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My to-do list is longer than Santa’s list of nice children

I kid, I kid. I’m sure there are plenty of children who are going to get more than coal in their stocking this year. I, however, have been having a hard time telling people what I want for Christmas, as I’ve been thinking about packing everything I need for a year into one backpack and a box, hence the need for my list-making spree.

For years, I’ve been a little insane when it comes to to-do lists. Every notebook I’ve ever had was always filled with to-do lists, to buy lists and budget lists.

I make one, forget where I wrote it, and write another.

I usually end up with 5 of the same lists with slight variances.

So I’m not exactly good at the list thing, but I’m honing my craft.

This week, I’ve made like 10. Minimum.

Some of them are things I need to research, some of them are things I need to do, some of them are things I need to buy and some of them are things I’m going to pack.

See, insane.

I like to call it organized.

However, it’s not so organized when I can’t find where I put that list and have to re-research the phone number I needed, or rack my brain for the things I needed to buy.

Despite that, I’ve found throughout the years that making a list is a good way to distress. It places everything I’ve been thinking about non-stop onto one ruled sheet of paper (or note in my phone, or scrap piece of paper) so that I can look at it and visualize everything that needs to get done. I’ve also found that it sometimes turns into a good way to motivate me to actually get it done.

Nothing is more satisfying that crossing things off that list.

However, when deadlines start looming and things keep getting added to that list is when the REAL crazy sets in.

Lately it seems like everything that I try and do can’t be completed in one easy step, and every phone call turns into yet another item on my list.

For example, this morning a simple phone call about getting travel insurance for the next year turned into adding to my list calling the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association, then making sure that I get in tough with Service Canada to extend my OHIP from 212 days outside the country to at least a year.

These next few weeks are going to be filled with stress, sleepless nights, and feeling like my time spent at work making money are wasted hours in which I could be getting things done.

Bring it on.

Don’t let the next 12 months be like the last 12 months

So last year around this time I decided to create a list of things that I wanted to have accomplished in half a year. Well, due to distraction and not having a constant eye on my list, I haven’t exactly accomplished some of those things even at a year later. But, I think it’s reasonable to say that I will likely have them accomplished by the time I’m 26…

Here’s my list, and my explanations and excuses for why things haven’t been done, and they’re all going to be in obnoxious red! Muhahaa

  1. Learn how to drive Well despite getting my G1 last year, I’m taking lessons now. I can officially say that I have driven a car a few times and am getting some behind the wheel experience.
  2. Travel somewhere new ** Chile with Adrienne in May Seeing as my world caved in on me in January of last year, I couldn’t afford to travel. This year, however, is going to start off right. New Years in Thailand surrounded by friends… then hopefully endless Asia tours before, after, and while I teach English
  3. Road-trip w/ some of my favourites Damn, that’s a good why. How come we didn’t do this one guys??? Bueller??
  4. Get a credit card I think this was probably the first thing I did. Hallelujah, I’m a grown up. I can charge things.
  5. Climb a big ass tree Funny story. I tried doing this. Then I realized that as an adult when you fall, it always seems farther and like it will hurt more than when you’re a kid. Long story short, I’m chicken shit.
  6. Splurge on an article of clothes – Jeans? Shoes? Leather boots? Even though they were on sale..
  7. Explore Toronto – from an urban explorer’s perspective I can say that since I’ve written this list, I have gotten to know a few neighbourhoods that I didn’t know before… however, I did not set out to intentionally view a random neighbourhood… I ended up knowing people or working there…. but it still happened!
  8. Walk randomly in a neighbourhood I’m not familiar with Ditto for above
  9. Join a gym & go regularly I am a proud Goodlife member and have gone to a personal training session that I regretted, a yoga class that I enjoyed and have learned to enjoy the next day pain.
  10. Actually use all my bubble baths and fancy lotions I had one bath. One. And that was to relieve my muscles after said meeting with a pesronal trainer.
  11. Cook regularly & learn how to make something fancy Quiche, Pie, Stir-Fry, you name it, I’ll try it.
  12. Get something published – and get paid for it *sadface
  13. Do something crazy with my hair I think my crazy happy curls are good enough
  14. Move out Thailand, here I come…
  15. Get rid of all the unnecessary clutter in my life Well I thoroughly organized my closet, and  papers.
  16. Get up early enough to make coffee and read the newspaper before starting my day I am still not a morning person.
  17. Have a sexy photoshoot – with a professional and in amazing lingerie, or an amazing dress The desire to do this has since subsided. Meh.
  18. Go see a play Still on the list
  19. Become friends with someone I meet in unusual circumstances Hello cute rando that picked me up at Tim Hortons. You seriously made my month.
  20. Organize photographs and print more to display, make a photo album Still on the list
  21. Get business cards I wouldn’t know what to write on them right now anyway!
  22. Pick up the tab for no good reason It’s funny how cheap I am… sorry guys.
  23. Volunteer for an organization I know nothing about, but care to learn. This doesn’t make me sound very good, does it? I could have left it at volunteer… which I still didn’t do. (Fail)
  24. Get another tattoo ** Sunflower! $$$ is going to more important things right now. See next
  25. Make a dent in my student loan, and follow a strict budget that includes saving for travel Thanks to an infusion from an unnamed source, I was able to make a serious dent in my student loans and I’m planning on not coming home from Thailand.

