I’ve always figured that if I’m going to be a copycat, I might as well focus my efforts on emulating the cool kids (copying regular folks is clearly not a good use of time). And dude, the cool kids don’t come much cooler than Colleen Wainwright (raising $61,517 in 50 days for a worthy charity AND shaving her head makes her an easy favorite for coolest-woman-in-the-history-of-the-blogosphere-ever).
Since I love Coleen’s “100 things I learned in…” series and I’m feeling even more reflective that usual (this having been one hell of a year to reflect on); I decided I’d take my self-indulgent ramblings and my love of lists to a new level.
I give you my very own 100 in 2011 list (in four easily digestible, 25 item, chunks). I feel cooler already.
100 Things I Learned in 2011 | Part One:
- If we are at a party and you use the words pejorative, succinct and superfluous in one conversation, I will end up sitting in your lap and nuzzling your neck*.
- Words turn me on.
- Ditto that for people who know how to use them.
- Sometimes I think I might need slightly stricter criteria.**
- The road from lust to trust is a long and twisty one indeed.
- You may not make it all the way to the end of every story.
- Knowing what you need but not insisting on it is a recipe for disappointment.
- Tightly held expectations are also a recipe for disappointment.
- Therefore; the secret is to know what you need, be sure to insist on it and then not expect it to be delivered. Or something like that.**
- Ego bruises seem to heal faster than others, but they hurt like a sonofabitch in the interim. Adele helps.
- There really is no place like home.
- After you’ve given up dairy, going veggie is easy-peasy.
- The otherwise effortless twenty-pound weight loss makes it a complete no-brainer. Consuming cow flesh or rocking a bikini? Hmmm….no contest.
- Exercise really can change you.
- I do my best writing while I run.
- Unfortunately I seldom remember any of it.
- This has taught me much about impermanence and non-attachment.
- I still come home and try to frantically scribble out all the brilliance before it escapes my brain.
- Clearly this is another thing for me to work on in 2012**.
- I still just want to make pretty things.
- It’s all too easy for me to stop owning it; this year it was often like I just had it on lay-away.
- Pinterest is the most delicious time-suck ever invented.
- You will not always get picked for the team.
- This will always sting just as much as it did when you were 12.
- We’ve all got dragons to slay.
*My apologies to the cute boy at Jill’s New Years Party. While your vocabulary and your lap were lovely, the nuzzling may have been a bit much.
**In certain instances further life learning will be necessary in 2012.