This week we are asked to list all of the things we would like to make:
I am really pretty creative but I create as a go so…it’s hard to make a list of things I want to do. Still, I’ll give it a go:
- A Cross stitch of Main Street USA at Walt Disney World
- A cross stitch of the buildings at Epcot
- The 15 foot Doctor Who scarf for Vincent
- To finish my wedding scrap book (I’ve only been married for 2 years so what’s the hurry
- To make a good grade on the GRE test so I can apply for doctoral programs
- Make clothes for Sara’s emily doll
- Finish my basement
- Finish my closet
- To make a retractable clothes line
- to install a screen on the porch
- To create a good landscape
Take action: Start one new project this week and set a time to complete it.
Hmmm….I am working on the first one as we speak but in order to start a second one…I’m going to go with the closet and I’m going to give myself until October (so that I can save the money for the project as well as complete it.
This week’s list asks us to jot down the ways in which we can rejuvenate our space.
- Find something that makes you smile and put it in a prominent place.
- Make something that gibes you pride and satisfaction.
- Frame a favorite photo
- Open a window (fresh air always smells great)
- Plant something.
- Sweep a floor (you won’t believe the difference that it makes.)
- Play music
- Air freshener (may seem obvious, but for some people it’s not)
- New placemats (brightens any table)
- Bake Cookies.
Tip of the week: Pick one thing you can do this week and notice how your space and your mood changes!) Be sure to let me know what you did!
This week’s list involves listing those things that you treasure the most and to actively surround yourself with those things you love the most. For the most part, the things I treasure the most are with me at all times or on prominent display, so I guess I am ahead of the game there.
- The Wonder Twins and Professor Snape (otherwise known as my family)
- Jockey (my dog)
- The pink guitar signed by Nancy Wilson of Heart
- The photo of me and the Wilson sisters
- The signed tennis ball given to me by Ivan Lendl
- The letter my father wrote me in 1988 that we didn’t find until after he died.
- My parents’ wedding rings
- The present my mother gave me for my college graduation.
- The books that I have written or contributed to.
- My Saint Mary-of-the-Woods ring, which was touched by Pope Benedict XVI.
For Week Eight, we are told to list our favorite quotes. I have a lot of these so bear with me:
- “Next thing you know your Wonder Twins are going to be household names.” -Clark Kent in Smallville
- “If you eliminate the impossible whatever remains, however improbable must be the truth.” –Spock
- “I am just one stomach flu away from my goal weight.” -Emily Charles in “The Devil Wears Prada”
- “Current events are OK for now, but the past, now that is worth remembering.” -Julie and Bruce Johnson
- “The most uncommon thing is common sense.” -Ben Franklin
- “Things you can get access to, you should never memorize.”-Albert Einstein
- “I appreciate people who say ‘God will provide’ but until I see His W2s, I’ll assume I only have His moral support.” -Julie Young
- “Good behavior in the first place is better than theatrical apologies afterward”-Lucy Maud Montgomery
- “Well behaved women rarely make history.” -?
- “Don’t criticize what you don’t understand, Son. You never walked a mile in their shoes.” -Elvis Aron Presley
- “I don’t trust people who don’t like Led Zeppelin.”-Jack White
- “It’s not about how hard you can hit but how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.” – Rocky Balboa
- “They can be a good people…when they wish to be. They only lack the light to show the way.” -Jor-El
- “Don’t compromise yourself…You are all you’ve got.”-Janis Joplin
- “Better to win by admitting my sin than to lose with a halo.”- Evita
- “Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death.” -Auntie Mame
- “Even when you get some recognition, everything you do, you still audition.”-Barbara Streisand
- “Normal is vastly over rated.”-Aggie Cromwell
- “I would rather be a first class me than a second rate imitation of someone else.” -Liza Minelli
- “A good reporter doesn’t get great stories, a good reporter makes them great.” -Perry White
- “Never trust anything that thinks for itself if you can’t see where it keeps its brain.”- Arthur Weasley
- “Inside every old person is a young person wondering ‘What happened?’” –Unknown
- “You’re not famous, Mom…just Catholic.”- Vincent Johnson-Horan
- “It’s not who you are underneath, but what you do that defines you.”- Bruce Wayne/Batman
- “Everyone deserves the chance to fly!”-Elphaba “Wicked”
- “Man who moves mountains must begin by carrying small stones”. – Chinese Proverb
- “I’ve failed time and time again…and that’s why I succeed.” -Michael Jordan
The Take Action note for the week asks us to determine what your favorite quotes have in common…Mine are kind of all over the place, but most of them have to do with the idea of being true to yourself, how to succeed and how to take your place in the spotlight. What are yours?
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So sorry for being remiss about posting my weekly list. I have been making them, but I had some personal things to attend to and have not been able to post the way I would like to. Week Seven’s list is to List all of the people who brighten your day. In no particular order my list includes:
- Professor Snape (Also known as my husband)
- Xan (or Julie Young offspring prototype #1)
- Gleek (or Julie Young offspring prototype #2)
- Georgia W.
- Gerogia D.
- Bill M.
- Canida P.
- Robi C.
- Julie R.
- Julie K.
- Sherri H.
- Sherri W.E.
- Andy M.
- Brian S.
- Cheryl S.
- Chryl E.
