Monday, April 13, 2015

So much to do!

I'm really excited about writing this post! I woke up about an hour and a half before my alarm and instead of going back to sleep, I just wanted to get right on top of my blog post for today. I'm loving the rhythm of writing about five times a week. I feel like I have so much to do and to share, and I really like writing about it. I have tons of blog posts banked, but I'm trying to remain current as well. I really like starting Monday off with writing about my goals, and I've been thinking about this post since Saturday (which motivated me to knock one more thing off my list before writing about it). I've got a lot to say and a lot to try to do this week, and I'm so full of energy, so I'm totally going for it! (Photos are from a recent trip to Virgnia Kendall, a portion of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. I gathered a lot of textures that day.)

Related : What do you think of the design for my digital writing portfolio for English 101 Honors? I decided to go bold, because I am bold. I hope my teacher likes it!


Marathon Training : Last week was not a good week for me. I didn't run on the first day, and my second run was really disappointing, and I didn't run on my third day. I was supposed to hit the ten mile mark, which is essential for the half marathon I'm running in just about a month. I was so disappointed that I reached out to some of my besties and unloaded my anxiety and even mused about NOT running the race I have in a month. But then I realized that I've already paid for it and am just going to have to get up to that start line and hope for the best. This round of running has been so surprising for me. I thought that having run a marathon, I could just get back into the groove and do it again. I didn't know that I'd been running in the wrong types of shoes and that winter would be so difficult. It's been EXTREMELY challenging. I don't want to give up! I've paid for the race, and I've planned a post-race party, so this thing is happening. I guess that if I can't get into the shape I want to be in April, maybe I'll end up walking...or maybe I'll end up not finishing. I can't be afraid of negative outcomes when trying something new and challenging. I have to keep going and believe in myself!

Related : Because of my class schedule, I've had to run Tues, Thurs, Sat...which I HATE! I hate this more than anything. Lesson learned : Mon, Wed, Fri just feels right, so stick to that in the future!


Last Week's List...well, I accomplished just over half of the list, and I'm pretty satisfied with myself. It's full-on gardening season and the garden at our house as been neglected for years. I made last week's list thinking I'd need only a day of gardening, but I was wrong! I was interrupted by a last minute babysitting gig, but I also had no idea how much work it would be to dig up three bushes and move two more bushes. I'm really happy with the results, but there is so much more to do! I've also discovered that there is a bit more work in other parts of the yard as well. I'm going to be busting my ass this spring, but I think everything is going to turn out super great. So with that in mind, here is my list for yardwork for this week:

Yard Work
Dig up all plants in the back yard
Look up seeding or sod for replacing back garden with dirt
Look up "living wall" vegetable garden options (and budget)
Buy everything needed for stump removal and begin stump removal process
Create plan and budget for deck at the bottom of the stairs
Remove everything from garbage can area
Create plan and budget for paving garbage can area (cement or pavers?)
Remove all mulch and weeds from side yard (with help from Alison)
Dig up and divide hostas from side yard and replant
Buy and plant ferns to compliment hostas
Clean out all ground cover area and rocks
Plan and create budget for adding more ground cover (include strip next to porch)
As you can see, that's a lot of work! But now that I have a better understanding of what is needed, I can prioritize, budget, and really knock out that garden!!!


As for EVERYTHING ELSE...well, it's been harder to knock off my personal, crafting projects as well as various projects for self-employment. It's not a busy time for Larry and Boo's Emporium right now. I don't have any photography gigs booked and there are no upcoming shows. When I consider yard work, free time with friends and Adam, and school work, it seems other projects fall by the wayside. I try to list easy projects, like web design and product photography, for days when I've been at school. I'm generally pretty exhausted after school, but I can usually find the energy for simple internet based projects. Nevertheless, I worry that if I don't stay on top of my list, then I won't accomplish anything. (Suddenly, this is a concern, whereas projects have been sitting FOREVER and I never really thought about them before.) I guess I feel like, not going to work every day, not pulling in a paycheck, means I should be CONSTANTLY DOING. Which is true. I want to knock out personal projects that have been in drawers for years. I want my studio to be a welcoming work space where I can work easily and comfortably. I want to try out new ideas to increase revenue. But I also want to take this time to conquer that which NEEDS to be done (overgrown gardens) and finish personal projects so that I have the physical and mental space to focus on my business.

I think what I'm trying to say to myself is this : It's ok if I make a list of ten crafty and business projects and I manage to accomplish 4 or 5 of those tasks. The important thing is that I am focused and am working toward finishing these tasks. Eventually, more pressing projects, like the rehabilitation of an overgrown garden, will be finished and I will have a lot more free time to craft all week long! So with that in mind, here is the rest of my list for this week!

Run 5 miles
Run 5 miles
Run 10 miles (even if you break it up over two days)

Do all Philosophy homework
Write final English review and submit portfolio
Do Math homework
Decide on topic for Anthropology homework
--->Write and submit the paper

Finish rock key ring
Buy tickets to massive slip n/ slide
Nail down exact day and time for Kendra shoot (need Paige to help)
Pick out skirt pattern and cut out (sew patchworks as needed)
Finish and mail out Narissa's whale!!!!
Get pics of Neko
Print pic of Sushi, Molly, and Lulu
Package everything up for Victoria
Write and mail out invitations
Organize studio
Paint your bedroom!!!

Work, Etc.:
Get updates from Margaret and update site
Link Twitter to Small Studio pages
Link up Larry and Boo's Twitter and Instagram
Create social media plan for Larry and Boo
Research other shows for next year (bigger ones in other cities)
Create budget for entire summer and submit to mom
Make calendar for blog posts (COLLECT THOSE IDEAS!!!)
Get your website up, even if it's just a base page with links and an e-mail address!!

Ok, so that probably seems like A TON of crap! And it is. I won't finish all of it, for sure. But I feel very full of energy and very much like conquering things. I also have an extremely killer work ethic and tend to be a workaholic. Since I don't have someone else to give all my time and energy to, I definitely want to dedicate it to myself. I know that this might seem like an insane list to some of you...but it's as much about making sure I'm writing down what I need to accomplish as it is about completing things. Eventually, I'll have more manageable lists because I will have completed big tasks and will have finished old projects and will be up to date on everything. For now, massive to do lists that seem totally impossible ARE GOOD! They are keeping me focused and active and not making me a lazy couch potato who feels like her time would be better spent working for someone else. I'm excited! I can do this!

Related : YOU can do this! What are your goals for this week? Or what are your goals for this month? I do not know how to make a link up, so please leave links in the comments! I wanna see what we're all doing!

Did you know that you can download any of my Instagrams and do whatever the hell you want with them? (Yes, including copyright infringement. Hey, it's your life, solve your own ethical dilemmas.) EVERYTHING is available for free download, HERE. So, if you like what you see, take it! Print it and frame it or post it or make it your desktop background or pin it or ask me where I was so you can go make your own beautiful pictures!


  1. Loving the first picture of the roots, well all of them really but the first is my fav! Good job on all the running, I really need to step my running game up, I get about 2 miles and I'm like yep thats good! I'm running the Detroit half in Oct but I want to do a 10k before that to prep so I really need to step my game up! Keep up on the goals girl!

    1. Girl, the thing about running is you just have to get out there and do it! I mean, that's literally all it is, and sometimes is the most impossible thing. Thanks for the compliments on my photos!