Showing posts with label 52 lists and weeks. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 52 lists and weeks. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

52 lists in 52 weeks// round-up

I can't believe that my 52 lists are finally over.

 This project stretched me more than I thought it would to be creative in constantly coming up with lists. But it was fun. And I loved it.

I know that I haven't always been timely in posting the lists, but I am so thankful to those of you that followed (even if you came in late).

And who knows, maybe I will do this again one day.

In case you missed one, or just want a complete you go.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

52 lists in 52 weeks// list 51

Taken from one of my favorite blogs, oh-shoot.

 List 51: Wouldn't it be cool if.....

We all put away our phones when we go out with friends, so we concentrate on them along?

I had an acutal teaching job and a classroom!

Facebook and Blogspot stopped changing formats and stayed with one we liked?

I could eat cupcakes anytime I wanted and not gain any weight!

It wasn't so hard to get a job you wanted??

Your home could clean itself?

You never had to grow up if you didn't want to?

You could meet your favorite musical artist and they could perform at your birthday party? (please nicki minaj?!?!?)

Your drink would automatically refill itself?

You never had to fight the feeling of being awkward or uncomfortable? You just just always felt confidant.

You could wake up at whatever time you wanted?

What would make your list?

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

52 lists in 52 weeks// list 50 (mother's day list)

A list in honor of mother's day:

List 50:  10 Things I learned from my mom (or a mother figure).

- If you keep telling yourself negative things (i.e. "I'm ugly, etc) then you will start to believe it. So stop saying/thinking those things and focus on the positive.

- You can't force people to like you. And it's okay that they don't all like you...after all, you don't like everyone you encounter.

- Don't let anyone take advantage of you, because there are people that will try.

- If you're unsure of what decision to make, pray about it. God knows best.

- Whatever it is you are working at, always give it your best.

- Surround yourself with great friends, because they help make life meaningful (and wonderful)

- How to make beef stroganoff (sp?)

- How to love others

- How to be a wonderful mother (which I hope to one day use)

- To put others first

Thanks mom, for all the wonderful things you've taught me and for always being my best friend. You mean the world to me and I'd be lost without you!

(And the father's day list can be seen here).

Friday, May 11, 2012

52 lists in 52 weeks// 49 (birthday edition)

List 49: 5 things i know at 25.
I got the idea from this awesome blog, and I knew as soon as I read it that I had to partake. 

1. Not everyone is going to like you....and that's okay.
This is actually something I still try to tell myself and still try to get into my thick head. But it's true. Even in the Bible, God warns us that not everyone will like us. You can't make everyone happy and you can't force people to like you. But as long as you like you and you can make yourself happy, that's all that matters. That's the big picture. (And that's what I keep reminding myself!)

2. Letting go is extremely difficult, but well worth it.
Again, another issue I still deal with, but it's one of the most important. It's also one that I keep coming back to. So often I feel like I think I know best or that if I am not in control of the situation it will fall apart. (Talk about an ego, right?) The truth is, letting go and giving it all to God not only takes so much weight off your shoulders, but it also leads you in the right direction. It's incredibly hard to let go though, especially if you are a control freak like me. But hey, maybe that's what makes it so wonderful when you finally can.

3. Figure out what makes you happy and do it as often as you can.
A while back I read the Happiness Project and I learned something valuable (well a lot of things, but one pertaining to this subject). The author talks about how she remembers what made her happy when she was younger and she did it again as an adult. To test this out, I fingerpainted. It sounds silly, but it totally worked. The things that we had fun doing as kids, we can still enjoy as adults. And it can even help us feel like kids again, which is a fun and incredible feeling (especially when you feel weighed down by the adult responsibilities of life).
I feel like this also pertains to other aspects of life, like what career to pick. If you don't like what you do, it will kill you. If you love what you do, if it makes you happy a majority of the time, then you will feel happy and successful at the end of the day instead of bogged down and miserable. I'm trying really hard to make that goal a complete success. I just have to find a full time teaching job and I think I'll be set!

4.Fake it till you make it.
So many times I just haven't felt like doing something (like work, or going out, etc.) but I knew that I had to (either because I want a job or because I know whatever it was would mean the world to someone I love).  So this adopted phrase has come into play. Faking being happy or faking being energized not only makes everyone around you feel glad to have you, but a majority of the time you become what it is you are "faking".

