Lately I've been reading Zen Habits, a blog created by Leo Babauta, a man who has slowly been changing his life and writing about his discoveries. This excerpt comes from the post "Do Interesting Things":
"Write a book. Or an ebook. Write poetry and publish it on the web. Create interesting, lovely or funny videos, put them on You Tube. Be passionate. Write a web app that will solve a problem in people’s lives. Become a watchdog to replace the faltering newspapers. Explore the world, and blog about it. Try something you’ve always been afraid to try, and put it on video. Be yourself, loudly. Start a new company, doing only one thing, but doing it very well. Start a business that does a service you’ve always wanted, or that you are frustrated with in other companies because the service sucks. Put your heart into something. Say something that no one else dares to say. Do something others are afraid to do. Help someone no one else cares to help. Make the lives of others better. Make music that makes others want to weep, to laugh, to create. Inspire others by being inspiring. Teach young people to do amazing things. Write a play, get others to act in it, record it. Empower others to do things they’ve never been able to do before. Read, and read, and then write. Love, and love, and then help others to love. Do something good and ask others to pass it on. Be profound. Find focus in a world without it. Become minimalist in a world of dizzying complexity. Reach out to those who are frustrated, depressed, angry, confused, sad, hurt. Be the voice for those without one. Learn, do, then teach. Meet new people, become fast friends. Dare to be wrong. Take lots and lots of pictures. Explore new cultures. Be different. Paint a huge mural. Create a web comic. Be a dork, but do it boldly. Interview people. Observe people. Create new clothes. Take old stuff and make new stuff from it. Read weird stuff. Study the greats, and emulate them. Be interested in others. Surprise people. Start a blog, write at least a little each day. Cook great food, and share it. Be open-minded. Help someone else start a small business. Focus on less but do it better. Help others achieve their dreams. Put a smile on someone’s face, every day. Start an open-source project. Make a podcast. Start a movement. Be brave. Be honest. Be hilarious. Get really, really good at something. Practice a lot. A lot. Start now. Try."
This year, I'd like to try something new. I'd like to get really, really good at something. But most of all, I'd like to start right now.
- cook more
- finishe p90x
- under 2-hour half marathon
- Bikram 2 month challenge
- creative internship -- hopefully leading to creative job
- study for GMAT and take exam
- grad school decisions...
- daily creative outlet: etsy, crafting
- frugality; follow budget
- switch from coffee to tea (to save money)
- 5-7 fruits/veggies every day
- develop morning ritual: create, journal, read, yoga
- "tell the truth, tell the truth, tell the truth"
- read meaningful books
- take social risks
- learn to love myself
- consider moving to the city for job opportunities