The 52 Lists Project- List 29

Quite the gloomy afternoon out there in MKE, isn’t it? I don’t mind it at all, it makes me feel calm and focused, if not a bit sleepy. I have been enjoying the glorious heat we have been having around here too, but a slight cool-down will be welcome.

It may seem like I have jumped waaaay ahead in the 52LP (ummm.. last time I  checked, 3 comes after 2, not 29.). The book is set up so that the list topics are season-themed, so  I wanted to skip ahead to the list that coincides with this week, and will finish the book on List 28. Without further ado,

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• LIST YOUR CHILDHOOD AND CURRENT DREAM JOBS •

Childhood:

  • Ballerina– I danced ballet, tap, and jazz for many years in a small studio in Bay View. In my early-teenage mind, I truly wanted to teach ballet or perform professionally. Such a dream would have taken tremendous resources that my family just did  not have. When I look back  on that time, I can’t help but feel a teeny bit sad that such a career choice is rare, and few and far between in our community.
  • Waitress– One of the first memories I have is of playing with a white plastic tea set with black flowers in the early ’90s with my Grandparents. When asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, I responded “A waitress”. I enjoyed pretend-serving, as most little girls do. I worked for a few years in a Cousins Subs shop, but that’s the closest I have ever gotten to food or serving it. Good thing too, because I am a huge klutz, and I can see the tumbling trays now…
  • Children’s Book Illustrator– My sisters and I spent countless days in our childhood drawing. It didn’t stop there, we would create stories: cut paper into squares, stack them, staple them together, write the stories on the pages and illustrate them. The stories were based off of adventures our dolls had, or family experiences. I can’t imagine drawing like that now, but my sister Charmaine is still super talented in this  area! Her paintings and drawings are amazing, I will post pictures of them sometime.

Current:

  • Owner of an Antique, Vintage, and Collectibles shop in downtown MKE– This is where my passion lies, and it’s the reason I’m pursuing my MBA. The business is in my blood, and I know I can reach this goal someday. My current selling on Ebay, Etsy, and even the time and effort I put into this blog are all stepping stones to success.
  • Author– I suppose I already am, of sorts. Perhaps I should clarify and label this published author. Fiction may be interesting (I started-and never finished- a few books in high school, some 200 pages long or more.), but I would enjoy writing a self-help book, or contribute regularly to a magazine.
  • CEO– Lofty? Perhaps. But that sort of thing doesn’t bother me anymore. I don’t scare too easily at hard work. If I could lead a business that allows me to be successful, profitable, and energetic, while also sharing my talents and passion with the world, it would be a dream job to be proud of!

What are some of your childhood and/or current dream jobs? The possibilities are endless! Sound off in the comments, and enjoy your evening!

xo

The 52 Lists Project

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:

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• 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!

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For anyone who is interested in following along and making their own lists, the book can be found here, or on social media #52listsproject.

xo

Mini Bucket List

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I was amazed by how quickly my mind was overwhelmed when I started to contemplate all the things I want to experience and accomplish before I die. It is far more feasible for my weekend state of mind to come up with a simpler list: a list of things I hope to accomplish this year. While the technical definition of a bucket list is things one hopes to achieve in their lifetime, I still feel it is an appropriate title for this post. Unlike the resolutions I made at the beginning of this year, my “bucket list” consists of smaller goals (except, however, for the one involving a certain almost-3-year-old and his adventures in learning to use the potty). My mini-goals are:

  • Get a tattoo. While I do take pride in virgin skin, I do have a meaningful tat in mind. I want to get Mason’s birth date in roman numerals on my neck. If I ever have more babies (are you insane Rachel?!), I can easily add birthday’s vertically down my neck. In the future, I also hope to get “Whom then shall I fear?” in a swirl font on my collarbone area.
  • Learn kickboxing. Thanks, Wisconsin Athletic Club!
  • Watch a sunrise. My morning commute does not count.
  • Go wine tasting.
  • Paint the walls in my house! I am not sure whether the previous owners painted all the walls stark white because they decided to sell, or if they truly enjoyed living within all white walls. Either way, it’s creeping me out and I need to add some color. Now. Or, you know, in Spring when I can open the windows and not fumigate everyone in the house. I want to paint the kitchen yellow (to match the new backsplash, granite, and cabinets), our bedroom navy blue (or some other dark blue), the bathroom gray (to match the white, silver, and gray tiles), and Mason’s room green and blue.
  • Plant a small garden (and keep it alive)!!

What is on your bucket list?

xo