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September 8, 2008

Mission 101

I don't know how many of you are familiar with this, but I found it online the other day while browsing some friends blogs and thought it sounded like a great idea. It's a little bit of a twist on regular New Year's Resolutions. Instead of only setting 3 or 4 goals and giving yourself 1 year to complete them, you make a list of 101 realistic, achievable goals and give yourself 1001 days (about 2.75 years) to complete them. That way, you have several season's to knock things off of your list, and make the necessary plans if your list includes traveling. The goals have to be SPECIFIC (with no ambiguity) in the wording, with clearly defined end results. It took me several days, and lots of looking at other people's "101 Lists" but I finally came up with my own!
Courtney's 101 in 1001 Days
Start: September 8, 2008
End: June 6, 2011
Finance
1. Pay off all previous credit card and student loan debt.
2. Open a Savings/College Account for Noah and add to it every pay period.
3. Buy a new car.
4. Buy our first house.
5. Redecorate & completely refurnish the Living Room.
6. Create and maintain a household budget.
7. Buy a new computer.
Education, Learning, and Creativity
8. Take a Photography Class.
9. Take a Creative Writing Class.
10. Take a World Religion's Class.
11. Learn how to write legibly with my left hand.
12. Become Knowledgeable about World War I.
13. Become Knowledgeable about World War II.
14. Become Knowledgeable about the Vietnam War.
15. Become Knowledgeable and be able to identify the Constellations.
16. Become Knowledgeable about the US Presidents, the significance of their
term(s) in office, and their policies.
17. Take another Government Class.
18. Choose a career path for my life and be in the process of getting a degree.
19. Read 1 book per month (0/34)
20. Learn to make Chocolate Chip Cookies from scratch.
21. Learn how to bake bread.
22. Take and Art Class.
23. Learn another language.
24. Write in my journal at least 3 times a week and keep it updated. (0/48)
25. Read 10 Autobiographies/Biographies on "The Most Influential Figures in American History."
26. Read 10 Books off the "TIME Magazine All-Time Greatest Novel" List. (0/10)
27. Watch 10 Movies (that I haven't seen) off of the "Top 100 Movies" List (0/10)
28. Read the Entire "Left Behind" Book Series.
29. Familiarize myself with the Great Artists and their works.
30. Subscribe to a newspaper, and actually read it.
31. Watch the news at least once everyday (0/1001)
Spiritual
32. Read, Study, and Understand the Bible in its entirety-not necessarily in order.
33. Research (from a Biblical Perspective), Study, and Blog/Write about 1 major issue facing teenage/young woman. Then compile all of my writings into 1 Spiritual/Self Help Book.
34. Spend consistent time praying to God everyday, as well as consistent time LISTENING to what God has to say.
35. Attend church EVERY week. (0/143)
36. Tithe our 10% (either weekly or monthly...just as long as we give our 10%)
Giving to Others
37. Send Friends and Family Birthday/Anniversary/etc. cards.
38. Contribute regularly to a worthy charity.
39. Choose 5 People who have been the most influential in my life and write them a letter letting them know what kind of an impact they had on my life.
40. Send a Care Package to a Soldier Fighting overseas.
41. Volunteer
42. Clean out the house/closets at least once every 6 months and give what we don't use to Charity/Good Will. (0/6)
43. Give Blood every 6 months (after Noah is born) (0/6)
44. Send out Christmas Cards every year (0/2)
45. Recycle
46. Make a Childs (other than my own) Christmas Worthwhile.
47. Pay for the person's food that is in line behind me at the Drive-thru.
Family
48. Start Noah's Scrapbook and keep it updated.
49. Have 2 children (or atleast be pregnant with #2 by the time this list comes to a close.)
50. Potty Train Noah.
51. Get dressed up really nice (dress and heals...khakis, you get the idea) and go out to eat with Josh.
52. Start our own Family Traditions (making candy, Christmas Tree Decorating...)
53. Start Noah his own Christmas Ornament Collection, and continue adding to mine.
54. Make Christmas Candy every year like my grandmother used to make.
55. Go on a Date with Josh at least 1 night a week. (0/143)
56. Start my child(ren) a Disney Movie Collection.
57. Have Professional Baby Portraits made of Noah with Me & Josh.
58. Start a Time Capsule on the day my kids are born. Collect items from that day (Newspaper, Magazines) and document all of the important events and people of the time, as well as the prices of common items. Write a letter to include in the capsule, and seal it until the next year. Continue adding to this every birthday until our kids have their own children.
59. Dance with Josh in the Rain (I don't know why, but I've always wanted to do that.)
60. Buy something for Josh that he has always wanted (not sure what that something is yet, but I'll keep you posted.)
61. Go to the Gym with Josh.
62. Watch an entire Sporting Event with Josh-start to finish, his choice-without complaining.
63. Dedicate Noah to the Church.
Health/Beauty
64. Lose all of my baby weight once Noah is born, and tone up in time for beach season.
65. Stop biting my nails.
66. Get a full spa treatment- hair, facial, massage, manicure, pedicure.
67. Spend the time (and money) to have all of my makeup matched up according to my skin tone and eye color.
68. Learn to be completely comfortable in my own skin.
69. Buy a Pilates Tape (after Noah is born) and do it 3 times a week (0/48)
For Me/Miscellaneous/Stuff I Forgot to Add
70. Complete my own novel and begin the process of having it published.
71. Print all of the pictures off of my computer and digital camera.
72. Complete my "Dawson's Creek" DVD collection.
73. Go to a NASCAR Sprint Cup Race.
74. Go to an Alabama Football Game.
75. Go to an Auburn Football Game.
76. Vote in the 2008 Presidential Election.
77. Have something I write published in a magazine or newspaper.
78. Find something expensive that I want and save up the money to actually buy it.
79. Win something off of E-Bay.
80. Visit 3 States that I have never been to.
81. Order something off of TV.
82. Perfect my own signature meal/dessert.
83. Put the past Behind me...completely.
84. Encourage and Convince someone else to make their own "101" List.
85. Make a list of 100 Things (no matter how simple they are) that make me happy.
86. Buy and complete the "People Magazine" crossword puzzle book.
87. Start a poem/quote scrapbook.
88. Buy a videocamera.
89. Test Drive a Range Rover.
90. Attend a Beth Moore Seminar.
91. Go to a Country Music Concert.
92. Mail a postcard to PostSecret.
93. Send a Message in a Bottle.
94. Buy a "Little Black Dress."
95. See a movie on Opening Night.
96. Train and Housebreak Waylon!
97. Learn how to tell people when they make me mad or upset me.
98. Achieve and Maintain a 4.0 GPA when I start back taking classes.
99. Visit a Lighthouse.
100. Blog about this list and my accomplishments.
101. Start a New List.

