Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Intimidated by Insight

To say "it has been a while" would be an understatement. I started this blog over a year ago, and really haven't gotten much past that step. So here I am, one year, one month and three days (or four, depending on when I get around to posting this) later starting again.

I think I got intimidated by my title. Chasing Insight, I like the sound of it, and think it perfectly describes the way I interact with the world. But it also sounds so profound, like every post I made would need to be full of wit, wisdom, and shocking revelations. I wouldn't say the past year has been dull, or lacking excitement or interesting lessons; it has been eventful, but the moments of insight have been slowly revealed, and sometimes through circumstances that seem more silly than profound.

I am not going to change the title of this blog, but I am going to change my attitude toward it! It is, after all, my blog; so I can write about whatever I want. I'm not forcing you to read it, nor am I promising that you will walk away wiser after reading my thoughts. I do hope I learn something along the way. :) 

So, what am I going to blog about first? Well I decided a few days ago to start a project. I have made a list of 30 things I want to do before I am 30. My deadline: 3 Months (May 11th). I have also added a few alternates, just in case some of them get too impractical financially.

I really believe that insight can lead to action, and with this project I hope the opposite can be true as well. Lately I feel as though I have been sitting still, not experiencing much. I wouldn't so much call it lazy, as just inactive. I hope this project helps me to have some small adventures and create some memories. As I created this list I tried to think of things that were 1) new experiences (with some re-dos), and 2) local and reasonably within my financial means. Also, I tried not to over think the importance of each task, in other words, it didn't matter what I would be doing so much as that I would be doing something.

So here is the list (with some commentary):

1) Write this list (I know this seems like a gimme, but believe me from brainstorming to narrowing it down, writing this list has been a bit of a challenge) Completed Feb. 15th
2) Go to a movie by myself. Completed Mar. 31
3) Watch the Sound of Music. (I really haven't ever seen it)
4) Try a new ethnic dish (I think Ethiopian, or Afghani) Completed-March 7 (Indian Food, Delicious)
5) Learn to make espresso. Completed- Feb. 17th
6) Run my second 5K. Completed- Mar. 17th
7) Get my picture taken with the Fremont Troll.
8) Add to the Gum Wall.
9) Go to Mt. Rainer.
10) Give Sushi another chance. (My husband loves sushi, so this one is for him) Completed Mar. 23rd
11) Pay for the person behind me in a drive-through.
12) Try the Purple Dish at Pogacha (a dish highly recommended by my co-workers) Completed Mar. 17th
13) Run on Alki Beach. Completed- Mar. 11th
14) Purchase all items for a meal at Pike's Place and prepare it at home.
15) Climb the REI wall.
16) Eat dinner at the Space Needle (helpful hint-you can join the Dinner Club for a free B-day meal!)
17) Go to the San Juan Islands.
18) Tour Red Hook Brewery and St. Michelle Winery. Completed Feb. 20th
19) Chocolate Tour of Seattle (certificates already purchased!) Completed Apr. 6
20) Go dancing with my husband.
21) Go on a date that requires wearing a little black dress. (Dinner at the Needle may get two with one stone)
22) Use my picnic basket for a picnic with my husband.
23) Eat a Bacon doughnut. (hopefully on the same day I go for a run)
24) Geo-cashing
25) Get up ridiculously early on a weekday to go on a Breakfast Date with my husband.
26) Go to the Seattle Art Museum
27) Memorize 30 Scripture Verses
28) Read a book from my "I've been meaning to read this bookshelf"
29) Go to Chuck E Cheeses (Where a kid can be a kid!)
30) Date Night at a Cinebarre Theater. Completed Feb. 20

* Ride the Duck
* Kayak in salty water

So there it is. Thanks to everyone who gave me suggestions! I think I'm well on my way to my 40 things to do before I'm 40 list as well! :)