August 06, 2011

Soapbox Saturday - in my next thirty two years...

Every once in a while I get a little down.  I know my life is great, but once in a while I throw myself a pity party.  I feel sad and I can't always pin point the exact reason why.  Maybe it's because I'm a woman :)  Maybe I need to buy a punching bag.  Maybe I need a motorcycle to ride off on for a while.  Maybe I sound crazy, but maybe...just maybe you know how I feel.

Well, I wanted to write something a bit more uplifting today.  While I'm not trying to be a party pooper, I also don't ever want to give the impression on this blog that I'm perfect.  I'm far, far, far from it.  I am just like you.  I makes mistakes.  I get mad.  I cry.  I even fart.  Yes, it's true.

Now rather than dwell on my ridiculous frustrations I thought it might be fun to make a list.  One thing that helps me stay positive in life is to have something fun to look forward to.  I love to plan and make lists and dream about what's to come.  I believe in good things to come.  So, I'm making a list of things I want to do in my next thirty-two years (since I just had my birthday).  Here we go.


1) Take my husband to Portugal.
2) Have chip clips for all the bags in the pantry.
3) Make my backyard a rockin' play area for my kids.
4) Have a Macbook again.  Or at least have a computer that can always find the internet.
5) Release another album.
6) Teach my kids how to play the piano.
7) Have a girl.
8) Have a garden.
9) Have an amazing homemade salsa recipe that people beg for.
10) Teach Rex how to ride a bike.
11) Have super short funky hair.
12) Memorize all the US presidents and be able to name all the countries on a world map.
13) Paint my kitchen cabinets white.  (That one's been on the list for a couple of years now.)
14) Go on a family vacation.
15) Attend a blogging conference.
16) Learn woodworking from my dad.
17) Read War and Peace.
18) Be current on world news.
19) Write a book.
20) Learn  to crochet.
21) Raise my children to respect and appreciate others, work hard, serve others, and love God.
22) Learn to hip hop dance.
23) Invent something.
24) Do a cartwheel.
25) Do a lot of good without anyone knowing.

I'm sure the list could go on and on, but that's what I came up with on the spot.  And you know what?  I feel a lot better already.  Thanks for listening/reading.  What are you looking forward to?

56 comments:

  1. Cheri, your list is great but one really called out to me...

    I just learned how to crochet 2 weeks ago (I'm 33, by the way) and I LOOOVE it!!! Totally hooked!! (see what I did there) It's so easy and once you learn the basic stitches, you're ready to make just about anything. I learned by looking up videos on youtube. So get out there and buy yourself some yarn and hook and do it! :)

    Also, check out this blog for some great inspiration (not my blog...just one I read):

    http://attic24.typepad.com/weblog/

    Good luck and I look forward to seeing all your hooky goodness soon. :)

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  2. I know exactly how you feel, it must have been something in the air, because I was feeling a little of the same yesterday.

    I like your list, a lot!

    I will say, however, that having white cabinets is NOT all it's cracked up to be. They show every little dirt spot, so be prepared with a magic eraser every day.

    I was a little surprised at number 5 though. I've only been reading your blog for a short while, so I really don't "know" you, but what's this about an album? Details? Please dish.

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  3. Love your blog and LOVE the chip clip goal :) Totally feel ya on that one!!

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  4. Lots of people feel that same way every now and again. I know I do. I love your list! I taught myself how to crochet when I was 18 and I was so happy I had that skill when my baby girl came along. Since I had her, I have been learning even more! Love it!

    For when you do learn, here is my fave crochet blog {she has an Etsy pattern shop too}:
    http://easymakesmehappy.blogspot.com/

    There are lots of adorable, free patterns there and they are easy to read!

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  5. I feel the exact way sometimes. And yes I think it is because we are women. Another reason men have it easier :) I love your list! I want to do one now too.

    www.taylormadehome.blogspot.com

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  6. love this post Cheri! it's so good to know we're all in the same boat - nobody's perfect, no one has the perfect life. Hope you have a great weekend, and that trip to portugal is sooner than later!

