I my very first (and hopefully last) lottery ticket for the Mega Millions Jackpot yesterday afternoon. The pot is up to $16 million – boy oh boy what I could do with money like that. And while I hate to think that I wasted $1 something in which the odds are completely stacked against me, I can’t recall many a time when I felt as good about something as I did about purchasing that lotto ticket. My mom keeps telling me that if I don’t have a ticket I don’t have a chance…then she went on and on with this spiel reading about all the people who didn’t claim their winnings and some 19-year-old kid who just won the lotto down south somewhere, and all she really needs to get her life together is $10 million, my sister and I would never have to work another day in our lives, and she would drive straight to Jaguar/Range Rover of Annapolis and buy that “big body Range” and blah blah blah bleck! Needless to say, I was guilted into purchasing the damn ticket because I would finally a chance to make my mom’s money troubles go away and secure this family -and I want to help the family, right? Anyway, the excitement about purchasing a lotto ticket has worn off and now I see myself out of $1 which could be in my wallet right now, with the additional $6.11 I have in it…and I’m wondering, am I supposed to feel bad or good about this thing? The ticket that is? Because I’m not feeling too good right now, but it hasn’t stopped me from praying to God that I win this money playing the devil’s game. Isn’t that something? I’m here, a devout Christian (or so I’d like to think), and I’m asking God to help me do something wrong! Quite frankly, I almost hope I don’t win the lotto…but then that would be crazy as hell, right??? And I don’t think I’m crazy……
September 21, 2008
August 26, 2008
Okay, so I know I’ve jammed quite a few things in the title but at least you can’t say you were misled! LOL.
I decided to put these events in my life all together in this one post because they all make me feel good.
I know I’ve accepted some debt (the credit card & the student loans) but at the same time I’ve made progress by opening a savings account, which will be used to pay off those loans upon graduation!
And the looking good part – well, who doesn’t like to feel good. When you look good and smell good you feel good. Some people say there’s more to feeling good than just your outward appearance, but I beg to differ.
The point of this post is simply to document the progress I’ve made on my bucket list, but it’s also a time of reflection for me. It’s an opportunity for me to recall an event or experience that I will one day look back on and be able to note my progress.
July 29, 2008
Okay, so I did it. I went an entire week without spending and it was an extremely trying time. My strong desire to spend money is sickening. As a result, I’ve decided to analyze my relationship with money. I have to find out exactly what it is that makes me want to spend money because I cannot live my life this way. I’ll always be scraping by or extremely broke if I do not change – and change quickly!!! Right now I’m reading Your Money or Your Life by Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin. All over the many many Personal Finance (PF) blogs there are I’ve read that this book can change your life. Well, I’m taking the bait and I hope it will change my life for the better.
I made banana fritters for the family yesterday morning. I’m not much of a cook so the mere fact that I attempted to cook something shows great progress. LOL. I have this feeling of motivation after having made the banana fritters. And who knows, I might make something more challenging next time – I’m taking it one step at a time….
July 22, 2008
So I completed one of my 101 goals to complete in the next 1001 days, and I guess I feel pretty good about it. LOL. I finished the task at work, but I never would’ve done it had it not been for this meme. I walked into an office. Placed a deposit in the deposit box. And as I was on my way out of the office I noticed some trash on the floor near the door. I left the office. But when thought about my 101 goals I turned right around, went back into the office, and picked up the trash – which turned out to not be trash at all, it was an important piece of information with a client’s contact information on it.
I found this act significant for me because it is a reminder of the importance of writing your goals down and familiarizing yourself with them. Had I not taken the time to review my goals I probably wouldn’t have remembered that picking up someone else’s trash made it onto my list and I would be a day further behind on my meme and process toward making a better Shanae. Needless to say, I’ve finally learned the importance of writing down my goals and keeping them close to me. I must say, I think I’ve accomplished a lot today
July 20, 2008
Well, I guess there are several people joining this meme….personally, I’m doing it just to try some self-improvement and see how much I’ve changed in about 3 years. The good thing about this is my discovery of this meme comes at the perfect time. I’ve been looking to make some personality changes (for the better) that will hopefully make me stronger, healthier, smarter, and much much more optimistic in my life as I get older. I suppose there are several other things I could’ve done besides this, but I figure, why not? What’s the worst that can happen? So…I’m ready – I’m jumping in with both feet and I’m actually excited about it! Here is my list of 101 things I plan to achieve within the next 1001 days (that’s about 3 years).
