THE LIST last update 12.22.2014
*** It’s a bit sad that it has taken a month after the Challenge time for me to get here and post an update but I’m learning not to beat myself up so much. I’m glad I provided this focus for myself and I plan to do a couple more challenges in 2015. It seems to help my focus.***
These are in no particular order. I’m not holding myself to follow a method but what feels right.
1. Find my marathon project that felt rather out of reach to do. Where would creativity take me if I just let myself have time and space for it in my life? Someone else had selected 1,008 which is a sacred number in many spiritual and mystical traditions and that sure sounds like a marathon to me. Will I do a 1,008 poems? Logos? Photos of trees? Not exactly sure what will be right.
Found it -1,008 posters! See my progress here. And once that is done, I want to do something where I recognize 1,008 historical, pioneering women. During this challenge, designing became a daily habit. New and very exciting for me. For me goes back to school and practice, practice, practice = success. Which is why I also feel more confident that my writing skill has not left me, I just need to get back into daily practice.
2. Make a day wandering. Drop “the kid” to school and just take off. Drive the backroads like I did in college or check a small town a few hours away. I did find some time for myself but not a full day roaming about the countryside.
3. Resolve to be active in NaNoWriMo. Not just sign up and be a joiner. I joined. Wrote 500 words and then once again, stopped. Part of my 2015 goals is working on my writing daily.
4. 20 TED Talks in these two months. Each TED Talk is about eighteen minutes long, so you can watch one a day while you have lunch. (20/20) This was great and I plan to watch at least two TED talks weekly as I go forward in life. For the learning, encouragement and inspiration, they are fantastic. See the full list of ones I watched here.
5. Send off 5 writing pieces to five different places. Hold on to the rejection letters – remember when I held onto my Harpo Studios one only to end up working there five years later. (0/5)
6. Spend 20 minutes cleaning something in my house every day. Audaciousness is also about pure courage and some of the dust bunnies around here… If I get it under control I will feel better about myself, where we live and then can make cleaning daily a habit. (30+/60) Trying to be honest – I think I do clean daily but I did not keep track the 20 days or so.
for an hour every day. (35+/60) I walked not daily but at least four times a week. Still… A goal of 2015.
8. Starting September 25, 100 Happy Days! Joined social media experiment that asks people to stop once a day and take a picture of something that makes them happy and share it on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using the hashtag #100happydays. Most have been failing at this – mmmm I like beating the norm. I’ll be on Twitter under @thekhakigiraffe (20+/100) While I did not get the pictures posted on a daily basis, I did manage to take them. And the true lesson was just really taking the moment to see something new, special and recognize what was making me happy during my day.
9. Dump stuff. Every day for the next 60 days, get rid of one item in your home which you no longer find beautiful or useful. (40/60) I did this over half the time and we took two great trips to Goodwill. I want to do this almost daily for 2015 until this house gets organized!
10. Dump people. Go through Twitter and Facebook; cull the masses. Take a look at LinkedIn too. Need to do this every few months. I probably could have culled further but it’s the holidays.
11. Visit a museum I haven’t been. Took my son to the Foley Model Railroad Museum. One room that is two-thirds complete awesomeness – many many trains running (12? 20?) including Thomas! and going around a town, over a bridge, through mountains – it was amazing for people of all ages! And free! And we will surely go again. One of the gentleman volunteers reminded me so much of my Pop Pop – he let my young son press a button to make one of the trains blow their whistle. So fun!!!
12. Go see a horse about a horse. Near my home I drive by these horses that I want to give an apple and share a little moment of love. Someone gonna shoot me if I say hello to their horse? One way to find out.
13. Write a fan letter. Reach out to the people who inspire you but who don’t know you exist.
14. Go to audition or open mic night. Stand in front of people and share some of my talent again.
15. Get connected with a dolphin. We have the marine institute down here that has dolphin tours. I think I’ll cry the whole time.
16. Sleep under the stars. Like to go to a cabin somewhere. Sit by a campfire.
17. Wear a stripe of blue/green/purple hair color for a day (or longer)
18. Write an op-ed. Get passionate about a cause and spend time helping it, instead of just thinking about it.
19. Identify three simple things that make me really happy and add them to my everyday. For a great day, I need one cup of coffee, one hour of creative time and a walk.
20. Go paint pottery. Paint something that will be a symbol to me of my awesomeness.
21. Write a book for children. I have ideas just want to finish one.
22. Buy an original piece from a street artist in NOLA. It could be worth a lot someday. Well, I did not make it to NOLA but at a local festival I purchased two pieces from a female artist. One of a mermaid that sits sweetly near my desk.
23. Talk to someone while waiting in line and ask what they do. I’m not great at approaching strangers unless it’s been for my job. Don’t need to wait for a specified event to network. At the railroad museum, I asked several questions to the older gentleman volunteer. There was like four grandpas hanging out as volunteers and they constructed this railroad system which was far greater than you could put together in your basement. I love quirky passions.
24. Go learn something new. I don’t have to know everything and it’s okay to get help. Take sewing lessons. Or guitar. in progress: signed up for a 4-session sewing class with the public library- how awesome is that! $25!
25. Take ten selfies and share them. I took two.
26. Finish Mystery build contest entry. Due Oct. 20. Had my concept just did not follow through to make it a priority. And doubts on my abilities – no embarassment, etc. entering an “art” contest. Looking to re-challenge myself on this in 2015.
27. Create a sculpture of anger. For this activity, I’ll make a physical manifestation of the anger in my life. This thing may very well get made and then broken. See result
28. Attach a drawing or message to a balloon. Send away negative emotions or spread positive ones by attaching a note or drawing to a balloon and setting it free.
29. Make a prayer flag. Send your prayers for yourself or those around you out into the universe with this project. See result
30. Draw myself as a warrior. A strong, capable person. Give myself a shield with my coat of arms. Choose symbols that represent my strengths. See result