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About friends, and holidays, and birthdays

So there is a lot on my list of 101 in 1001 that has to do with being a more social person. Or at least, being a better friend to the people that I actually do care to socialize with. I’m generally way too busy overcommitting to a million things to actually be there for anyone else. And as much as I love to talk, sometimes I get carried away and dominate conversations. I’m a perfectionist, and I like to apply my incredibly unrealistic standards not just to myself, but to everyone around me, and for some reason that tends to offend people. With all that being said, I realize logically why I might not have as many friends as some people.

But the heart does not always listen to logic. Read the rest of this entry »


Challenge 48 – Send e-mail updates to customers every month for 12 consecutive months.

I waited so long on this that I no longer sell Mary Kay, now I need to set a goal of contacting Creative Memories customers! Sigh. Anyway, need to keep in contact with people, blah blah blah, am I picking up on a theme here? I guess the self reflection is what this is supposed to be about. Read the rest of this entry »

Challenge 38 – Attend church 3 times per month for 6 consecutive months.

Building a habit is what it’s all about. Have I mentioned that? And if you are (or are not currently) a churchgoer, you know what I mean. It’s hard to start rolling yourself out of bed early on a Sunday when you just plain don’t have to. Read the rest of this entry »

Challenge 33 – Meditate for 10 minutes per day for 30 consecutive days.

Every week, I write on my daily “Sharpen the Saw” goals that I am going to meditate for 10 minutes per day. Guess what? I have yet to actual do it. Maybe…once a month it happens? Okay, I guess I’m being a little hard on myself there – I don’t think it has to be actual hardcore, focused meditation to count. For me, all I need is a few minutes of peace and quiet, where I can reflect and relax without my brain running a million miles an hour. Read the rest of this entry »

Challenge 25 – Create a budget and track spending for 3 consecutive months.

You wouldn’t think it would be that hard for an accountant to keep a budget, but…okay, I have no excuse. Which is why I decided to do this.

I suppose I should say that I am fortunate enough to have a good job, and while I’m not exactly socking away the savings, my paycheck covers my bills every month. I’ve never had to watch each dollar. The problem comes in when I want to sock away the savings, and I want to pay down the credit cards, but the extra money never seems to be there, even though I know I’m not lacking for things. It’s not really about the math, or the finance – mainly the problem revolves around awareness.

Budgeting will help me to watch where my money is going, and see whether this is truly consistent with the goals I have set for myself. In order to achieve my other 101 in 1001 goals, I will have to be able to do this.

Challenge 22 – Keep a daily mood journal for 12 consecutive months.

Keeping a mood journal to track my daily moods – and link them to important life events – is something that has always been enlightening for me. The problem is sticking with it. Fortunately for moi, I have a whole online emotional health and well-being program, provided by my employer Goodrich (also known as Greatrich, and yes I stole that from someone else). Since the tracking journal is built in to the wellness program, and I can do it right here at work every day, I really have no excuse not to keep it updated.
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Challenge 86 – Keep a photo blog and update at least weekly.

Journaling is supposed to help with my emotional well-being (according to, and they give me a $100 annual payroll credit to give a crap). So, why not blog? It combines keeping in touch with my friends, with journaling, with photos, some creativity, writing…sounds perfect, right? Just gotta make the time to get it done.
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