Thursday, January 24, 2008


So, do you remember my whole “YEAR OF LIVING THE IDEAL LIFE AT LEAST A LITTLE BIT!”™ plan for 2008?(If you need a reminder, you can read the posts on it here and here.)

Well, it’s hard to do! I never imagined how hard.

It’s SO much easier to come home after a long, exhausting day and do nothing but watch TV. It really takes a lot out of a person (especially one with no willpower to speak of) to get of her duff and do something of value.

That’s what I’ve been trying to do these past three weeks: fill my time with value. (So far, I’ve been mildly successful.)

To do this, I’ve had to put myself on a schedule. Yes, I’ve had to schedule my creativity!

I know it sounds weird, but if I don’t have an organized plan (with timelines, goal dates, and stickers—for the good days) I can easily tell myself to put it off for tomorrow (Too bad, future Liz!). After all, who cares? It’s not like anyone’s monitoring me!

See, I’m inherently lazy. Really, I am. And I also battle the big beast “FEAR OF FAILURE!” Man, what a horrible animal that is!

But, lest you think that I’ve taken no action on my New Year plan. I’ll tell you what I’ve done already.

Out of the 6 goals I set for myself, I’ve already begun three! That’s pretty good, right?

1) I’ve created the charts and deadlines, 2) I’ve begun revising poems, and 3) I’ve spoken with an old creative writing professor of mine and she’s asked me to do weekly posts on the University’s literary journal blog that I’m actually going to get paid for (well, eventually)!

And, drum roll, please…I’ve started a new blog* totally dedicated to this venture (which, I guess, makes it four goals I’ve already accomplished).

This blog is going to only contain things pertaining to my creative adventures—mostly my writing, but also other things that spark the artistic mind.

So, with all that said, I have a question for you: What are you doing to make this the “YEAR OF LIVING THE IDEAL LIFE AT LEAST A LITTLE BIT!”™? Really, what are you doing? Look inside your heart of hearts and see what’s there.

This is our only life! The only one we’ve got!

Do you want to look back on it and think “Man, I wasted a lot of time on those stupid TV shows (or whatever else is your time vice)!”? Or, do you want to say “I filled every second of my life with value!”? (Don’t get me wrong, I know we need vegging/winding-down time, but it shouldn’t absorb all our free time, right?)

I don’t know about you, but I want to say the latter. And, like I said at the beginning of this post, it’s HARD. It really is! But, I’m here to help you, and you’re here to help me.

Together, we can live our lives to the fullest!

*You can access my new blog here. And it’s also linked in my right-hand side stuff.


Anonymous said...

I've worked out every day this week! Woo! And I'm making great progress on my scrapbooks, I'm doing a bunch with Niki this weekend. And I've cleaned a bunch of my house. I rock the Casbah.

Rachel said...

I'm so proud of you for doing this and I'm very excited to see your progess.

My YEAR OF LIVING THE IDEAL LIFE AT LEAST A LITTLE BIT involves selling something that I've made (check) and selling something that I've written. Oh, and aquiring a Slurpee machine.

Clearly, I need to get stickers to motivate me.

Hannah said...

Oh Liz. are just so dang cool. My YOLTILALALB (you may want to work on a snappier abbreviation, but personally I find this one quite enjoyable) has so far consisted of some careful planning of my own. It goes like this:

Step 1: Day dream about future goals and aspirations.

Step 2: Watch seven episodes of Battlestar Galactica.

Step 3: Pretend am Laura Roslin, President of the Twelve Colonies and occasional outlaw.

Step 4: Worry that delusions are becoming too real when confuse construction workers out front with impending cylon attack.

Step 5: Watch three episodes of Chuck to mix it up.

Step 6: Wonder if possible that I have a top secret CIA computer in my brain.

Step 7: Realize that delusions are still sort of a problem. Turn to Liz's blog.

Step 8: Swear off television. Well, not really, but vow to make actual plan for goals and aspirations and include ACTION instead of obsessing about Starbuck and Apollo on a daily basis.

Step 9: Vow to write lengthy and facetious self critiques in own blog instead of the comment sections of others.

Step 10: Go back to filling out thousands of applications...while pretending to be Laura Roslin, President of the Twelve Colonies and occasional Outlaw.

Liz said...

Hannah, I just LOVE LOVE LOVE you!

You always seem to make me laugh like a non-medicated crazy person.

Please post on your blog more!

You know I check it every day...

Amanda said...

I get similar tv dilusions Hannah, but mine manifest themselves in the form of America's Next Top Model...Amanda Johnson,although I'd have to go back to my maiden name because Weatherford sounds more unique and with a butt the size of mine, I better have a unique name.
I am also semi-dilusional that Paula Deen and I are bff. So, at least you are not alone. P.S. I watch Battlestart Gallactica too!