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September 4, 2008

We're Adults...Scary.

Anyone that watches Grey's Anatomy, recognizes this quote instantaneously. Even though the quote was referring to Meredith's up and down, on again-off again relationship with Derek Shepard...this quote hits home with me and the drastic changes life has taken over the past few months. Where in the world has time gone? It seems like it was just yesterday I was moving into Apartment 309 in Troy with 3 completely insane girls, pledging THE best sorority on the hill (Alpha Gamma Delta for those who don't know which one that is) and getting my feet wet in the real world of responsibility. That was in 2005. It doesn't seem like it's been 3 years since all of that happened.
I look at some of my friends now and how much things have changed for all of us. I don't talk to but 1 or 2 people that I graduated high school with, and hardly keep in touch with the people I was in college with. Old roomies, sorority sisters, people that I had classes with. Aside from browsing around facebook from time to time, I have no idea what's going on with any of them. We've all gone our seperate ways...all living our seperate lives. Most of my friends are married, engaged, or in the last relationship that we know is going to lead to an engagement. My very best friend has a baby, and I have one on the way (9 weeks and counting!)
When did we turn over that leaf of being carefree, college freshman? During my Freshman year of college, my scholarships paid for the actual "school" aspect of things, so the only "bills" I worried about was how I was going to pay my way into the bar or how I was going to afford my drinks for the evening. I didn't have to sleep...I ran off of energy alone. Wake up, Class, Work, Party...get up and do it all over again. 5 or 6 Nights a week. I lived off of Cheese Crackers, Easy Mac, and Hot Pockets...and LOST 15 pounds!
Now there's the cable bill, the electric bill, the rent, the phone bill, insurance, car payments, groceries...it's like we wake up one morning and whether we've realized it or not, the real world is right there in front of us and we have nowhere to go, except forward. Those all nighters that I used to pull? Yea right...not in this lifetime (Of Course, I'm getting prepared for those again with a baby on the way.) I'm in bed by 10:00 on a LATE night...otherwise, it's lights out by 9:00. Haha...I'm getting old. I'm not finished with college yet, and I don't have a "real, grown-up" job, but I have a family, and that's a job all on it's own. Keeping the bills caught up, keeping the house clean, keeping supper on the table and groceries in the fridge...and in the midst of all of this getting ready for a baby and trying to keep my sanity. :)
Don't get me wrong, I don't regret any of the things in my past and don't regret any of the things that have come my way. I love the life that I am living. And despite the ups and downs of the "real world" I love being an adult. There is so much more meaning and purpose in my life. My friendships with people are deeper...we connect over things besides drinking games and frat parties. My relationships (well relationship-singular) are different...I have the love of the only human being that was ever intended for me to be with. I am carrying a miracle with me each and every day. God has seen fit to bless me with a baby...Man. It's such an awesome feeling to know that the Great, Amazing God that created this whole vast universe and has ultimate control and power over everything...sees ME-sinful, imperfect, scatter-brained-ME fit to raise a child. That in itself, is by far the coolest thing ever.
So what do we do now? What do we do now that the play days of high school and college are over, and the real world as ascended onto us like a fog? That's the beauty of it- Whatever We Want! Life is still ours for the taking...it's still up to us to make the most of the time we have been given. I intend to use mine in every way possible.

