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!

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 Prepster 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 seemed 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.)