Monday, October 27, 2008

my adventure list

I think this newborn thing has affected my competitive bone. I am typically a highly competitive person. Case in point: When I was in labor with Griffin, I lamented over the fact that I was not surrounded by other women in labor because then we could have a contest. I was sure that would be enough to spur me on to a very short labor.

My current complacency has been revealed to me by a contest that I am currently involved in and have put forth zero effort to win. It's just not at the top of my priority list. Wait...I don't even have a priority list.

Well, it's time for a change. (No, that statement was not meant to be a political reference...politics are even lower on my pseudo-priority list.) Here is the situation in a nutshell:

I am involved in a monthly moms of preschoolers meeting called MOPS. We are all taking part in a contest this year, in which the participants can earn points for carrying out various good deeds such as making a meal for another mom, bringing a guest to MOPS, attending events, etc. The table with the most points at the end of the year will all go out to eat, while the table with the least points will watch their kids. Should be motivation, right?

There is a fun aspect to this contest that I've been pondering for a while. It's called the adventure list. We were all encouraged to write a list of activities or accomplishments that we would like to conquer over the next year. We would then earn points for each as we checked them off the list.

Lincoln was only two weeks old when we were first asked to create this list. At that point, my list looked like this:
change out of my pajamas
sleep some more

Adventure held a different meaning during that very foggy time in life. Even still, I earned very few points.

Now that the fog has started to lift, I feel like it would be fun to create a true adventure list for my upcoming year. I like challenges and by putting them into writing, I may actually accomplish a few. And occasionally get out of my pajamas.

So, here goes. I thought I would categorize them by the amount of effort required, starting with the least and ending with the greatest.

1) Finish reading a book. I currently have three in process. Or is it 5?

2) Begin journaling again. I miss that.

3) Get back into an exercise routine. Walking to the mailbox does not count.

4) Sew covers on those throw pillows I bought two years ago. Wait...does this require learning to sew?

5) Run a 5K. Who wants to join me?

6) Get away for a night with my husband. Yes, this requires more effort than running a 5K.

7) Plan another get-together with my L.U. girls. Whaddya say, Beckie, Leigh Anne, Kelley, and Sarah?

8) _______ _______ _____ ____________. This one I'd rather not post for all the world to see. Oooh...don't you wish you knew?

9) Attempt to get something published. Attempt being the key word. And pressing 'publish post' does not count.

10) Buy a house. I better get extra points for this one.

So, there you have it. My goal is not to accomplish all, but to motivate myself to accomplish some. I'll be sure to keep you posted!

11) Share cute pictures of my children with the world.

These gotta be worth some points.


livingpalm said...

Now I have a new challenge to add to the top of MY priority list:
figure out what words go in those blanks on challenge #8!!

(and, p.s., if Lincoln doesn't look like a Hill in that pic, I don't know who he looks like at all...)

if I were me said...

You go girl! I think that's a pretty great adventure list (especially for someone with a newborn!) Love the kids pics - so, so cute! M.S.

Anonymous said...

Not only is #8 my lucky/favorite number, but I know what it is that you won't say. :0)

Infarrantly Creative, said...

I am so up for getting together. Especially because you took word verification off. You love me, you really really love me. I think I can guess what the fill in the blanks is. I am going to do a mini-triathlon next June. That is my motivation to get the baby weight gone. We'll see with two in tow. Yikes!

Partyhouse 4 God said...

I will try to run the 5K with you. Depends on when I have this baby. I am in 2 weddings in April, so the running will sure help the figure. Does running a 5k on the tredmill count??

KochisCorner said...

I think you should get 200 points for just making the list...let's see what I can do about that :)
I'm into the 5K. Where do we start?
I'm also into #8. No, hold on, that's sick!!!

frontrowseat said...

Hmm, let's see...
8) Run or U.S. president
no ... politics are low priority.
8) Have my third baby
nope ... memories of labor are still too fresh.
8) Keep sending Karen coupons
Yes! That must be it. Thanks for the B&N coupon and the company. I had a nice time.
p.s. I love how you write!

Infarrantly Creative, said...

Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday dear Kaley. Happy birthday to you. I hope you have a wonderful day and a fantastic 2009.