Fair Warning: This will not be an informative, enlightening, or exciting post. But read to the end if you want to feel a little bit better about yourself.
As our year here at Shake the Dust comes to a close (a little later than every one else's), I've been examining my goals, figuring out which ones to power through and which ones need to be let go. As it turns out, I think I'm going end up doing pretty well. But at the risk of counting my chickens, I'll just leave it at that.
Here's where I'm at and what I'll be working on in the next couple of weeks:
- Weight Loss: Still feelin sassy- and that's what counts!
- Incorporate Artist Dates once a week- I'm on one right now.
- Finish one of my two writing projects- I plan on spending the entire day at this coffee shop, hashing out this short story. No telling where that'll leave me, but the hope is that I'll be finished in the next couple of weeks.
- Get something published- I have some ideas about this that I'd rather not share just yet...
- Get out of the city once a week, out of the state once a month, out of the country once a year- There are talks of going to Canada. Stay tuned.
- Read through all of Austen- Half way through Emma at present. Two more to go after that!
- Complete my Denver Bucket list before I leave: Check!
- Minimize- Check!
- Find somewhere to volunteer at in Portland- Emily and I are pursuing an opportunity at a women's shelter. I'm looking at working in their children's program.
- Get in contact with Heartline and others to solidify a plan for Haiti for next summer- I know of at least one person, potentially two, who absolutely want to go next year. I've emailed a few contact and have been referred to a few other people. Now it's just up to finding a need we feel comfortable fulfilling and working out logistics.
- Embrace my crafty side. Learn to sew, crochet, paste, and spread glitter around on construction paper- My wonderful friend Katrina and The Penny Farthing has offered to help me with some hand made gifts for my beautiful niece-to-be. If you check out Katrina's blog and see all the beautiful creations she has posted there, you'll know I am in good hands!
So that's where I'm at! I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you all for sticking with us through this process. You didn't have to read about us talking about our lives every week- but you did. And the stories of how we have inspired you have been invaluable in keeping us going at Shake the Dust. We love you. You're wonderful. And keep reading! We have still have a few weeks to go :)