That Time I Almost Got To Talk To Someone Famous…

So the other day I was reading one of my fave blogs (College Prepster) and I saw that Carly was going to be doing a Google+ Hangout. I was SUPER excited because I had just mastered the arts of a Google+ Hangout AND because Carly’s like a blogging superstar. Some people get excited to meet movie stars…I get excited to meet people that I follow on Twitter…to each her own.

At first I thought I was going to have to miss it because I can’t read and thought that it was happening Wednesday and I already had plans. But then Carly posted a reminder earlier today and I made sure to mark it on my calendar and set a phone reminder and all that jazz.

Apparently I’m not the Google+ master that I thought I was. I should have known that something was up when it said I was the first person to join. But no, I sat there and others joined and eventually we all started chatting to figure out what was going on. I guess we missed it?? There were apparently two links and it started before 5 or I don’t even know what. The good news is that I was able to watch it online later AND I got to meet some new people that clearly have some of the same interests I do.

If you’re coming from that Hangout, welcome! Stay tuned because I’m feeling mighty productive!

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12. Find My Bucket List from 2001

When I started this blog, I remembered that back in 2001, I had used an extra binder to make some sort of bucket list/scrapbook-type thing. After I got back from Florida, I went to my parents’ house and looked for it. It wasn’t too hard to find…even after all my moves, it was still in my bedroom. I really wanted to see what was on my list back then and what (if anything) I had accomplished since then.

There's 13 year old me in the middle!!

There’s 13 year old me in the middle!!

Reading the list itself is rather amusing…it provides a little peak into the mind of thirteen-year-old-me. Graduating from both high school and college were really important to me. So was being a cheerleader and going to prom. Some of the things on the list seem really dated. I listed that I wanted to go on MTV TRL Studios. Does that show even exist anymore?! I also wrote that I wanted to make my own mix tapes or CDs and that I wanted to own a laptop some day. Owning a laptop was considered a big deal in 2001! I don’t even think my school had it’s laptop cart yet.

The one thing I always remembered from that list is that I wanted to keep a journal for five years straight. Well little me, I did you one better. I kept a journal for twelve years and I’m still going! In the beginning, I wrote mostly about things that happened during the day, but as I got older, I wrote more about how I felt about things. Every so often I go back and read it (it’s all online – heck yes!) and I am constantly amazed at how smart I sounded when I was younger. I don’t remember feeling that smart! And how on earth is my own advice still applicable five or eight years later?!

From my list of 50 things, I’ve accomplished 38. I’d say that’s pretty good considering that I nearly forgot about this list. Some of the things I HAVEN’T done include visiting all 50 states (only 21), meeting the President, and riding a horse. Oh, I also never got to go on TRL. Shucks.

Clearly my biggest regret.

I plan on adding some of these things to my list of things I’ve done…I definitely want to tell you all about the time I “met” Rachel Maddow. It’s a good one.

I Suck at Blogging. And That’s Okay.

Taking a little break because Thanksgiving is a week late this year and it’s really throwing me off.

I think I suck at blogging. I think I suck at a lot of things like curling my hair and public speaking. I follow plenty of blogs and they seem to have so many followers and wonderful posts and I just constantly find myself comparing myself to them…not just my blog, but my whole life! It’s the twenty-something curse, I swear.

I started my first online journal back in the day before iPods existed. I didn’t post on any regular schedule and I didn’t feel bad about it because I was writing for me. But now that I suddenly have a “blog” with a “theme”, it’s like it’s some big deal.

So where is this all coming from? Well, for one thing, realizing that it’s Wednesday and I haven’t posted since Sunday and I don’t have anything lined up even though I’m out of town for definitely the next three weekends, possibly the next seven weekends in a row. The other “inspiration” behind this post is a recent College Prepster post about blogging motivation. She brought me back to where I need to be – writing for me and not caring who reads it.

