I want to finish up this series because a goal of mine for personal self improvement is finishing what I start (never my strong suit) and my New Year, New Me verve is already starting to fade. So now that Scott is back at work (and by that I mean currently on a flight out of the country for a business trip), and I am living without TV, its the perfect time to bang this out before I start telling you all about my first week in London.
So let's do this.
- Make a vision/inspiration board for what I want the blog to look and feel like
- Do a custom blog redesign- change is good
- Blog posts 3 times a week for 3 months (and not an average of 3 times... 3 times MINIMUM!)
- Blog posts 5 times a week for 5 months (same rules apply!)
- Leave at least one blog comment a day for a month (I love receiving them- I need to get better at leaving them!)
- Do morning pages every day for 60 days (3 pages of free writing in the morning)
- Meet a blogger I like to read in person
- Go to a blogging conference
- Do a guest post on somebody else's blog
- Have somebody do a guest post on my blog
- Introduce a regular/weekly feature to write about. And then follow through on it.
- Sit down to write for 2 hours every day for 3 months. Use a timer. No surfing the internet. Not even a little.
- Business cards! I love having something tangible
- Become Google-able (as in show up when I search Dangerous Enough without wading through like 10 pages of non-me junk)
- Get 5,000 page views in a month
- Create different pages on the blog (start with my 101 in 1001 list)
- Try creating a posting schedule for a month ahead of time so sitting down each day doesn't feel like a blank slate
- Go one month with comments on each of my blog posts (I'll need some reader participation here... ahem)
- Get a scanner and printer!
- Host a competition or giveaway. Swag is wonderful (who DOESN'T love free stuff?*)
*I just needed to share this story about the last time Scott and I flew when he was in Business and I was in Economy... He comes back to my part of the cabin, asks if they're giving me real food (all I had so far were pretzels), and I say "Tell me what they're going to be serving you for dinner... let me live vicariously" and he says "Oh, I already ate... they're about to do dessert but I think I am going to pass on the MAKE YOUR OWN SUNDAE BAR (emphasis mine) because I'm too full" and then he delicately pats his stomach. Ugh.
Long story short- Scott. Scott does not appreciate free stuff.
- Drink only water (and lots of it!) for a month
- One month without any pre-packaged or restaurant food followed by
- One month without dairy followed by
- One month with no white stuff (rice, flour, sugar) followed by
- One month whole food vegan (baby steps, baby steps)
- See which of these makes me feel best and try it for three months
- Run a 5k
- And then a 10k
- And then a half marathon
- Do 100 pushups
- Meditate every morning for a month
- Try 25 new recipes. Write down ones I like in my recipe book.
- Take off my makeup before bed every night for a month (I know my not doing it skeeves you out, mom, I'm sorry, I'll do better)
- Stop being such a shut in (AKA- go outside at least once a day for a month)
- Go on a half hour walk (OUTSIDE!) every day for 6 months (acts of god weather exceptions permitted)
- Play catch, ride bikes, go for a run, or other free outdoor activities with Scott every weekend for a month
- Juice everyday for a month- get my vitamins from food not pills
- Go a week with only one hour of access to technology (phone, computer, tv) a day. Whim-per.
- Don't complain for 1 week. Also no "I told you so"-ing (MUCH harder for me).
- Go to the doctor for a physical, the dermatologist for a skin cancer check, and the dentist and the gynecologist for checkups
- Go one year without a TV in the house
- Have 10 conversations in French
- Go to the movies by myself. Don't skimp on the drinks and Milk Duds, self!
- Pick a list of "100 Best Novels" to read 10 books off of
- Get married
- Buy and arrange fresh flowers for the house five times
- Organize all the photos on my computer and devise a system to keep them organized going forward
- Get a picture I like of Scott and I printed and framed
- Keep a plant alive for 6 months. No killing it out of spite like I did the last one (I don't want to talk about it)
- Send notes or cards in the mail every month for a year
- Put the house to bed every night for a month (no dirty dishes, no clutter, house clean and "company ready")
- Write a list of what I always thought being "grown up" would look and feel like. Try to live like that for a month.
- Make my bed first thing every morning for a month.
- Join one group, club, or organization
- Volunteer at least once a month for a year
- Buy one piece of real, non-Ikea or assemble-yourself furniture.
- Go on a trip (even just an overnight) with just my sisters
- Buy a Lotto ticket and go to a casino (I didn't do it when I turned 18, and then I never did afterward... slacker, I know)
- Have a birthday party.
- Finish this list.... And then start another one
You'll notice I have a lot of one-month-long goals- I always hear that it takes a month to form a new habit. I figure with trying things for a month at a time, it gives me time to see if I like the way it makes me feel, and if it is something I want to continue with, it also gives me enough time to help cement the habit.
So those are my goals for the coming year(s). If anybody else is feeling ambitious and making goals of their own, I'd love to hear about them- I'm hella competitive, and it'll make me work harder to accomplish the goals I set for myself ;) Let me know in the comments or at email@example.com XO