“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.”
Robert Louis Stevenson
Hi! I’m Jennifer, a St. Louis living lady with both too many pets and too many goals.
I have tried my hand at blogs before, but my passions vary so widely that I had never been able to stick to focusing on just one topic.
In an effort to consolidate my never-ending thoughts one day, I began thinking about my numerous interests and how they may all correlate – when I finally realized: Why not just combine them?
If there is one thing I am exceptionally good at, it’s coming up with goals. And to-do lists. And resolutions. I have lists for everything in my life: from the conventional ones, such as groceries, chores, and to-do’s, to the far-reaching ones, like “things I want but don’t have the money for right now”, “random conceptual photography ideas”, or “remember for your birthday party in 7 months”.
So, I am attempting a purposefully vague blog to encompass this. My desire within this blog is to create a space to let my brain live and a spot to jot down and scratch off my goals as I think up and complete them. Additionally, on this site, you will find my general thoughts, tips, and other garbage relating to these resolutions.
And… What exactly are my overwhelming amount of interests?
- I am a vocal vegetarian who hasn’t been swayed back to the dark side in over thirteen years and counting.
- I have a never-ending itch to travel, whenever is feasibly possible.
- I am a professional photographer.
- Plus I have a day job in fundraising at a nonprofit.
- I’m in love with my little family, including my handsome boyfriend David, and our handful of critters: Lola, Earl, and Houdini.
- I bought a fixer upper! And have a constant urge to renovate, redecorate, and rearrange.
- And am also an avid Craigslist and garage sale bargain hunter, as well as a dumpster diver for all of your tossed out furniture.
- And to thoroughly contradict all of my previous statements, I am also considerably anal-retentive about saving money.
Goals and Anxiety:
It has taken me several years to come to terms with my anxiety and learn how to use it to my advantage rather than let it bog me down. It is something I am still nowhere near perfecting but am working every day to get better at.
While it didn’t occur to me that something might be amiss with myself when I was younger, I have had chronic anxiety and OCD since I was a kid. Though it did interfere with my childhood at times, it was manageable.
As I entered adulthood, however, I had a traumatic experience happen to me that caused me to lapse into a severe state of anxiety – worse than I had ever experienced before. For years I struggled to overcome what had happened to me and it still causes me some pain even today.
As an impatient person (a trait that comes with anxious individuals…), I knew that time would help heal my internal wounds but it still infuriated me that I had to wait. I dug into countless experiments in an attempt to help make me feel “normal” again with varying degrees of successes and failures. Of those that did stick though were learning how to organize my thoughts and desires and put them into tangible lists.
I should state that I knew, of course, how to create a list. But I didn’t know how to implement their use in my everyday life. Write down what was making me feel anxious? Make pro and con lists? Actually think through my problems? No thanks.
Once I got the hang of it, however, I realized how beneficial it was to draft my feelings into the world. Anxiety causes me to feel overwhelmed because my worries freely fly through my mind. By putting my problems on paper, however, I can physically see what is bothering me and then work through it.
Goals and Success:
Tasking myself with completing lists didn’t just quell my anxiety, however, but it also gave me a sense of purpose. While it is soothing to have numerous lists that lie out a vacation, or mumble through a problem or remind me of what to buy at the grocery store, the real satisfaction lies in crossing out the lines.
Being successful at the goals that I set for myself, whether small or large, puts everything into perspective for me. By knowing that I am accomplishing what I had taken to task, fulfilling my goals truly makes me feel like I am living my life to it’s fullest potential. It motivates me to continue doing what I want to do.
So while this blog obviously serves a purpose to me, my wish is that it can also be of help to you. Within the confines of this WordPress, you will find handy tips, tricks, and guides relevant to travel, home-renovation, saving money, recipes, and whatever other junk pops into my brain.
But more than anything, I hope that this blog can inspire you to set goals for yourself and feel motivated to accomplish them as well!