Musings of a Museum Fanatic: November 2015

11.25.2015

5 Tips for Writing Your 101 List Goals


When deciding to actually do a 101 list, or really any other big goal type list, it always seems like deciding on the tasks themselves are always the hardest part. I've got some tips that will make writing your list a little bit easier. 

1. Break it Down. 
When dealing with lists the size of a 101 list it's best to break it down. Currently my 101 list is broken up into different topic sections. Not only does that help organize but it helps to not go so out of control with one section over the other. This happened to me in the travel section of my first 101 list. I kept adding so many in that category and not so many in others. I realized that I probably wouldn't have the money for so many travel goals but not enough time too. 

2. Devil is in the Details
One of the biggest issues I had with not being able to complete as much of my first 101 list was that I was very vague about what I wanted to do and the time frame. This hurt my process because I left those until later because they were vague, didn't take time later to define which just meant I pushed them aside. Second time around I have made sure to be more detailed in not only the task itself but also the time frames.

3. Take Time to Decide
Doing something grand like a 101 list means you're committing yourself to 2.75 years with these goals. Even if you aren't doing a 101 list and doing a smaller one, like 30 before your 30, take some time to ponder them. Make sure they're ones you actually care about and want to complete. Sometimes it feels like people just add goals because they sound good. Do you really want to go to Paris? Or are you just putting it on your list because it sounds good. Maybe you'd prefer to visit Tokyo.  When going through and setting my goals this round I wrote and rewrote them a number of times.

4. Edit
Have someone look at them. Have a few people look at them. Heck have everyone you know look at them. Well maybe not that many people but I would highly recommend having a couple people who might be involved with your goals or are close to you check them out. In addition to Stephanie I had Kevin look them over (for obvious reasons) and my friend Rachel. She's known me since high school and knows me really well to where she can say I feel like you might be over reaching with that goal or you can totally make that one a little harder. 

5. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery
I know I said before if everyone is saying they want to go to Paris you don't have to. That doesn't mean you can't look at someone's list and gain inspiration! I definitely googled 101 lists to see what everyone had on theirs. Quite a number of my goals were inspired from something someone else wrote. Maybe they said they wanted to bake bread with their bread maker, well that made me think how I had been wanting to bake bread with my Deep Covered Baker. 


11.23.2015

Oh Straightner, my straightner.

I've come to realize that my beloved CHI flat iron is slowly betraying me. It sits there saying "OH yes I'm all nice and heated up I swear", then I rush to make sure I'm presentable when I leave the house. One swipe .... two swipes ... three then four. My hair is still not straight and only somewhat warm.

My CHI you have failed me!!!

I guess we've had a good run, I inherited you at one year and have enjoyed you for over seven. It's time to put old Bessie out to pasture.

With Black Friday coming up rather quickly now I've been exploring different flat irons. I've narrowed it down to four different types that have really good reviews!  

Do you have any of these flat irons? Or is there one not on my list that you would recommend?!










11.19.2015

Little Free Library

Five years, in 2009, a man named Todd Bol from Hudson, Wisconsin built a little school house as a tribute to his mother. She was a former school teacher who loved to read. Todd filled the little schoolhouse with books that were free to everyone. Thus the Little Free Library was born. Soon friends and family began to love the idea and he built more little schoolhouses to give to people in the community. After discussing the project with University of Wisconsin-Madison professor, Rick Brooks, the two men saw this as an opportunity to reach certain goals. 


The Mission
To promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide and to build a sense of community as we share skills, creativity and wisdom across generations.


Our Goal
To build 2,510 Little Free Libraries—as many as Andrew Carnegie—and keep going.

Since it's inception the Little Free Library concept has grown by leaps and bounds. Achieving it's goal by August 2012 and by January 2015 an estimated 25,000 registered Little Free Libraries existing.



Yup that's a guitar pic for the door


A few years ago my Mom, being the fantastic children's librarian she is tasked my Dad with building their own Little Free Library. Since then the corner with the bench has grown exponentially more popular. People make special trips from two blocks away to add books and check to see what's new. There was even someone who stopped at 4am to grab a book!

If you're not familiar with Little Free Library go check it out and consider building your own!


 He enjoys reading the books more than hanging out inside. 

11.17.2015

Bloggers to Sponsor Over & Over Again

Sponsoring another blogger is a big deal. Unless you've won a free space on their blog (if so go you!!) you're spending money on them and the fact that they will help you promote your blog. Since starting up my blog I've won my fair amount of ad space and shelled out my own money for space. There are definitely some people who I would (and have) spend money on ad space on their blog over and over again.

Southern Beauty Guide
Chelsee is a wonderful beauty blogger. She will promote your blog, you social media and she's just a great person to get to know as well. Swaps seem to have gone the way of the dodo but Chelsee is awesome enough to still have a swap option too. 

My So Called Chaos
Angie is fantastic. When I first started out blogging she was actually one of the first people I won ad space for. The experience was great then and I just came off another stint on her blog. Another great experience.

