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15 Jan 2008 My pledge and introduction

Aloha everyone!  My name is Westy and I’m 31 years old.  I am married to a wonderful man and we have 4 children together.  Life can be very hectic trying to juggle work and home life, but I think that I do the best that I can as a “minivan mom”.   I am joining Project Wonder Woman because I would like to spend 2008 focusing on and accomplishing goals that will help make me a better woman, wife and mother.

My superhero is:

I chose Dragonfly because she embodies traits that I will be focusing on this year.  Her powers are: an idealized body (health and nutrition), superstrength (I’ll interpret this as strength in character) and the ability to move things with her mind (I’ll interpret this as education and expanding knowledge).

My 12 badges for this challenge are:

1.  Exercise your options

2. Eat it

3.  Care for your health

4.  Quit it

5.  Find your money

6.  Grow your money

7.  Give your money away

8.  Organize it

9.  Give a little bit

10.  Get well read

11.  Take a really good picture

12.  Go back to school

I purposely wrote the list up the way that I did because a lot of the badges that I hope to attain coincide with one another.  My personal and financial health require the most focus which is why I am planning on completing those badges first. 

I am so thankful to have stumbled upon this project (Mahalo Maggie for putting this together) and am looking forward to sharing in this journey with all of you!

aloha- westy

03 Jan 2008 January Badge-o-Rama Plans
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I’m starting on three badges this month, though all of them will extend beyond 31 days. I figured that I should start up the extended duration badges now to make sure I had plenty of time to complete them before December 31.  🙂

1) Breaking Bad Habits (Failure to be Punctual)

Duration: 12 months (one habit per month to kick or to develop)

Current Status:
– # of Days Without Running Late = 1/31
– Still running behind due to food prep time in the mornings and late wake ups.

To Do:
– Set up my meals in Tupperware tonight before going to bed, boil up a big batch of eggs for breakfasts, and be in bed by 11 pm with a snoozer of a book tonight in order to improve my chances of being on time for everything tomorrow.
– Measure out and pack more oatmeal and raisin packets
– Establish 6:00 AM wakeup and have workouts completed by 8:00 AM daily.

2) Personal Style/Sewing

Duration: 3 months

Current Status:
– Finally finished red and black knit Issey Miyake dress (V2556)
– 1 project cut out, 3 projects started but not complete

To Do:
– Need to make a list of the events I am likely to attend and the things I do in everyday life to determine what wardrobe deficiencies I have
– Draw up with a wardrobe plan with notes, fabric swatches, and pattern sketches
– Cull the ill-fitting, unflattering, outmoded, and generally horrifying pieces from my closet and decide if I will donate, trade, or refashion them
– Sew the first two items on my list: a refashioned A-line knit skirt made from a “Chinese Peaches” Threadless t-shirt and a cute sun dress made from another Threadless tee (”Happy Harvest“), some brown paisley fabric, and a bit of orange broadcloth

3) Fitness

Duration: 12 weeks (Turbulence Training challenge) + 4 weeks (Swim lessons)

Current Status:
– Just doing a food and exercise maintenance/ramp up week this week before starting TT 12-week contest on Monday, January 7.

To Do:
– I skimmed through the requirements for each of the badges I have picked out from the You Can Do It book last night and have decided to modify the Fitness requirements a bit since I am already doing everything required to earn the badge according to the book. I am changing MY fitness badge requirements to the following:

(1) Complete a 12-Week TT Transformation contest entry with photos, workout logs, and stats posted at the site.
(2) Take swim lessons from my husband, Mr. Former Swim Team Captain and Swim Coach, 3 times per week for the entire month of July

– Take measurements and photos on Sunday for the TT contest
– Clean out and repack gym bag
– Review workout schedule and exercises

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: 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! 

29 Dec 2007 Welcome to Project Wonder Woman!
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Well, 2007 is winding down, and the start of the new year is almost upon us. It’s time to make those traditional resolutions that most of us will just toss to the curb by February 1.

Grown up responsibilities and that thing called Life will get in the way of our goals. We will declare that we have no time to take that cooking class, learn a new language, or start an exercise program. Resolutions will be written down, but without some concrete steps and direction to help us stick to them, nothing will change.

But what if we change the outcome of the annual resolution dissolution this year? What if we were to head into 2008 with some solid goals to reach and some actual plans and strategies to achieve them?

That is the goal of Project Wonder Woman, a collaborative, virtual troop of women who will all pledge to complete the requirements for one activity per month from Lauren Catuzzi Grandcolas’s book, You Can Do It!: The Merit Badge Handbook for Grown-Up Girls.

The book consists of chapters covering sixty fun, enriching activities ranging from competing in a triathlon to learning how to sew. Each chapter includes an overview of the activity, an essay from a female expert/mentor, clearly-defined steps for earning the activity’s merit badge, and recommended reading and online resources. A virtual merit badge is earned for each completed activity. In order to qualify for the badge, each PWW member must document her progress with blog posts, photos, and/or video clips as she completes each requirement.

You Can Do It! will provide the framework for achieving our goals for 2008, but it will still take time, effort, and persistence on our end to earn all twelve of our life merit badges over the next twelve months. This is not a 12-week challenge but an ongoing project that can cover everything from life skills to physical challenges, financial mastery to artistic experimentation. Our rewards will vary depending on which activities we each choose to undertake, but I have no doubt that we will all emerge from the experience more skilled, talented, competent, confident, knowledgeable, and infinitely more kickass than we are today.

With each badge we earn, we are one step closer to becoming a Wonder Woman in truth.

Let’s do this!

To get started once you have been approved for an Author account, post an introduction and pledge message telling everyone:

1) A brief introduction/mini bio

2) Your superheroine nickname (and why you chose it)

3) Your 12 planned badges