April Challenge

"You cannot dream yourself into a character: you must hammer and forge yourself into one."
--Henry D. Thoreau

The tools have been gathered. Preparations have been made. And the past was been cleared away for the future. I am ready to be the person I have been working toward and am meant to be. This month will be dedicated to eliminating the 'when I' phrases in my life. I will post more when I do more exciting things. I will take pictures when I buy new make-up. I will go to events when I buy new clothes. I will buy more clothes when I lose weight.

Enough! Nothing gets done when you wait for the right time. Plus I no longer have the patience to wait. I know what I have been working toward these last several months. While there are still things that need to be worked on, I am tired of only focusing on one aspect at a time. It is time I put the pieces together and gain the courage to be the person I want to be.

April is the month I plan to compile and complete the puzzle of the last months' goals. It's time to stop procrastinating and step into the new "character" I have been gradually working toward. I hope April will be a productive month for everyone else as well.


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Pretty in blue

One of my life goals I have always wanted to accomplish is to be a break from the pink princesses. To me most cute/hime-kei/girly items and clothes are just awash in a sea of pink. And I understand that pink symbolizes femininity, purity, and romance. But I am tired of feeling obligated to buy everything in that color. While there is nothing wrong with the color pink, it is just not for me. I prefer blue. I see certain blue tints as calming, airy, free, and girly colors. Now do not misunderstand, I would never turn down a bouquet of pink roses. But nothing would be more prefect than white or blue roses.

With my departure from lolita fashion, I did not give myself much direction for future clothing purchasing. If it was cute/feminine/girly I bought it. This left me with a kaleidoscope of colors in my wardrobe. Coordinating outfits became quite a task. There were adorable pieces that did not match anything and were neglected. So I decided to clean out my wardrobe once again. My new rule has become if it is not pastel, easily coordinated, or blue I do not want it. I know there is no way to completely rid my closet of pink. But blue will be the central color. (My make up items will end up staying pink. Sadly those companies have yet to make multiple colors of their containers.)

So I thought what better way to start my blue revolution than with purses? Purses are sometimes a huge coordination point. And I hardly ever leave my house without my purse. My black guess bag is wonderful, but I want some color. So for my birthday I bought 2 new totes.

The first is a bright blue Juicy Couture tote. With spring and summer coming, I thought a bright color would a best. The second is a blueberry Guess tote. Much subtler than the Juicy bag. I foresee using this one more often. I am ecstatic to finally be working on my Pretty in Blue goals. I think one more baby blue purse would be perfect.

March challenge

"If what you are doing is not moving you towards your goals, then it’s moving you away from your goals,"
--Brian Tracy

There are a few tasks and goals I have ignored over the years. I have kept a tally of them, but procrastinated working on any. I have learned to work around these tasks, but I am disappointed that I have left them go for this long. I earnestly try to achieve my goals, but find with these missing parts I am going nowhere. I cannot improve if I am neglecting even the small tasks. I thought this quote suited my feelings rather well. I cannot complete a puzzle without all the pieces. And I cannot move forward if I am at a stand still or going in reverse.

So for March, I plan to find the little missing pieces of my goals and focus on them. I mostly know what needs to be done to help obtain my goals. I just need to make sure all the smaller pieces are accounted for.

Like most women, one of my main goals is to lose weight. While I had lost some weight in December and January nothing dramatic had happened. I tried eating healthier, but felt that I needed to start counting calories. I finally joined an app called 'Lose it'. It has helped immensely. In 2½ weeks, I have happily lost 12 lbs.

Another goal of mine is to improve my make-up skills. That will never happen with old make-up and brushes. Overlooking the need for updated and more make-up is definitely keeping me from this goal. I'm rectifying this by starting with my lip glosses. No more Bath & Beauty lip glosses or cutesy cupcake/ice cream container glosses. I've order Dior Addict Lip Glow. Besides that I love how feminine and classy the contain looks, I have heard rave reviews about this product.

I hope that those working on their goals recognize any small steps that need to be taken and target those weak points.

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Booshie

Yesterday a new word was added to the many that people use for my description. Booshie. I have been called a princess, preppy, and spoiled. But rarely something as bold as booshie. I actually had to look it up because I have never heard this word before.