5. Communication is everything.
Maybe this is overused and totally a duh kind of moment. But I feel like so many times when people talk about having open communication with each other they are solely referring to romantic or friend relationships. While that is a huge factor in those specific bonds, I believe that every relationship in our lives should have open lines of communication.  Whether its with your boss, co-workers, parents, kids, students, students' parents, students' teachers, friends, romantic partners, etc. And its amazing to see how great a relationship and situation can be when the lines of communication are safe and open.

What would be on your list??

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

52 lists in 52 weeks// list 48

List 48: 52 things I love about you.

The point of this list is to pick someone close to you to write a sweet things about. My list is for my momma, who's birthday is on Mother's Day this year. Although, I ended up changing the 52 to the age she'll be this year instead. And this list will be turned into a mini book that I'll give to her for her upcoming birthday.

I really loved making this list, mostly because I feel like I sometimes get too absorbed in myself in lists, but this one was completely about someone else. Plus, I'm thinking it'll make a great birthday gift. (And the mini book is on my list of 24 before 25!)


Friday, April 27, 2012

52 lists in 52 weeks//list 47

34 weeks ago I made a list about work.
And today I'm making another one. Only instead of making it a completely positive list, this one is more of a realistic sort.

List 47: Things I've learned from my job. (And if you don't have one, you can be creative and make it "things I've learned from being a student" or stay at home mom (which is a hard-core job if you ask me), etc.).
The point though is to think of all the things you've learned from this area in your life. Whether they are good lessons, or non-examples (which my college classes would call them) that helped teach you what not to do. Everything is a learning experience after all.

My 2 lists (for my 2 jobs):

List 47a: (the law firm):
- When calling a business, one should really use proper phone etiquette.
- When in the lobby of a business, stay off your phone!!!
- Just because you think it's a rush, doesn't mean it is to everyone.
- Don't kill the messenger (in fact, be super sweet to them, because they may be trying to help you more than you think).
- Take your time. Get things done correctly.
- Being nice goes a long way. So go out of your way to be friendly.
- Life is more about who you know than what you know.
- When it's someone's livelyhood, be very careful how you treat it.
- Money tears family apart. Even in death.
- No one is perfect.
- Not all lawyers are bad.
- Always bring a sweater.

List 47b: (school):
- Most of the time kids just want to please you, so don't be so hard on them.
- Communication is everything.
- Go beyond what is asked of you. Everyone has to do it in order to be an effective team, so do it.
- Kids need love and attention. Like a lot.
- Any and every time they do something good, praise them!! It works a whole lot better than punishing them when they are bad.
- Don't yell or raise your voice (or try extremely hard not to). To get their attention instead create games, etc.
- Kid hugs are the best.
- They are still kids. They still need to act like kids.
- Give them as much outside time as possible.
- My singing voice should not be allowed! (or at least with older kidos)
- Younger kids seem to follow directions better when things are in a sing-song.
- Snacking is the only way you'll eat.
-Use the restroom as much as you can when you have a spare second (cause they are rare).
- Respect (for kids and adults) goes a long way.

So your turn...what's on your list??


Tuesday, April 17, 2012

52 lists in 52 weeks// week 46

This week's list was from Listography.
I am seriously more and more in love with this book and I am sooo glad my bestie bought it for me for Christmas!

So this week......If you had an enormous amount of money all of a sudden...what would you do with it?
My list is above!


Thursday, April 12, 2012

52 lists in 52 weeks// week 45

Let's face it, we never love our work 100% of the time. It's still a 4 letter word....
But when I start to have a bad day, or am feeling overwhelmed at work, I always seem to go back to a certain list of mine.
A list of kid sayings. You know, cause kids say the darnedest things. *True story*

So I've collected a bunch of sayings my students have said this year.

