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Yesterday was the start of the new year and, not entirely coincidentally, the start of my new 101 in 1001 list. I spent the last few days and hours of 2014 honing my list and a good chink of the first day of 2015 clarifying, editing and finally writing it to number. I was surprised when the tally came up and I had more than 101 but then I realized that I had spread some things out because I feared being short. Apparently not!
One of the biggest things on my list was influenced by my Mum and Brother, K. Both of them thanked me for my Christmas cards but chastised me for not sending pictures of myself and/or, as Mum put it, ‘your adventures’. I realized that this has been a big failing over these past 2 years and I have missed blogging and ‘adventuring’ so I am getting myself back out there; with pictures to prove it. My Flickr feed will have more updates and so will the blog, especially since I am going to attempt the 365 Challenge: A photo a day for an entire year.
Which leads me to my Goal for 2015. My Goal, earning itself the proper “G”, is “Challenge” In the spirit of this, I am challenging myself to many things and hopefully setting myself up for great success. I have two year long challenges right now: Project 365 and the 52 Week Savings Challenge.
Project 365 is going to be both simple and difficult because its not just about taking a photo but taking a good one that is also meaningful. My plan to tackle that is to not only take my phone with me but also plan on bringing my DSLR too when out and about. There are many, many lists out there for all the ways to “do” this challenge and lots of ways to spark an idea of what to shoot too so I don’t think that I will be lost for inspiration! Check out Pinterest for a plethora of ideas and challenges for every month…I know that I will!
The 52 Week Saving Challenge is just what it sounds like: saving money every week in proportion to the number week that it is. Now, you can go about this challenge only one of two ways: $1 on week 1, $2 on week 2, $3 on week 3 and so on for 52 weeks OR $52 on week 1, $51 on week 2, $50 on week 3 and so on and the latter is the method that I have chosen to do. Why that way? Well, even in this spend, spend, spend culture, you can still find some places with better interest rates than others and they are worth searching out. I like Ally Bank and am quite happy with them. And think about it: after three weeks, I have $153+ change in my account this way. The other way I would have $6. I’ll take the one that looks better, faster please. Plus, I started this challenge back on the 20th of November because I realized that it would be lovely to have at least $1378 to go into the holiday season with…or travel with! Here is the site that I got the graphic for my countdown/up that I have hanging to help me keep track of the dates and how its going without the temptation of dipping into the account.
I have other challenges too. Right off the batt: I am challenging myself to stick with my Smart Coach plan every day for the 24 weeks up to my next marathon, challenging myself to plank for 30 days with each day building time and challenging myself to another round of the Whole 30: 30 days of only fresh fruit and veggies and meats – No dairy, grains, legumes, sugar or alcohol.
Pray for me friends. January is going to be tough. And pray for yourselves too…I may be tough to live with as I attempt this!
I knew that whatever week that I started working on my 101 in public that all the stars would fall and I was right. I didnt plan so well by going public with my list the week before Spring Training but I know there are worse times 🙂
Working so far:
No TV for 24 hours/week (today)
Listening to 1 podcast/day (catching up with StitchIt)
Drinking 1 cup of coffee (1 or less(!) so far this week)
In the midst of cataloging yarn and fiber
Not so good:
Spinning 30 min a day
The up side of both of those missteps is that a) I havent been in my apartment to do much more than sleep and shower and b) I am going 100mph right now so there is little time to eat junk and all I want is healthy foods 🙂
These lovely batts?
They are from Woolly Treasures Etsy store and Oh.My.Gosh. are they ever beautiful. I took so many pictures trying to get them right and they still could be improved upon. The colours, the fibers, just everything about them screams beauty and lovelyness and I want to spin them and never spin them all at the same time. The YarnHarlot knows what I mean and I bet you knitters and spinners out there do too…that the image in your head is so beautiful as to what this fiber can be when it grows up that you never want to touch it for fear that you can never bring it quite there. I have never felt this way before about a fiber or skein and only stashed because my fingers wern’t fast enough for my buying habits but WOW…this may have changed all that.
More soon…if I can survive the rest of training and stop staring at the batts 🙂