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It All Started with a Crazy Idea

It is the middle of October, but I am already planning ahead for 2014. Honestly, it's the way my brain is wired.  If I'm not five steps ahead, I'm behind.  Mostly, it's good.  When I achieve the things that I have been planning all this time, it feels even better, because I've been obsessing about it all for so long.  I'm hoping that this is one of those things.  This blog.  I want this blog to be one of those things.

Here is a quick introduction to me, to my life.  I put a little bit of this stuff in the "About" section, so you should go read that first.  But it doesn't really explain how this blog came to be.

I have a friend who moved to the same city as me this past spring.  And she has been doing things ever since - organizing a Pinterest craft group, organizing a MeetUp group for writers, and planning things to do in 2014.  That's where I got this idea - from her.  She started a blog where she asked people for ideas for things she could do, so that she was doing something every day of the year.  And I thought, wow.  Now, she's a girl with some goals.  She's a girl who is actually trying to figure it all out, instead of just talking about figuring it all out, which is what I've been doing for the past two years.

I'm not a doer.  Not when it comes to things like that.  Making a list of things to do for 365 days sounds exhausting.  I'm an introvert.  I'm an observer.  I'm a writer.  And I've been trying to figure out how to make myself heard for as long as I can remember.  So I thought... maybe this is the way to do it.  Maybe I just need to set this crazy goal and stick to it.  Like, keeping a blog for 365 days a year, and documenting what it's like to be 25 and not know what you're doing with your life.

It could be a movie, right?

Ha.  If my life becomes a movie, I want Jennifer Lawrence to play me.  I'm calling it now.

Anyways, there are things that I do want to accomplish in the year 2014.  And I want them documented.  And I want the journey documented.  And I want to be able to look back on the whole thing in the years to come and be proud that I did this.  I want to be proud of myself.  My life has been full of changes, and I think it could make for a good story.

Here are the things that I want to get done in 2014:

  • Ongoing progress in my Master's degree (so I can graduate in December 2015)
  • Run 4 half marathons (1 per season) in my city
  • Run at least 1 marathon (I'm shooting for 2, but that's a lot of miles)
  • Finish the three novels that I have started and stopped working on
  • Work toward getting my best one published
  • Navigate the world of long term relationships without too many slip-ups
  • Not freak out when I turn 25
  • Document every day of 2014

It's hefty, and I would say that it isn't even finished yet.  But these are my preliminary goals for next year.  Starting January 1, I want to be someone different.  Someone who finishes what she starts.  Someone who doesn't run away when things get a little sticky.

It's a crazy idea.  But I think it's the best crazy idea for me, so that I keep my sanity.

I'm planning on writing once a month until the 1st.  I will update in November.

Until then,

-A.

Elastic Heart

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