Completely in line with my Internet persona (arriving disheveled, being late to parades and only occasionally saying something interesting or witty), I thought of an interesting blog-series for the last fifty days of the year.
…And then completely miscalculated when exactly the last fifty days of the year were happening. Go me.
Luckily for me, people on Twitter actually do say something useful every now and again*. So THANK YOU Jazzy, not just for being pretty cool in general but also for reminding me there was something I was supposed to be doing with this whole last-50-days-of-the-year-thing.
Now, what’s the thing? Let me explain the thing.
A few weeks ago, I was looking back on 2013 and went ‘ugh’. Of course, there have been some good times and puppies and sparkly moments. I totally had some good times. Met people who rocked my world. I even got an award at some point. So I fully acknowledge these proud moments.
But if I think back on the totality of 2013, I think ‘ugh’, roll my eyes and declare the general year of 2013 as MEH.
I don’t want to end this year as the Meh-Year. Not at least without some serious effort to make it a better year.
I want to tip the scale of 2013 from ‘meh’ at least into ‘ok fine it was nice I guess’**. I want to work to make it a better year now that I still can. And if I want to do that I need to put some serious effort in these final 50 days of 2013. I need to do some serious Self Help Heavy Lifting.
Which is what this blog series is about. It’s something I want to give myself. A gift of sorts. I want to end 2013 on a positive and strong self help note and I want to start 2014 off strong, on a solid foundation.
So that’s what I’m doing in this blog series.
Every day for the last 50 days I’m doing something to make the last 50 days of my year good. Something that makes me happy, something that helps me in whatever way. Something I haven’t done before OR something that I have done before with positive results.
And if you want to, you can join me and let me know how you’re doing in the comments. But more on that later.
Are you ready for 50 Days Until 2014? Let’s go.
*Despite popular opinion stating otherwise. If your Twitter isn’t interesting or funny you’re following the wrong people.
*Yes aiming for the stars here, thank you for noticing.
The first thing I’m doing for these 50 days, is decide EXACTLY what it is I want to do in the remainder of this year. So it’s LIST TIME. I wrote down the activities I still want to do in 2013.
Please note: I did not make this a list of 50+ items for the sake of having ALL the things on some list I’m not on some all-consuming quest for happiness; I just want to add a little more Awesome into my year while I still can.
Also, I have more stuff to do than just run around town crossing items off my Happy Go Lucky list.
For me it’s just 12 items. 12 things I want to do for myself. Some take (a little…) more than a day, some take less than half an hour. Some activities take other people, some take alone time. Some are extravagant, some are so normal you’re going to take me for a simpleton.
This is my list.
DO ANOTHER 30 DAY YOGA CHALLENGE. I feel most relaxed and healthy when I do a lot of yoga, and these 30 day challenges are fun. I’m not doing it to get ripped because I’m happy as I am, but it’s true: Yoga does my body good.
I’m not going to be all anal about it, so if I miss a class I’ll just do a double class that week. I just like the idea of another challenge like this before the year ends, as a final gift to myself in 2013.
SPEND A WHOLE DAY IN BED. I’ve always wanted to do this: Just be in bed for A WHOLE DAY. Just drinking tea, writing, napping, and maybe watch a movie. Manfriend’s company optional, but preferred.
WRITE ANOTHER E-BOOK (OR TWO). This is already in the works as we speak. I’ve had this book in my head for quite a long time, so how about it getting out of my head and into the world. The other e-book I want to write is a side-project. It would be nice if I can finish it in 2013, but if I don’t, no sweat.
SPEND AN ENTIRE DAY WITH ANGEL. My best friend from high school. I see her too little. One of my favorite people, and besides my parents and brother the only person who is a 100% pure unadulterated Good. She doesn’t have a bad bone in her body.
Angel and I DON’T live 300 meters away from each other unfortunately, unlike me and another BFF. We’re both busy and before we know it we haven’t seen eachother in weeks. Not cool. She’s going to find out through this blog that I am taking her hostage for a day. You in, babe?