Penniless Socialite
One of my favorite ladies and maybe the person I've sponsored the most since starting is Tara from Penniless Socialite. Her prices are great even without the discounts she offers on a regular basis and Tara is always remembering to send a shout out or comment your way. Plus her blog is fantastic, I always love her down to earth fashion ensembles.

Simply Clarke
Marquis is a sweet lifestyle blogger. I've actually never paid for a sponsorship with her since I've somehow been lucky enough to win a space multiple times but she makes it well worth what you pay for the sponsor spot. One aspect of her sponsorship that not too many bloggers have is an active Facebook group for her sponsors. It has been a great way to connect with other bloggers and to share content as well as things like get in on other giveaways.

Sea Salt Secrets
Shane is one of my favorite travel bloggers to read, her posts as she works and lives down under are amazing. Not only can you find amazing photos but you can also find an amazing blogger to work with. By now you'll see a common theme like the other ladies I've listed Shane offers social media shout outs and other perks as part of your sponsor package plus her prices won't kill your budget.

These are my top bloggers who I would sponsor again and again. Who is your favorite blogger to sponsor?

11.13.2015

Inspirational Movie Quotes

Sometimes we all need a little inspiration!

Do, or do not. There is no “try”. – Yoda, Star Wars

Oh yes, the past can hurt. But you can either run from it, or learn from it. – Rafiki, The Lion King

Why are you trying so hard to fit in when you were born to stand out? – What a Girl Wants
Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. – Ferris, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Don’t let anyone ever make you feel like you don’t deserve what you want. – Heath Ledger, 10 Things I Hate About You

I don’t regret the things I’ve done, but those I did not do. – Empire Records

Don’t ever let somebody tell you you can’t do something, not even me. Alright? You dream, you gotta protect it. People can’t do something themselves, they wanna tell you you can’t do it. If you want something, go get it. Period. – Chris Gardner, The Pursuit of Happyness

After a while, you learn to ignore the names people call you and just trust who you are. – Shrek
Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Makes your lives extraordinary. - Robin Williams, Dead Poets Society

11.10.2015

Life Lately

So I realize I've been a little quiet this past week or so. I feel like I haven't caught you up on everything else that's been going on in life either. I know I'm really slacking lately.

1. For me last week was crap. I wrote a post about it. Surprisingly writing while I was upset and on my phone it didn't come out that terrible haha. Still feel weird at work this week. Not sure what my next step will be.

2. Kevin started his new job yesterday! It's totally different from his old place and so far he's loving it. I hope it continues to be great even after the first few get to know you weeks.

3. I'm now totally addicted to FitBit. Since we're unpacking from the move I've been racking up the steps. At first I was loving the smack talking with my friends during the challenges then once I hit my first steps goal. Oh my gosh! The fireworks and the buzzing is addicting! Now I must achieve this every day. Very addicting.

4. Work on the DIY Christmas gifts is in full swing in our house! I've already got two gifts completely finished and wrapped. There are about four more in progress now and I think I've got all the stuff for all my projects now.

5. This past weekend we attended one of Kevin's friends he's known since junior high wedding. It was really cool because the couple is Indian. I had never been to a traditional Indian wedding before, neither had Kevin so it was definitely an experience. We really enjoyed the traditions like processing with the groom to meet the bride. There was music blaring, we were all dancing and jumping around.

The food was fantastic. Both of us were a little wary because we expected more of it to be pretty spicy. A majority of the dishes from the luncheon and dinner we not spicy at all. I would totally go back to the restaurant that's attached to the banquet place.

6. Stepping up my Pampered Chef game lately. I've really been trying to start the conversation with people about Pampered Chef. Especially when it comes to helping people with things like recipes and replacement parts. I really would like to build a more active customer base and focusing on other ways I can help will I feel will add to that. There have been a number of people who I've been talking about shows the next month or so. Hopefully the holidays will be good Pampered Chef wise.

Things have been a little roller coaster recently, hopefully they'll start to calm down!


11.04.2015

Crap

I had started this great, funny post over the weekend for last night that I was going to finish up after work. Well I didn't really feel up to that yesterday.

Found out that the director of my museum position I applied for I did not get.

Let me explain a bit. U have pretty much been running the department for almost a year, partially because of the previous director not wanting to be there and then when they were moved in June I was more officially acting as director. I didn't really have any help figuring stuff out because things needed to get done. We were moving at the end of last month so everything needed to still be full steam ahead.

I am not happy at all by this decision. I feel sort of betrayed. When talking with the higher up person in the past it seemed he wanted to eventually move me in to the position and if he didn't have to post the position would have been perfectly fine moving me in to the position.

I realize this happens all the time but when you're the expert museum person who has been there for over two and a half years already and someone new is brought in that you will have to share all the knowledge that you just spend 8 months figuring out on your own because there was no one there to help you. Also because of the nature of the place this person cannot just come in and hit the bricks running. Their is major hierarchy, language and systems.

I'm pretty much going to still be taking care of business for months while this person comes in and will be getting the glory for it.

At this point I have no idea what I should do. I make a great salary (I think!) for a museum and the benefits are insanely good. The other hand, how can I stay when I feel like utter crap about the situation and might have some resentment about the whole situation.

I will say I am getting tired of this feeling of two steps forward and one back in my career.