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01 Jan 2009 New Year, New-ish Badges
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Happy New Year!

(Blows off the cobwebs on the blog)

Wow…Looks like a full year has gone by and nary a post to be seen! It’s time to make a real go of this and earn some solid badges for myself this year.

Here are my initial picks:

  1. Cooking/Nutrition: Get back to clean eating (it’s been an uncharacteristically sloppy holiday season for me food-wise) and TRY to go mostly vegetarian
  2. Fitness: Complete two full months of Val Waters’s free Action Hero workouts (bonus action babe workout, too) without skipping any unless sick or injured, then follow up with the full New Rules of Lifting for Women program
  3. Knitting: Learn how to knit from the Stitch and Bitch book & make a knitted Sackboy doll to go with my crocheted and sewn ones
  4. Money: Complete Baby Step 2 of Dave Ramsey’s Total Money Makeover plan by paying off my second mortgage
  5. Sewing: Do two back to back 6-month Wardrobe Refashion pledges and only sew my own clothing from fabric in my stash or clothes already in my closet
  6. Budgeting/Travel: Save up for a European cruise (second honeymoon since DH and I were frugal with our first one in 2007) in the fall
  7. Gardening: Get my veggie garden in order and make a month to month plan to keep it that way
  8. Painting: Complete all of the painting exercises in my watercolor pet painting book & learn how to use Corel Painter
  9. Singing: Take one month of voice lessons (I love karaoke, but have never been in a choir or taken real lessons.)
  10. Yoga: Make flexibility training a regular part of my routine instead of an occasional chore.
  11. Writing: Complete all of the exercises in just ONE of my many writing books
  12. Make My Own Badge: Any of the following – Get off my butt and just study for my personal training certification, work all the way through one PHP/MySQL programming book, or learn how to use my new video editing software by going through all of the included tutorials

For January in particular I want to:

  •  Garden: Tear out the dead plants from my garden and cut down the invasive “dwarf” banana tree. Plant some cold weather veggie seeds. 
  • Exercise/Nutrition: Complete all of my planned workouts and follow my meal plan. Swap out one meat-based protein portion per day with a vegetarian, egg, or seafood option. 
  • Craft: Make my items for the Discworld Swap at Craftster–I’ll probably crochet some Discworld characters and sew some kind of bag…not sure what else. Make a “Spockboy” Sackboy doll for my co-worker. 
  • Writing: Write five blog posts a week. Post at least four times a week at the two fitness forums where I am an administrator or moderator. Post three times a week at my other community sites. 
  • Money: Create a new budget for 2009 using the free PearBudget spreadsheet. Update W-4 withholding for me and my husband after plugging in our numbers in the IRS withholding calculator. File our taxes!

I think the key to achieving these things is to flat out set a date for them instead of stopping at the list making stage. I have to schedule things right into my calendar for them to actually seem like tasks instead of goals. Goals are nice, but they will never be anything but words on paper unless I break them down into doable tasks.

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:
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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

02 Jan 2008 Intro and Pledge
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Tigerlily

Howdy! I am Maggie, a 32-year-old (soon to be 33) video game developer living in the Orlando, FL area with my husband and two striped boy cats. My hobbies include singing (karaoke!), fitness, cooking, apparel and costume sewing, blogging, web programming and design, reading, learning new skills, personal finance, and drawing. I have a lot of interests, but I’ve noticed over the last few years of Being a Responsible Grown Up that I rarely take the time to engage in any of my hobbies anymore. If I do find some spare time to start some projects, a lot of them never get finished because I don’t have a plan or reason to complete them.

That’s why I am participating in Project Wonder Woman this year.

My superheroine nickname will be Tigerlily, based on a character from David Mack’s excellent Kabuki comic book series. Tigerlily is a secret government operative trained in martial arts/sword whose cover identity is that of a comic book artist. I like that she can kick ass AND draw.

My current working list of proposed badges is as follows:

  1. Breaking Bad Habits
  2. : This one will be a year-long undertaking. I want to get rid of 6 bad habits and develop 6 good ones by the end of 2008. I will tackle one item per month, starting with Punctuality (I am ALWAYS 30 minutes late to EVERYTHING!) in January.

  3. Organizing
  4. : There are so many things in my house that need organizing that this one should keep me quite busy for a full month.

  5. Healthcare
  6. : I’ve been meaning to choose a good primary care physician who can run the full battery of health tests on me and perform a full physical for a while now, but keep putting it off. It’s time to learn where I stand health-wise now that I don’t get regular check-ups from a military doctor.

  7. Fitness (Swimming and 12-Week Turbulence Training Challenge)
  8. : Yes, I know I already know how to exercise and stuff, but I will be rolling my 12-week Turbulence Training transformation challenge and my goal of improving my swimming skills through regular lessons into this one for 2008.

  9. Personal Style/Sewing
  10. : This one combines a skill I already possess but haven’t been applying very much (sewing) with an area in which I have been sadly lagging (personal style) since I started to work in the very casual dress code environment of video game development. I looked in my closet for clothes to take up to Philly for the eHarmony shoot December 16-17 and realized that I had almost nothing but jeans, funny t-shirts, and workout clothes in my wardrobe. It’s time to put my sewing machine to work and my stunted sense of style back into active duty.

  11. Budgeting
  12. : I already budget to some degree using Microsoft Money, but I’ll be tightening it up even more as Chris and I focus on completing a Total Money Makeover a la Dave Ramsey in 2008.

  13. Yoga
  14. : Yeah…you know how I always harp on being really unbendy and needing to do more yoga? Well, I still am unbendy and still need to commit to a regular flexibility program. I’m making this a badge-earning opportunity since I am horrible at integrating yoga into my fitness routine when there is no obvious reward or punishment involved.

  15. Car Care
  16. : I’ve always known in the back of my mind that familiarity with the basics of auto maintenance was important, but fear of grease and laziness have prevented me from actually learning much about the machine that carries me 30 miles each way from home to work and back each day.

  17. Gardening
  18. : 2007 was the year of the neglected yard and veggie patch. 2008 will be the year of flourishing flowers, stunning shrubbery, and eye-popping edibles! This activity will be ongoing.

  19. Decorating
  20. : Chris and I haven’t really gotten around to decorating our house since we moved in…two years ago. It’s probably time. I don’t think we are going anywhere for a while.

  21. Painting
  22. : I have kept my oil and acrylic painting supplies from my one college painting class around all these years for no reason. Ditto for the copy of Painter 8 software that I bought around the same time and never bothered to learn how to use. My bare walls need art. I will endeavor to create some for them.

  23. Draft a Business Plan
  24. : A gal can’t stay in video games forever. I am going to learn how to draft a business plan for future reference.