:: inspired by andrea over at hula seventy ::
lush green surrounding us, game of thrones episode one on my parents’ gigantic screen, a design that i am digging
earthy yolk of a perfectly cooked over-easy egg, sweet and fresh-from-the-garden sugar snap peas, crisp white wine
chirping baby sparrows who are nesting in the candle holder hanging nearby, distant laughter of children, Indira’s new questioning “Why”s…
fresh sweet basil, sage, and chives
cool breeze in warm sun, relaxed afternoon
Wow, the first week of this year is a jam-packed one! On the agenda:
- First birthing class (I have no idea what to expect but I know that the class is a mix of all different ideas and methods so I’m looking forward to that!)
- Infant CPR class (I don’t even know regular CPR so this will be good!)
- Client lunch
- Client phone conference
- Baby kicking like crazy – it’s starting to feel a little like Alien – these sudden body parts (as yet unidentifiable) jutting out of my belly! Very weird.
- Page for M2C (a secret project)
Let’s get started!
This is definitely a work in progress. It’s daunting to make a list of 100 things that I haven’t done and tempting to throw some in that I’ve already done (and cross them out immediately) so it feels like I’m accomplished, but here’s to the Mighty Life List which I expect will evolve and change and grow… Thanks to Mighty Girl!
- Get a tattoo
- Pierce my septum
- Write a yearly letter to my kid(s) (starting this year when #1 arrives!)
- Take a romantic trip to Italy, stay in a villa, and drink wine
- See the Northern Lights (in person)
- Go on a yoga retreat
- Plan an all-girl art, love, relax retreat
- Start my own design business
- Hire an accountant for freelance until above is done
- Give birth
- Visit all 50 states (drive throughs count)
- Organize all of my photos (digital and film) (Slowly, slowly working on this)
- Print and frame my favorite photos
- Live in another country
- Read Atlas Shrugged (I’ve started it 3 or 4 times. One day I’ll finish it.)
- Meditate regularly
- Learn to make baby food
- Enter design competitions regularly
- Kayak camp again
- Take a lock boat trip in Canada
- Take a long train trip (several days)
- Live in a foreign country
- Live on the west coast
- Read Walden
- Buy a house (maybe just a vacation house!)
- Go on a honeymoon (Does Asheville & Naples with our daughter count?)
- Go sky-diving
- Ride in a hot air balloon
- Visit each continent (North America and Europe, check)
- See each ocean (Pacific and Atlantic, check)
- Grow my own vegetables
- Publish a book
- Go to SXSW
- Learn to silkscreen
- Learn to play guitar
- Think before I speak
- Volunteer again
- Throw an art party
- Enjoy something completely each day
- Have a piece of my art in a gallery
- Attend a fancy charity ball
- Take a ride in a helicopter
- Visit a tropical island
- Visit Tahiti or Fiji
- Go to Burning Man
- Go whale watching
- Host a dinner party
- Be an awesome mom
- Be a better photographer (Always in progress)
- Visit Machu Picchu
- Take an adventure vacation
- Pay off my credit card debt
- Go on a date once a month
- Make time
- Paint a wall (or two or three) with chalkboard paint (Does a door count?)
- Live off the grid for at least a month
- Visit Yosemite
- Visit the Arches in UT
- Donate regularly again
- Learn my family’s stories
- Visit Mexico
- Have a hammock in our yard
- Keep it green(er) (I’ll leave this one open because there’s always room for improvement)
- Donate bone marrow
- Visit the ruins in Greece
- See the Great Pyramids
- Relax on a private island
- All girl road trip or long weekend (May 2011!)
- Do yoga on the beach at sunrise (Hmmm. Maybe sunset instead. I’m not up for doing anything at sunrise actually)
- Visit Dry Tortugas again
- Surprise Dave with a trip
- Keep in touch with friends (slowly but surely)
- Get tattoo rings
- Improve my focus
- Make a list of places I want to visit
- Visit a jungle
- Laugh every day
- Have an art studio (I have a very large portion of our finished basement now. We each have our own section!)
- Start or be very involved in a non-profit
- See a DÃa de los Muertos parade/procession
- Sleep in once a month (but preferably once a week)
- Completely eliminate TV (I still watch some shows online)
- Organize my art supplies
- Own a pair of blue cowboy boots and rock them!
- Build a savings account together (We opened one. Limited funds in it. Does that count?)
