Thirty Day Challenge: Day Nineteen

Day Nineteen: Five Items You Lust After

Lust is not one of my primary or secondary or tertiary emotions. However 5 ‘wouldn’t it be nice ifs’ are:

  1. I had the resources to travel abroad and visit all the places on my list. Seriously, I once made a list, there were over 50 places on it. I gave up on the list once I saw how improbable it was.
  2. I had the follow through and focus to write a story (forgetting, entirely, the ability to write)
  3. I took the time to read all the books I have in my house, rather than staring at them so much
  4. I took the time to listen to all the audiobooks I have on my iPod
  5. I actually created the artwork I intend to (ignoring my technique and style is fairly juvenile)

At least these are manageable things, if I’d simply cross over from the world to planning into the world of acting. It’ll be a long winter, I just might be able to knock a few of these off. Wouldn’t that be nice?

You can’t plow a field simply by turning it over in your mind.―Gordon B. Hinckley

Until next time ~Q

Previous 30 Day Challenge Posts: Five Ways To Win My Heart | Something I Feel Strongly About | A Book I Love | Bullet Your Whole Day | Things You Want to Say to an Ex | Your Views on Mainstream Music | Pet Peeves | What I Ate Today | How Important I Think Education Is | Put Your Music Player On Shuffle & Write The First Ten Songs That Play | Your Family / Five Guys Whom You Find Attractive / Your Body & How Comfortable You Feel In It / What You Wore Today | What’s my zodiac/horoscope and does it fit my personality | Something You Always Think “What If…” About | Something That You’re Proud Of | A Problem That You Have Had

Advertisements

Thirty Day Challenge: Day Eighteen

Day Eighteen: A Problem That You Have Had

A problem I have had, and continue to have, is hording tendencies. However my hording is fairly specific. I horde paper. In my project room I have a tub full of scrap-booking paper (I’m not a scrap-booker) that I just can’t find it in me to use because it’s too pretty. Right? I wont use the paper I used to make fun and cute envelopes because I like how it looks too much. I also horde postcard that I got to ‘someday send’. The real problem is I got these when I was snail-mailing my friends regularly and I have since stopped that. Not sure why. Perhaps one of my resolutions this year will be to write 1 letter each month (at least). That way I can start fixing this surplus paper problem.

I wove this together with 1/4" strips of paper. Seriously, I may be crazy because after all that work I haven't been able to part with it. IT'S AN ENVELOPE!

I wove this together with 1/4″ strips of paper. Seriously, I may be crazy because after all that work I haven’t been able to part with it. IT’S AN ENVELOPE!I wove this together with 1/4″ strips of paper. Seriously, I may be crazy because after all that work I haven’t been able to part with it. IT’S AN ENVELOPE!

Thirty Day Challenge: Day Seventeen

Day Seventeen: Something That You’re Proud Of

I’m proud of my independence, or rather my self-sufficient nature. Actually, neither of those feel like the right sentiment. I’m proud for taking a risk. This year I did something that that was unprecedented in my family. I bought a house. Now you may be thinking, “Big deal, people by houses all the time.” Keyword: people. Thinking it through, my mom was married before she could even toast her own marriage and my grandmother definitely wouldn’t have considered buying a house on her own. Not because she couldn’t manage it, she raised three kids under the age of three, she could manage/do anything. It was just very much beyond the social norm. So, I guess I’m proud of myself for taking the risk. Taking on such a huge responsibility, that is usually shared between two people at least, and accepting it as my own.

When I was making the decision did these things occur to me, ever? Of course not. However, as I do the day-to-day stuff, like this morning when I woke up at 5:30 so I could shovel the drive way without being late to work, it hits home a little bit more. I am crazy. Oh wait, no, not that, I am independent – a trail blazer. Not in anyway that will matter to anyone else, but that’s not the point. The point is that for once, I didn’t let social conventions or fear dictate my decisions. I took, and am taking, a giant risk and so far, so far it’s working out.

