02 Jan 2008 I don’t know if I’ll reach 12, but I’ll try!
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Hello everyone.  I’m Susan, also 32 years old, living with my husband and my dog, Roxy, in Venice, CA. I’ve been through what feels like 200 different career ideas and meltdowns in my life, and have been working hard (at least in my head) on finding my true passion.  I’ve been an Internet surfer, an elementary school teacher, a preschool sub, a book reviewer, a proofreader and a professional slacker/student. I’ve studied novel writing, Swedish massage, Shiatsu, and have my MA in Psychology, yet I’m stuck at an ad agency correcting other people’s work. I’ve even taken self-help classes in finding my true calling. I’m hoping that by completing as many of these badges as I can, I’ll find my true passion, finally!  Or that some impartial other can see which badge I appear most excited about!   

My chosen heroine is Dr. Jean Grey from X-Men, because of her extremely powerful mind and her ability to rise from the dead (my deaths being my many little career failures).


 My 12 badges:

1. Travel Writing Class:  Mediabistro.com offers online courses. I want to sign up for the next one I can. Or if theirs is not doable, find another class.

2. Business Plan: Develop a feasible business plan for myself, outside of a corporation. This could be  working as a freelancer through various companies, or starting my own company.

3.  Pursue Personal Training:  I’ve always been very interested in diet & exercise, and as a runner, would love to share that interest with others. I think with the right clients, I could have a little motivational/self-help kind of group.

4. Travel:  Okay, this one’s a no-brainer. I’m already going on a cruise in Feb-March, but want to get out and see some National Parks with my husband this year (Yosemite, Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Bryce)

5. Yoga: Like Maggie…. I used to do yoga a lot, and now am lucky to do it two times a year. I know I need it in, especially living in LA, which is waaay  too fast-paced for me.

6. Book: I wrote a novel at the end of 2005. I pretty much scrambled to finish it, just to have a completed project. I want to at least pick it up again, see if it’s salvageable, and if not, start a new one. 

7. Ice Skating: I used to ice skate as a kid. I was REALLY into it and dreamed of being an Olympic skater. I want to at least get out to a rink again and explore this some more.

8. Bad Habits: I consume far too many calories from beer & wine. I want to cut down on alcohol in general. (hard when you have moderately alcoholic Irish genes and your husband is an enabler) 

9. Sewing: Maggie got me a sewing book for my wedding. I need to open it, and read it, and attempt a pattern.

10. Singing: This badge isn’t clear to me yet, but I’d like to take a few lessons.

11.  Dream Journal: This is an ongoing project. I used to get up and write down all of my dreams, and found it very useful for creative pursuits and getting in touch with my more introspective self. I’d like to start doing this again as often as I can.

12. Cooking: I have loads of cookbooks I never use. I tend to cycle through the same six dishes every week. I’d like to try a new dish, ideally weekly, but bimonthly would be okay, too! 

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    I will be doing the personal training certification as well, though I do not have it on my list of badges. I think I may roll that into my “Write a business plan” badge however, since the certification is almost a prerequisite for what I want to do.

    And yes! You need to start that sewing badge this year. I flipped through the requirements last night and lucky you–you just have to take a basic sewing class, acquire a machine, pick out some fabric, and sew a basic skirt. The book should teach you all you need to know, Rob already has a machine, and the book comes with a skirt pattern!

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