Here they are:

4 year old: Pluto died.
another 4 year old: pluto is a dwarf planet
3rd 4 year old: is pluto for real life?

teacher: what happens next in your story (to 4 year old).
4 year old: the prince marries the princess
4 year old boys: ewwwww
4 year old girl: it's not gross, its beautiful!

me: why would you kid about that?
4 year old: cause thats what 4 year olds do

4 year old boy: i didn't want to laugh, Ms. Stapleton, my body made me do it. it wasn't my thinkin'
other 4 year old boy: how did your body make you do it?
1st 4 year old boy" its magical

teacher: (to 4 year old) its time to go home
the 4 year old: myself is on the way

4 year old: all the other kids left with their grown ups

2nd grader: see whats in the middle?
me: a heart!
2nd grader: that's how i feel about you

3 year old: stop being silly and hold my hand!!

4th grader: don't be surprised if i show my moves....

4 year old: i've had popcorn chicken before. it's chicken with popcorn in it.

4 year old: when i grow up i want to be a rocket man.

I love my students.
Enough said!!!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

52 lists in 52 weeks// week 44

Last month I made some goals. I reached some, but not all of them. But I'm kind of use to that. I don't always expect to make each one, but I want to strive for it at least.

So since today is the start of a new month, I decided it would be a perfect list for this week.

Last month's goals:

In March I will.......

continue to catch up with friends and pen pals (yes with friends, and somewhat with pen pals)
work on being on time (yes, some...)
read at least 2 books (yes, 3)
continue saving money (yes)
take lots of awesome prego pictures for my good friend Jen (yes, 2 shoots and then some at the baby shower)
lose some weight (nope)

In April I want to.....
read at least 2 books
go camping
get tickets for Chicago in June
plan a blogger get together
have an awesome easter (and remember the real reason for the season)
continue using my rebel camera to capture memories
get a bathing suit body back

What's on your to-do list for April?

Monday, March 26, 2012

52 lists in 52 weeks// week 43

Last year for my birthday I made my annual goal list (24 before 25). I made some loftly goals, but one of them included decluttering my home.

This week I started reading The Happiness Project. I'm only a few chapters in (and am already in love with it), but one of her chapters talks about decluttering her home. In fact, it helped improve her happiness.

So I got to thinking.....even though I've started decluttering, I honestly have barely touched the surface. Now is the perfect time to start. And trust me, Steven agrees. One problem with our living situation is that this has been my home for over 5 years and his for only 1. I've had it decorated the way I've wanted and let's face it, since I'm a control freak, I've kept the apartment pretty much the same. Granted, I did try to get rid of girly stuff (like flowers and posters), but it still looks my place, not ours.

So I went on pinterest. I searched for organizing and decluttering tips. I checked out tons of photos. And books. And websites. And lists.

What I came up with was that this is do-able. I just need to do it. I need to organize my organizing plan and slowly get to it. One task at a time.

The result of all this research are all of these links below (and my own personal organization goal list).

Psst..... have you figured out what the weekly list is??

list 43: What's on your declutter list?

This modern lady blogs all about being a "woman with a plan and routine". She gives tips to her system and how she made it work. It's not just on organizing your home either, but rather organizing your entire life. It gave me a lot of good ideas!

Want a declutter calendar that sends you tips everyday on things you can do to help your system work better? She has a blog too.

There are also some awesome looking books on decluttering that I found on amazon. You can see them here and here.

Then there's "project simplify". Her blog feature lasted for 5 weeks and gives photos and tips. She breaks it down into rooms and "hot spots". It's seriously inspiring.

And lastly, the 21 day challenge. This blogger divides each day into specific spots to clean out and organize, which makes it all a little easier and do-able.

So here's my decluttering list:
1. finish cleaning out the garage.

2. clean out my closet (again).
Like Gretchen mentions, sometimes you need to go back to a place you already cleared and decluttered and see what you might have either overlooked or changed your mind about.

3. work on the bedroom.

4. work on the living room and dining room.
I'm combining these spaces only because they flow into each other and are small since we live in a condo

5. work on the kitchen.

6. combine some things from the house in storage containers in the garage.

7. work on the storage unit outside our condo.
This area is really small, so it ended up being the home of unwanted things that ought to just be thrown away. So no time like the present.

8. take unwanted things to be donated.
Sounds like a duh thing, but honestly there's a point to it, 2 actually. One is that so often I put things in a pile to be donated, but it takes forever to get there, so hopefully this will speed up the process. Two, it's nice to add easy to do and check off items to my to-do lists. That way I don't have a ton of items that take lots of time and energy. I feel more accomplished if there are some I can check off quite easily (especially at the end).