Now, lest you get the fool hardy notion, that this post is somewhat suggesting, I have not been alone on this crusade. My parents, who live about ten minutes away, and their support have been a major factor in why I have succeeded. They come over on average once a week to help me finish my basement, a project I could never have done on my own (we’re doing most of the work ourselves). Also, as I mentioned in another post, they came over Sunday to help me shovel that particular storm, making the usual hour-long endeavor only about 20 minutes. So, although I may be the only name on the deed, this isn’t really a solo mission. I have plenty of support in the wings and that is a major comfort.

Anything’s possible, if you’ve got enough nerve.J.K. Rowling

Thirty Day Challenge: Day Sixteen

Day Sixteen: Something You Always Think “What If…” About

What if I moved abroad. Ever since I was a kid I’ve been fascinated by various languages, people and places. A few years back I found an apprenticeship in either Ireland or Scotland (I am aware there is a huge difference but I honestly can’t recall) for web design. I was fantasizing what it would like to apply and get that internship. But that was all it was, a fantasy. Instead I stumbled across a job close to home. Not applying was the best choice I could have made (ignore the fact I never would have been chosen). I love my job and it has given me the unique opportunity to explore my other interests as well. I’m making a living doing what I love (and went to school for – bonus!) as well as participating in theater, volunteering in the community, vacationing with family and friends. I do not regret not applying. However that non-followed path just represents the what if of moving abroad much more concretely than anything else. That what if would have been a logical way for me to peruse that particular dream. However that’s not where my life ended up being, so I try not to think of the what ifs too much. If things were suppose to go that way, they would have. A person could go mad analyzing and reanalyzing every single little thing.

It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.Albus Dumbledore

Until next time
~Q

Previous 30 Day Challenge Posts:
Five Ways To Win My Heart
| Something I Feel Strongly About | A Book I Love | Bullet Your Whole Day | Things You Want to Say to an Ex | Your Views on Mainstream Music | Pet Peeves | What I Ate Today | How Important I Think Education Is | Put Your Music Player On Shuffle & Write The First Ten Songs That Play | Your Family / Five Guys Whom You Find Attractive / Your Body & How Comfortable You Feel In It / What You Wore Today | What’s my zodiac/horoscope and does it fit my personality

Thirty Day Challenge: Day Fifteen

Day Fifteen: What’s my zodiac/horoscope and does it fit my personality

GeminiI’m a Gemini. According to ‘horoscope.com’ here are the personality traits for a Gemini:

  • Versatility is a great keyword for this dual sign. Expressive and quick-witted, the Gemini presents two distinctive sides to his or her personality, and you can never be sure with which one you’re going to come face-to-face. On one hand, the Gemini can be outgoing, flirtatious, communicative, and ready for fun, fun, fun. Yet when the other twin is present, you can find this air sign contemplative, serious, restless, and even indecisive. Both twins are able to adapt to life’s circumstances well, making them wonderful people to know. Things are never boring when a Gemini is on the scene.
  • Strengths: Curiosity, ability to share ideas, adaptable, affectionate, kind.
  • Weaknesses: Scattering energy in too many places at once, fickle in love, nervous, short attention span.
  • Charismatic marks: Expressive eyes, quick, bright, often small-boned, refined features.
  • Likes: Music, magazines, books, blogs, chats with nearly anyone, short trips around town.
  • Dislikes: Repetition and routine, being alone, being confined.
  • Best environment: Any busy neighborhood, places where people gather to gossip, bookstores, museums.

Sometimes with horoscopes I feel like a lot of vague descriptors are thrown together. Generic enough, that when compiled, can apply to most yet not the same as used for other profiles. This way most people can agree with most of the things written. Seriously – “likes music, books” etc? Who doesn’t like music and or books? To be fair, many of these descriptors match my personality. Like I said though, it’s because they are fairly generic traits. Do I have expressive eye? I think so. Am I small-boned? Most emphatically not. I like being alone/having alone time but I do have scatter my attention to various places. See? Some match, some don’t. A series of attributes strung together in hopes that enough match that you’ll feel it describes you.

