As I mentioned in my second post, there are several list items that were accumulative, leading to the overall success of the venture. Now that my summer vacation is over, it’s time to report the good, bad, ugly, and everything in between. Although I could probably write entire posts for every single one of these, I’ve decided to keep these tiny, sugary, and on the dot (I’m really sorry if I disappoint anyone!).
#2. Play tennis… LOTS of tennis. Every day. All day. Tennis. Well, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but this list item was a not-so-epic fail. The only time I played tennis was to check off #55. Next.
#3. Put forth a dedicated effort to my photography. It took me a long while to become re-inspired, but eventually I was able to get back into my groove. I can say with enough confidence that I am able cross this list item off. Between the photo shoots from the backseat of a road trip and the early morning expeditions through unfamiliar territory, I was able to capture some shots that I don’t think I normally would have sought after, which was the whole motive behind this goal. I know a lot of you guys have been wanting to see some of the pictures I’ve been taking, so my photography page should be up soon. Look for that this weekend!
#3.5 Go downtown to take said photographs. This is a list item that definitely did not go exactly as planned. I originally intended to arm myself with my Cannon and walk the streets of my hometown (I use that term loosely) in order to take on some more urban imagery. Frankly, I never got around to it, which happens to the best of us I suppose. As I alluded in my previous post, I was able to take some awesome pictures through the backseat of the family car in downtown Chicago and Atlanta, two cities that definitely trump what I had in mind. Thank you Garmin for getting us “lost”.
#9. Wake up every morning before 7:30 a.m. This is a list item that most people couldn’t believe I was taking on. Remember when I said that I didn’t want to waste my summer away? Well one of my biggest pet peeves is waking up and realizing that half of my day is gone. Everyone’s definition of ‘sleeping in’ is different, and for someone who wakes up at 5:55 for nine months straight, an extra hour and a half is splendiforous. The results: Well of course I didn’t wake up four and a half hours after I got home from the Harry Potter premiere, so that negates the ‘every morning’ portion. And yes, there were occasions on which I indulged in some extra shut-eye in order to accommodate the circumstances. However, that was accounted for and completely expected on my part. My main mission here was to get more out of my days, which in the long-term was accomplished. Now I’m someone who wakes up at 5:00 every morning, longing for that extra tossing and turning and drooling-on-the-pillow time.
#31. Do 100 sit-ups every day. Day one: Check. Day two – the rest: Fail. That pretty much sums it up. Next.
#65. Stretch every day. My original intent for this list item was to stay in shape for cheerleading in case I decided that I would like to pursue it after I moved. Let’s just say that my pom poms are retired for now because I can barely touch my toes anymore. Next.
#92. Keep room clean (relatively). Consider that parenthesis to be a disclaimer. If this list item were to be measured by my dad’s standards, then no, nothing was accomplished here. However, my room is rarely, if ever, impeccably clean. On the other hand, by my standards, I at least kept it picked up for the most part. The only two times it was truly disastrous include during the garage sale and before the moving van came, which in my mind are pretty legitimate reasons for chaos. Success? Yes.
Want to know how to cross off seven list items at one time? My advice would be to actually stick with your resolutions. I won’t lie, it would have been way cool if I had finished all of these. I mean, four out of seven isn’t terrible, but still no gold star.
That’s all for now, but I do have a couple of list items in mind for the long weekend ahead, so be on the lookout for new >full-length< posts along with the photography page! Thanks for reading!
Love & Summer,