Revised (again) 25 By 25

Don’t worry, I’ve only added my twenty-fifth goal, finally.  I’ve had only 24 for a month and change, and I finally figured out my twenty-fifth a few days ago.  And then I achieved it.  (I’m making a video about this soon, so keep an eye on my channel).

25 By 25

  1. Move into my own apartment not with an immediate family member.  (Roommates are cool).
  2. Get a tattoo.
  3. Run a 5k.
  4. Attend a group meditation.
  5. Visit 2 new US cities.
  6. Visit Europe.
  7. Finish writing a novel.
  8. Buy a subscription to Evernote Prime.
  9. Buy a subscription to Spotify Premium.  (Student is just $5/month!) (There’s a sale now for $0.99 for three months but it’s only available until December 31!)
  10. Adopt an animal.
  11. Attend a Phi Sigma Pi conference.
  12. Try out a notebook planner.  (March 2013, I don’t like it).
  13. Complete my master’s degree.  (Enrolled at SEMO for Secondary Education).
  14. Visit Canada
  15. Buy stock.
  16. Learn basic French.
  17. Build my own website.  (Not just a mockup).
  18. Learn basic Spanish.
  19. Get a driver’s license.  (June 2013!)
  20. Give thank you cards to all my professors at AU in my final semester. (December 2013!)
  21. Start sharing short stories on my blog. (November 2014)
  22. Share poetry on my youtube channel. (November 2014)
  23. Purchase a DSLR camera. (November 2014)
  24. Instead of birthday gifts, ask for donations to charity.
  25. Have a job I’m proud to display on LinkedIn. (December 2014)

To be clear about that last goal, everyone’s pride is different.  Mine is definitely one of my biggest weaknesses, and I see why it’s considered a cardinal sin when I think of how proud I can be.  So getting a job that I’m proud of enough to put it on my LinkedIn page and display it to the world, not just mentioned in text messages where I’m always qualifying why I have it, is a really nice feeling.

It seems like the last couple of months I’ve been achieving goal after goal, and taking steps toward other goals, like making a plan for moving out, or creating a savings goal spreadsheet, or deciding on what my first tattoo will be when I finally find an artist I’m comfortable with putting needles and ink to my body.  Have you been meeting your goals?  Tell me all about your goals in the comments!  Let’s chat.

Last Revision | Original 25 By 25 List

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Scorch Marks | Poetry

This morning, I shared a spoken word poem on my YouTube channel called Scorch Marks.  I wrote it to be read aloud, but I think it can stand on its own two feet as a written word poem.  You can watch me perform it here.  Sharing a spoken word poem on my YouTube channel was one of my Revised 25 By 25 goals.

I want to paint my name in the sky

The clouds as brushes for my artist’s eye

I want to be a constellation,

Connect the dots of the stars above,

Be the star of legends for generations.

I want to scorch the earth

Leave fires burning in my wake.

I want to see the bottom of every ocean,

And make sure burns aren’t the only marks I make.

Revised 25 By 25

Last month, I was looking at my 25 By 25 list and trying to figure out why I avoided looking at it so much.  Then, it dawned on me.  Duh!  Because it no longer fit with my goals and felt daunting and impossible, rather than like a challenge I was excited to win.  So I revised it.  The current list much more fits my goals and my life as it is now, and I have no trouble looking at it.

25 By 25

1. Move into my own apartment.  (Roommates are cool).

2. Get a tattoo. (I’m thinking something like this on my left ankle).

3. Run a 5k.

4. Attend a group meditation.

5. Visit 2 new U.S. cities.  (Next spring my mom & I are planning to go to Indianapolis!)

6. Visit Europe.

7. Finish writing a novel.

8. Buy a subscription to Evernote Prime.

9. Buy a subscription to Spotify Premium.  (Student price is only $5/month!)

10. Adopt an animal.

11. Attend a Phi Sigma Pi conference.

12. Try out a notebook planner.  (Did it March 2014, not a fan).

13. Complete my master’s degree.

14. Visit Canada.

15. Buy stock.

16. Learn basic French.

17. Build my own website.

18. Learn basic Spanish.

19. Get a driver’s license.  (Did it June 2013!)

20. Give thank you cards to my AU professors in my last semester.  (Did it!)

21. Start sharing short stories on my blog.

22. Share poetry on my YouTube channel.

23. Purchase a DSLR camera.  (I’m a big photography nerd, I handled my first film SLR at 11, but haven’t been able to buy a DSLR yet.  Black Friday and Cyber Monday are calling my name!)

