Monday, January 26, 2015

2015 To Do List: My Appearance

This is the third of seven posts discussing my To Do List for 2015, resolutions if you will. I wrote a post about resolutions earlier in January but decided to add to and adjust that list.

I know. That sounds horribly vain. My New Years Resolution is to be super beautiful. It's not. I promise it's not as vain as it sounds.

I want to define and refine my appearance.

Translation: I want to make the outside match the me that I see in my head.

Part of that is weight loss which I'll discuss in my next post so for this post we'll focus on Hair, Beauty and Fashion. The me in my head has perfect hair, perfect makeup, and perfect clothes. Just what that perfection is, I don't know. The details are blurry.

That's part of the problem.

I've never been able to define what the perfect hair is for me. What the perfect makeup look is. What the perfect outfit is. 

So first I have to figure what it is that I want and what's practical for my life. Then I have to take that knowledge and use it to create the image of what is me. That's probably easier said than done. Especially in a time when because of smartphones and 24/7 access to the virtual world, we're bombarded with information of all sorts from every direction.

I created a Beauty & Hair Pinterest Board and a Fashion Pinterest Board (I really like pinning outfits). As of right now my plan is to pin a lot of images that I like (I'm an expert Pinner) and then analyze them for what it is that draws me to them.

So far, I'm struggling the most with the fashion aspect. There's just so many pretty clothes. Gimme! I want them all!

There's less struggle with the makeup. I know roughly what I want: evened-out complexion with enhancement to my features. I just haven't settled on what look does that (post coming in February!).

As for hair, lately I've come to the realization that what I want is control and versatility. I don't want to take a chance that my curls are going to cooperate on any day. I want to know that Steps A, B, and C will leave me with perfect River Song/Alex Kingston curls. But I also want to be able to vary my hair from day to day. I braided my hair in a French or Dutch braid nearly every day through my teens and early 20's. That's fine. I love a good braid. But it gets really boring really fast. I want to find several styles that look good and are easy and quick so that I can wear my hair differently every day.

So there you go. My plan to make the outside match my mental Me.

Friday, January 23, 2015

2015 To Do List: Time Management

This is the second of seven posts discussing my To Do List for 2015, resolutions if you will. I wrote a post about resolutions earlier in January but decided to add to and adjust that list.

How fitting that this is the post that I had to delay because I mismanaged my time? Of course it's this post. What other post would it be? 

And of course as I sit here "writing" it, I also have other windows open that I keep bouncing to. 

I am not the best at time management. The majority of my life is spent not planning ahead. When I do plan ahead, the plan generally falls apart. It's also not uncommon for me to get partway through a task and realize that my time would be spent better elsewhere (or so I tell myself) so I switch tasks before I'm finished.

On top of that, I'm a contemplater and a daydreamer. So almost half my time on any task is spent in contemplation of how I'm going to do it or just not even thinking about it at all. Oh look that pen I bought four years ago. What am I going to eat for lunch? I hope the Netflix dvd that comes today isn't cracked like the last one.

I know that I need to change. All the procrastination, contemplation and daydreaming are really sucking the life out of my productivity.

So I accumulated some pins about time management on my 2015TDL - Time Management board and contemplated what I was going to do. Of course I did.

I'm just going to have to buckle down, plan ahead and try to stick to the plan. I sat down with my Google Calendar and blocked out my time in segments of the day. I tried to make it make sense to when my energies are best used in certain ways.

I also drug out a small notebook to use to note down each day's schedule. There's no looking ahead to tomorrow's plans. I can focus on what I'm going to do today. I planned out my blog posts ahead of time so that there's no blank staring into space, wondering what I had thought I'd write that day.

Will it work?

I hope so.

Monday, January 19, 2015

2015 To Do List: Book Challenges

This is the first of seven posts discussing my To Do List for 2015, resolutions if you will. I wrote a post about resolutions earlier in January but decided to add to and adjust that list.

I love to read. My parents are readers. Their parents were readers. So I'm fairly certain that it's genetic.

But sometimes life gets in the way and I don't read as much as I should or would like to.

So, this year I want to read more.

On Goodreads, I set my goal for the year at 52 books, one per week. As I write this, Goodreads is turding it up so I can't link to my profile, I'll come back and link it when Goodreads stops being a turd.

