So. People like to talk about having “goals”. And setting them, and working toward them, and reaching them and blah blah blah. I’ve always hated goals. I’m not quite sure why, but I’ve just always resisted the whole idea of them. What I DO like are projects. I think the difference is that with goals, it’s like all you care about is getting the thing done. With projects, there’s more of an awareness of the process, the planning, the steps, the actual work that is put in. And a lot of my projects are things that never really have an end-point (like learning a skill; when do you know you’ve “finished” learning that skill?).

So ANYway. Here are some projects that I’ve done over the last few years:

-Redid my kitchen

-Learned American Sign Language (ongoing, but I’m at a pretty decent level)

-Learned Irish Dance (ongoing)

-Learned Belly Dance (I did this, and then lost it because I haven’t done it in a while- gotta get back to it!)

-Started and maintained a youtube channel (ongoing)

-Opened and maintained an Etsy shop for portraits (ongoing)

-I guess grad school could be considered a project..? That was basically the project that kept me from doing any other projects for about 3 years. Ugh. Glad I’m done with that one.

Here are some projects I would like to do someday soon:

-Install a fairy door in my front yard tree (I plan to do this in the spring)

-Regain my upper singing range (kind of working on this because I’m in a choir now)

-Regain/improve my French

-Do aerial dance

-Do ballet dancing

-Learn swing, salsa, ballroom dance

-Learn to sew (and make myself a Renaissance Festival dress)

-Learn to knit

-Plant something in the ground and get it to grow

-Write and illustrate a children’s book

-Foster animals (I’m starting this process soon!)

Here are some projects I would like to do at some point in my life (these are more dreams at this point):

-Learn some basic computer coding. Ughh I really don’t want to actually DO it because it is soooo boring, but I think it would be a good skill to have. (I actually just kind of started doing this! We’ll see how far I get.)

-Learn to play harmonica/guitar/fiddle

-Make a rain barrel


-Learn a billion languages (Irish, Italian, Spanish, Mandarin)

-Travel to Ireland/Scotland/England

-Maintain a garden (with edibles like carrots, peas, and lettuce)

-Write a novel

Yay projects!



6 thoughts on “Projects

  1. These all look like so much fun! If you want to check “write a novel” off your list, November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). 50,000 words in one month is kind brutal, but it’s so much fun to be able to say you wrote a whole novel. I highly recommend it as motivation for actually finishing a story — I’d started several novels but didn’t complete one until my first NaNoWriMo in 2011. Good luck with all your projects 🙂


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