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Challenges

Bring on the scary.

I did something really kind of scary today. Something that I never even thought I would ever have the opportunity to do, but because of one good friend, I did have that opportunity. I shared what I was doing with a select group of friends and even though I was questioning taking action, every time I shared it with someone, they told me I should definitely make a move even before I could share my fears with them. That my friends’ confidence in me is that strong and that unwavering pushed me past the doubts that I had.

It’s been a stressful week that has included a lot of excitement and a lot of hard work. The thing though, is that never did I feel like I wouldn’t be able to accomplish the task in front of me. I knew what I needed to do and I just kept working through the stress. It’s similar to when I was in school full time. I never gave myself credit for what I did then. I worked full time and took a full load of classes and was proud of everything I turned in. Oh, and I was on a championship dodgeball team too!

Sure, there were people who did a lot more than I did, but that’s not what this is about. This week I met every challenge placed before me and I’m proud of having done it.

Look out, because I’m planning on doing more. I like this feeling and I intend to give myself more instances for this totally justified pride.

Bring on the frightening goals. Bring on the things I’ve never done before. Bring whatever you’ve got, because no matter it what it is, I’m coming for it and I’m pretty sure that I’m going to take it down.

Learning to fail more

I think I’m starting this year off fairly well.

That goal about wanting to fail more? Well, in order to do that, I’m going to need to try a lot more things, right? That’s what I’m starting to do now.

Today I uploaded two videos to two different YouTube channels in between getting 3 loads of laundry washed, folded and put away (or put back on the bed in the case of the bed linens). They were the first videos I shot with my new camera and it took a little bit of trial and error.

It seems that the button to record video on my camera is not just the shutter button when in video mode. Take one: A single photo and me talking at a non-recording camera.

Apparently, if I have the sounds muted, the mic on the camera is muted as well. Take two: A nice looking three minutes of silent video.

Take three: How did I not notice that my hair looks like that?

Take four: Oh, that one works for my DailyKatherine channel!

Take five: Started with a greeting that my lovely friends Garret and Mike once pointed out is the most common video starter on YouTube and I hate it when I use that!

Take six: Yes! That works for my main channel.

Six takes for 2 videos, neither of which is even a minute long!

I’m going to say that I experienced a fair amount of failure today, yet I lived through it and actually was kind of successful because I just kept going.

I wonder what will happen if I just keep going through any challenge I face.

New Year’s Resolutions The Finale!

So you all love Gunnarolla now, right? If not, you should just go back and watch this video before you read the end of my Resolutions list. No really.

Ok, now you’re in love with Andrew and you’re subscribed to him? Awesome!

If you missed my two previous posts, this is the third part of my New Year’s Resolutions. If you’ve read through them all, you should find yourself a sticker. You’ve earned it. Here are the rest!

I want to cook more.

Technically, this should work well with the wanting to lose weight thing, except that part of what I want to do is bake more. Either way, I know that I like the way I feel when I’m making my own food, so I’d like to continue having that feeling more often.

I want to take more pride in my appearance.

This probably sounds weird, but that’s the best way I can think of to phrase it.

I like my hair a lot more when it’s curled and I get at least 2, sometimes 3 or 4 days out of one 20 minute round of hair maintenance, so I see no reason to not put forth the effort to actually do my hair more often. I also always feel more productive when I have unchipped nail polish on my fingernails and when I have that and I’m wearing earrings, you should probably just go ahead and get out of my way, I’m making shit happen that day!

I want to be out of debt.

With student loans, I know that this is not something that I can do in one year. However, I can break this stupid credit card debt cycle and I’d like to do that before June. As of writing this post I have $1,890 in credit card debt that usually ends up staying about the same because I end up having to spend about as much as I pay down each month. Hopefully my tax return will cover a good portion, if not all of that, which will free up my budget to be through my checking account instead of bouncing back and forth between credit cards and my checking account.

As soon as I have my credit card balances to zero, it will be much easier for me to focus on my student loans as well as build some savings, which is something that I unfortunately don’t have right now.

So yeah, that last one turned out to be a little more practical than some of them, probably a good way to go out, huh?

All together I’ve got

I want to fail a lot more.
I want to lose weight.
I’m going to find a new job.
I want to write all of the things.
I want to read all of the things!
I want to be better.
I want to cook more.
I want to take more pride in my appearance.
I want to be out of debt.

9 things to work toward or get done in the coming year. Some are a little vain, some are more along the lines of personal development, all are things that I’m totally comfortable with and will be proud to say I’ve accomplished.

Now let’s see how well I do!

New Year’s Resolutions Part 2!

Yesterday I started a list of my New Year’s Resolutions. I have a lot that I’d like to do, so I posted only 3 yesterday and have some more today!

I want to write all of the things.

Without actually looking it up, I’m pretty sure that I did a fair bit more writing in 2013 than I did in 2012 and I want to do that again! In the 4 days that I have been at my dad’s before writing this post I wrote more than 3,000 words (4,500 if you count this piece) without really trying. While I’ve had more free time than I normally do while I’ve been here, as I’ve already said, I haven’t been trying to write.

