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!

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.

300 Before 30

First I saw it on Mackenzie Horan’s blog (Design Darling). 101 in 1001. I thought it was such a great idea…to create this list of things that you want to do in a certain period of time. Not exactly a bucket list…it’s a little less serious than that. And then I saw other bloggers create their lists, even changing it a bit to fit them better. Carly from College PrepsterĀ decided to do 25 before 25. Another blogger went with 101 in 1001 but she wrote that it freaked her out a bit because she would be in her twenties when she finished it. And then I realized that if I were to do one, I would be closer to my thirties than my mid-twenties! Terrifying!

It took me awhile to warm up to the twenty-something label. I enjoyed being a teenager. Well, not necessarily a teenager, but I enjoyed being a high schooler and then later I enjoyed being a college student. In fact, I spent a good chunk of my twenties still being a college student. I associated more with the college student label than the twenty-something label for the longest time. I just graduated last year! The realization that I am only going to be a twenty-something for another three and a half years is mind boggling. I like thinking that my life relates more to “Girls” than “Desperate Housewives”.

See, the thing is I spent a good portion of my life believing that my twenties were going to be different. I thought that I was going to be a grown up with a good job and a nice apartment. I thought that I would be married at twenty-five and having my first kid before thirty. Clearly that’s not happening. I constantly feel like I have no clue what I’m doing with my life. And you know what? I’m not the only one going through these things! I read all these other blogs written by all these other confused twenty-somethings and it’s a huge relief to know that other people feel the same way I do.

In student affairs we talk a lot about goal setting. Long term goals, short term goals, how to discuss goal setting with students. I liked Mackenzie’s list because it seemedĀ manageable. There’s nothing crazy like “visit the Great Wall of China” just for the heck of it. These are smaller and more realistic things that I can easily imagine checking off. I don’t need some big fancy bucket list. I’m not dying…just getting older. Speaking of bucket lists, when I was in middle school, I came up with this HUGE bucket list…it listed things like “visit all 50 states” and “be in the newspaper”. I think I’m going to have to find that next time I visit my parents…

So what’s the point of this? Why am I starting a blog and rambling on about all these things? The other day, I started my “300 Before 30” list. I know 300 sounds like a large number, but like I said, these are smaller, realistic goals. Some of these things might not happen by the time I’m 30 and I’m not going to sweat it. I want to use this blog to post about the goals I complete (and the goals I don’t). The list itself is going to have it’s very own page…even though it’s not finished yet.

Please keep checking in to see how I’m doing and if you have anything you think I should add, let me know! (Unless it’s skydiving. I’m keeping both feet on the ground.)