so much of myself in you, because I'm also coming off a depression and trying to become a better me. ...And since I'm feeling so insprired just from reading your blog, I want to help you with one of your goals! I'm a writer, too. I've written a book, now I'm editing my book and trying to get it published. I could really use a writing buddy, someone to have a mutual support relationship with. If this is something you'd at all be interested in, let's figure out a way to get in touch through email. ....And even if not, good luck with everything you are picketing!
(I'll change my name from annonymous to LIWriter so you'll know who I am)

Sara said...

I love this list!! Can I steal it? I need to do this stuff too.