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  7. My first thought was "oh is is That Time of the Month?!" ;) Seriously, the older I get and after having kids I have about one day per month where I'm down for no reason (or I have a reason I just get more down than is justified) then a few days later I realize I was hormonal. But anyway - I related to many things on your list. I'm 32. I just learned to crochet (you'll like it! easy to learn too. I just spent a couple hours having a friend show me the basics so I could follow patterns on my own but it's just as easy to learn from UTube I've found). I know how to hip hop but I'd love to take dance classes as an adult. I liked War and Peace (Tolstoy right? Anna Karenna is better BTW). And on and on. Just wanted you to know you're not the only one!

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  8. I like your post! It is so awesome! AS I was reading you post I felt very connected to you. We are the same age, so I relate!

    As I was reading, one of the items hit me hard. #16. Start that one first! It is the only one really limited by someone else. And maybe it hit me hard because I lost my mom almost two years ago. It was VERY unexpected. There are so many thing I feel like I never had the chance to learn from her, that I wish I had now.

    I think it is awesome it is on your list! So go an do it!

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  9. Great idea!!!

    So many of my goals are creative ones too and I would love to travel more. I do think that life may be too short for me to read War and Peace though. Just sayin ;)

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  10. your list is fantastic. I really love #16 learn woodworking from my dad. that one is so special and he will really enjoy that.

    I just this week got chip clips for all the bags in the pantry and it is fantastic!!! i highly recommend it :)

    Happy weekend!!

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  11. I agree with all the other comments! your List is great ....and inspiring me to also make a list! As for the chip clips, great idea! Although I don't use them (because they are a ridiculous price here) I use Large Bull Dog clips from the stationary department. I love how neat they make the cupboard! I also agree with Luna, do #16 now! My Dad was a master carpenter and I spent uncountable hours watching him in his shop, but never "learning". Now he is gone and I have an extremely well outfitted work shop and really very little skill to make use of it. It really is sad that I didn't learn when I could. I wish I would have made this list long ago, (I am 43) and I would have learned to crochet from my Mom before she died too. Thanks for making me think, I must go make a list so I don't miss out on any more of these opportunities!
    Hugs!

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  12. Those are all great, but one I may be able to give you a little help with is number 19: Write a Book. Go to NaNoWriMo.com, try it no matter how overwhelming it sounds, or don't do the program and just set a word count goal for yourself like we get to do over at the YWP.

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  13. I hope you do the cartwheels and hip hop dancing sooner than later. Although it would be fun to see a 64 year old bust a move!

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  14. Cheri this was awesome- and inspired. I needed it this week. And I read every comment too. Isn't the blogging world wonderful? Come to SNAP next April- no travel involved. ;) And best of luck on the rest of the list. You can do it.
    Now off to start my own list.
    xoxo,
    Amy

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  15. Sheri, I know exactly how you feel and it is so refreshing to know I'm not the only one. Thank you for sharing your feelings and your awesome list! You would look amazing with super short funky hair! Go for it!

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  16. Oh Sheri, I think all of us Mommies get that way some times. Way to go on warding it off and not letting it consume you. The hip-hop goal made me giggle, my hubs bought me the Zumba DVD's after I had our son 3 months ago. I love it so so so much, it's great fun and my 2 year old daughter loves to "dance" with me.

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  17. I suspect my cabinets will not be able to resist being painted white much longer. I give them a year, tops.

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  18. If you have a Forest Service office near you, you might be able to get Smokey Bear chip clips for FREE! That's where most of mine came from, because my dad works for the forest service.

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  19. Excellent list and what a good attitude to have. I'm having one of those days. So maybe I should make a list of my own. :)

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  20. I love your list! My boyfriend and I made a list of the things we wanted to do this summer so it gave us something to look forward to. With my boyfriend going through chemotherapy and never really knowing what the long term future holds, we take baby steps with our list making. But so far we've had a great summer.

    P.S. I think you are well on your way to raising your children the way you are hoping to.

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  21. I know those blues --- rarely do they point to one offender, but the sum of many little things that build. Who wouldn't be a little off these days?

    I have the luxury of a few more miles down the road than you have, so I'm the first to tell you that you need to "feed" yourself. The skills and joys you make are what you have to fall back on when the going gets rough. Mom has always preached "the only thing constant is change." My FIL prefers "this too shall pass." I lean towards "it won't alway be this way," and "look back and learn something from the situation." Your milage may vary.

    Chips clips --- I take it we've given up the everything in Tupperware dream?