9. something to remember during the whole project: it's okay for the place to look bare.
Maybe this sounds silly, but to me it's something I battle with.
Steven prefers clean, spacious and almost bare looking.
I've always lived in a home where the walls were covered with paintings, and there wasn't a lot of bare space. It also didn't help that when my mom's parents and brother died, we inherited all of their things (including antiques that we didn't have the heart to discard). Because of that, I've always decorated my place likewise. Cluttered. If a wall didn't have a poster or painting, it looked weird and naked. If a drawer or shelf didn't have anything on it, it was awkward looking and needed to be changed.
So I'm trying to change that idea. I'm trying to be okay with bare and uncluttered, because I think it will make me feel less stressed and happier. And I know that's how it will make Steven feel.

10. try new organization idea and techniques. (because i can't leave my list at just 9.....)
something that works better than what I have now.

What does your list look like???

And for more organization tips and ideas, you can check out my pinterest.

Friday, March 23, 2012

52 lists in 52 weeks// week 42

One of my daily blog reads posted an awesome post a couple of weeks ago that got me thinking..... It was 12 things I've learned in 2012. And I knew right away I wanted to do my own version.
True, 2012 is barely really beginning, but I feel like I've already learned so much this year. So I made my list.

My list of 12 things I've learned so far in 2012:

1. Keebler cookies, Coconut Dreams, are almost identical to Girl Scout Somoas. Less money, more cookies. Why did I not know this before?!?!

2. When I cut my hair, I have to do something dramatic. Most of the time I'm not very fond of change, but sometimes I just need something different in my life. Hair is the perfect thing to change. It grows back (and lightens) but in the meantime I have something that makes me feel new-ish.

3. Pizza-ing is not a good way to stop while skiing. The few times before this year's trip that I had gone I always ended up hurting my knees. This year (thanks to Steven) I learned that pizza-ing may be a good way to slow down for some (but not so much for me), it is not how you come to a complete stop. My knees are ever so thankful.

4. I spend too much money on useless things.

5. I have some pretty awesome friends. Granted I knew this before, but this year has yet again reminded me in numerous ways of this truth. I am truly blessed.

6. Big Bang Theory is an awesome, awesome show!

7. Fight fair. This is something I actually am still working on....all the time. And I still have a hard time at it, but I have tried really hard to work on how I fight. For starters, I try to choose my battles. Not everything is worth fighting for, some things you just have to let go. Of course, knowing what to let go of and what is worth saying something is a tricky thing. I also am trying to weed out being passive aggressive. The last part of trying to fight fair is that I try to stay clam. This is really hard for someone with a temper (like me). But I try to watch what I say when I'm angry- so that I don't regret what I say later. I also try not to yell. Even if the other person is talking over me, I try to stay at my normal voice. This is definitely a work in progress, but I've learned that all of it is worth it.

8. To be more selfish. I know this sounds weird...the truth is I've tried to always put others first. Granted I am not that awesome at it, but I really do try. Lately though, I've realized that sometimes because of that I suffer. So I am trying really hard to make sure my best interest comes first (which is what I call being more selfish). Don't get me wrong, I still want to put others first, but for a little while I think I need to make me the #1 priority.

9. Kids are awesome. Seriously- I love being around my students. They brighten my day.

10. When I have a team to route for, I love watching any sport. (It's what's gotten me through March Madnesses.)

11. Drinking and I don't really get along. Most of the time (ok, majority) it makes me sick now. Not fun.

12. New photo shoot ideas. I knew that when I saw this photography blog post I wanted to try it out. And luckily, when I took maternity shots for my good friend Jen I got to try it out. I tried a couple of new photography and editing techniques that day and I honestly loved each one. Whether or not they turned out, it was fun to experiment.

What's on your list?


Sunday, March 11, 2012

52 lists in 52 weeks// week 41 (his + hers)

List 41: Fours.

1. four places you've visited.

2. four things you wish you could get paid to do for a living.

3. four things you are looking forward to.

4. four people who inspire you the most.

My list:
1. Paris, Berlin, London, & Budapest

2. crafting, riding my bike, reading, & teaching

3. getting my hair done this week, one day getting married, one day having kids, & traveling to Chicago in June

4. mom, other bloggers, invisible children group, my co-workers

And I also go Steven to share his list as well.....