Carly (The College Prepster) is one of the bloggers I follow. I don’t know when I first found her blog or HOW I first found her blog, but I think her’s is the first blog I started reading regularly. Everything else before that had been blog-style infotainment like The Frisky. In the time that I’ve been reading her blog, Carly has gone from college student to supporting herself with her blog and whatever else she’s got up her (perfectly patterned) sleeve. Since quitting her job to focus on her own projects, she has become SO much more open in her posts. It is so easy to make yourself seem like the perfect person online and yeah, there are posts that I read of Carly’s where I am so envious of her life…cute dog, cute apartment, cute clothes. She says her hair doesn’t cooperate, but I don’t believe her. But Carly frequently posts about the anxiety and stress of WORKING FOR YOURSELF IN YOUR TWENTIES. Remember folks, none of us have any clue what we’re doing! You. Me. College Prepster Carly.

Carly’s post about motivation came at the PERFECT time. I didn’t start writing this blog with the goal of becoming a famous blogger. I started this because I have this list of things I want to do and I wanted to document the experience somewhere other than Instagram. That is all.

How Ya Doin’, Where Ya Been?

So once upon a time (18 days ago according to WordPress’s calculations) I came up with this grand plan of updating three times a week and it was going to be magical and everybody from everywhere was going to read my blog. And then – SILENCE- … Sorry, I’m really bad at sticking with things. It’s terrible. To be fair, I warned y’all. I was getting ready for my Disney trip – who had time to blog?!

Well, I’m back now! I’ve actually been back for a few days. And while I was gone, I did FIVE things from my list. I’ll be writing separate posts about each of them (which should keep me busy for the next week or so), but in the meantime here’s what I did – I got a pedicure with one of my friends before leaving (#74), I went home and dug out that old bucket list (#12), I’ve gotten WAY too used to not entering the passcode on my new iPhone (#88), I tried a new food (#62), and I went on a trip with my friends (#4)!

Since starting my list, I have saved $210 from completing seven tasks and I’ve read ten books. At the rate I’m going, seven tasks a month puts me on track to complete my (currently not complete) list right around the time I hit thirty and ten books a month means I’ll finish my 100 books in less than a year!

My list currently has 123 tasks on it…which means I still need to come up with some things to do! Please please please send me any ideas that you have. I can’t promise that they’ll wind up on here (I am NOT skydiving), but I’d like to see what you all have in mind. Who knows, maybe you’ll have SO MANY great ideas, you’ll be inspired to create your own list!

26. Get Five Friends to Read My Blog

Yay! The first thing I can cross off!

Confession: I’m not new to blogging at all. In 2001 I TOTALLY had a LiveJournal. Except the only people that read it were a handful of people from high school. I didn’t go out of my way to tell people about it. I remember there was a ton of LiveJournal drama in ninth grade…someone found a girl’s LJ and printed entries in which she expressed her true opinion of some of the kids at school and brought them in to show other students AND administrators. I did not feel the need to get involved with that.

Of course, nowadays I’m not chronicling my trip to see Zoolander in theaters and what stupid thing the class clown said. I’m also smart enough to not post stupid stuff on the internet. But still, I feel really vulnerable sharing my blog with people. I know blogging means that I’m putting my life on the internet, but I don’t want to share EVERYTHING. At the same time, the only way to get people to read this is to tell them I’m doing it!

My Home Friends! (4)

My Home Friends!

My Home Friends!

I find myself writing about “my home friends” a lot. I have quite a few friends from home, but this is a special group – Ashley, Kristy, Elissa, and Julie. I met them each separately – Ashley in Kindergarten, Julie in Girl Scouts when we were six, Kristy in chorus at MHHS, and Elissa in theater camp when I was eleven. Eventually everybody became one big, happy family. We’ve had a group text going ever since the last holdout came to the light side (read: bought an iPhone) and I sent them the link to my blog. I feel like they’ll have some good (and possibly illegal) additions to The List.

My Big and My Little (2)

Little Little, Little, Me, Big

Little Little, Little, Me, Big

While we may boast that our favorite activities are drinking wine and judging people, my big and my little are two of the most supportive people I know! Biggle even has her own blog AND said she was considering starting her own list! I’m sure they will have some wonderful additions to The List…even if they are bit crunchy for my taste! (Wink, wink!)

Who Else?

Well, I emailed Mackenzie Horan since one of her goals was to inspire someone else to start a list (although there are hundreds now!). As for actual, real life friends that I plan on specifically reaching out to? It’s hard to make a solid list, but telling the first six wasn’t as hard as I thought it was going to be…hopefully the next six and every six after that will be just as easy!