Lately I have been consumed with making sure I am choosing the right degree to pursue. With that in mind, I took a personality test here, and found that my “type” is ENFP-T. While I was reading about the career paths they recommend for these individuals, I also laughed when I got to the section regarding ENFP strengths: observant, enthusiastic, excellent communicators, friendly… and weaknesses: highly emotional, overthink things, difficult to focus, and poor practical skills (follow through, loss of interest in anything that becomes too routine).
I laughed at myself. I have never heard or read a more accurate description of myself. I am imaginative, open minded, and empathetic. I am also emotional and jump to conclusions. The one area that really felt like a kick in the gut was “poor practical skills”. I say this because I have had numerous individuals communicate this to me: employers, family, my husband. I lack focus and administrative skills. I thrive when it comes to people, ideas, and communication, but place repetitive tasks in front of me and I am doomed.
Ask me to come up with an idea and I will give you 10 options to choose from. But ask me to upkeep and handle administration of the idea and I will struggle, especially if I have to work alone. This is hard for me to admit for the world to see because I KNOW it is a flaw, and I am not sure if this is something that I can improve upon with practice, or if this is a part of who I am.
In any case, I stumbled upon a small project that I am determined to see through to the end. It is called The 52 Lists Project. It is a journal in which you write weekly lists based on the topic at the top of the page. Upon leafing through the pages, it seems to be very inspiring and thought provoking. I am sure it is intended to be started on January 1st, so I am jumping in a little late, but I am committing to finish a list weekly. It may seem like such a small goal, but I can’t tell you how many projects or tasks (even tiny ones) held intrigue for me when they were new and fresh, and then got pushed to the side the moment they ceased to be interesting. Embarrassing, but true. So, without further ado:
• List 1- YOUR GOALS AND DREAMS FOR THIS YEAR •
- Spend one-on-one time with Mason daily, no interruptions from my phone or iPad.
- Eat breakfast daily, not just coffee.
- Practice yoga at least 3 times per week.
- Master the ins-and-outs of my Canon Rebel T3i one and for all (side note: I purchased a “for dummies” book to learn from, as well as an e-course, and have yet to finish either. It’s time!).
- Make time for things I enjoy.
- Stop making things a bigger deal than they truly are.
- Paint the bathroom, bedroom, and Mason’s bedroom.
- Be diligent in homework and studying when classes start.
- Blog weekly at the very least.
- Read more books- not just magazines.
- Start a garden- and keep it ALIVE.
- Learn to drive stick (haha JER.)
- Complete the photo books I started a year ago.
- Keep up on my Etsy and Ebay shops.
- Pray more.
- Eat healthier and drink more water.
- Start running. Just do it.
- Be thankful for all that I have.
- Explore new restaurants, shops, and bars.
- Be kind to myself and others.
- Spend more time with Jeremy.
- Attend lots of outdoor festivals this summer.
- Clean up my potty mouth (especially around Mason).
- Make time for my parents and grandparents.
- FINISH this book!
For anyone who is interested in following along and making their own lists, the book can be found here, or on social media #52listsproject.