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

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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