- Lauren L.
- Dominic N.
In order to take action with this list, we are told to write a sweet note or do something thoughtful for one or some ofthese people on the list who make our lives easier, lighter and happier. I have already started this with my Compliment of the Day feature on my Facebook page…on a fairly regular basis, I tell people something I like about them. I have been told that everyone really appreciates them so I will keep doing that. Spread positive thoughts, not negative energy!
This week’s lists asks me to name the ways in which I have fun. (Note: I am only listing actives that are appropriate to be mentioned in a blog.)
- Spending some solo time with various members of my family.(We tend to turn everything into an epic adventure.)
- Spending time with everyone in my family.
- Playing Guitar
- Going to the Movies
- Going to Concerts
- Going to the Theater
- Playing Tennis
- Going to places I’ve never been before.
- Hanging with Friends
- Going to Disney World.
This week’s list asks: What will your life look like in 10 years?
In 10 years, I will be the same that my father was when he died, so I guess the first thing I hope my life looks like in 10 years is that I will still be here in 11 years! I also hope that my house is paid off and that I am able to relax a little about day-to-day finances. I am about 1/2 way to my goal of having the house paid for, which is a plus so I think 10 years sounds like a reasonable goal.
I hope that in 10 years time, both of my sons will be on their own, happy, healthy and starting families with the women they love. I am guessing that in 10 years time, at least one version of Julie Young Offspring 2.0 will be here (also known as grandchildren) and I hope that I am able to be a huge part of that individual’s life.
I hope I am able to travel more and work a “little” less, write more book, and feel secure that I am still making a serious financial contribution around here. I would also like to have earned or be on my way toward earning my Ph.D. in English or Creative Writing. (My first choice school for that is Notre Dame.)
It’s really hard to imagine what 10 years will bring, especially when you think about how much everything has changed in the past 10 years…but I guess those are good goals for now.
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This week’s list was particularly hard. I was supposed to list the soundtrack to my life, but to be honest…a lot of the songs I listen to are the same songs I listened to a year ago, five years ago and so on…I found myself actually writing down a lot of albums and then realized what they were really asking…so here goes…keep in mind there will be a lot of songs by the same artist because if that’s the album I’m into at the moment…it tends to dominate my playlist.
- Adele- All I ask
- Adele- When We Were Young
- Adele- Remedy
- Lady Gaga/Tony Bennet- Anything Goes
- Lady Gaga/Tony Bennet- It Don’t Mean a Thing
- Lady Gaga/Tony Bennet – The Lady Is a Tramp
- Katy Perry – Anything off of the Teenage Dream album.
- Lorde- Tennis Court
- Lorde- Team
- Elvis- Bridge Over Troubled Water cover with the Royal Philharmonic
- Elvis- You Lost That Lovin’ Feelin cover with the Royal Philharmonic
- Elvis-Burnin’ Love with the Royal Philharmonic
- Elvis/Michael Buble: Fever cover with the Royal Philharmonic
- Amos Lee: Sweet Pea (Cute song a friend introduced me to.)
- Michael Jackson: Smooth Criminal
This week’s list tells us to list the happiest moments of our lives. According to the author, “sometimes it’s easy to forget all of the wonderful things that have happened in our lives.” This list is a good way to remind us that we really have had a wonderful life! (BTW: This list is not in any particular order…as you will see, I have had some pretty awesome experiences so it’s impossible to put it in any kind of numerical order.)
- When I first met Nancy Wilson.
- When I got to interview Ann Wilson.
- When I saw them both and got to personally tell them how much they meant to me. (I also got to give Nancy a copy of my first book since she is mentioned in the acknowledgements. LOL)
- When I met Pope Benedict XVI
- When I got to be on the Oprah Winfrey Show.
- Whenever I sing.
- The Christmas I got my black guitar.
- Whenever I have fallen in love. (It’s only happened a couple of times so…yeah)
- When my children were born.
- When my children have a big milestone or get to do something really cool and I get to be part of it.
- Whenever I am at Disney World.
- When I met Ivan Lendl.
- When I met Gene Simmons.
- Whenever I meet someone I admire.
- The summer I was 13.
- When I was with my parents.
This week’s list: List your favorite characters from books, movies, television, etc…
- Scarlett O’Hara from Gone With the Wind
- Rose DuWitt Bukater from Titanic
- Darcy Rhone of Something Borrowed/Something Blue
- Margaret Simon from Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret
- Farley Drexel Hatcher (aka “Fudge”) from Tales of A Fourth Grade Nothing, Superfudge, Fudge-a-mania, and Double Fudge.
- Jo Polniaczek from The Facts of Life
- Blair Warner from The Facts of Life
- Laura Ingalls Wilder (Specifically Melissa Gilbert’s version) from Little House on the Prairie.
Take Action: Find a common personality trait between all of your favorite characters. What is one character trait you admire?
I’d never really thought about it before until now because they sort of seem like a diverse group in my head. Still, when it comes right down to it all of them (except for maybe Fudge) are more than what they appear to be. At first glance, they seem stereotypical, but when you really get to know the characters, they are a lot deeper, stronger, and opinionated when you first meet them. They may be debutantes, superficial or classic tomboys, but there is always more to them than meets the eye and there is a part of me that has something in common with each one of them.