May 15, 2010

So, yeah, I’ve graduated. I walked across the stage, I have the diploma, I have packed up my life and come home for the time being.  I also apparently still have two library books that I need to return, but I’m going to have to work that out later.

Obviously, I have neglected this blog over the course of this last semester, for which I apologize. The very last four months of my college career have been a little bit like drowning – where you can see the surface of the water only a few feet above and you know that inevitably your body will float to the top, but you’re still not convinced you’ll make it there breathing.

I do have one constructive thing to share:

A way to be active, productive, and have fun:

Give your car a bath!

Today I spent a good five hours cleaning my car from the inside out. Now, five hours would probably be overkill on the average car, but mine needed it.  Just to give you an idea, there was half a box of crushed graham crackers on the floor and in one glance you could tell I live on a dirt road (even though my car is sand-colored).

So, in washing my car (with soap and window cleaner, etc!), I spent a good amount of time outdoors, I kind of got to play in the sprinklers, and if my sore muscles are any proof, I got a workout.  But in my opinion, the biggest benefit is something much different. To me, my car is an extension of my living space, and generally my living space is a reflection of my life. If things are cluttered and dirty, that’s how my life is feeling. If things are sparkly clean and organized, I feel better in everyday life.  So get out there and take care of your vehicles!

Helpful Car-cleaning sites:

what I’m listening to: Acid Food – Mogwai



To-do Lists & Why I Love Them

January 18, 2010

You have too much to do: schoolwork, clean-up, pay bills, laundry, grocery shopping, the list goes on.  You have trouble sleeping because you have so much to think about, and you live in constant fear of forgetting something important (which you do on a regular basis).  You’ve tried phone reminders, ical, email reminders – but these things take too long to program in, and besides they crowd up your inbox.  Maybe you should try it the old-fashioned way and make a list.

Why this works:

  1. If you bring it everywhere you go, you can write down a task at the very moment you think of it.
  2. Can’t sleep? Pull out your to-do list and jot down everything that’s keeping you up.  That way, you’ll be able sleep soundly without being afraid you’ll forget everything you need to do in the morning.
  3. It is incredibly satisfying to be able to check something off your list.  Sometimes I like to cross them out with strong lines – now, not only do you have an organized list of things to do, but also a list of things you’ve accomplished.  So at the end of the day, you know exactly how productive you’ve been.
  4. If you make a habit of writing down your tasks, you’ll be amazed at how much more organized and together you feel.  Just try not to leave your list anywhere – it feels almost like forgetting your phone!

Want to make your list a little snazzier? Here’re some cool list-taking products:

Pretty Lists

From Cliburn Gift Shop

Sleek, Business-like Lists

From Hanson Ellis

What I’m Listening to: The Distance – Cake



New Postsecrets!

January 17, 2010

New Postsecrets today (every Sunday).  Here’s a video of Frank, the man who started the whole project, giving a talk:

What I’m listening to: The Ballad of RAA – The Rural Alberta Advantage




January 15, 2010

Because this blog is going to be largely about sharing and overcoming secrets, I thought I’d share a link to one of my favorite blogs on the web, Postsecret:

What I’m listening to: She Moves in Secret Ways – Polly Paulusma



First Post

January 14, 2010

We all make mistakes.  Sometimes, I feel like I make more mistakes than other people.  And so in sharing my mistakes with you, I hope to achieve several things:

1) resolve my own embarrassment of uncomfortable situations

2) provide insight into potential social scenarios from which others can learn

3) entertain & remind myself of the humor in life

4) reflect in order to grow and make fewer mistakes in the future

Now that I’ve gotten started, there are a few subjects that I plan to update here regularly : health/fitness, friends/relationships, music/art, organizational/business skills.  Of course, you can expect there to be a wide range of subjects discussed, so be sure to check back regularly!

What I’m listening to: Psychotic Girl – Black Keys