Saturday, November 5, 2011

my thing

(Really quickly, before I start today--can we stop pretending that this is my family blog? You and I both know that this is the Weblog de Elise. I'm fully aware that I never update you on the other five members of my family. Guess what? They don't care.)

Back to me. A while back my dad's sister, Auntie Kiki (whose given name remains a mystery to this day), posted this picture on Facebook:

She inspires me. Seeing my fifty-something auntie exit the crashing waves with a surfboard tucked under her arm sparks something inside of me. When I look at this photograph I get the same feeling I do when I listen to "Blackbird" by the Beatles. Like "Today will be the day that I accomplish something monumental in this world!"

So I gird up my loins, strike out into the world, and accomplish...



Not exactly monumental, but it was necessary. (You'll notice that the "before" picture has been shot at a Dutch angle, giving the room a feeling of uneasiness and chaos. I think the Dutch angle was overkill in this circumstance. My whole life is at a Dutch angle these days.)

I have a bucket list like a MILE long, so why is it that I spent an entire afternoon with my kids organizing the toys/food storage/junk room, barking out commands like a crazed drill sergeant? And why do we have a junk ROOM? Why can't we limit it to a DRAWER like most people?


The problem is, when I set out to check something off of my bucket list, I turn around and my children have done the snowglobe trick on the junk room. It's a vicious cycle.

These thoughts have been stewing for a few weeks now, but with the help of Pinterest and New York Times Best-Selling author Ally Condie, I think I've found the answer. First, I have this Pinterest buddy who pins a lot of inspirational quotes, like so:

"When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, 'I used everything you gave me.'" Erma Bombeck


"Be the girl you were too lazy to be yesterday."

Last weekend I went to to a book festival where Ally Condie spoke and did a little Q&A thing. At one point she talked about how she juggled writing and raising her three (?) children. With her first books she did her writing after her children were in bed, between like 7 PM and 11 or 12 PM. She wrote, revised, revised, and revised a bunch of books this way. While I was...lemme think...watching Smallville on DVD? I don't know.

So, ladies, the solution is obvious. Scheduling! We all have 24 hours in our day just like Ally Condie, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney (let's keep this blog non-partisan, eh?), Jenn Keyes, Gandhi, and everyone else who accomplishes so much with their life. I guess if I want to do it, I just have to schedule it in.

To think it's come to this.

Here's where I rope you guys in. (Don't panic, it's not MLM...this time....ah ha ha ha!) I know most of my friends have a list of things they want to accomplish before they die--learn Italian, be a good visiting teacher, plant an herb garden, play the cello, run a marathon, finish college. Whatever your thing is, let's DO IT. This week!

I'll tell you my thing: Writing. Like, a novel. I KNOW. I feel kind of sheepish even admitting it. I just have this fun story in my head that's been driving me nuts for the past two years. I've written about forty pages of it. This week I'm going to start to finish it. I'll let you know when it's done. In twenty years.

So, what's your thing? That ONE thing that you can't imagine leaving this earth without accomplishing? If you don't have a thing, then that's your assignment. Find a thing.

This is going to be SUCH FUN!

Aren't you guys STOKED?!


I lost you at "plant an herb garden," didn't I?
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Shydandelion said...

I'm returning the Stranger Comment... :D

You should TOTALLY do NaNoWriMo! I decided this year to finally write that novel that's been quietly collecting dust and spiders for the last 30 years. There's still time to sign up! And if you "win" you get a nifty blog button, I think. :D

Meegan, the Evil Stepmother said...

1. I find it SO comforting to know you have at least a part of your house that looks like that. Granted, right now my ENTIRE house looks like that, but still...

2. Totally do NaNoWriMo. Don't ask why this non-writer knows about it. It's embarrassing (*cough* Bones fan fiction *cough*).

3. I'm all over this brilliant idea. Allow me to mull whilst I do the dishes, and I'll let you know the verdict.


Andi said...

I am totally IN. I have to think of something though. hmmm

Cathy's Blog said...

Auntie Kiki's real name is Kathy Abrahamson Walker Keenan. I am Cathy Abrahamson the second but since I have had the name longer than she did it is officially mine forever!!

Jenn said...

Wow, I really shouldn't be on the same list as Mitt Romney and Ghandi, but I am flattered, little do you know that every room in my house looks like that most of the time and that my Bucket list is HUGE too. However I must say that teaching my kids to be self sufficient and clean a room is also very high on my bucket list, so way to go! I am proud of you for taking time to work and teach your children and get a room organized too. Doesn't it feel great!!!! And dont' think it's small beans, it's NOT!

So I am in! I am postponing until next week, but I am in. I want to, have to, need to start an online business, selling something...anything (but most likely unfinished wood craft kits, craft felt stuff cut on our lazer, and maybe some homemade craft thingies) I have to do it! Since Tess was born I have wanted to and I have been thanks for the motivation!

Now, how to get started.....This is where I have been stuck, I have been waiting hoping someone would walk me through the process, but I dont' think that is going to happen. So if it is going to get done, I have to do it, on my own. That scares me. But I can do it right?

Look your goal is easy...I just wrote a novel!!!!

Meegan, the Evil Stepmother said...

I figured out my thing! I'm going to finally finish the assorted physics books I have hanging around.

See? How rad are you? I'm not even writing.a book-I'm reading them. I thought about taking formal cello lessons, but figured that if I can't go to the bathroom withoug interruptions, trying for uninterrupted practice time is setting myself up for failure.

Milady said...

Melanie here! I enjoyed this piece, please email me--I have a question about your blog. MelanieLBowen[at]gmail[dot]com