The group did not lower their voices or try to hide that fact that I could hear them. They were just holding a normal conversation and decided to add me to the list of people too conceited to attend a party. While this makes me sound like an arrogant adolescent, it was not just a normal party. It was a "slumber"/toy party. While I have been to one of those before hosted by very good friend. I would not go to one hosted by someone I barely know. There are just certain things I do not care to know about extended acquaintances. Plus the shock and awe of attending the first was not overly impressive.

I always find it amusing how people get offended whenever others do not share the same interests as them. I would not be offended if I wanted to start a book club and certain people did not want to attend. If I happen to turn down a request, it is not because I think I am better than others. I just do not want to participate or already have other plans. As an almost 29 year old woman, I do not try to appease everyone.

Since I have ignored their snide remarks they seem validated in their opinion of me. Whatever. The woman and her group can try to chide me into lashing out, but I am not that type of people. I have other interests that I would rather focus on than their childish mind games. As you see no names or connections were mention. If she were to happen upon this entry she has nothing to be upset about. I just thought this would be an interesting diary entry.

A friend of mine said I have always been kind of stuck up and found an old picture as "proof".
This picture is from 2008! Stalking my Facebook much?



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February Challenge

"Is life not a thousand times too short for us to bore ourselves?"
--Friedrich Nietzsche

How is everyone doing with to their New Years goals?

I am felling very accomplished with last month's progress. So far I have completed 19 of the current 100 goals I set out for myself. Plus I already have more objectives I want to add to the list. I want to continue this productiveness all throughout 2014! I have the bad habit of slowing down and becoming bored after having accomplishing a few goals, but I am determined to keep the motivation going. Life is too short for me to do nothing with myself. I have ended my relationship with boredom and I never want to go back.


One of my next big missions is to type out all my notes and half written post ideas to create a digital database/post bank. I know that with at least a portion of the writing done I will want to finish each post. Then I will have a selections of posts to pick from if I do not have a specific topics I want to talk about one day.

My other current mission is setting up and organizing a daily planner for scheduling posts, events, and important dates. Most of my procrastination issues stem from that fact that I do not monitor how many days are left in a month. I always say that I will type out a post tomorrow or take pictures another day. Then before I notice it is time for next month's challenge. This negligence needs to stop. It is frustrating that I waste so much time doing nothing. I never look at the calendar on my phone, so I feel a planner would be a good idea.

I am keeping my eyes open for any cute, pastel, or quilted daily planners. If you happen to notice one please do share. Some ideas:




Or I might construct my only daily planner like on A Bowl Full Of Lemons.

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January Challege

"I've become fascinated by the idea that it's really achievable to make two or three small improvements in a week and by the end of the year, it's 150 improvements."
--Darrell Hammond

Vows exchanged ✔
Gifts opened ✔
Christmas presents given ✔
Thank you cards written ✔

Now what?

Now with the excitement of the nuptials and holidays having passed, life is starting to fall back into it's usual pace. With no big goals to aspire to at the moment, I felt that setting small goals for each week would keep me occupied.

I find that when I'm bored I spend large amounts of time surfing around Tumblr or Facebook. I know I am wasting my time doing nothing, but cannot find the motivation to do anything else. I really dislike that I waste most of my time doing nothing. And I know the first step to break this lazy, procrastination cycle is to get up and do something. So I want 2014 to be the year that I beat my boredom. I want to accomplish as much as I can this year. No ruts, no laziness, and no excuses.

I have seen lists of 52 goal for 52 weeks, but I would love to do more. So when I noticed this quote some time ago, I decided I would attempt to accomplish 2 or 3 goals per week. If I happen to fail with this I know at least one will get done. But I'm going to push and strive to accomplish as much as possible. I want to feel accomplished when I look back at 2014.

