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30 Days of Truth

So I have decided to try something new again to jump-start my motivation to write. I found this prompt on another blog and decided to give it a try. I admit I could put forth more of an effort when it comes to my writing but without making up too many excuses

Please keep in mind while I love to write and can sometimes write my little heart out, it is hard for me not to write from my emotional and sometimes childish self. So when reading, imagine yourself in my shoes and that of the things I discuss throughout the next thirty days are from your own story.

In case you would like to use this challenge, below are each of the prompts.

Day 01 — Something you hate about yourself.
Day 02 — Something you love about yourself.
Day 03 — Something you have to forgive yourself for.
Day 04 — Something you have to forgive someone for.
Day 05 — Something you hope to do in your life.
Day 06 — Something you hope you never have to do.
Day 07 — Someone who has made your life worth living for.
Day 08 — Someone who made your life hell, or treated you like dirt.
Day 09 — Someone you didn’t want to let go, but just drifted.
Day 10 — Someone you need to let go, or wish you didn’t know.
Day 11 — Something people seem to compliment you the most on.
Day 12 — Something you never get compliments on.
Day 13 — A band or artist that has gotten you through some tough ass days. (write a letter.)
Day 14 — A hero that has let you down. (letter)
Day 15 — Something or someone you couldn’t live without, because you’ve tried living without it.
Day 16 — Someone or something you definitely could live without.
Day 17 — A book you’ve read that changed your views on something.
Day 18 — Your views on gay marriage.
Day 19 — What do you think of religion? Or what do you think of politics?
Day 20 — Your views on drugs and alcohol.
Day 21 — (scenario) Your best friend is in a car accident and you two got into a fight an hour before. What do you do?
Day 22 — Something you wish you hadn’t done in your life.
Day 23 — Something you wish you had done in your life.
Day 24 — Make a play list to someone, and explain why you chose all the songs. (Just post the titles and artists and letter)
Day 25 — The reason you believe you’re still alive today.
Day 26 — Have you ever thought about giving up on life? If so, when and why?
Day 27 — What if you were pregnant or got someone pregnant, what would you do?
Day 28 —What’s the best thing going for you right now?
Day 29 — Something you hope to change about yourself. And why.
Day 30 — A letter to yourself, tell yourself EVERYTHING you love about yourself.

Thank you and enjoy…

The Southern Yankee

2013 Resolutions

So I’m late in making this but better late than never right.

This year I will not be making conventional or traditional New Year’s resolutions nor will I be making long term goals that are destined to fall by the wayside. No this year, I am all about the short term. Perhaps small two month goals that are:

Specific

Measurable

Attainable

Realistic

Timely

Yes I am going to use the SMART goal formula to plan, develop and execute my goals for 2012. I often set goals that I know I can accomplish but I do not actively try to accomplish. I know that sounds confusing but if you knew me trust me you’d understand.

So anyway… here goes nada (forgive the spanglish. I do that A LOT)

Health Goals

1. To stop drinking or only occasionally drink soda.

As it stands now, I have managed to stop drinking soda altogether. Yep that’s right cold frickin’ turkey. I cannot say that I really miss soda all that much. The sugar alone adds pounds to your midsection as well as your thighs, ankles, hips and ass. Do I need to say more? Of course, there will be times when I will have a soda as a reward or a treat. Vanilla Coke is my weakness. I can drink a whole 12-pack by myself. Not in one sitting but given a few days to a week and I can most certainly do it.

2. Walk around the compound twice (2) a week.

Right now it is too cold to start this goal. I figure I will start late February early March. By compound, I mean at my job. One would think we were doing some covert spy type activity in this building instead of television operations.

Writing Goals

1. Write at least one (1) blog post every two (2) weeks.

Seeing as I will not be an active member of my service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega, anymore, I will have more time to write and/or journal. I took a fiction/poetry combination writing class last semester and realized that if I even want to be considered as a viable candidate for the graduate creative writing program at THE University of Houston I need to get my ass in gear and write. I bought a book a few months ago called The Write-Brain Workbook and it has 366 writing exercises to help get the creative juices flowing. I plan to blog about it when I finally sit my ass down to go through it.

2. Submit at least three (3) poems or short stories in writing competitions.

It would be great if other people (besides my friends) liked my writing. It would be great if I could get some feedback about my writing. Constructive feedback mind you not the itsjustnotmycupoftea bullshit I often got last semester. yes that was a minor jab and yes it still irks the fuck out of me

Personal Goals

1. Better budget my finances.

This isn’t a SMART goal. I just really need to be more “adult” about my finances so I decided to try Mint.com at the suggestion of my friend. I also want to eventually buy a house or condo. Buy and maintain a nice grown up vehicle. Have a kid or two. Travel. Live and be debt free! I think I’m making my point pretty clearly yes? Good! My goal is to save at least $50 a month. I do not think this will be hard. I just have to cut out the trips to Starbucks and Panera Bread. That new outlet mall near Galveston has been calling my name. That’ll have to go away too. Lawd help me now!

2. Remove the elephant in my relationship with my mother

My relationship with my mother has been strained for quite some time now. Almost thirteen years to be exact. In my heart, I know what needs to be done. I know at some point the scared little girl inside me has to grow up and become a grown ass woman. I also know that this whole situation is easier talked about behind a computer screen than in person. But I must do it. Not only for myself but for my mother. I’m often jealous of the relationship my sisters and friends have with their moms. They are as simple as tying a shoe or a knot. So why can’t mine be the same? Perhaps I will work on this for Mother’s Day.

School Goals

1. Raise my GPA .2 points to a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

As mentioned above, I would like to be admitted into the University of Houston Creative Writing Graduate program. this program requires its applicants to have at least a 3.0 overall grade point average. I have a 2.854 which is bad a B- but I can do better. I HAVE to do better. If my calculations are corrected, I only have a few more hours left to graduate. I have to make at least a B in each of those classes. At least! No pressure or anything. I will not be attending classes because I need a fucking break after the bullshit I went through last semester this semester so I have to return to this goal either in the summer or next fall.

2. GRADUATE from the University of Houston.

While this goal will not happen within the year, I decided to list it because this is of the upmost importance and will really determine what happens next in my life. So with that said, I am giving myself two years to graduate even though I have maybe a year’s worth of classes remaining. In that time, I will more than likely take the GRE and the writing portion of the THEA. Hopefully I pass both with flying colors.

We shall see what 2013 will bring me. I’m not expecting to accomplish all of these but I would like to accomplish at least two or three before December 31st.