For today’s journal entry, revisit the first prompt for this month and select one of the items on your list for what you would like to change, revise, and improve upon your life. Go into detail about the item you selected. Perhaps make a plan and write what the possible challenges you might face and what ways you can deal with those challenges.
I need to update my poetry and fiction binders. I’ve written so much in the last 2 years and have not printed and added the new things to the binders.
Currently I have two large binders, but they are filled with work from my college days. I need to finish organizing them before I can even think about adding anything new. I want to make two separate collections. One for me and one for a friend to have. Some of the college work will have to be retyped as I only have the original copies from the mid-late 90s.
Items I will need for the remainder of the project are:
4-6 new large binders
a few reams of paper
plastic page holders
I need to decide on a system for cataloguing the work – by year, by alphabetical order, or by theme.
I have over a 1000 pieces of poetry and fiction on my external drive. I need to get all of those printed and filed away.
I need to get into the habit of immediately printing off my work daily and adding it to the binders.
In order to do all of this on my meager income, I need to purchase a few of the items at a time. I will begin with the ink and paper since they are the most expensive and I cannot get anything else done until I get all of my work printed off.
Est. total cost of the project: $200
Projected start date: June 2016
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1. What does retirement mean to you? Are you planning for it, not thinking about it, looking forward to it, or dreading it? Since I am disabled, I guess I am already semi-retired. I had no plans or savings. I never thought my life would become such a wreck that I would have to go on disability, but well, here we are.
2. It’s International Guitar Month…do you play? Does anyone in your family play? What’s a song you especially like to hear played on the guitar or a favorite song featuring the guitar? Does air guitar count? *laughs* I have a few friends who can play. I envy them their talents. My all-time favorite song with great guitar riffs (and drums! I am more into drums than guitars – I just love Lars!) is Enter Sandman by Metallica
3. What’s your comfort food? In the past, it would have been mashed potatoes with gravy or mac & cheese, but I’ve pretty much given up carbs. So now it would be pork chops and grilled asparagus.
4. What’s one activity or area of your life where you absolutely never procrastinate? I don’t have one. I am a naturally-born procrastinator. I will even procrastinate about brushing my teeth or brushing my hair. I am getting a bit better about it all though.
5. Who does the grocery shopping in your house? Does your local store bag the groceries for you or is it a do-it-yourself kind of place? Do you like someone packing your groceries? My dad and I do most of the shopping. Our grocer packs our groceries and sometimes they do a good job, other times a horrible one. It just depends on who’s doing the packing.
6. What’s the coolest thing you’ve seen in nature? I once watched a praying mantis and a garden spider go at it in a battle to the death. The mantis won.
7. Share a favorite quote about home.
8. Insert your own random thought here. All this talk of home makes me long for Andromeda.
When I was a young girl, I read a biography about Eleanor Roosevelt for a grade school paper. I was soon devouring every book I could find about her. I became completely enthralled by her strength of character and her human rights activism. I saw the world differently through her eyes. She not only fought for women’s rights, but racial rights as well. She was the first woman to hold a chair in the UN, which she helped to get the United States involved in. She was passionate about helping people and through her, I too became passionate about helping others. I drew upon her strength to forge my own. Although I do not claim to be a staunch Feminist, I do believe in women’s rights and I owe it all to Eleanor Roosevelt. Some of my favorite quotes from her are:
You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’
This quote helped me a lot when I was dealing with Mental Illness and a failed marriage. Here is another quote that has helped me:
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
The older I get, the more significant this quote becomes:
Probably the happiest period in life most frequently is in middle age, when the eager passions of youth are cooled, and the infirmities of age not yet begun; as we see that the shadows, which are at morning and evening so large, almost entirely disappear at midday.
Interesting Fact: Although never proven, but widely suspect, the relationship between Eleanor Roosevelt and reporter Lorena Hickok was said to have been much more than friendship. They wrote loving letters back and forth to one another for years.
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