- Visit Portland
- Visit Seattle
- Visit Baja
- Hike 10 new trails
- Learn how to make an amazing ice cold dirty martini (vodka, shaken)
- Be strong enough to do Pincha Mayurasana (forearm stand)
- Take and be in more photos every year
- Learn how to make homemade chicken noodle soup
- Create a birthing plan (throw it out the window)
- Create a business plan
- Regularly do crafts/art with kids
- Get back into a regular yoga routine
- Love every day
I just came across this here and decided to give it a shot. I make take my time with it and keep coming back. We’ll see how it goes. And yes, I’m a blogging fiend today.
1. What Do You Do For A Living?
Art direction for a web development company and graphic design and web design/development on a freelance basis.
2. Who Do You Love?
I love many people (and animals too). Family, friends, pets.
3. Do You Have Enough Money?
Never. Though I guess I do when it comes down to it because I have a house to live in, heat (usually!), a car, food… but more would be very helpful.
4. Are You Healthy?
Yes, I am healthy. Can I be more healthy? Yes. But I think I’m on track. Need to get back on track with exercising but the working full-time (and doing freelance work) in the third trimester is wearing me out.
5. Do You Think You Are a Good Person?
Definitely. I think my heart is usually in the right place. I forgive easily. I’m loyal. I’m honest. I care. Sometimes I may be too blunt or too harsh in my speech, but it’s not coming from a place of malice.
6. How Old Are You?
Well, 34 (35 next month) but I feel like I’m in my 20s most days.
7. Whoâ€™s Your Best Friend?
Dave. And in at second, it’s a tough choice – can’t pick just one.
8. Whatâ€™s Your Childhood Dream?
It was to live in California. Still on my list.
9. How Often Do You Laugh?
Lately, I laugh every day (or pretty close). Pregnancy makes me laugh!
10. What Makes You Smile?
Waking up well-rested on Saturday mornings, Dave’s late night dances, our dogs, visiting my family in NJ, belly kicks, snow days (when we DO have power!), girls nights, dirty martinis, exhausting hikes, taking a perfect photo, finishing a project, gigantic family get-togethers (especially since I don’t get them much anymore), Christmas tree hunting, first days of spring, relaxing by candle-light, impromptu late nights with friends, camping, blasting music, late-night conversations, road trips, walks on the beach, naps on the beach, dolphins, dreaming, getting my hands dirty, seeing old friends and having it feel completely normal and comfortable, talks with dave about our future (talks, not “talks”), writing, rainbows, vacations, new jobs, romantic dinners, long loud dinners, date nights, NYC, art openings, bare feet in summer, long summer days and nights, the future.
11. Whoâ€™s Your Most Dangerous Enemy?
Probably myself, thought not lately. Besides me, mum is the word.
12. Where Do You Live?
I live in a temporary spot for now. It’s sort of like transitional housing. It’s not really a home, but a house, and that’s okay for now. The future knows more about home than I do at the moment.
13. Do You Think Youâ€™re Strong?
Yes, usually. Strength in my beliefs but flexible enough to let them change and grow.
14. What Was The Most Important Thing Youâ€™ve Done So Far?
Probably getting pregnant. And in at close second, letting go.
15. What Was The Most Stupid Thing Youâ€™ve Done So Far?
Most stupid? I’ve done many stupid things, but it’s tough to pick a most out of them. Probably not trusting myself.
16. Do You Love Yourself?
17. What Do You Fear The Most?
One of my biggest fears is being apathetic and/or being content with being content. Not striving for more, not caring to try or getting too caught up in life’s mundane things to find the time/energy/etc. I like to think that being aware that that happens to too many people will ensure it won’t happen to me.
18. What Is Your Favorite Word?
Enigmatic. Well, either that or fuck f&*k.
19. When Was The Last Time You Cried?
Yesterday. Hormones. No heat. Work suckage. Tiredness.
20. What Is The Best Thing That Could Happen To You Right Now?
Well, there’s the easy one – things can continue going smoothly with pregnancy and we will have an amazingly perfect baby. Next up? Dave gets a job in the perfect spot (northern Cali, Oregon coast, right here, western Mass) making the perfect amount of money and I get lots of freelance work with excellent and fun clients.
21. What Is The Worst Thing That Could Happen To You Right Now?
Hmm. I’d like to pass on this one.
22. Picture Yourself In 5 Years From Now
Happy, creative, running my own (design) business from home, living in our perfect home in a progressive town/city with 2 or 3 kids.
23. Do You Regret Anything?
Hmmmm. Not going to art school but only twinges of regret. I think it all worked out perfectly.