Top 10
1. Get driver's license
2. Change name with bank
3. Change name with Macy's
4. Change name with Comcast
5. Change name with BGE
6. Change name with Sprint
7. Change name with Henderson Webb
8. Make wedding cake cookies for 1st anniversary
9. Prepare posts ahead of time
10. Reorganize important documents

Health
11. Lessen sugar intake by 1 teaspoon
12. Lessen salt intake
13. Drink 8 cups of water first
14. Do stairs at lunch twice a week
15. Try Yoga
16. Mediate twice a week
17. Find a healthier snack
18. Go for a walk twice a week
19. Go swimming
20. Get flowers if I'm blue
21. Go bike riding

Organization
22. Spring clean
23. Pay off IRS
24. Declutter/discard office supplies
25. Organize guide books
26. Organize post idea book
27. Organize bookmarks and folder
28. Fall clean
29. Clean out my closet
30. Clean out Oppa's closet
31. Clear out external hard drive
32. Pay off Dell
33. Go through pinterest likes
34. Clear out camera
35. Go through tumblr likes
36. Get rid of record player

I have always wanted to...
37. Fulfill a wish
38. Ride in a horse drawn carriage
39. Learn to make my own bread
40. Have a keratin hair treatment
41. Have a psychic reading
42. Make a gingerbread house
43. Win a scrabble game
44. Order an edible arrangement
45. Try panna cotta
46. Take an e-cource
47. Learn to knit
48. Learn to french braid
49. See the cherry blossoms in spring
50. Make surprise pancakes (without waking Oppa!)
51. Build a model boat
52. Get a professional Hina Matsuri cake

For the foodie in me
53. Try a new recipe
54. Make macarons
55. Have coke/root beer floats
56. Go apple picking
57. Start a recipe book
58. Make mini pies
59. Have a candlelight dinner
60. Remember to make Christmas cookies
61. Make stew

Crafts
62. Make antique song art picture
63. Finish crocheting blanket
64. Finish heart wreath
65. Crochet peppermint afghan
66. Crochet sweater
67. Fix signature picture frame
68. Complete and hang a giant puzzle
69. Paint large paint-by-number
70. Create family shadowbox picture
71. Sew a piece of clothing
72. Fix circular accent table
73. Get/make cute Pjs
74. Make Christmas stockings
75. Get/Make an advent calendar
76. Carve pumpkin

Entertainment
77. Send Christmas cards
78. Read Percy Jackson book series
79. Take a beach trip
80. Theater date night
81. Participate in another blog challenge
82. Discover a new band/artist
83. Watch 4th of July fireworks live
84. Go to a museum
85. Go to a drive-in movie
86. Fly a kite
87. Play a card collectible game with Oppa
88. Movie marathon night
89. Write thank you letter to someone
90. Have a water balloon fight
91. Get a library card
92. Take a new profile picture
93. Finish Final Fantasy XIII
94. Watch a Bond movie
95. Meet the neighbors
96. Explore podcasts

Wishlist
97. Update make-up collection
98. Get a new wallet
99. Buy Harry Potter chest book series
100. Buy faux fur trimmed white coat

Update
101. Pay off credit card
102. Find a new doctor team
103. Get a new purse
104. Make post database



37 / 104 tasks. 35% complete!




Happy Years everyone!



May everyone have a wonderful year this year.




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bottom image from: HD Wallpaper Images

November Challenge

"Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful."
--Joshua J. Marine

Last month's challenge was a success! I put my foot down and stopped letting circumstances rule over me. I was really pleased with the accomplishments and decisions that were made. Rather than just planning and attempting to do things, I was determined that stuff got done. And there would not be any emotional ruts because plans fell through. I had forgotten how good it felt to take charge of life. The feeling of triumph is pure happiness and I never want to feel like a failure to myself again. I definitely flourished, grew, and prospered.


To achieve my goals I was not naggy, malicious, or offensive. Nor did I ever play the loathsome 'I am a princess' card. I set obtainable goals and saw to it that each was completed. I started the month with only two goals, organizing bills and updating Princessly Living. After completing those tasks I wanted to expand and do more. I then went on to declutter my household and completely pay off three bills!


So for this month I need to continue with this drive and energy for another goal I set. There is no time for laziness or melancholy because I have 36 days until I finally get married. Toward the end of last month Oppa and I decided that we were just going to have a private ceremony and then brunch. No more delays because of illness or job changes. No more having to hear "So when are you getting married?" No more correcting others when others ask about my husband. Barring a freak Snowmageddon 12/11/13 will be the day we said 'I do'.



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