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.


Study The Dead

Sorry I’ve been so absent friends.  I had every intention of posting this cool non-valentine history of valentine’s day about everything else that has happened on valentine’s day in the past several millenia, but then I got sick and I was in bed for days.  I’m still not quite up to snuff, but I’m a lot better than I was.  I also never got around to posting my Satiated Saturday for this week.  Oops.  Well, today’s also my uncle’s birthday (I won’t tell you how old he is, since I don’t think even he wants to know).  Anyway, I drafted this post a while ago, and then never posted it, so here you go.  Have a bunch of graphics with quotes about dead people from Emily Graslie.


I often make graphics in photoshop or Paper for my favorite quotes.  My obsession with quotes goes back to at least the seventh grade.  Which is when I discovered quote websites.  Ever since I’ve kept notebooks upon notebooks of my favorite quotations, the ones that are just beautifully phrased, or that tell a good story, or that represent something I believe in.  Recently, one of my favorites has been from an episode of The Brain Scoop.  “We study the dead to know more about the living.”  I studied history and physical anthropology, which is basically studying  the dead.  So this quote really spoke to me.

Study the Dead picture copy

(This picture is actually from a Brain Scoop episode called the Spirit Collection).

I was then stuck in bed, and bored, so I made a few graphics for it.  Then, I popped them up on tumblr, figuring one or two people might like them.  Instead, the Brain Scoop tumblr reblogged them and they now have over 300 notes.  I’m completely floored that more than a handful of people could have enjoyed something I made.  That’s never happened before.  So I figured I would post them here so that anyone who reads this blog and enjoys studying the dead in one form or another could enjoy them.   Study The Dead Photo copy

This photo is from the late nineteenth or early twentieth centuries.  At the time photographs took a long time for exposure, and this family moved on before the photographer was finished.  You can see the trail they made along the left of the photo.

Study the Dead cemetery copyThis old label is in the public domain, and when I found it on the Graphics Fairy blog, I knew I needed to download it.

This is my favorite.

This is my favorite.

If you click here, you can find the desktop background size version.  I had a lot of fun making these, and I hope you guys enjoy them as well!

2014 Playlist

Every year I search for an anthem.  I think I’ve found it for 2014, but it could change.  The anthem for 2013 was This Year by The Mountain Goats.  For 2014 I have a playlist, starting with Welcome Home by Radical Face.  2014 playlist

What songs are on your 2014 playlist?

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.
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