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  22. I'm almost 30 and I often have pity parties about how little I feel I've accomplished. But looking back and counting my blessings really helps remind me how much I do have and how far I've come. I hope you have a girl too because you're creating for her will be amazing :)

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  23. I will gladly join your pity patty party today since I am having one of my own too!

    Hope our weekend gets better!

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  24. Cheri,
    This just might be my favorite post of yours. I'm having a hard time with life right now and it takes so much effort to be positive. Thanks for sharing about yourself. I think I'll go make a list now :)

    Steph

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  25. I can help you with the learn to crochet part.

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  26. I think it's perfectly normal for us to feel down sometimes even if we have tonnes to be grateful for. If we were able to keep things in perspective 100% of the time, we'd be perfect. No one is, so I think it's fine for you to feel blue sometimes because the other 99% of the time, you rock. ;)

    Brandi

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  27. that's a very very good list. um...did you say album? I'd like to hear the first one!

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  28. The chip clip one made me laugh, I'm the same way. We use clothes pins because there cheap, easy to find and work well. Love your list, several of your items are on my list also.

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  29. Have you see the Pinterest idea of breaking off the ends of skirt hangers for instant chip clips? Wish you lived closer. I'd teach you how to crochet, you could teach me how to carry a tune, and we could help paint each other's cabinets!

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  30. I can totally relate and I love the list idea. I use it with my husband. Whenever I am getting a bit irritated or just down right angry or disappointed about something in our relationship I make a list of all the wonderful things about him or even just the practical little things I love about him and it always changes my perspective. I love how real you are and I love your blog. I know it takes a lot of effort and I really appreciate you sharing your life with us.

    oh and you can totally do the crochet thing. I taught myself and I am not even half as creative or crafty as you. You tube has great tutorial videos and it does get addicting.

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  31. If it helps with your chip clip ambition, I've learned that wooden clothespins make AWESOME, cheap, easy chip clips. Grab a pack from your dollar store, keep em in a cute jar or clip them straight onto your pantry shelves and you're good to go. :) Since learning that trick, I am never clip-less. :)
    And I do know exactly how you feel. You're in good company.

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  32. That is a super awesome list Cheri. I've been thinking about doing my own for a few months. I love everything on your list, but my favorites are #'s 7, 10, 11, 20, 21, and 25. With the exception of 7 (I already have two), these are all things that I want to do too! Keep me updated on when things get crossed off. :)

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  33. Blue days are real Stinkers. I like ur idea though, last week when I felt similar I thought to make myself aN inspiration book in case it happens again. Think I will add a dreams page, thanks for the idea. Feel better Momma.

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  34. I can help you with the knock you socks off salsa recipe...just let me know if you want it.

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  35. I like you and all the above woman are in the same boat, sometimes it just happens and the bad days comes. I love the idea of the list. Something I am going to do. Thanks for sharing your story.

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  36. I can help you with the chip clip one. I use clothes pins. They are cheap and come with a ton. I'm sure you could do something fancy with them, but I just haven't taken the time to do that yet.

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  37. This is a great list! I made a bucket list when I was 17 and I've checked off quite a few things...it feels great to accomplish those dreams! And War and Peace is a beautiful book! :)

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  38. I'm glad you fart, too! :) Hope you're feeling better or that your funk leaves soon.

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  39. I just sent you an email hoping to help with #9. :) I love your list!

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  40. I love your list. I think I will write one too and post it on my blog. It's always wonderful to have things to look forward too. I love that some of your items were big like teaching your children, and some were little like getting chip clips for the pantry! Thanks for reminding me that it's okay to dream.

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  41. Lists also make me feel better too - they really help to both ground me and set me free. I just had my birthday too and also made a list for myself... Good luck with yours!

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  42. I am also a list girl and it feels good to get it out on paper (not a handheld electronic gadget, sorry.) and see it in the flesh! I LOVE reading your blog every day and it's so refreshing that you are totally real. I feel like you are my friend but you have no idea who I am :) Wish I could say I lived nearby...I'm not even a little bit close. You rock, keep being yourself and I'll keep reading!!!

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  43. I have some of those same goals. Writing a book and raising respectable kids being the top ones. I'll probably never blog enough to go to a blogger conference, but I would love to do that too.