Steven's list:

1. Grand Canyon, San Diego, Bahamas, & Fenway Park

2. play sports, drinking, traveling, & gaming

3. a promotion, having kids, getting married, & teaching my kids sports

4. mom, dad, God, & self

Your turn.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

52 lists in 52 weeks// week 40

Just in case you didn't see last week's list (which introduced this week's list/post), you can check it out here.

The point of list 40 was to be more positive and to seek out the good in everyday life. This list was kind of a challenge for me for a couple of reasons.

1- I'm pretty bad about writing things down right away and then I typically forget the even all together.

2-I have a hard time always seeing the good in things. I let the bad overrun the good sometimes, and I hate that, which is why this list was created in the first place. To push me, challenge me, and then uplift my spirits. So hopefully we can do that together.

Anyway, down to the main reason you're reading this post:

List 40: The small, medium, and amazing things that happened throughout your week.

Here's mine:

- when my car died last monday, the guy that came to fix it was super nice and helpful

-a neighbor of mine offered to let me borrow his umbrella as I was standing out in the pouring rain during said car problems

- my coworkers were extremely supportive of my being late (because of car) and then later in the week because I got really sick

-Steven was a good boyfriend while I was sick and feeling miserable and stayed home with me and tried to take care of me

-2 days of fro yo

-FREE fro yo

-FREE starbucks venti (thanks gold card!)

- finished a new book

- new awesome tv shows last monday (Castle and Gossip Girl)

-dinner with my pal, ashley (for GG night) last monday

-new scarf and hat from my momma

-dinner at my favorite sushi place with my pal jen thursday night

-venting time with my good pals

-an amazing date night friday with Steven (and yummy seafood)

-a great monster jam saturday with friends

-lots of sleep (which helped me feel so much better)

-caring co-workers and bosses that always ask how i am (and care)

-my students that give the sweetest hugs and comments

-feeling great in my new clothes (and purse!)

-getting my tax return back (and being able to pay off bills with it!!)

-hugs from Steven

-hugs from my momma

-got my girl scout cookies!!

So what was on your list?


Monday, February 27, 2012

52 lists in 52 weeks// week 39

If you didn't already know my love for music (which is what sparked last week's list), you are no longer in the dark about it.

I think music is one of the most powerful things out there.

Music and smell.

Both of these are pretty good ways of retrieving old memories (whether you wanted to or not). The whiff of a certain cologne takes you back to what an old boyfriend use to wear. The smell of bacon being cooked can transport you back to Christmas mornings. It's a strong feeling. As is music, which is the bigger picture here....
After all, isn't that why commercials use songs? The catchy tunes help you to remember the product being sold. But when the song brings you back to a distant memory, it's even better.

A while back while we were driving a good ole 10 hours to go skiing, we played tons of music. 10 hours worth I guess. And some of the songs brought up past events. So with nothing else to do but listen and think, I thought of another list......

List 39: Songs and the memories they bring back.

The Beatles- All My Loving.
My mom didn't sing my lullabies when I was little. Instead she'd sing me songs from The Beach Boys and The Beatles. This one was my favorite. I catch myself singing this to my niece whenever she can't sleep. It's just a peaceful song that brings back the love from being little.

The Beatles-Hey Jude.
Yup, another Beatles song. This one reminds me of my best friend Leigh. Crazy enough, I hadn't heard this song until she sang it to me. And when she got to the "better, better, better, BETTER" part, I got a little freaked out by her sudden loudness. Turns out, that's how the song goes. And now we emphasize it in remembrance. And it still brings a smile to my face.

Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell-Ain't No Mountain High Enough.
I use to spend Sunday afternoons (after church) with my dad. During one of our father-daughter day dates as he was driving me back home, this song came on. Of course, we all know the words, so he and I belted it out, loudly and badly. But I remember smiling the whole time. It was a good ending to our weekly time together. Looking back on it now, it's a good reminder of the fun we use to have together.