24. Instead of birthday gifts ask for donations to charity.

25. TBA

I haven’t figured out a 25th goal, but I’m sure I will.  I kept the ones I’d already completed, as a pat on the back for actually meeting those goals.  I made it into a cute graphic, which I’m going to print and hang on my wall, though I might print it with a white background since we’re low on color ink.  For a simple template version of this, click here.  It can be edited in any simple editing software, or printed to hand write.

25 By 25

Thanks for visiting, and if you’ve created a 25 By 25, or a 101 in 1001, or any other goals list, please share in the comments!  I love to read about other people’s goals.  But remember, a goal without a plan is just a wish.

Tech Resolutions

One common resolution (and something on my 25 By 25 list) is to up your tech understanding.  I thought I’d share a couple of websites I’m using to raise my own technical skills.

Codecademy
Codecademy is my favorite of these sources.  I’ve been using it for a year or so to brush up on and seriously improve my html, java, CSS, etc.  The language of the lessons isn’t condescending, there are forums for Q&A when you can’t figure something out, and there are labs for java and a few other languages.  The lessons are broken up into good sized chunks, and are easy to understand.

Khan Academy
Khan Academy covers a multitude of topics.  One of those topics is computer programming.  I haven’t actually taken any of their courses yet, but they’re a viable option.

SkillCrush
SkillCrush is an awesome idea.  It was created by a woman who noticed that in her publishing office there was a sharp division between women in the editorial staff and men in the technical staff.  Adda Birnir created SkillCrush to help rectify that division and teach women to code.  While learning you also create a portfolio of creations to show your skills.  Caveat: you have to pay for SkillCrush, though there is a 10-day bootcamp that’s offered for free which I’m currently doing (and loving).

Coursera
Coursera, like Khan Academy, teaches many, many topics.  One of those is computer programming.  I’ve used Coursera for several other previous courses, but none of them were computer related.

W3 Schools
W3 Schools is a website that has tutorials and such.  The best feature though is the TryIt Editor.  You can type in some html and it will show you how it would look.  It’s great for testing out new features and pages for any website you may want to create, or testing your newfound skills.

If one of your resolutions is tech related try these sites out.  They’re interactive, they can show you exactly where the faults in your code are, and most of them are free.  I’m currently cruising through Codecademy and the free bootcamp from SkillCrush myself.

Quick One

Just a quick post today.  I’m elbows deep in thesis revision, thank you cards for professors, and packing up to move out.  I didn’t make it to the National Archives Tweetup (#heartbroken) because I had a rescheduled final exam.  I’ve applied for officially a dozen jobs.  I got an A in my American Sign Language class this semester, which turned out to be my favorite class.

Instead of anything really worth reading, here’s a video you should watch:

Also, here’s a printable blank version of the 25 By 25 list I made earlier this year.  It’s totally blank, you can print it and handwrite your list, or you can edit it in photoshop (or GIMP, whatever) and add a neat typed list (that’s what I did).

25 By 25

P.S. I’m one step closer, since I’m officially an alumna of Phi Sigma Pi.  I only cried for twenty minutes.
claudia crying

25 By 25

A few years ago I came across the idea of doing a prescribed number of tasks in the year between your birthdays.  For example 19 things before your 19th birthday.  I tried a few times, but it was always too much on top of school, and tutoring, and extracurriculars.  So I didn’t have a list between 20 and 21.  I’ve also seen a lot of 101 in 1001 posts, so I decided to combine the concepts.  Starting early this summer I made a list of 25 things I would do before my 25th birthday.  I have just under four years to tackle these.  Some I’m working on already, some I’m planning, and some I won’t be able to do for years.  But that’s okay.  I have time.

25 By 25

1. Move to a new place by myself.

2. Get a tattoo.

3. Run a 5k.

4. Attend another meditation class at a Buddhist temple (or even Kay).

5. Visit a city by myself.

6. Visit Europe.

7. Publish a book.

8. Buy a subscription to Evernote prime.

9. Buy a subscription to Spotify premium.

10. Get my blog off the ground.

11. Adopt an animal.

12. Become an active alumna of Phi Sigma Pi.

13. Attend a Phi Sigma Pi conference.

14. Surprise someone with something special each month.

15. Try out a notebook planner.

16. Buy a pair of quality nude pumps.

17. Get my master’s degree.

18. Visit Canada.

19. Learn a language well.

20. Buy stock.

21. Learn how to code well enough to make my own website.

22. Get a driver’s license. June 2013

23. Go vegan for a week.

24. Give thank you cards to every professor my final semester at AU. December 2013

25. Instead of birthday gifts, ask for donations to charity.