Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Stop it. You are being a loser.

I'm all about goals. I hate when people waste their potential just because they have talked themselves out of being AMAZING. They set goals that are nonthreatening, easily attainable and just as easily ignored. The set goals that, if accomplished, don't really change anything one way or the other. STOP IT. I CAN'T TAKE IT ANYMORE!
Are you happy with the trajectory of where your life is headed?
Honestly answer the question. 
Now take out a piece of paper. NOW. I'm serious. I mean it. Don't sit there acting like you are too cool, or too busy, just do it. You are about to change your life.
Take a few minutes to really think about what your life will look like in 10 years. In paragraph form, answer the following questions to help you visualize your future better :
Your VISION is set 10 years in the future, is clear and concise (one to two paragraphs) with enough detail to feel complete, and incorporates all major domains of our life: health, personal and career. Your vision should move you emotionally and make excited – maybe even a little nervous. Use present tense language and  write it as if you are already there. Make sure it is authentic to you and grounded in your most sincere passions. Use the following questions to help you write your vision.
1.What would you dare to do if you knew you could not fail?
2. Describe what you see, hear, and feel in your ideal life.
3. Who is there?
4. How do you spend your time?
5. Where do you spend your time?
Now that you have written down what you want to see, lets come up with some POWERFUL goals to help you accomplish your dream. Goals are what it takes to make your vision happen. It’s the “work” part.
Our goals are powerful! When we write powerful goals, we make sure we:
  • Trickle back.
    Set your 10-year goals first, then move backwards to your five-year and one-year goals.
  • Keep it quantifiable.
    You should always be able to measure your goals (and, in the same way, our success).
  • Are specific.
    It’s easier to do something if we know what that thing is. That’s why we precisely articulate the desired activity, object or outcome in our goals.
  • Use the present tense.
    Write your vision and goals in the present tense to make them more attainable.
  • Use affirmative language.
    Accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative. Keep your goals clear by stating what we want, not what we don’twant.
  • Include a by-when date.
    We use by-when dates to motivate us and give our goals structure. Deadlines give people drive!
Now that you know the attributes of goal setting, find your piece of paper again. Write down two or three goals for each of the following categories:
Example: I save (present tense) $5,000 for graduate school (quantifiable and specific) by December 2012 (by when date)
Ready? GO!
10 Year Goals
5 Year Goals
1 Year Goals

Put your goals somewhere where you will see them often and be reminded of the huge success that is waiting for you. Share this with friends and pretty soon, we will all be on our way to being happier, healthier, more productive people.

 You're Welcome. 

*This post was adapted through many sites and goal setting blogs, including my lifetime of knowledge.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Studying for the GRE

Elizabeth : Analogies

a. Peanut butter : Cacti
b. Utes : Cougars
c. Nike : Adidas
d. Santa Clause : Cookies

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Christmas list 2011.

Hey! If any of you are looking for any last-minute gift ideas for me, I have one. I'd like Frank Shirley, my boss, right here tonight. I want him brought from his happy holiday slumber over there on Melody Lane with all the other rich people and I want him brought right here, with a big ribbon on his head, and I want to look him straight in the eye and I want to tell him what a cheap, lying, no-good, rotten, four-flushing, low-life, snake-licking, dirt-eating, inbred, overstuffed, ignorant, blood-sucking, dog-kissing, brainless, dickless, hopeless, heartless, fat-ass, bug-eyed, stiff-legged, spotty-lipped, worm-headed sack of monkey shit he is! Hallelujah! Holy shit! Where's the Tylenol? 

Ahhhhh 'tis the season!

So, if any of you are looking for some last minute Christmas gift ideas for me, here are some suggestions:

Don't mention it.

Failure Club

Morgan Spurlock, you are my hero.

Click on this and watch it:

This is a video from yahoo so I can't embed it, but you need to watch it.

Now that you have watched it, what is your failure club?

Failing at something can actually be kinda fun. The experience you get, the friends you meet, the things you learn...all fun. Right? Maybe?

Well, I want to try something crazy. What should I do?  Since I'm obsessed with lists, let's just start naming things I would love to do as part of my own personal "failure club".

