New Year, New Resolve!

As the delinquent blogger (huh, maybe I should coin that!) I am determined to do better this year! At least once a week seems reasonable, for heaven’s sake. So here’s to that!

I have great hopes and plans for 2013. I turn 30 in 3 days so I feel that entitles me to make big plans, right? I am looking forward to finally being out of my 20s and being able to focus on the next phase of my life. One where  I can build myself in my career, focus on hobbies, save toward whatever (travel? house?), and just enjoy being.

My 20s were rather defined by change, lots of change. Some was better (school, starting a new job, meeting people). Lots of it was more in the worse vein (lots of housing loss and instability, finances, family stuff). At this point my housing is stable, I have an actual job in my chosen career (for which I am very grateful even if I whine about it sometimes), and I can work toward changes I WANT to make which is  serious blessing.

So this year’s goals?

1) Actually DO projects I plan. I am really bad at this…

2) Sew more! This also sort of falls under 1 but I feel it’s important enough to warrant its own point. I am working on my Tiramisu dress right now!

3) Organize. This is a big category, I know. But it is a huge issue for me. I love organization and systems I just don’t always use them. In particular I need to organize my papers. I’m thinking file cabinet is probably the way to go!

4) House Refresh. It’s been a little over 2 years since I moved into my own place and it’s time to just tweak things a bit and get things changed a little!

5) Plan a trip to New Zealand. This is a big one. I know it will take me time to save and plan but I really, really want to make this happen! I am really drawn to the place and it’s time for travel.

Happy 2013!


4.5 mo…

Til I turn 30. My goal for this year was/is to pull myself together and participate in life again. To do things I enjoy and become a happier, more contented person.

So far I’m doing a decent job of it! I’ve been getting out there, doing stuff, making stuff, meeting people, etc, etc.

It hit me the other day that I’m only 4.5 months away from turning 30. Now, this is exciting (weird yes, like back a million years ago when I turned 20 and was no longer a teenager) and I’m ready to move onto this next decade. But also the end of an era…and a time for reckoning with myself, I suppose.

I do have a question, though. What should I do before I turn 3-0? Those of you who have made the milestone already surely have some words of wisdom? And everyone can at least give some good ideas! I’m curious as well as sort of wanting a challenge. Admittedly travel is gonna be a challenge but day trips and/or short vacations could be possible (like 2-3 days bc I don’t really have much vacation chance for the rest of this year). So places to go? Things to do? Philosophical stands to take?

In the meantime I will be thinking of my own list so maybe I can work that into the blog, too. All suggestions are welcome. They’ll at least be food for thought even if I don’t make them all happen!


Project Reclaim: The Beginning!

Being one who likes to make resolutions I decided at the beginning of 2012 to take back my life.

The thing is, being in school for years to learn a career and then starting a job in said field takes up a LOT of time. And once school ends it’s a little hard to make sense of what to do with one’s free time outside of work. Admittedly I struggled a bit and was a wee bit depressed for a while. However, this project is emphatically NOT about being depressed. I’ve been feeling better and trying to get more joy in my life so in fact this project is about re-discovering all the things I really enjoy and finding new loves along the way. The other thing that happened this year is I turned 29. Uh, hello! I need to do some momentous things before I turn 30, right? Or at least have some fun!

Also, the economy tanking has been inspiring many people to cut back, start making things, buying less, and being more resourceful. Growing up we never really had much money and we always did things like making our own yogurt, growing food, and creating on a nearly daily basis. My parents encouraged creativity and craft supplies were never far from reach. We had political debates around the kitchen table, listened to protest music, and in general were pretty engaged in life.

SO. The project is as follows: Be more engaged in life. Make things. Grow things (plants not like, warts). Get out and explore where I live (that would be Beaverton but Oregon in general). Go out with my friends more often. Make new friends (this may be the most challenging. Introverts don’t really excel at this. We do things like, well, blog!). Engage in community whether volunteering, work, or politics. In general have a more fun with life and be the person I want to be.

This blog is a bit of accountability…Even if no one is really reading this at least it gives me a place to record what I’m doing, and keep a record of all the awesome stuff I aim to accomplish! : D

And to celebrate the innauguration of Project Reclaim here is a photo of some celery I’m growing. In a dish. With just water! Celery I bought and cut stalks off. How awesome is that?! Nerd, I know.