September 3, 2008

EXACTLY what this country needs

With the RNC going on all week this week, and every other blogger in the United States that thinks they know something about politics posting their opinions on the Presidential Campaign, I figured I would put in my 2 cents as well. All of the hype this past week has stemmed around John McCain's choice of Sarah Palin as his Vice Presidential Candidate. Naturally, the liberal Democrats have slammed the poor woman for every breathe she has taken and every move she has made in the past couple of days, and I think it's high time that some things (besides the negativity that is being implored around her and her family) be brought to light. I'm no political science major, and I don't claim to know everything about every single issue facing this country...but I do admit to having some common sense, and do admit to knowing enough about politics and the way this country OUGHT to be run to hold my own in a political debate.
The biggest question swirling around the-until recently-unknown governor, is how qualified is she to be the Second in Command of this great country? My answer: Highly. Democrats are feeding on the idea that she has no experience at the National Level of Government. My response to that? Who does until they are actually there? If Sarah Palin was not qualified to be the Vice Presidential Candidate in the 2008 election, then I assure you, she wouldn't be. The Press is having a field day with the whole idea that she was only given 70 Questions by McCain's committee to even determine whether they wanted her on the ballot. Seriously? How ignorant do you have to be to actually believe that 70 Questions are all that are given to someone that is potentially going to be 2nd in command in running a nation?
Her personal life is taking a big hit in reference to her qualifications as Vice President. Suddenly, being a wife, a mother, and a self proclaimed "Hockey Mom" makes you unsuitable to hold a high office in our government. No one seems to have a problem with a man running the country...even if he does have a wife and children. No one seemed to have a problem with Hillary Clinton being the President of the United States, although she too, was a wife and a mother. So what's the difference between them and Sarah Palin? Can a woman be a wife, mother, and hold such a demanding office? Absolutely! For starters, only Sarah Palin can answer to what Sarah Palin is capable of. It is no one else's right to determine that for her. Period.
And the scrutiny she is undergoing on account of her daughter being pregnant. This is a big irritation to me...sends my blood pressure sky high. A political party that is noted for supporting Abortion, Gay Marriage Rights, and Stem-Cell Research wants to condemn this 17 year old girl for getting pregnant out of wedlock? WHO are you [democrats/liberals/anyone passing judgement] to judge this girl for her mistake? WHO are you and on what ethical grounds are basing your opinion to say that it's wrong? You are going to sit here and tell me that it's ok for a girl to go out and have sex with every Tom, Dick and Harry that walks by her, get herself pregnant, and then decide that she doesn't want to take responsibility for what she has done...it's ok for murder this innocent baby that has done absolutely nothing wrong...but for a girl to make a mistake and get pregnant when she is not married dones her mother as unworthy to hold a position in the White House? A party whose President had an affair during his term in office wants to hold a 17 year old girl accountable for HER mistake? What kind of sense does that even make? It's a total double standard...
If anything, people should be praising Sarah Palin and her daughter Bristol for her choice to not only marry the boy that got her pregnant, but to keep the baby as well. The girl is a teenager...teenagers make mistakes. Rather than RUNNING from her mistake, she owned up to it, admitted she did wrong, and is taking RESPONSIBILITY for her actions. She didn't take the easy way out and abort her pregnancy. Believe me, Sarah Palin would probably be under more scrutiny if she had of. I commend both of them for her choice. Sarah Palin has obviously raised a strong family that knows how to encourage and support one another no matter how trying the times get or what circumstances arise.
John McCain was definately not an idiot for choosing Sarah Palin as his running mate. I think he stepped up the race big time. Sarah Palin is the all around American Woman. She is a mother...she has a strong, healthy marriage...she has strong moral values...she has a son serving in the US Army...and a child with a disability. Does anyone see how well-rounded her profile is? How many different groups she identifies with? She connects with what the families of the US Armed Services experience...she has a son who will be fighting overseas. You don't get much more involved than that. She has a child with Downe-Syndrome. She understands the ups and downs with the healthcare system in America, and knows the ways that it needs to be reformed. She was raised in a blue-collar working family, and identifies with the needs and concerns of ALL of the blue-collar American's out there today. She is a woman...all of these big major Independent Feminists who wanted to see Hillary Clinton as the Democratic Candidate are now turning their heads to this other strong, highly qualified female leader who is now on the ballot. Yea...John McCain isn't as stupid as people think he is. He knew what he was doing
Do the research on Sarah Palin. I'm not saying she is perfect. Who is? She's human. If you want perfection, then you need to put Jesus in the White House...and I'm not seeing that happening considering people don't even want him in schools. Check out her history. Read up on her stand-points and her views. Read up on all of the things she has done since she's been in office. I don't hesitate to say that on November 4, John McCain and Sarah Palin will definately have my vote. Sarah Palin is exactly the kind of influence this country needs in the White House...a blue-collar, hard working, woman who understands the needs and concerns of the American People.

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