30 things i want to learn

  1. how to sleep well
  2. how to take my artistic abilities seriously
  3. how to take my ideas seriously
  4. how to cook
  5. how to avoid late night group work stress scenarios
  6. how to be appropriately open, honest, vulnerable, and friendly with everyone
  7. how to be independent but know when to accept help from others without being a burden
  8. how to be religious
  9. how to be politically engaged
  10. how to stand up for what i believe in
  11. how to ask the right questions
  12. how to introduce myself
  13. how to shut up and listen
  14. why i’m here
  15. how to make friends
  16. how to be a friend
  17. what i’m doing as a writer
  18. how to bounce back from rough starts
  19. how to pray
  20. how to be kind
  21. how to love
  22. how to be patient
  23. how to be grateful
  24. how to rejoice
  25. how to have hope and keep it
  26. how to let go of my ideas of people so that i can see people for who they are
  27. how to let go of people
  28. how to be unattached to material possessions
  29. how to trust myself
  30. how to let go of my idea of myself so that i can be who i need to be

things & stuff, no. 1


the things i seriously need to do:

  • sew pockets into all my clothes
  • figure out how to sew
  • make those outfits I dream up
  • start listening to French music
  • procure a sufficient quantity of journals and put them in the right places
  • carry pen and paper at all times
  • write everyday
  • breathe


the journals i feel the need to keep:

  • journal for bringing to school, day trips, travels
  • slips of paper or index cards to keep in the back pocket at all times (see “sew pockets into all my clothes”)
  • free-writing notebook to keep in regular writing space for daily writing sessions (see “write everyday”)
  • dream journal to keep by bed for the ideas that come to me before, during, or after sleeping
  • project journal for long writing projects
  • electronic journal for when i feel like typing
  • sketchbook where i actually draw
  • photo journal for scenes that look nice
  • blog, whatever this thing is for


the features and sections i want to have on this blog now:

  • Pieces: pieces others write that I want to share and that show pieces of life and what I’m thinking about
  • Sewing + Crafts: make stuff and post about it
  • Writing Journal: thoughts from a writing journal, updates on writing progress, maybe posts like Sophie’s Poetry Thief posts
  • Adventures of a Pearl: creative challenges and progress updates towards goals
  • things & stuff: lists of things & stuff from life each week