- Try wine tasting
- Cook something Completed 7-28-2008
- Draw a picture
- Go to a concert
- Discover/Have a favorite joke
- Have a photographic portrait taken/Have my portrait painted
- Sample foreign food Completed 8-8-2008
- Win a competition
- Attend the super bowl
- Learn to dance – salsa, tango, waltz, anything!!!
- Go to the theatre – see a ballet, play, etc.
- Go to the zoo
- Take a walk in the rain
- Visit the Museum of African Art
- Read a classic novel
- Write a short story
- Learn about Feng Shui
- Graduate college
- Learn French
- Learn basic phrases in at least 5 languages
- Take an interior design class/lesson
- Read Casablanca and see the film, produced in 1942
- Join the cultural swap @ gimmeyourstuff.blogspot.com
- Drive a speedboat
- Drive a sports car around a race track
- Hire a classic car for a night on the town
- Sail in a yacht
- Test drive a Ferrari
- Try hand gliding
- Ride a rollercoaster
- Shoot a gun at a shooting range
- Try rock climbing
- Try paint balling
- Go on a road trip – across the country, and see as many landmarks as I can
- Go on a safari
- Go on a nature walk
- Ride a horse
- Watch the sun rise and set
- Take a hot air balloon ride
- Go on a trip by myself
- Get baptized
- Find my soul mate
- Have a life coaching session
- Give someone a compliment everyday and mean it for 30 days
- Right a wrong
- Make an inspiration binder
- Write a list of 100 things that make me smile
- Reduce my worldly possessions to 100 things
- Make a list of the 100 things I know I need in my life
- Read the Bible in its entirety, following a daily devotional
- Make a list of 12 Life Commandments I will live by and not break
- Join the Happiness Project @ happiness-project.com and read it daily for 3 months
- Keep a gratitude journal for one entire month
- Learn not to cry/show my anger when I am upset/angry/hurt
- Write a letter to my future child
- Go on a city shopping spree
- Have a candlelit bath
- Spend one evening a week not watching TV or logging onto the computer
- Phone in sick to work and do nothing all day!
- As a stranger for a date
- Send flowers to mom for no real reason
- Trace my family tree
- Have my family know I love them every single day
- Go naked
- Grow something
- Get up at 5 am everyday for a week
- Make a habit of cleaning my room every Saturday morning
- Upload all my music on my PC and donate all the CDs I have
- Wear nice clothes to work everyday for a week straight Completed August 18-August 22, 2008)
For the Greater Good – Charity/Charitable Acts
- Take part in a marathon or race for a charity
- Research a charity I believe in and make the commitment to donate to it once a month for a year
- Do something for someone who will never find out
- Use energy-saving light bulbs
- Give an abandoned pet a permanent home
- Give blood
- Give my time to charity/Join a ministry at church
- Pick up someone else’s litter Completed 7/21/2008
Health and Fitness
- Learn the secrets to a healthier life
- Get Lasik eye surgery
- Exercise at lest 3 times a week
- Have a beauty makeover
- Have a make up consultation
- Receive a full body massage from a professional
- Improve my diet by no longer drinking soda/juice and NEVER eating fast food
- Lose 40 pounds
- Go to a health spa
- Visit a financial planner
- Open a high yield savings account on line Almost completed. I joined a credit union on 8-22-2008 putting 50% of my paycheck into the account. Talk about sacrifice – but it’s got to work!!!
- Buy property – a condominum, a townhouse, something!
- Compare prices before I buy anything
- Cut back on all spending – learn the importance of frugality
- Buy a lottery ticket Completed 9-20-2008
- Find a better paying job
- Write a check to myself for $1 million with the supernatural convition that I will one day be able to cash it – if you believe it, you can achieve it
- Have a $5000 emergency fund
- Take lunch to work everyday for a month straight
- Go one week without spending a penny Completed 7-21 to 7-25-2008
- Get some credit!!! Finally started. I got a credit card with USAA and I applied for (and received) a Federal Stafford loan. Major things are going on over here. I can pay for school, build some credit, and contribute to my savings account all in one go. I know it’s debt but I don’t have time to feel bad about it now. And I don’t need anyone to remind me of it – I’ve got a mother.
- Put my money to work – Join a 401(k), Roth IRA, get a money market account, mutual funds, CDs, something!
- Write about each 101 in 1001
- Make a new list!!!