I’m going to try to write 250,000 words next year, which averages to just under 5,000 words every week. It’s something that I’m going to have to focus on, but I don’t think that it’s at all unattainable. Especially since I plan on writing as much as possible for The Daily Quirk and I’m hoping to get a post up every day at Tiers For Beards!

I want to read all of the things!

I used to read a lot. It was awesome. I haven’t been reading much since I moved to Chicago and that is notsome. I’m going to try to read 12 books in 2013, which is really not a lot, because I’d also like to get back into the habit of reading my friends’ blogs.

Along with reading blogs, I’d like to actually engage and comment on them. If I wasn’t trying to do this as well, I would definitely go for a higher number with those books!

I want to be better.

I started this one thinking that I’d like more subscribers on YouTube, views on my blog and followers for TFB on Tumblr, but with just a moment of thought on that, I realized that to get those things, I really just need to be better with my content and update it consistently. If I do those things, the people who like what I make will follow.

I mean, I’m not Gunnarolla, so the YouTube algorithms shouldn’t just hate me, right?

I know you probably don’t get the reference in that last one, so you should go click through and listen to some of his fun songs while I briefly explain that Andrew is YouTube’s biggest tragedy. Basically, he’s actually a pretty amazing content creator and many of the well-known YouTubers watch him, but for some reason, he’s practically unknown as far as quality creators who have been around for years go.

Now go fall in super cheesy love with him and I’ll have the end of my list for you tomorrow!

New Year’s Resolutions!

If you’re rolling your eyes, get over it.

There are changes that I want need to make in my life, so I’m making some resolutions. In the past, I’ve been the type who has kind of looked down on the idea of New Year’s Resolutions because so few people ever stick to them, but this year I have some changes that I’m making and the calendar happens to be turning over when I make them, so I’m going with the typical name for them.

I’ve heard that sharing goals is a great way to create some sort of accountability for them, though I can’t say that that has really had an impact on me in the past. I think this time around I am actually looking to have a simple record of what I want to do. While it’s not the only reason I give up on goals, I think sometimes I simply forget that I’m working toward something long term when daily tasks get in my way. This post will serve as a reminder of what I’d like to do, as long as I remember to look back at it every now and then!

Enough with the explanation though, let’s talk about what I actually want to do!

I want to fail a lot more.

I have a really bad habit of not going for things that I don’t think I’ll get because I don’t want to deal with failing. I’ll be writing in more detail about this soon, but there’s the basic idea.

I want to lose weight.

I’m not even going to pretend that this isn’t a vanity thing. It is. I don’t like how my body looks right now and I know that I have the power to make it look like it used to, so I’d like to do that. I’m about 160 pounds now and a size 10 in Gap jeans. I’d like to get down to my Gap size 4, though if I build muscle while working the weight off, I don’t really care what the scale says when I’m there.

For those of you who think that a size 4 is too small, Gap sizes are cut a size larger than they are labeled, so that really means that I’m currently a 12 and would like to be a 6.

I’m going to find a new job.

I do not like my current job. Enough so that I sometimes cry when I walk out the door from the relief I feel.

My resume doesn’t really align with the things that I’d most like to do, but I am at the point of just needing something different, at least something better paying, so I’m not going quite so crazy.

I know I’m only 3 goals in, but this is getting a little long and I’m not even half way through my list, so this is now a part post! See you again tomorrow!

12 changes, 12 months.

The other day I got into a conversation with a friend about how frustrating it can be to try to make changes to your life. There’s all this stuff to be done and you want to do it all, so it seems totally overwhelming. What does that lead to? For me, it means sitting back and doing nothing.

So instead, I suggested something that we could do next year. We’re going to decide on 12 changes we want to make and incorporate them into our lives one by one. We’ll give each new change a month to take hold and become habit before going for the next one. That way we’ll have a drastic difference in our lives by the end of the year, but we won’t have made any dramatic changes.

Sounds kind of cool, huh?

I put the call out to twitter only a few minutes after deciding that we were going to do it, thinking that it would be really cool to have 12 people make 12 changes in the 12 months of 2012.

And then the responses came. We had 24 people interested in about an hour. In the 48 hours or so since then, we’ve grown to over 36!

This is looking like it could be something really awesome.

The conversation that Stephany and I had was about being healthier and making better food choices, but with almost 40 of us there will obviously be some varied goals. I know that Erini started a list and came up with way more than 12, while Grace doubted that she would think of 12 without seeing some other people’s lists. This is why this will make a fantastic group project!

We have just under 4 weeks until January 1. In that time, I’d love for everyone to come up with a list of at least 9 items. If we share those on blogs and through email, those who are having trouble coming up with 12 will be able to catch some inspiration and those who have more may be able to decide which ones they will have the best support on! Hopefully we’ll have a group blog to start sharing on soon, so we won’t have to rely on my shoddy ability to get email out to everyone!

I actually have the feeling that I’m going to have more than 12 things, and some of those I might decide to implement together. In that case, I might actually have 18 things on my list. Shocking and scandalous I know, but that’s the kind of thing that I mean, this is everyone’s project and we can all do it in our own way.

