Friday, June 20, 2008

Getting stuff done.

Yesterday, I got my nose pierced. It looks awesome, and doesn't really hurt until I forget it's there and try to rub my nose, or flare my nostrils. Nostril flaring is a big owie right now. And it does kind of feel like there's a big booger that needs picking... but that's just the metal part that sits against the inside of my nostril, and I'm sure I'll get used to that soon. (Or "grow a callus" as my friend M. said while in the salon. Nose calluses. Sexy, right?)

Today, I worked and volunteered at the library, and by some godly miracle, neither place commented or complained about my new facial jewelery.

Tomorrow, I turn 24 years old.

As usual, birthdays and new years are a time of general reflection for me. What have I done in this past year to move me closer to my goals? Sometimes, it feels like nothing. Completely depressed one day in 2004, , feeling I was at a complete stand-still, Tim Noah, an idol from my childhood, wrote to me in an email:
"In spite of the way you may be feeling and the way it seems, it is truly a wonderful world. Your present circumstances are only a reflection. Take a step toward your goal every day. It starts with a thought, a decision and then...action. Ask yourself what you can do today. Step by step. That's the only way I know.

I was the host, coproducer, songwriter of a television show for two years. It was a lot of hard work and a lot of fun. I am now teaching guitar, piano and voice and have an ongoing musical theater class. I have worked for a while doing carpentry...it didn't hurt a bit! Just more life experiences. Look for the good in everything. The way toward your dreams will present itself as you take action. You must simply start with what you can do now."

It may seem like small potatoes, or someone stating the obvious, but it's pulled me through in countless situations.

So let me dig through my memory banks for a moment.

  1. I got a short story published for the first time in Boink Magazine. Of course, it turned out to be a huge fiasco and they never paid me for my work as promised-- but it was still amazing and inspiring to have my work out in the world.
  2. Meeting Sharon, Lois and Bram... obviously.
  3. Finally moving out, for good, with the boy :)
  4. The job at the Kirby Company ended badly, but I was able to snag some valuable skills while I was there. And "office manager" looks so damn classy on my resume!
  5. Getting schooled on music and proper webpage design at the Children's Music Network Conference.
  6. Bought a Canon Rebel. Now any pictures I deem interesting enough to attempt to sell will also LOOK good enough to sell.

I'm sure there were more, but that's what immediately comes to mind.

What's up for me next? Well... I'm slowly finishing up typing out a 500 page novel I wrote in middle school. My friend Danielle started the process for me a few months ago, and got almost entirely through the book. There's about 20 or 30 pages left to type out, but I get completely caught up in the editing process so it takes me FOREVER to do. But it's looking like it will be finished soon!

All in all, it's been a good year I suppose. But I'm looking forward to this one. :)

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