My first order of business is a Day Zero Project update. If you're just recently joining, I started a Day Zero Project in August in hopes to accomplish 101 goals in 1,001 days. Now with 953 days to go I am officially 6% of the way complete with my project. Here's what I've finished so far:
3. Feed a giraffe.
8. Walk in a 5k.
21. Find a professional new look for my blog.
24. Rent a cabin in the woods.
58. Buy myself a piece of jewelry.
99. Fit back into my pre-pregnancy jeans.
To check out my complete list of goals, please click here.
Over the weekend we accomplished #24. Rent a cabin in the woods. We rented a place with two of our friends from New York in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. The weather was perfect this weekend, and the mountains were in all their fall glory! It was a nice weekend, but it went by entirely too fast.
And as part of my Day Zero Project, one of my goals is to answer (in my opinion... a journaling exercise) the 50 Questions that Will Free Your Mind. I'm now on question #3:
If life is so short, why do we do so many things we don't like and like so many things we don't do?
When I first read this question, my initial reaction was "Ha. Time & Money. The end." It's true to a point. I like going to tropical places, but I don't have time or money. The list goes on. I know it goes much deeper than that, and as a Christian my response has to be that we do so many things we don't like and like so many things we don't do because that is the way God intended it. I don't think our life here on earth is supposed to be a piece of pie, so to speak. We need to work hard and deal with the daily stresses of life to earn our way into a great life that God has promised us in heaven.
That's just what I believe, anyways. I also think that human inhibition plays a big part in what we do and don't do. As humans, we tell ourselves what we are capable of, and we usually don't do much to stretch outside the boundaries. I am currently planning my daughter's 1st birthday party, and all along I had been planning to purchase cupcakes from a local shop for the celebration. Thinking on it though, I told my husband that I would make a cake at home. He asked me what I really wanted to do.
What I wanted was to make my daughter's birthday party perfect, and what I wanted was to receive total credit for said perfect party. This meant purchasing cupcakes with perfect decorations because I didn't think I was capable of pulling off something that (ha) reached my own expectations.
After thinking about it a little bit, my reasoning began to seem a little bit... shallow. I knew that I would feel much better if I made the cake for my daughter. I could add in wholesome ingredients and put a very personal touch on her first birthday. I would like to do this, so why wouldn't I? Time and money were not the answer here... I am equipped with both for the project. It's human inhibition. My Eyeore attitude thinking it wouldn't be good enough. Wah wah wah.
OK... screw human inhibition. Life IS too short to not do the things that I'd really like to do. So I'd really like to make a lovely cake. And if I have to practice 15 times between now and the party I will. My daughter is turning one for crying out loud. Her expectations are minimal at this point.
(This entry took a different turn that I expected it to, which is the point of my jounaling exercise. Ask yourself a question and answer honestly from the heart... it'll surprise you.)
ALSO... I keep forgetting to mention that last week I added a new feature... you'll notice at the top of the page the new tab for "Featured Giveaways." There are some wonderful blog giveaways out there on the web, and I'm having a blast sharing my favorites with you! Enjoy!