Wednesday, January 20, 2010

30 By 30

Today when I woke up I was suddenly 28. twenty-eight. TWENTY-EIGHT!?!?
In two years I'll be #) - I couldn't type that quite right because I closed my eyes and guessed at the keys -- I've got two years to come to rips <--not an intentional typo, but Jen would leave it and I think I should too with it. Yikes. I remember when my mom turned 28 - vomit.

I often have people - mainly young artists, sometimes older artists -- occasionally random non-artists write me to ask how I accomplish everything I get done in a day. The answer is simple: LISTS.
I'm a list making fiend. Sometimes once I accomplish something I go back and add it to a list if it wasn't there before. I live for crossing things out.

A while ago Michelle My Belle posted something sparkly and inspirational, as per her usual. Seriously, is there anything that girl can't do?

I picked up the torch and started this list. Sticking to her parameters, this should be a list of things I'm doing this year -- and it is. I'm just thinking ahead and giving myself 24 months - YIKES ONLY 24 MONTHS?!!? to cross everything off it. We'll see where the next two years lead me. I sincerely hope you're all along for the ride. Thank you for all your support. You make my life more beautiful than it already is -- and I live in Brooklyn, so that's saying something.
  1. Have 'Pammie's Jammies' published and on shelves in the Brooklyn's Writers section of 'Books on Court'
  2. Increase blog readership
  3. Have Amber Ink. turning an obvious and clear profit
  4. Learn to sew and drape and make awesomemanawsome stuff
  5. Get mega in shape
  6. Take classes at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden
  7. Form a group that inspires creativity and beauty
  8. Be financially and freelance-ially set to be my own boss without a full time job-job
  9. Travel the Mediterranean
  10. Learn to speak a second language
  11. Attend a kindling retreat
  12. License my art to a major fashion retail brand
  13. Fall in love
  14. Illustrate for a rock star
  15. Own an original Mary Blair
  16. Be published in a magazine with national circulation
  17. Learn to ballroom dance
  18. Design a children's facility
  19. Send more snail mail
  20. Throw more theme parties
  21. Learn to drive
  22. Organize wildly amazing dinner club
  23. Live in Coeur d'Alene
  24. Watch every movie that's ever won an Academy Award for 'Best Picture'
  25. Make a picture quilt and enter it in a contest
  26. Scan and document all design sketches and licensing data so it's at my fingertips whenever I need it. In a word: Max-Organized
  27. Own a fancy pants SLR camera and know how to use it
  28. Give more - volunteer, support charity, randomly and to friends
  29. Pick one topic a month to study ala 5th grade. So I don't ever worry about not learning.
  30. Upcycle more in my decorating as I tackle this little apartment that I want to be magazine ready.


Dawn said...

THat's quite a list! ANd I firmly believe you can do all those things. I hope I am adding to your blog traffic at least. And I can add your blinkie to my blog as well. I love your artwork, writing and music taste :)

Amberbop said...

Thanks Dawn! You're always so cheery! Your support means a lot.

Shannan Teubner said...

Dude...I think you're gonna need some caffeine...
Happy Birthday!

Pam said...

Hau'oli lā hānau Birthday Girl. I remember when I was 28 too...vomit (?!?) and I wish I was 28 again! Have an absolutely MEMORABLE day filled with lots of really good stuff. XXXOOOXXXOOO

Jen said...

Happy birthday! You are one of my very very very favorites. And I'm a snob, (just typed "snot" but decided not to leave it... this time) so that says a lot.

Loved the typo & i lol'ed at "vomit." you make me laugh.

I love your birthday! YAY!

Beth L said...

Holy crsp that is some list girl! Those are all awesome things and I am oh so impressed that you are setting such lofty and awesome goals (and I am betting you can do all of it - but I am with Shannan on the caffiene).
Happy happy happy happiest of birthdays, and enjoy 28 - it's a good one.
From one list-making-fiend to another ... go get em.

EWian said...

Happy birthday! Fun to read your list, will be fun to see your progress.


Simone P. said...

Your list is doable...I love your work and you are on my blog list ...hope that helps a little!


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