24. Whatâ€™s The First Thing You Do In The Morning?
Cringe (I hate waking up early), then hop in the shower; well, more like drag myself into the shower than hop.
25. What Are You Thinking Just Before Going To Bed?
Lately, I’m so tired I’m not thinking about anything before going to bed except for how tired I am.
26. What Was The Highest Point Youâ€™ve Ever Been To?
Somewhere in Yellowstone or Glacier but I’m not sure which is higher. Glacier is my guess – Going to the Sun Road? I’ll have to look it up.
27. If Thereâ€™s One Thing In Your Life You Want To Change Right Now, What Is It?
I’d like more time and I’d like more financial security.
28. What Are You Proud Of?
Proud of getting some clients and doing freelance work and continuing to learn the ins and outs of it (now, if I could only master taxes).
29. Sum Up Your Life In One Sentence
An incomplete journey toward creativity, peace, and happiness.
30. Name The Thing That Annoys You The Most
31. What Is Your No 1 Question To God?
Why did you let money come into being?
32. Do You Have Secrets?
Of course. For various reasons.
33. What Makes You Laugh?
Well, this was also in my smile list, but Dave’s late night dances crack me up (and no, I can’t describe or share them).
Ok, I lied. There are 34 questions:
34. Are You Happy?
Yes, despite feeling drained lately and poor and tired, despite the feeling like a dark cloud tends to follow us at times, I am very, very, very happy.
This year has definitely been a year of change. Some of the highlights and lowlights, things that have happened, things I’ve done, things I’ve learned:
- Job transition (started in 2008 but kept transitioning), pay cut (yikes! not fun!).
- Said good-bye to Mr. Boodles, an amazing, smart, friendly dog. We buried him in our yard in Mars Hill as it snowed. We included food and love
- Said good-bye to our cat Drifter later in the year (after moving). We think she was just too cool for the new neighborhood and found some awesome farm to live on.
- Added a new dog to our family. Molly is a bad-ass (no, we didn’t give her that name – she came with it) for sure!
- Got pregnant!
- Moved out of our cozy little house in Mars Hill – a bittersweet experience – the first place Dave and I lived together. Got pregnant there. Gained and lost pets. Learned about each other more than ever before. Dave started and finished grad school there. Enjoyed the quiet, private spot with amazing energy that was already there when we arrived. We both did a lot of growing in that house.
- Found out about being pregnant the day after we finished moving into our new place
- Said hello to a giant house on a lake in Weaverville and said hello to new roommates (Marly and Erich)
- Drove to New Mexico in March; fell in love with Santa Fe; drove through Texas (yeah, it’s ginormous); saw White Sands and Gila Cliff Dwellings; luxuriated in Holiday Inn Xpress after doing the opposite in Super 8; enjoyed the freedom of the road and no plans; missed N’awlins due to tired, late, and rainy
- Learned how to bake an amazing sweet potato pie
- Fit in a hike or two early in pregnancy (before it really kicked me in the butt)
- Built some confidence in freelance
- Didn’t learn to manage my time
- Made a baby list
- Took time out for rest, relaxing, reading, vegging
- Came up with a name for the baby (if she’s a she)
- Struggled with boy’s names (still struggling with that one) Elijah and Ignatious (or is it with a ‘c’, Dave?) are head to head and I think it will be a draw
- Attended lots of weddings! (four, I believe ?)
- Started Atlas Shrugged (again)
- Hosted Thanksgiving and decided not to do that again while pregnant
- Stuck to my new years intention
- Started blogging more
- Grew (in more ways than one)
- Had a love hate relationship with my camera and didn’t take enough photos
- Really dug into WordPress
- Practice a lot of yoga in the first half of the year (not as much a fan of prenatal yoga)
- Learned (and am still learning) how to deal with temporary blockages of creativity – it’s not easy, but sometimes it’s just a matter of finding new outlets and thinking outside of the box
- Read lots of baby books then took a long break (time to pull some new ones out now)
- Learned that snow storms in the south aren’t as fun as they are in the north because they render everything powerless (figuratively and literally)
- Although some amazing things happened in 2009 and I wouldn’t trade it in for anything, a lot of setbacks also happened and I’m looking forward to 2010 – another year of tremendous change and growth – and good fortune! And babies! (well, one anyway!)
- Learned that moleskin notebooks are not “mole” “skin” notebooks (not that I thought they were made of moleskin but I thought that’s how they were pronounced. They are actually pronounced: mol-a-skeen’-a Crazy!