I think overall it was a winning list, and I’ve found ways to make it look like I did the important things on it.
Is it time to create another one? Start a bucket list?

No, I just want to live with an open mind and take the world as it comes.  Yes, there are things that I want to do. However, I won’t go out of my way to accomplish something unless it feels right at the time.

Ass on chair

So after a rather rough start to my year, I’ve decided to make things better for myself, by myself. Well, not necessarily by myself, but with a little help.

I’m taking a night class at Ryerson called Freelancing the Future. I can’t say the name out loud without slowing myself down and adding some wistfulness to my voice. (I also picture that moving star from The More You Know. Remember those commercials?! Epic.)

What I learned from the first class? Sit my ass on a chair and just write. This is where the self-motivation that I’ve been lacking must be banished, also my lack of focus. So starting today, and for now until forever (?!) I am dedicating one hour of my day to writing. Whether it is something for this blog, or a project that I’m working on, or even some random fictional story that I was inspired to write, I’m going to just WRITE.

One thing that I must condition myself to do: not go on Facebook for that hour. One hour of Facebook updates does not a writer make.

Starting a writing group with Leslie and Matt was a great idea… until Matt ditched us for the back woods of somewhere in Northern Ontario to plant trees. It all fell apart from there, and the only thing I have to show from it is a horror story from when I was in Cape Town.

Actually, it was writing that story that got me started thinking more about freelancing. I’ve been so focused on getting a full-time job where I would sit in an office, and have people telling me what to do that I completely forgot about the world where I could still write, but work for myself. This class will hopefully give me the business side of freelancing that will give me some kind of idea as to what I should be doing.

Also, I’m seriously hoping that it will teach me how to sell myself. (*snicker*)

How to market my “brand” is something that I’ve always been clueless about. Even this blog: I think of great ideas of things to write and then I either don’t write them, or write parts of it and then decide against posting it.

Updating this blog has been on my to-do list for months. It’s been on every list that I create, but instead I spend time creating lists of things that I should write about and little to no time actually writing them.

NO MORE!

Another challenge for myself – stay more on top of Twitter. Update, for one, and get more involved with the community I follow.

Two challenges for myself in ONE blog post.

Can she do it?
Yes, she can!

25 things to do before I turn 25

So I’ve graduated. What now? Right now is the time in my life that there seems to be a million and one things that I SHOULD be doing. Getting a job related to journalism is high up there, but I’m in no rush to devote all my waking moments to my career.

There are always small things that I keep meaning to do, things that aren’t immediately pressing that I just put off. I’ve never really created a list of things that I want to accomplish, but I’ve always made to-do lists when it comes to how to spend my money and organize my workload.

Now it’s time to apply the success that I’ve had in creating to-do lists for the rest of my life. That makes it sound lame. Alas, I have a little less than a year to accomplish these 25 things on my list, and I think they are all pretty attainable.

  1. Learn how to drive
  2. Travel somewhere new ** Chile with Adrienne in May
  3. Road-trip w/ some of my favourites
  4. Get a credit card
  5. Climb a big ass tree
  6. Splurge on an article of clothes – Jeans? Shoes?
  7. Explore Toronto – from an urban explorer’s perspective
  8. Walk randomly in a neighbourhood I’m not familiar with
  9. Join a gym & go regularly
  10. Actually use all my bubble baths and fancy lotions
  11. Cook regularly & learn how to make something fancy
  12. Get something published – and get paid for it
  13. Do something crazy with my hair
  14. Move out
  15. Get rid of all the unnecessary clutter in my life
  16. Get up early enough to make coffee and read the newspaper before starting my day
  17. Have a sexy photoshoot – with a professional and in amazing lingerie, or an amazing dress
  18. Go see a play
  19. Become friends with someone I meet in unusual circumstances
  20. Organize photographs and print more to display, make a photo album
  21. Get business cards
  22. Pick up the tab for no good reason
  23. Volunteer for an organization I know nothing about, but care to learn.
  24. Get another tattoo ** Sunflower!
  25. Make a dent in my student loan, and follow a strict budget that includes saving for travel

I feel like there are things I’m missing, and I may add to this list making it more than 25 things… but for now I feel like this is a good start.