Added to that I found a pin linked to POPSUGAR's Reading Challenge 2015. It's a list of 50 books (52? One of the items is a trilogy) to read. It's not a list of book titles, but a list of book ideas. I'm going to try to read all 50. 

Here they are for those who haven't clicked the link. 
Scroll to the bottom for links to other book challenges that I'm not doing but you might be interested in.

  1. A book with more than 500 pages
  2. A classic romance
  3. A book that became a movie
  4. A book published this year
  5. A book with a number in the title
  6. A book written by someone under 30
  7. A book with nonhuman characters
  8. A funny book
  9. A book by a female author
  10. A mystery or thriller
  11. A book with a one-word title
  12. A book of short stories
  13. A book set in a different country
  14. A nonfiction book
  15. A popular author's first book
  16. A book from an author you love that you haven't read yet
  17. A book a friend recommended
  18. A Pulitzer Prize-winning book
  19. A book based on a true story
  20. A book at the bottom of your to-read list
  21. A book your mom loves
  22. A book that scares you
  23. A book more than 100 years old
  24. A book based entirely on its cover
  25. A book you were suppose to read in school but didn't
  26. A memoir
  27. A book you can finish in a day
  28. A book with antonyms in the title
  29. A book set somewhere you've always wanted to visit
  30. A book that came out the year you were born
  31. A book with bad reviews
  32. A trilogy
  33. A book from your childhood
  34. A book with a love triangle
  35. A book set in the future
  36. A book set in high school
  37. A book with a color in the title
  38. A book that made you cry
  39. A book with magic
  40. A graphic novel
  41. A book by an author you've never read before
  42. A book you own but have never read before
  43. A book that takes place in your hometown
  44. A book that was originally written in a different language
  45. A book set during Christmas
  46. A book written by an author with your same initials
  47. A play
  48. A banned book
  49. A book based on or turned into a TV show
  50. A book you started but never finished

Want to do a book challenge but don't want to do this one? Here's some others for your consideration.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Change Of Plans

I'm not sure what made me think I could keep up with three blogs when I can barely get my act together to maintain one. So I've decided to kill off The Writing Hermit and The Crafty Hermit and just keep this one.

As of right now I'm planning to post on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. We'll see how that goes.

Monday, January 5, 2015

2015 Resolutions

Less than a week into the new year and less than two weeks into my blogging and I've already slacked off.

It's not a lack of desire. Technically, it's not even a lack of time that causes it.

It's a lack of time management.

Which is one of the many things that I need to work on. 

Instead of hard fast resolutions, I've made a list of areas that I need to work on. Instead of strong-arming myself to stick to a set-in-stone goal, my goal is to make progress. There's no failing and giving up this year. As long as I consistently show improvement, then I'm successful.

So on with the list of things I want to work on...

Weight Loss

Along with everyone else in the world it seems like. I'll write another post with my actual plans, but 2014 was not kind to me in the weight department. Near the end of December I set a new record high weight for myself. There's a lot of reasons why I want to lose weight both health and vanity related. It's time to get serious and make some real progress with it.

Time Management

I'm not very good at planning my time ahead and making good use of my time. Often, I get partway through an activity before realizing that that specific moment in time would be better suited for a different activity. When I do plan my time ahead, I'm very bad at actually following through and doing the activities that I planned to do.

Organization & Minimalism

I am a disorganized hoarder. Tidiness does not come naturally to me at all. I have a tendency to just set stuff down wherever I am instead of putting things in their proper place, or making a proper place for an item then later not being able to find it. I also own a lot of stuff. I'm not to the point of being featured on a tv show about hoarders but I do own way more stuff than I actually need. Added to that, we're probably moving in March so I get to move all that unnecessary crap. I want to decrease the amount of stuff I have, be better at not leaving and misplacing items, and create an organized way to keep the stuff that I have.


This sort of goes hand-in-hand with my desire to lose weight, but I am constantly frustrated and disappointed with my wardrobe. I am one of those 20-80 people. I wear maybe 20% of my wardrobe 80% of the time. Maybe 20%. Probably more like 10%. Because items don't fit, I don't love a piece (sometimes possibly even hate it), a garment isn't appropriate to my lifestyle, or something's wrong with it. I need to find my look and adjust my wardrobe accordingly. 

All of the above are going to be ongoing works in progress rather than instantaneous things I can check off my list. 

Till next time.