Shanae’s Weblog

July 29, 2008

A Week Without Spending

Filed under: finances, happiness, life, self improvement — Tags: , , — discovershanae @ 1:07 pm

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.

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July 22, 2008

Charitable Act #8 Finished!

Filed under: happiness, life, self improvement — Tags: , , — discovershanae @ 3:07 am

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

My 101 in 1001 Days

Filed under: collegiate, finances, happiness, life, self improvement, Uncategorized — Tags: — discovershanae @ 4:24 pm

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).

Entertainment

  1. Try wine tasting
  2. Cook something Completed 7-28-2008
  3. Draw a picture
  4. Go to a concert
  5. Discover/Have a favorite joke
  6. Have a photographic portrait taken/Have my portrait painted
  7. Sample foreign food Completed 8-8-2008
  8. Win a competition
  9. Attend the super bowl
  10. Learn to dance – salsa, tango, waltz, anything!!!
  11. Go to the theatre – see a ballet, play, etc.
  12. Go to the zoo
  13. Take a walk in the rain

Education

  1. Visit the Museum of African Art
  2. Read a classic novel
  3. Write a short story
  4. Learn about Feng Shui
  5. Graduate college
  6. Learn French
  7. Learn basic phrases in at least 5 languages
  8. Take an interior design class/lesson
  9. Read Casablanca and see the film, produced in 1942
  10. Join the cultural swap @ gimmeyourstuff.blogspot.com

Adventure

  1. Drive a speedboat
  2. Drive a sports car around a race track
  3. Hire a classic car for a night on the town
  4. Sail in a yacht
  5. Test drive a Ferrari
  6. Try hand gliding
  7. Ride a rollercoaster
  8. Shoot a gun at a shooting range
  9. Try rock climbing
  10. Try paint balling
  11. Go on a road trip – across the country, and see as many landmarks as I can
  12. Go on a safari
  13. Go on a nature walk
  14. Ride a horse
  15. Watch the sun rise and set
  16. Take a hot air balloon ride
  17. Go on a trip by myself

Self-Improvement

  1. Get baptized
  2. Find my soul mate
  3. Have a life coaching session
  4. Give someone a compliment everyday and mean it for 30 days
  5. Right a wrong
  6. Make an inspiration binder
  7. Write a list of 100 things that make me smile
  8. Reduce my worldly possessions to 100 things
  9. Make a list of the 100 things I know I need in my life
  10. Read the Bible in its entirety, following a daily devotional
  11. Make a list of 12 Life Commandments I will live by and not break
  12. Join the Happiness Project @ happiness-project.com and read it daily for 3 months
  13. Keep a gratitude journal for one entire month
  14. Learn not to cry/show my anger when I am upset/angry/hurt

Personal

  1. Write a letter to my future child
  2. Go on a city shopping spree
  3. Have a candlelit bath
  4. Spend one evening a week not watching TV or logging onto the computer
  5. Phone in sick to work and do nothing all day!
  6. As a stranger for a date
  7. Send flowers to mom for no real reason
  8. Trace my family tree
  9. Have my family know I love them every single day
  10. Go naked
  11. Grow something
  12. Get up at 5 am everyday for a week
  13. Make a habit of cleaning my room every Saturday morning
  14. Upload all my music on my PC and donate all the CDs I have
  15. Wear nice clothes to work everyday for a week straight Completed August 18-August 22, 2008)

For the Greater Good – Charity/Charitable Acts

  1. Take part in a marathon or race for a charity
  2. Research a charity I believe in and make the commitment to donate to it once a month for a year
  3. Do something for someone who will never find out
  4. Use energy-saving light bulbs
  5. Give an abandoned pet a permanent home
  6. Give blood
  7. Give my time to charity/Join a ministry at church
  8. Pick up someone else’s litter Completed 7/21/2008

Health and Fitness

  1. Learn the secrets to a healthier life
  2. Get Lasik eye surgery
  3. Exercise at lest 3 times a week
  4. Have a beauty makeover
  5. Have a make up consultation
  6. Receive a full body massage from a professional
  7. Improve my diet by no longer drinking soda/juice and NEVER eating fast food
  8. Lose 40 pounds
  9. Go to a health spa

Financial

  1. Visit a financial planner
  2. 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!!!
  3. Buy property – a condominum, a townhouse, something!
  4. Compare prices before I buy anything
  5. Cut back on all spending – learn the importance of frugality
  6. Buy a lottery ticket Completed 9-20-2008
  7. Find a better paying job
  8. 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
  9. Have a $5000 emergency fund
  10. Take lunch to work everyday for a month straight
  11. Go one week without spending a penny Completed 7-21 to 7-25-2008
  12. 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.
  13. Put my money to work – Join a 401(k), Roth IRA, get a money market account, mutual funds, CDs, something!
  14. Write about each 101 in 1001
  15. Make a new list!!!

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