I'm going to be better at...

It's Lent season.

That means it's time for me to give up something I love or start doing something I hate. Here's the thing, I suck at Lent. I guess I'm more of a 'do what I want, when I want' type of girl. In the past I have vowed to go to church every week (fail), work out three days a week (fail), not skip class (fail), even be nicer to my little brother (I'm sure that was a fail too). The only successful Lent I've ever had was in grade school when I gave up Nutty Bars.
No joke. I love Nutty Bars. 

Lent has been in full force for over a week now and I still haven't decided what I'm going to do. I seriously considered giving up alcohol, but decided that AB InBev really needs my business (Imagine if my Lenten promise put millions of people out of work? That wouldn't be very Christ-like, now would it?). 

Then, I thought maybe I could visit a church fish fry every Friday during Lent. That seems like a good way to support the church without actually going to mass, right? But I'm starting to think that is just a selfish excuse to allow myself to eat as much fried fish, applesauce, french fries, and mac and cheese as I want. 

So I've come up with a list of things I need to do better. Not just for Lent- for life. Hopefully, over the next thirty something days I can keep these things in mind. And actually follow through on (at least some of) them. 

1. Laundry
Self- explanatory.

2. Cleaning
How hard can it be to clean, like, one thing a night? Apparently, for me, impossible.

3. Networking
Last night, I went to the StL Women in Media event at Miso on Meramec. It was great. I was in a room surrounded by awesome ladies who work in my industry, and I barely talked to any of them. This is a problem. No excuses, play like a champion.

4. Writing
I almost wrote 'blogging,' but I realized I'm pretty darn good at that. I think I'm a good writer, but tend to give up when I'm not feeling inspired. This is unacceptable. I need to devote more time in my day to writing, even if it turns out like crap and I drag it to the trash bin.

5. Staying in touch
This weekend, I got the pleasure of hanging out with some 'old' college friends at Cara's going away party. I've been on the phone the last couple evenings with girls I love and haven't talked to in ages. And this morning, a close friend from grade school chatted me on Facebook and we had a nice.... er, chat. I have a long list of people that I need to reconnect with. There is no time like the present.

6. Working out
Swimsuit season is coming up.

7. Being more confident
As I sat listening to the panel of PR and Marketing professionals talk about social media at Miso last night, I realized I needed to be more confident. I know what I am talking about. I am smart. I am passionate. I have strong opinions. But for some reason, I don't show it. I'm often too passive, too polite, too reserved. Not okay.

8. Keep on, keepin' on
Here, I have a list of seven things I need to do better. But honestly, I don't think the person I am right now is really that bad. In fact, I think I'm pretty great. I like my life. If I can just keep doing what I'm doing, and add these things in, I'll pretty much be... perfect.

Perhaps, 'Be more humble' should be on the list too?

1 comment:

cara stuckel said...

THIS IS GREAT DANIELLE. Especially the cleaning, GET IT DONE :) I love you.

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