Start a blog and maintain it for at least one year.
Welcome to what I hope will be the beginning of many things checked off of my many lists.
You see, I love lists. For as long as I can remember, I’ve listed my way through life.
I started with small lists, like what I wanted to be when I grew up. For the record, it’s always been a writer or something else. That “something else” always changed (to everything from a supermodel when I was four years old, to a spy—inspired by my favorite book Harriet the Spy—when I was eight, to a teacher when I was in college), but writer…that has been something I have always wanted to do. “Writer” has been my constant, my permanence in my ever-changing mind.
As I got older, my lists became both more numerous and complex. Sure, there were the requisite “to-do” lists, but I also wrote “Things I Will Do Differently Than My Mother When I Have a Kid”, “80 Traits of My Perfect Guy”(I have since lost that list and am now happily married. I’m sure he probably only has about half of those traits. Isn’t it crazy how life works out sometimes?), and “Things I Would Rather Be Doing Than Listening to My Algebra Teacher” (topping the list was, “Get dipped in honey and let the bees go at it.” I should mention right now I’m allergic to beestings).
Shopping lists were organized by aisle. Birthday and Christmas lists (both the ones for giving and receiving) were meticulously separated by price range and subject, sometimes with creative titles. In my early twenties, I even bought my own personalized to-do list pad because I knew just how much I’d use it.
Flash forward to present-day. Suffice it to say that the invention of the Sticky Notes application on Windows made me a very happy girl indeed. Here was a way to have my lists stare at me in the face every time I turned on my computer. But I, uh, think I went a little overboard. At this very moment, this is what my desktop looks like (pertinent identifying information blurred out, of course):
And that’s just the right side of my screen.
Like many listers (listers sound cooler than listmakers to me) out there, I started to feel overwhelmed by the sheer volume of lists that I had lying around. More specifically, I started to feel overwhelmed by the sheer volume of things not crossed off on those lists.
So after much trepidation and planning (and many, many drafting lists), I ventured into the blogging world with the hopes of reversing the crossed-off to not-crossed-off ratio. Luckily for me, I’m already on my way. I have always wanted to start a blog. In fact, on my “Things To Do Before I Die” list, it’s #24 (the rest of the list is posted in the “List of Lists” section).
In the meantime, I also hope to bring some entertainment to you all out there as I recount my crossing-off conquests, which I fully intend to love and laugh through. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for taking part in such an epic phase of my life. I chose to make this public in hopes that some of you out there will become my online butt-kickers when I start to slack. I look forward to reading what you think, and perhaps even to celebrate with you as you do some list-crossing-off of your own.
Wishing You a Lifetime of Listing, Loving, and Laughing,