my 30 before 30

I got this from Lara, who got this from Leah (but she called hers 25 before 25 hehe). It was hard to come up with 30 things that I wanted to accomplish before I turn 30 because I was stuck on this notion that they had to be big accomplishments. So I went smaller (in terms of “life-importance”), and it became an easier task. I also learnt a while ago that when setting goals for yourself, it’s important to be realistic, and to quantify (that is, to be more specific with the goal and not vague). Here goes nothing (in no particular order):

  • Get some decent momentum going in my career (event planner extraordinaire).
  • Start put money away for emergencies – even when I don”t think I can afford it (the plan is to stick to a minimum of $10 per paycheque).
  • Continue to put money away in my RRSP (the plan here? the same as above; $10 per paycheque).
  • Consult someone (anyone) on how to budget, and actually stick to it (Yes, it is that difficult for me that I feel I need someone to hold my hand the first little while).
  • Decide on an actual focus for this personal blog of mine. This is going to involve looking back on old posts and doing a bit of reorganising.
  • Find a professional mentor (thanks for this idea Leah).
  • Visit Greece.
  • Take a road trip, or two on my own (or with ONE close friend).
  • Visit a friend in Chicago (at least once).
  • Visit a friend in New York (at laest once).
  • Visit my best friend in Victoria, BC.
  • Organize a cottage weekend for New Year”s with a group of my closest friends (even if we have to rent a cottage). And spend it single.
  • Visit a friend up North a few more times (assuming I get invited back).
  • Visit a friend (hehe or a few friends) in London, Ontario.
  • Join a choir, and perform with them.
  • Reach an intermediate level of Jazz/Broadway dance.
  • Learn at least 2 songs on my guitar (one song a year might seem small, but I think it’s more realistic).
  • Perform in an amateur musical production (complete with dancing yo).
  • Volunteer and ride for the Terry Fox Wilket Creek Park site two more times.
  • Become a regular volunteer for Big Brothers, Big Sisters Toronto.
  • Go rock climbing at least 5 more times. Maybe even climb a wall rated at 5.11. Maybe, just maybe even try climbing an outdoor wall.
  • Start and continue to play badminton and/or tennis and/or racquet ball at least once a month.
  • Get my own place (not necessarily to purchase but that would be nice).
  • Build on my existing female friendships; to a point where I can call certain ones my closest friends (and yes, I do have specific people in mind already).
  • Perfect at least 5 recipes (two mains, two appetizers and a dessert).
  • Figure out what kind of photos I need to enhance my portfolio (for modeling) and get them done.
  • Figure out why I get so insecure when I like someone when I have all the confidence in the world in every other part of my life (except of course when it comes to friendships – which are just another type of relationship right?). And most importantly, figure out how in the heck to accept and then deal with this limitation.
  • Learn to accept that it’s ok to feel a certain way; that it’s about what you *do* with those feelings that matter more.
  • Learn to always be honest about how I’m feeling.
  • The harder part to the above is this: Learn how to step away so that I can identify exactly how I’m feeling before I do anything that’ll result in something undesirable.
  • (Bonus) Finish a certain list that contains 180 bullets.

    Do you have a milestone birthday coming up? What do you want to accomplish by then?

    p.s. my footnotes plug-in isn”t working right now. Also, wordpress keeps adding apostrophe”s to where I”ve used them. So if you see any extras, I”m not an idiot.

    Christmas

    I could have gotten upset. I could have gotten really depressed because I can’t really afford to decorate my apartment for Christmas. Instead, I’m excited. I’m excited because I’m going to take on yet another craft project and decorate my home with my own creations. I have a TON of left over gift bags, wrapping paper, Bristol board, ribbon and even some fabric from my Halloween costume project to make pretty much everything.

    I will still have to buy lights but I actually think that my Dad has a spare pair at home. I’m not even really planning on buying a tree. I’m planning on putting up some sort of tree mural where I can also display my Christmas cards so that I don’t need to make TOO many ornaments. The ideas were coming to me so quickly that I honestly didn’t even have a second to be sad about not being able to buy my decorations1.

    I’ve already downloaded some templates, and I’m planning on picking up everything from my parents’ place tonight when I go over to pick up the car. I’ll try and update soon on my plans once I get some drawings done… but I have a feeling this is going to be just awesome.

    What are your plans this recessionary Christmas?

    Footnotes:
    1. which is really strange, because we all know how much I love shopping!![]

    As if on cue: The fun theory

    Since I have promised to stop browsing my usual social media haunts while at work in an attempt to deliver more accurate results I’ve taken to reading the news; mostly the Toronto Star and it has certainly served as a good way to keep me entertained while not distracting me from my work. Today I came across an article about VW’s initiative called The Fun Theory and I am in love.

    In my last post, I talked about what your thoughts were on making the world a better place… and this idea that we can make the world a better place by simply making things better/easier/more fun for people to do has made me feel so good that I just had to share it. There have been three experiments conducted so far, and this one is my favourite:

    The Fun Theory is actually a contest running from Oct 1st till November 15th where first prize is €1,500. That’s like a gazillion Canadian dollars and like a fazillion1 US dollars. So if you have a great idea, enter! You have absolutely nothing to lose and everything to gain: fame, fortune2, and a better world! Do it. Do it now.

    What do you think about The Fun Theory?

    Footnotes:
    1. because of the current almost par dollar exchange rates *at the moment*; also faziiion is obviously not real word… I went one back in the alpahbet. You know, in case you didn’t get my bad attempt at humour there.[]
    2. ok maybe just a few extra pennies in your pocket[]

    fragilefashion: a look at clothing swaps

    On a bit of a whim, I’m starting a new series of posts which will be on a strictly random posting schedule. They will be based on how much I like my outfit that day and will therefore be largely based on my mood. I’d like to take this time to credit Miss Tique/Lepoque of Guilty Pleasures who planted the seed in my head for this series of posts1.

    I’m starting out with my outfit today which I just happened to put on in the daze that I was in this morning. But as I saw myself in the mirror in the bathroom over and over again, I decided it was worth a snap.

    I got this lovely item at the most recent clothing swap I attended. What is a clothing swap, you ask? It’s a gathering of women where each person attending brings articles of clothing, shoes, accessories2 that they no longer want but feel are still too good to throw out. Once all attendees are present, the clothes are segregated into piles of like items and everyone is free to browse and choose what they wish. You’re basically swapping clothes ((and what not)) with other people and there is no cost to you3.

    Once the swap is finished and unwanted articles are taken to the hosts’ charity of choice to be donated. The only person who’s swap I’ve attended has always donated to The Red Door family shelter because they do not profit from the donations they receive.

    I think clothing swaps are great for someone like me who likes to get new things but doesn’t make the money to continually go shopping. I think this skirt is the perfect artifact to proof my point.

    Have you ever been to a clothing swap?

    Footnotes:
    1. boys, you can bash her if you like but she’s a tough one so beware[]
    2. and sometimes household items[]
    3. unless you count the booze that is usually consumed at these events[]