DO NANOWRIMO FOR SELF HELP STUFF. I’m doing 50,000 words on self help stuff for NaNoWriMo. I’ve been doing this since November 1st, but I forgot to enter my word-count since day 2 AND I’m
slightly massively behind. Oh well.
It’s going to take a few days completely blocked-out for writing, but I think I can manage to write the remaining 9,000 words I need to get back on track.
I’m always saying I want to write more. This is about writing more.
DO A COUPLE OF WORKSHOPS. Also in the works as we speak. The November 30th one only has 3 slots left, the 15th has quite a couple of more. I love interacting and connecting with readers and I always feel so happy and inspired when I’m surrounded by them.
GO TO MY HOMETOWN AND RUN MY OLD 5K ROUTE. Before yoga, I used to run a few times a week. Nothing spectacular, nothing fast, just a few runs to get moving and clear my head.
When I moved to Rotterdam I tried it a few times, but it never stuck. For me the sensation of running is related to my hometown, the polders there and the road next to the Maas.
I used to really enjoy the leisurely 5K every now and again, which is why I want to take my (old) running gear to my old town and run the route I always used to love. For old times sake, and for a nice runner’s high.
GET A REIKI TREATMENT FROM MY FAVORITE HEALER. I’m not going to make a whole spiritual-thing out of it, but in December I want to go see the woman who introduced me to energetic healing and who inspired me to get my Reiki 1. I always feel so relaxed after she’s treated me. I want to see her before the year ends.
DO A ONE-DAY JUICE FEAST. I was thinking about doing it and was even more inspired to do so when Lin wrote a blog about it. Somewhere over the next few weeks I’m going to get a fuckload of fruits and veggies and have a relaxed little detox-day. Just for the heck of it.
HAVE CHAMPAGNE NIGHT WITH LIN. I like champagne in combination with the company of Lin. It’s a thing. Two of the most luxurious things in my life make it a perfect way to spoil myself. Before 2013 ends, I’d like a night where we splurge on bubbles and toast to our friendship.
DO MY OWN REIKI STUFF DAILY. I occasionally still do ‘DIY’ Reiki* as I learnt in my Reiki 1 course before I go to bed, but not all the time, not every night. Which is stupid because I fall asleep so easily when I do it it’s like administrating Valium (or a nice blow to the head) through hand-placement.
That’s why I want to do a reiki self-treatment every night before I go to sleep. Because I can, and because it’s Hand Position Valium (or Sledgehammer To The Head, your choice).
DINNER-TECHNO DATE WITH MANFRIEND. There is a million things I love about Manfriend and another million things I love to do with him. I won’t bore/nauseate you with all of them, but I really enjoy going out to dinner with him (we both have dreams about the food at La Pizza) AND I enjoy going out together.
Even though he is way more hardcore than I am -I like to be tucked into bed early, grannystyle, he can party on until seven in the morning-, every now and again I stay awake past my bedtime and dance my face off together with my curly-haired party-animal. Over dinner we talk, around techno we dance. The next day we sleep in and have leisurely breakfast while watching the Walking Dead. I’m putting a date like this on the 2013 schedule.
…That’s it. These are the 12 things I really want to do before the ‘meh’ year ends so that I make it less ‘meh’ and more ‘ok cool’.
Now it’s your turn. Maybe you’ve had a wonderful year and you want to top it off with more awesomeness. Maybe you’ve had an Okay Year, a Meh Year or maybe even a Shit Year and you want to end it in a nice and fun way. Whatever your background or your reasons, if you want to join me for Self Help Hipster’s 50 Days To 2014, you’re totally welcome.
So for your first assignment I want you to think of 10-15 things you would still like to do this year? Maybe a photography class, a meeting with someone you admire, ten days of no computers, creating something, spending time with loved ones:
Whatever it is that you feel you need to do in these final 50 days of 2013, write them down. Don’t go overboard: You still need to be able to have a life. Anything between 1o or 15 items is plenty.
Share them with me in the comments below, and let’s reconvene here tomorrow for the next assignment. GO TEAM.
*In my Reiki 1 course I learnt 8 hand positions you can do on yourself to treat yourself with reiki (energy). I know it sounds weird, but it’s really nice.