Move to Italy and learn Italian
Go to graduate school
Get a real job with a real salary
Move to a big city and start from zero
Be an acrobat
Learn to ice skate
Be an editor for a magazine
Write a book
Finish first in my age group in some race or triathlon
Complete an Ironman
Run a full marathon
Learn to dance
Own a mini cooper

Get a tan

All these things seem doable, if only I wasn't so scared of FAILING. So I'm just going to pick one... a small one to start out with... and I'll see if it's fun. I would really like to go to grad school, the only problem is, I have NO idea what I would get a graduate degree in. Journalism? English composition? Mass Communications? Public Administration? Help me! I'm going to start by studying for the GRE, and learning about application deadlines and pre-requisites and stuff like that.... wish me luck. Any and all advice will be appreciated!

Notice I didn't start with "get a tan". That would be so disheartening right off.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Google Releases top 10 "Googled" phrases for 2011, it leads me to this....

Apparently, "Rebecca Black" was the number one most "googled"phrase in 2011. I find that REALLY hard to believe. Who is this chick? She is TERRIBLE. I can't sing to save my life, and I am better than her.

If you do watch this video, please don't send me a bill for the time you wasted watching it. The comments are pretty funny though. Totally worth a read.

And, since you are probably wondering, here is the complete list of the top 10 most searched phrases:

1. Rebecca Black
2. Google+
3. Ryan Dunn
4. Casey Anthony
5. Battlefield 3
6. iPhone5
7. Adele
8. 東京 電力 (Tepco)
9. Steve Jobs
10. iPad2

Kill me now.

RIP iPod Shuffle

Out with the old... In with the new.
The Apple store really is one of the most fascinating places to shop. The workers are all hip and with it and probably pray to Steve Jobs at the beginning of each shift. People walk in there and drop thousands of dollars without batting an eye. I'm not one of those people. I was going in to see if there was anyway to squeeze life out of my overworked $49 iPod.  I literally saw someone walk in and say "I need 5 iPads" and then pay and leave in about 10 minutes. That's a lot of coin. I hope I'm on that dude's list. 

Upon entering the store, I was greeted immediately by one of these said hipsters.  He was cute, kind, jovial, wearing red for the season and his name tag said "Harris". I doubt that was his real name, because who would name their kid Harris? Anyway, I told "Harris" I made an appointment with the Genius Bar because my ipod shuffle was broken. I was expecting him to say "ok, go back there... they will help you" but instead he surprised me and asked asked what was wrong. I explained that it crackled loudly in my headphones and wouldn't play music. I think he realized this was a little bit more involved than he has presumed and he directed me back to the back of the store where I was supposed to find "Maddy". Come to think of it, he may have thought I was a dumb girl who didn't understand technology. Little does he know I have an iMac, an iPhone, an iPod Classic, Mini, and Shuffle, oh and a remote for my iMac so I can watch movies while in bed. I'm a seasoned Apple gal "Harris"...if that IS your REAL name.....but it sure was nice of you to ask... you probably have saved people a lot of time by helping them with little fixes here and there...presheeatechya!

I checked in with "Maddy" and waited in the sea of people. I was only waiting about three minutes when a very nice man came up and called me by name. He listend while I explained the problems I was having with my iPod shuffle and then he went in the back to see if he could fix it.

I said I had had the ipod for about 2 years... I was way off. I had had it for 4 years. That is a long time, and a lot of miles my little red running buddy and I have shared. Oh the memories. 

In just a few minutes, he returned. In almost a disheartened doctor tone, he explained to me there was nothing he could do. My iPod was out of warranty by three years and was pooping out for good.


I traded in the old one for the new one and they gave me some money toward the new iPod in exchange. I like Green Bean. I think we will enjoy our first run together tomorrow. Maybe I'll even run into someone who wants to buy me an iPad for Christmas...

Monday, December 5, 2011

It's the first week of December and I have been seriously lacking in my blogging. I don't know if anything I have going on right now is blog-worthy, but my life is pretty awesome. I'm seriously loving it. 

I rearranged my room.
I went shopping and basically bought a whole new wardrobe.
I'm obsessed with Nordstrom.
I'm writing a cookbook. 
I made way too many cookies last night.
I spend way too much time on pinterest, but I really do make the things I see on it.
For the first time in a long time, I want it to snow, and I want it to snow A TON.
I'm going to Austin, Texas tomorrow. 
I have seen the movie The Help two times and now I'm reading the book. 
I have an addiction to NPS and DI.
I can't wait to see my mommy and Kirk at Christmas.
Cowboys and Aliens was a TERRIBLE movie.