Thursday, July 17, 2008

I want to do... everything!

Butterfly brain
In a world so filled with options, it can be hard for a girl to know what to do next! I, for one, have never really had what one might call "staying power", and flitting from one thing to the next has been my trademark for years. Childhood activities included: ballet, clarinet, horse riding, choir, sports, a brief stint of ski jumping (although I only made it down the slope once!) and numerous brushes with other activities. In college I started out as a Print Journalism major, segued into Visual Art and ended up with Humanities, and now I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up. I've always seen this as somewhat of a character flaw of mine, and wished that I could be more of a Finisher than always the eternal Starter. "Real" people don't leave a trail of half-finished business in their wake, and seem to most often actually do the things they decide that they want to. Much as I would sometimes like to be that way, I just am not. But much as this could potentially be a blog about me learning to stick with things, it's not going to.

I tend to get inspired quite a lot by great things that people do, like Jen MacNeil, a New Yorker who spent the each of the 365 days before her 30th birthday doing something she hadn't done before, or ordinary people doing extraordinary things. I see the amazing things people do, and I think "I want to do that too!" Then the sober and realistic part of my brain thinks "Except you probably don't. Think about how much time/money/effort/motivation that takes. You don't want to commit to something like that!" And so I don't do it, but still end up sort of wishing that I had, which in turn can be a bit unfulfilling.

Getting to the point
Here is where I finally get to the point: I decided I wanted to do a year long blog project, and I decided I wanted to something a little different from what I had already seen out there. Knowing in my heart of hearts that I would most likely not keep up any kind of project that would take much staying power, I decided to turn my weakness into a strength and indulge the part of me that wants to do all of this stuff for a week at a time. I'll do the things I want to do, try the things I want to try, and give myself one week to do it in. When the week is up, on to something else!

My 28th birthday is July 18th, which is on a Friday this year. I will start my first week on the following Monday, July 21st, and keep going until one year from now, which will be Monday July 20th, 2009.

* Edited to add some props!*
I should also mention that about a year ago, our friend Clayton Thompson asked me if I had a blog, then went on to say something to the effect of: "I bet it's an interesting one too, and not just one of those self-centered blogs about everyday trivia". Which, of course, was exactly what my blog was all about. So thanks, Clayton, for making me think about what else I might want to say!


  1. Ooh ooh ooh! I love starting things :). I'm excited to hear about what you will be doing.

  2. Cool! I don't think I even have that much starting power. This will be fun to read.

  3. I love the Blog idea! You know I will read EVERY one!

  4. How come I never knew about this...until now? I'm excited to catch up!

  5. I bookmarked this in my "Kids" folder.