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101 Failure or Success

67 of 101 complete. Not a great stat. It’s a little sad that I wasn’t able to complete more items off my 101 list. Some I have legit excuses for – such as moving away from Nashville where there were 4 items I was not able to complete.  And yes, it was difficult to do some thing after moving and being busy with school and finding myself in a new city.  I can come up with a million excuses, however most were left undone due to laziness. Some required enlisting friends to help and I didn’t push enough. Many just required planning ahead and organizing. A handful I know for a fact I will do in the next 2-3 months, just not in time to make the official list.

I am, though, completely happy with those I was able to complete. It challenged me to do new things and gave me goals to work towards, which I love. You can see my full list – completed and uncompleted items – here: 101 in 1001.

Some highlights from the 1001 days

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101 in 1001

I have finally finished creating my 101 list, to be completed in 1001 days. Thanks to Meghan for the initial inspiration and to Whitney for the inspiration to finally finish my list and start it. Nothing on the list is huge or spectacular….just some things that I want to complete in a “short” (relatively) amount of time. I feel like I am opening a new chapter in my life with a new job and “growing up,” so what better way to start a new chapter with some new goals?! I will finish my list on April 29, 2013.

I will use my completions as my blog posts and will keep the list updated here!! Just click on the 101 page at the top to keep updated!!


Life Accomplishments

There really aren’t too many things in my life yet that I would consider a major “life accomplishment.” Yes, we all have accomplishments and meet goals, but yesterday I completed a major one: my first half marathon. I completed the Country Music Half Marathon in 2:16:03, running (aka jogging) the whole thing and not walking at all!!!! Do I ever want to do a full marathon?? NO. But more halves? Yes, definitely.

Thanks to Meghan, Tyler, Lauryn, Boone and everyone else who came out to cheer!! And a BIG thanks to Meg for snapping some pics!! (sadly the action shots didn’t turn out, but oh well! you can still tell it me! :))



Between miles 6-7

Post-Race chillin'

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New directions

I have realized recently that I somtimes….naw, most of the time….have trouble looking “on the brighter side of life.”  It gets really easy to focus on the bad, sad, and ugly parts of life and really hard to see that there are always good things too. So, for at least a short time, my goal is to post every single night about 1 thing that day that made me smile or made me happy. I apologize if this is not riveting or thoughtful or even fun, but I think it’s a useful goal to set for myself right now. And I promise that I will try keep it interesting when possible 🙂

Sunny side of life, here I come!

I will call this the Katy Happiness Project (KHP)

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Gotta Be Something More

More and more I find myself thinking, “there’s got to be more to life than this.” As I near the start of my ultimate semester of school to finish my master’s degree, I have really started wondering what more there is. Sure, I will look for a job, maybe move, meet new people, and try new things. But those are things everyone can hope for and do. So I have tried to set a list of things that I REALLY do want more of consistently in my life (in a way, my mini, more immediate bucket list):

  • Guitar: I need to learn. I finally made the commitment at the beginning of the year to buy one, but have made little progress in the playing department. I just need to suck it up and find an hour each day to sit down and learn how to play. I know I have the basic skills, I just need to get over the hump and get in the habit, cuz I really do want to be able to play. (If anyone has any tips for learning, send away!)
  • Tennis & Golf: Unlike guitar, these are things I already know how to do (well, golf kind of), but don’t make nearly enough time to do. I have played tennis since I was like 8 and love nothing better than to play. The problem is, you have to have someone else to play. Golf I need to play not only to get better but also because I do enjoy it. I love going to the driving range for an hour by myself, but just need to commit to it regularly.
  • Scrapbooking: I began scrapbooking my senior year of high school. I did really well for a while and am currently held up halfway through junior year of college. Not bad, no, but when it takes 3 hours per page, it is difficult to find the patience and time to sit and do a few pages. When I do it, though, it feels so great to get another page done and know that is one memory that is preserved forever. Corny, yes, but even as horrible as high school was, I enjoy looking back at my friends and fun we had, and want to keep doing that far into the future.
  • Close friendships: My two best friends have been by my side for 22 years and 15 years, respectively. Loyalty is not a new concept to me. So it is harder now, being more permanently awway from said loyalties to understand how frienships can form and fall apart so easily. I want to work harder at 1) making new meaningful frienships and 2) maintaining those friendships. It sounds silly, but I want to be a more vulnerable person and allow myself to come out of my shell when I normally would not. Unforunately, they do work both ways, but if one fails, I do not want to feel like it was at all because I dropped the ball. That being said, the strong friendships and loyalties I do have can always use more and definitely deserve even more attention and respect.
  • Take pictures: I used to love take pictures of everything: people, scenery, flowers. Now I don’t even think about it unless it’s after the fact and I am wishing I had taken more. I have decided that I need to take pictures every time we do something, even it’s just 2, and even if no one wants me to. They’ll thank me later.
flower in Guatemala

flower in Guatemala

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Accomplishing Goals

For the first time in a while, I feel like I accomplished a major goal that I set for myself. Yes, graduating from Vanderbilt was a major accomplishment, but I feel like that was just in the line of normal life accomplishments. About a month ago (or maybe longer, I can’t really remember), I told myself I was going to start running, do some 5Ks, and hopefully, as a longer goal, run the Music City Half Marathon next year. The first step was accomplished in my getting used to running in the morning before work, getting up at 5:30am and running a route just short of a 5K distance.

Finally, this weekend I completed my first 5K – Ellie’s Run for Africa – and did what I wanted, running without walking at all. There were a couple hills that were a little challenging, but it felt great to finish with a decent time – 34:55. It pretty much felt like my runs every morning. The weather was great too: cloudy and cool. We could not have asked for a better morning! The next step: Peachtree Roadrace 10K on July 4 in hometown of Atlanta. I don’t plan on being able to run the whole thing, but since I grew up hearing about it all my life, it’s on my unofficial bucket list of things to accomplish in my life! And what better time than when I am already running some!

Roommate M and I before the race

Roommate M and I before the race

M, S, and I after the race!

M, S, and I after the race!