My Finished List of 100 Dreams

My Finished List of 100 Dreams

Hey, hello, it’s been a while. I’m back with an update on my List of 100 Dreams, and that update is that I finished it. Unsurprisingly, this list took me quite a while to finish, and even longer to finally post. I actually started this post back in March and never got around to publishing it because a lot of things have been keeping me busy! Adventures, heartbreak, panic attacks – it’s been a whirlwind few months, but things are finally settling down (or at least they are when I’m writing this, but I’m sure as soon as I hit ‘Publish’ my life will explode.) I thought this would be a good time to get back to writing new posts.

I originally considered only posting parts of my List of 100 Dreams, because I find some things on it embarrassing, but I’ve decided to share the full list. What’s the point of blogging about my disaster of a life if I’m going to hide parts of it? I don’t think you’re supposed to try to justify or explain your List items too much, because it’s meant to be a tool that helps with productivity and focusing your attention on priorities, but I’ve included a few notes or updates where I wanted to because it’s my blog and I can do what I want.

The final version of my List of 100 Dreams is arranged in blocks of things that I thought were similar, so if you notice that there are a few things in a row that relate or overlap, that’s why. I definitely didn’t write out my list in any sort of cohesive order, and it took me a while to get to 100. If you haven’t read my first post about the List of 100 Dreams and the audiobook that led me to it (168 Hours by Laura Vanderkam), you can read that by clicking here. If you just want to creep through my list, and judge my dreams and priorities, read on! Read More

List of 100 Dreams and My New Love of Audiobooks

List of 100 Dreams and My New Love of Audiobooks

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been reading a lot. I’ve tried to mix it up a bit between fiction and non-fiction, and threw in a few audiobooks as well. Audiobooks came in very handy when I was travelling to, from, and around Nashville for a few days. I’ve never been able to read in cars or on the bus, and lately I haven’t even been able to read on planes, so I usually listen to music if I’m flying or on a bus. While I definitely love passing the time by listening to a good Spotify playlist, borrowing audiobooks from the library has kind of changed my world.

I have never been into audiobooks before, because I couldn’t imagine just sitting and listening to a story when I could read the book myself, but I was completely missing out on how helpful they can be in circumstances where you just aren’t able to read. Between my flight to Nashville, walking around and taking the bus in Nashville, and my flight home, I finished 3 audiobooks that I otherwise wouldn’t have had time to read.

I discovered through this process that while I do love the convenience of an audiobook, I’m not a fan of fiction audiobooks. I prefer reading fiction at my own pace, imagining the characters and scenery in my head as I read, and I didn’t feel like I was able to do that as effectively with fiction audiobooks.

Non-fiction, however, was a different story. Read More

2018: New Year, Same Me

2018: New Year, Same Me

Happy New Year! It’s been approximately forever since I published a blog post (although I have a few half-finished draft posts written up…) and I figure the New Year is as good a time as any to buckle down and focus on writing more regularly. As you may have guessed from my last post, things haven’t been 100% great over the last few months, and while I was trying to figure out what to do with myself I kind of got overwhelmed.

A recent example of how much I let my life and goals slip away in the second half of last year is the fact that I spent the last 5 days of 2017 reading 7 books. Why? Because at the beginning of 2017 I set a goal (publicly, on Goodreads) to read 30 books in 2017. I was reading around 1 book a week at the time, and 30 seemed like a safe goal to set. Then “life happened” and I spent too much time doing nothing, and not enough time reading (or doing anything else.) I had a bit of a reading upswing in October/November, and was almost back on track with my goal when life happened (again.) Then the last week of 2017 rolled around, and I realized I was still 7 books away from reading 30 books in the year. Read More