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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Tomorrow is the start of the next round of the BLC and that got me thinking about goals. Not just healthy lifestyle goals, which I'm currently wrangling with, but goals in general.

I just graduated. I've been working toward this degree, in a very real sense, since I was 14. I'm serious. I have been interested in anthropology since I was 10, and decided when I was a freshman in high school that I wanted to be an anthropologist, which meant I had to get a PhD in anthropology, and started working toward that goal. I'm now 38. That's *half of my life*

A friend of mine was teasing me recently that I really needed another frame of reference than where I was in grad school for important events in my life, LOL.

But seriously, I've never been one to sit on my hands or dream small. I have never been afraid to dream, and to work toward those dreams. But for most of my life, graduating with my PhD was my big dream. And now... I'm not entirely sure what I want or where I'm going from here. I'd always thought I would teach at a university, but that may not happen--and that's okay. Life changes, priorities change (though if I manage to land that university position, I won't say no, LOL!) But I'm finally starting to think, really think, about life after grad school--beyond the vague "get a job" part.

A couple of years ago, I signed on to a website called DayZero


DayZero is kind of like a bucket list, only with a deadline. The idea, kind of like sparks suggests, is to set real, concrete, measurable goals, a strategy to get there, and a deadline. In this case, it's a list of 101 things you want to accomplish in 1001 days. They can be big things, like running a marathon, but also little things--like having a candlelit dinner or going for a walk on the beach.

I probably won't accomplish everything on my list. I didn't know when I put this list together, that I was going to have to retake my comps. This past year I've barely done anything that wasn't directly focused on graduating. Even so... I was pleasantly surprised when I revisited the page to find that I had gone from 16% accomplished to 43%. And I'm pretty sure I can knock off a few more before my 1001 days expire (in October, I think). I think, when this list times out, I'm going to start a new list. A new list of 101 things I wish to accomplish in the next 1001 day period--big things perhaps (like buy a house), or small things (like going kayaking for the first time). There are so many things I want to do--new things, that aren't even on this list. I want to learn bobbin lace, and to become a fencing marshal. I have crafts projects to finish.

Life is full of possibilities. That's what keeps it exciting. But it's easy sometimes to forget those possibilities, big and small, in the daily routine--especially when you feel like you are barely treading water. But if I can knock nearly 30 items off my list with the year I've had, what can I accomplish now that I'm no longer in school?
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    Congrats on Graduating. I have no doubt you will reach all your dreams.
    2646 days ago
    emoticon emoticon Look out emoticon Doctor Zanna is coming and she has dreams and plans and goals! emoticon
    2646 days ago
    I love how your mind works! You have such drive, to have a goal for that long, and work so diligently to achieve that goal. I have no doubt that, whatever else you set your mind to, you will achieve it! Even if it's just taking a nap. ;-)

    I love the idea of that website. I think you've mentioned it before, but I will have to go check it out. I've become an inveterate list-maker, so it might be right up my alley.
    2647 days ago
  • EILEEN828
    I like your day zero project- it's so fantastic you've completed so much! I think bobbin lace is cool too. Do you know about Lacis in Berkley, CA? It's a museum dedicated to all the history of Lace and lace making. They also sell all the bobbin lace equipment that you would need and they have a huge community following and they have classes. I (don't know if they have online classes though). I bought my big bead loom from them, prices are reasonable. I'll have to check them out again. They do send a email newsletter you can sign up for for free. Real cool stuff there.
    2647 days ago
    Love that site - so cool! And Zanna...or Dr. Zanna, now....YOU ARE AWESOME!!!! Whatever you decide to do next, you're going to do it wonderfully. emoticon
    2647 days ago
  • FUNGIRL81005
    Great idea!! I am going to visit that page!! emoticon emoticon
    2647 days ago
    I may have to set up a list there.

    I am so proud of you for achieving this HUGE goal!
    2647 days ago
    emoticon on graduating! Knowing how much hard work you put into it, it has to be an amazing sense of accomplishment and relief all mixed together. I've always admired your drive.

    I like your 101 goals suggestion. I'm a list maker and love to mark things off so this may be just what I need to get focused on some accomplishments. emoticon
    2647 days ago
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    I am pretty sure you can achieve anything you put your mind to. I think the hard part (for me anyway) is deciding what to put my mind to.

    Have a great day
    2647 days ago
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