How about you? Want to join us? Make sure I have your email address and I’ll make sure that you’re on for future communications!

Let’s make some big changes in 2012!

If you need some inspiration, here’s my rough draft of things to change.

1. Drink more water every day.
2. Keep my place picked up every day.
3. Eat breakfast daily.
4. Bring lunch to work, cooking on the weekends.
5. Run at least once a week.
6. Wash my face every night.
7. Fold my laundry as soon as it’s done and PUT IT AWAY!
8. Blog twice a week.
9. Give or throw away a bag/box each week.
10. Read for 15 minutes each day.
11. Write a note to a friend every week.
12. File paperwork as it comes in.

On track in October!

I’ve been slacking a bit this month. Lots of working and a little bit of socializing at just the right time has provided a situation in which I have neglected the the bag a day in October.

But Thursday night, even though I started work only 9 hours later, I started to get to work on the bathroom.

There is very little that I am donating from the bathroom. I am however throwing away or recycling a full bathroom garbage can of things!

I did not really get to the drawers in the bathroom, which aren’t on the list anyway and are already pretty well organized because they tend to be pretty dedicated to specific things. You know, one is all mani/pedi supplies That really means like 3 nail files and more nail polish than a casual user should have.

I picked up a bunch more hours at work and on Thursday I was reminded that I am house sitting for our neighbors this weekend starting, well, Thursday. I don’t know if I’ll be fitting in a lot of time for the bag a day, but I do have Monday off, so cross your fingers for me that I can get a decent chunk done then!

What have you gotten rid of lately?

The List

There you have it folks, the list of places I’m going to go through in my house/car this month and organize. Hopefully I will be throwing a lot of stuff out (which will include donating things) and just living with more space. It’d be nice to have more room to dance.

I kind of ran out of places, so I decided to add some projects like remaking some of the furniture that I have around and then sell it or donate it or something. Either way, it’s a step toward getting something out of my house. I also will be going through things like my old laptop. Since I finally got an external hard drive, if I can get that thing up again I can transfer my stuff over and share all sorts of old stuff with you guys!

I’m going to admit right now that I’m writing this at 10:47PM on Tuesday night and I have not yet done something for today. Tomorrow is a busy day, so I’m thinking that I might tackle the two bathroom cabinets tonight and see if I can’t do that in less than 10 minutes.

If I make that happen, I’ll update with another pic of those crossed out. Are they crossed out? Or will I have to do them after a full day of work and then a movie tomorrow (today)?

When I went to Goodwill on Monday, I ended up donating 10 boxes/bags of stuff. I plan on getting a receipt every time I go this month, and seeing just how many boxes I end up getting rid of. I’m hoping for more than 20 donated and 30 out of the house total. Wish me luck!

Are you getting rid of anything today?

October Challenge

Remember when I posted about continuing these month long challenges into October, and that I was going to do something similar to this 40-day challenge?

I’d planned to write about this on the first of the month, but I was way more committed to this than I had realized!

I had a garage sale this weekend!

I made a little over $150, even after getting dinner on Saturday that provided me with leftovers for food all day Sunday.

My two biggest pieces didn’t sell, but a few of the other big pieces went, so I now have a bunch more room in storage. I’m headed today to get rid of one of my storage spaces, and if I can sell the stuff I posted on craigslist today, I’ll be able to take it down to a smaller space for about half the price of one that I’m using now.

I currently have my entire back seat filled with boxes to give to Goodwill today. This is way more than I would have come up with in three days on that list, so I’m going to give myself a pass today.

Instead of going through any specific spot today, I’m going to make a list of all the places I’m going to go through the rest of the month.

I’m not going to assign these spots specific days, as I know I’ve got some busy days coming up and I’d like to have easier days then, but I will have 28 more days to go!

Are you going to get rid of anything this month?

I totes need an intervention

If you are familiar with Ashley, especially if you follow her on twitter, you are also familiar with the word totes.

Ashley and I just “met” in January or February, and while I’d heard the word before, never had I experienced it being used by someone who had such a wide vocabulary at her disposal. The way that she would say, “totes” though would leave room for no other word. It seemed a little bit magic, it just fit so perfectly sometimes.

So I started saying it too.

I wasn’t entirely against it like some people are in the beginning, but I did not expect it to become what it has.

First it was just a twitter and gchat thing. You know just the internet, where people not only are accepting, and already know about these things, but also where they can google it to understand without having to bother asking about it.

And then I went to Vegas. You all know what Vegas was, it was an in-person meeting of the internet. What that means is that totes became a regularly uttered expression coming from my lips instead of my fingers.

I noticed about a week ago that it didn’t really stop after Vegas. I get some weird looks, and even though people don’t think I know, I get some eye rolls as well.

So now I’m going to pull back again. Part of the fun of totes was the internet quality of it and people not thinking I’m weird for saying it. I don’t plan on stopping that part at all, but I do think I’ll be slowing it down around the people I interact with face to face.

Unfortunately, they just don’t get it.

Do you do anything online that people don’t get in person? (Please don’t say shopping while nude.)