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2014 Resolutions!

I aint a’scared to admit it. I LOVE resolutions. I love setting ’em, working at ’em, failing at ’em. I love it all! And my favorite part, by far, is going back and looking to see if I achieved them in a year’s time. I did so-so on my goals last year and hope to kick all my goals in the patoot this year! To make things easier, I’ve decided to focus on very broad goals, with a few specific mini-goals as a means to achieve them. Leeet’s take a look!

 

1.) Health


(Art by Jeff Victor)

– Lose the remaining 15 lbs I need to make long-term goal weight!

I’m not too worried about this one! I’ve lost so much weight so far that I feel like this last little bit can’t possibly beat me (well, I say that now…). I’ll keep y’all updated with weight loss posts and so on.

– Reach out when I’m having mental health issues!

Last year was rife with problems for me on the mental health front. And I did nothing about it and didn’t talk to anyone about it. I think even just reaching out (even here on the blog, maybe) could be a helpful coping mechanism.

– Buff up!

I’ve always wanted to be really strong! Feminine, but also a fucking beast. It’s no secret that I love superhero comics, and ladies like Wonder Woman, Power Girl, She Hulk, and the like are huge influences on me to get super strong! Maybe even start a martial art??!!

2.) Blog

– Start doing Youtube videos.

But omg I’m so shy! But omg I want to! …. Omg

– OOTD posts.

Again. So shy! Also my wardrobe is a little uninteresting right now. I’m trying to only buy things that I think are truly me, rather than things that just happen to look good on my body, but that can be tough when you’re 5′ tall and have a 36G bust. When you find something that fits, you snatch that shit up. I gotta stop doing that.

– Nerd janks.

At this point y’all are probably like, “Does this girl just like to say she loves comics?” No, I swear! It’s true! What pretend comic fan’s favorite is Booster Gold, for fuck’s sake?

3.) Self

– Return to kindness.

I used to be a kind-hearted person. People would be shocked if I even said something that could be construed as slightly negative. I feel like I’ve become quite a bit meaner and negative in the past few years and I really want to feel the healing power of kindness again.

– Buddhism.

I’ve practiced Buddhism for several years now, but in the last year, I’ve fallen out of things a bit. I meditate less, I rarely listen to dharma talks anymore. I don’t set out with the intention to be mindful of myself and anything else throughout my day. One big thing I’d like to do this year is go on a retreat to take the 5 Precepts. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a while, but never had the courage or will to do.

– Be more active in causes I care about.

When I lived in Virginia, I was extremely active in social and political issues that mattered to me. I’d be at the General Assembly in Richmond, making sure my voice was heard. Since I’ve moved to Pittsburgh, I’ve become more or less complacent as the issues are a bit less pressing and extreme here. But I’d like to go back to my vegetarian life, at least.

The rest of my resolutions are smaller honorable mentions:

– Get my first tattoo!
– Start stretching my ears!
– Take a road trip alone!
– Read a bunch of books!
– Go to some comic book conventions!

Etc etc…

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Jump Start with DietBet!

So I (and everyone who’s subscribed to the newsletter, lol) got an email from Blogilates (one the THE BEST diet blog/youtube thingers around!) about this awesome new years challenge with DietBet!

Basically what’s happening is you bet $30 that you can lose 4% of your body weight in 4 weeks. If you win, you get your money back PLUS a share of the pot! Sounds pretty rad, right? Not only that, but Cassey and Blogilates is giving away a good big crapload of prizes to a random winner as well.

Anyway, as you can probably guess, I’ve already plunked down my 30 bucks. 4% of my weight is about 5 1/2 lbs! Shouldn’t be tough, right? Right??? I’ve already lost 50 lbs, and need to lose 15 more to make it to my ultimate goal! I’m totally confident that I can do this. And hey, who doesn’t like earning some money for their hard work?

I’m not affiliated with Blogilates or DietBet in any way, but I’m so excited by this that I really wanted to share and give y’all a last minute opportunity to join if you’re interested!

This is my invite link! Use it if you’d like (though it honestly doesn’t matter, as I’m not going to win the invite prize anyway).

Look forward to seeing y’all maybe try it!

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30 Before 30 Bucket List!

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Hey all! So, I wavered for days about the content of my very first post on this blog, and finally decided to jump right in with a 30 Before 30 list!

Most of the time I’m pretty content without having a ton of goals. I just wasn’t raised to be a “striver” who feels they need to take on the world and climb their way to the top. I come from a Swedish family, and may have a little less of the American Dream in me than the average gal. I’m satisfied with making it to my goal, and then just staying there forever. What can I say? I dream of being a mid-level bureaucrat!

So while I don’t have many regrets about the things I have and haven’t done, sometimes I get the slight pangs of, “Oh no! My youth can’t last forever! I need to get things done NOW!” Not often. But sometimes.

So, like any paper-pushing rule-lover… I made a list! Right now I’m 24 (turning 25 this November), so I tried to think of some things that I know I could manage in five years if I tried really hard. Some of these things will not happen– I’m alright with that! As I said, I’m not a go-getter. But this at least gives me a place to start trying!

Without further yadda yaddas, here’s my 30 before 30 list!

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