    Once you get going on the crochet thing, I think you might like this cuff I came across just yesterday:
    http://www.kootoyoo.com/2010/08/how-to-make-contortionist-crochet-cuff.html

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  44. I can help you with three of these! I am away at camp right now but when I get home I am sending you my salsa recipe, to die for! Tasty, not really hot. I'll teach you to crochet if you meet me at a blogging conference!:) I totally get what you are saying I call it the blahs, just feeling, don't know what or why but feeling, feeling like nothing and everything. Sometimes you just got to sit in that and feel it and sometimes you gotta get up and get moving and get out of it. The hard part... knowing which you need to do. Oh and as for the album, I'll buy it, make a new one! xoxo

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  45. #2 the chip clip problem. I laughed out loud this sounds like me!

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  46. #2 the chip clip problem. I laughed out loud this sounds like me!

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  47. I don't know if you are still reading comments on this post but I just love your honesty! I was feeling the exact same way this weekend...don't know but I think it's the womanly fluctuation thing. I must say I thrive on lists too. I just turned 40 and decided to take on piano. I have always wanted to learn and just started lessons last March along with 2 of my 4 children. Anyhow, you are an awesome, fun, inspirational gal and I love your blog. Thanks! PS I want to know what kind of camera you use. I want to do better pictures.

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  48. I started making a similar list! It feels so refreshing to get it all out on paper.

    I also just started crocheting - it's a lot of fun and there are so many great patterns out there!

    Good luck with the bucket list - I'm sure you will do great, look at the mark you have already made out there; it can only get bigger and brighter :)

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  49. I learned to crochet just a few years ago. I bought a book from walmart called, "I taught myself to crochet" It comes with the needles and an instruction book and was very cheap. Also, Ikea sells a bag of chip clips that look just like Pampered Chefs. They are very inexpensive and work with all sizes. Finally, I have the most amazing salsa recipe. I begged a friend for it, and now all my friends beg me for it. I can't find your email so if you want to email me, I will send it to you. Megan . boseman @ gmail . com.

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  50. i know exactly how you feel. turning 32 next week. feeling blue, but optimistic.

    thanks for the post. m

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  51. I love you Cheri! You are cool. And inspiring and I love that you are so normal:).

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  52. I use clothes pins for chip clips. $4 for about 50! I bet you don't have that many bags of chips. They work well in the freezer too. I painted some then put decorative tape on them. (I found the tape at Michael's a year ago, but you could stamp on them or mod podge paper on them.)
    P.S. I too want #3, #7, #8, #11, #12, #21, #23, #25. Great list and great idea to make yourself happy.

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  53. I love lists they are the only way I get things done :)! I have recently picked up number 20, crocheting. My youngest son just turned 2 at the end of May and a week later he was diagnosed with Leukemia so we are currently at St. Jude Children Research Hospital and my friend back home though I might want to pick up crocheting so she sent me hooks and yarn. I went on youtube and typed in how to crochet (best way to learn EVER) and I have currently made about 25-30 beanies and headband for all the little boys and girls at the hospital. It is super relaxing and helps me unwind and I get to pay it forward :) I definitely suggest when you decide to pick up the craft you learn on youtube!! The option to pause, rewind, and watch someone do it up close while they explain was the easiest way to learn! Good luck :)!! PS LOVE your blog (it is my favorite addiction :) hehe)

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  54. This list is awesome! I am a new reader of your blog and so far, I'm loving it. Number two, about the chip clips made me laugh out loud, startling my husband, as I have this same EXACT issue. Next time I go to reach for a clip and don't have one, I'll remember your post. Keep them coming and thanks!

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  55. I love your list. I'm 31 and I made one the other day too. But the one that caught my eye was your salsa need. I love my homemade salsa, so here you go.
    For a large batch
    Toms (as many as you want), onion (I use a whole one for a large batch, medium size), seranto peppers (about 2 unless you want it really hot), garlic (to taste, I don't like too much) and fresh lime juice (about 1 for a small batch and 2 for a bigger batch), salt and pepper (to taste). I add a green bell pepper for more color alone doesn't really add a whole lot. It is so good, I make a whole mixing bowl full and eat it in about 2 days by myself.
    I hope you like it and hooray for pitty party days. We all need them to make us appreciate life.

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  56. Waw)) I noticed that several positions of your list have been realised during this year! Cute ! All our dreams really come true earlier or later! I'm thirty this year (in october), so I'll make my list. I think it can help me to see, where I am and where I go. Thank you.
    Aljonushka from faraway Belarus

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