The one thing I can truly relate to is the duality that is rather specific to the sign of the twins. I often feel like there are two opposite personalities residing in one being. The girl that loves to go out and explore, meet new people and be with a large group of friends juxtaposed with the girl who would like nothing more than to be home night after night and read. But I think that is more of a balance thing. If I only lived one way or the other I would fall. Since it’s not in my nature to be moderate I have to swing from one way to another. Does the Gemini horoscope have bits in it that match my personality? Yes. Do I believe in horoscopes and that my destiny is written in the stars? No, nor will I live my life in such a way.

Until next time
~Q

Previous 30 Day Challenge Posts:
Five Ways To Win My Heart
| Something I Feel Strongly About | A Book I Love | Bullet Your Whole Day | Things You Want to Say to an Ex | Your Views on Mainstream Music | Pet Peeves | What I Ate Today | How Important I Think Education Is | Put Your Music Player On Shuffle & Write The First Ten Songs That Play | Your Family / Five Guys Whom You Find Attractive / Your Body & How Comfortable You Feel In It / What You Wore Today

Thirty Day Challenge: Day Ten

Day Ten: Put Your Music Player On Shuffle & Write The First Ten Songs That Play

  1. Oogie Boogie’s Song from The Nightmare Before Christmas
  2. Woe is Me (Reprise) from The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
  3. Done All Wrong by Black Rebel Motorcycle
  4. Don’t Be That Way by Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
  5. Perche Mi Sfuggi by Giuseppe Verdi from Macbeth
  6. The Beast Below by Murray Gold from Doctor Who
  7. Is Okay Good? from A Very Potter Musical
  8. What is this Feeling? from Wicked
     
  9. Time Stands Still by The All-American Rejects
     
  10. Chapter 1: The Boy Who Lived by Jim Dale from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

This post proved to me you can really find anything on youtube.

Until next time
~Q

Previous 30 Day Challenge Posts:
Five Ways To Win My Heart
| Something I Feel Strongly About | A Book I Love | Bullet Your Whole Day | Things You Want to Say to an Ex | Your Views on Mainstream Music | Pet Peeves | What I Ate Today | How Important I Think Education Is

Thirty Day Challenge: Day Nine

Day Nine: How Important I Think Education Is

Coming from a family waist deep in educators, both past and present, I’ve grown up understanding the importance of education. Are there work-arounds to getting a formal education? Of course. People will tell you about how Einstein failed his primary courses or how Steve Jobs (or was it Bill Gates?) didn’t graduate college. Know what they have in common? They were driven. I believe education is quite important, but if you are going to stray from the traditional path you need to be extremely driven and hard working, especially at the beginning. That’s if you want to be on the same level as those who choose education, or elevated higher.

Me? I myself need the structure of a classroom in order to learn, I have follow through issues. I can start anything, I don’t always have the focus to finish them though. City of BonesThis is why I’m constantly in the middle of reading several books at any given time. I always find another one that interests me and pick it up, all the while intending to go back to the former. Right now I’m in the middle of 12.21, Divergent, Evil Genius, The Night Circus, The Mysterious Benedict Society, Girl Walks Into A Bar…, and City of Bones just to name the first ones that come to mind.

Back on point I think education is quite important. How can we, as a group of peers or as a community, communicate effectively if we don’t have a base foundation. Education gives us that. True, we all build on that foundation differently, but as a whole we can all agree that Hydrogen is first on the periodic table of elements, in 1776 we declared our independence and Shakespeare wrote a lot of plays. Education gave us this foundation, and it’s not something to be sniffed at and so easily cast aside.

Until next time
~Q

Previous 30 Day Challenge Posts:
Five Ways To Win My Heart
| Something I Feel Strongly About | A Book I Love | Bullet Your Whole Day | Things You Want to Say to an Ex | Your Views on Mainstream Music | Pet Peeves | What I Ate Today