Fleetwood Mac-Tusk.
Another reminder of my dad's silliness..... We once were in the parking lot, listening to Fleetwood Mac, when this song came on. I thought it was weird. It was one of his favorites. Since I was in that awkward teenage phase and easily embarrassed, he decided it would be fun to roll down the windows, lock them, blare the song and sing at the top of his lungs. While I was mortified, eventually I couldn't hide back my laughter. I ended up crying from laughing so hard. Another great memory of my hysterical, don't take things so seriously, dad.

Plain White T's-Rhythm of Love.
During the first year of my relationship with Steven, this song got big. We even used it in our year one video. Every time it plays all I can think of is our first year together and all the fun and adventures we shared. In a cheesy way, it kind of brings me back to when we were first starting to fall in love with each other.

Cher-This is a Song For the Lonely.
Our first year at college, my best friend Leigh and I use to watch a lot of tv. It was one of the things that kept us sane. And on one terrible day, Leigh turned on the tv and a commercial was playing with this song as it's background music. For some reason it made us laugh (well later it made us laugh, at the time it just seemed to make us feel more miserable and pathetic). But now whenever I hear that song I think of my bestie and how we've gone through some shitty times, but also some wonderful ones. And we've endured them all.

Amazing Grace.
This was one of the songs played at my dad's memorial service after his death. It's still somewhat hard to hear it, even 10 years later. It's such a beautiful song, full of God's promises and love, but it still has that sour taste. Overall, I still love it, and sometimes play it for memory sake. But in the back of my mind, there's always my dad.

Next week's list:
I've said before, I try really hard to keep this space a positive place. I'm not the most positive person, so sometimes it's hard to keep that tone, especially when in real life I'm more pessimistic. But since I really want to be a happy-go-lucky, optimistic person, I try to start here.
With that being said, I've come up with a a bit of a different list for next week. And it starts now.

List 40: Throughout the week, make a list of good things that happen. Whether they are small, or large, take note. Write them down. Then, after the week is over, go over them, save them, put them somewhere safe to remind you later. I feel like so many good things happen, but sometimes we just seem to let the negative overpower them. So let's break that!!

See you next week!!


Monday, February 20, 2012

52 lists in 52 weeks// week 38

Music I can't stop listening to......

Passion Pit
Jukebox the Ghost
Young the Giant
Nicki Minaj
music off the soundtrack for Weeds
Mumford and Sons
A Fine Frenzy
Minus the Bear
The Postal Service
The Beatles
Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros

Just to name a few.
My taste in music is definitely far and wide.

Which bands are your current favorites?


Sunday, February 12, 2012

52 lists in 52 weeks// week 37


listening: to the history channel
eating: just finished eating some blueberries and snow caps (weirdest combo i know)
drinking: water
wearing: my new "monster german weiner"shirt from european street, target sweater and pj pants (cause my jeans are drying)

feeling: rested. content.
weather: cold!!!!!
wanting: a puppy. like really bad!!
needing: to get dinner ready soon.
thinking: about baby shower planning
enjoying: time with my favorite guy. and soon with one of my good friends

It's a short list, but a fun one this week (aren't they all though)? That is if you are addicted/obsessed with lists like I am.

You're turn!

PS- check out my pinterest list board!


Sunday, February 5, 2012

52 lists in 52 weeks// week 36

I know it's the 5th day of February, but since it's the first day back to the real world for me (of this month) I figured now would be the perfect time to write out my goals for the month. The truth is, I have so much to do this month.
Here are my goals:

What are your goals for this month??


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

52 lists in 52 weeks/ list 34

Confession: I've been watching a lot of tv lately. Too much, probably. But it's not like I just sit around on the couch watching whatever is on....oh no, I've been catching up on Castle. I show that until a week or 2 ago I had never seen.

It was Steven's idea. And now, he, my roommate and I are hooked. (Turns out my mom and step dad love it too).

And like most of my lists, my everyday life got me inspired....

List 34 (part a): Shows I love and watch almost religiously.
Castle (as of late)
Gossip Girl
Gilmore Girls
I Love Lucy
Boy Meets World
How I Met Your Mother
The Bachelor/ Bachelorette
Sex and the City

List 34 (part b): Shows I want to start watching.
Mad Men (I only got through the first couple before)
My So-Called Life
Felicity (because I only watched the last season)

Your turn!
And don't forget to comment with a link to your post so that I can maybe add a few to my list!!!!