Category: Personal

A Micro-Manifesto


This kind of manifesto doesn’t cover everything, but it sure does make you think about what your life and values.

What? Picking Sunflowers totally applies here.

I believe that everyone has been created with a purpose, and inherently has worth. This does not change whether the person is young or old, male or female, sick or healthy, no matter how much melanin a person has in their skin, or where they live. Everyone has a right to hope for a better life, and they have the right to take steps to achieve it. I believe that the vast majority of people are generally good, but fully recognize that any good person is capable of terrible things.

I believe it is important to get sleep, and to seek help if you suffer from insomnia. That you need to talk to your parents, even if communication with them is hard. Making hot chocolate and giving a hug to a hurting friend is better than giving them alcohol. Same for hurting strangers.

In my world, people treat each other with respect. And don’t cuss each other out just because they misunderstand each other. Surprise gifts show up in the form of cupcakes and handwritten cards.

In my world, not enough drinks come in glass bottles. And not enough green comes my way. Not that I’m greedy, I’d just like, you know, to be able to pay rent, student loans, and save for big future responsibilities. That’s not too unreasonable, right?

My personal policy is to give people space when they need it, and to be there when they need that too. To be respectful even when people disregard my feelings while not being pushed over. To handle myself with grace whenever the situation calls for it.

I believe that I am uniquely equipped to pour into people. And see them for the positives instead of the negatives like we all so often view ourselves.

My overarching personal goal is to love humanity well through my actions, donations, and words. This includes paying attention to the plight of orphans, widows, and the oppressed, to do what I can on their behalf. To encourage my friends and the teenagers I mentor. To one day trek Mt. Kilimanjaro, dedicating my journey in the name of an organization making a difference. Especially to always be there for my family, no matter where they are.

My overall business/career goal is in flux. I walk through doors as they open, and struggle when they close. Currently, my biggest career goal is to be the best Cinematographer I can be! Sub-goals? That includes writing and selling finished screenplays, traveling to speak/take pictures all over the world, to be on the board of a non-profit. There’s a lot of potential for work over my lifetime and I’m honestly not that stressed about what each step is going to look like.
“You don’t need a plan; you just need to be present.”
― Bob Goff, Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World

Thanks for reading this little piece of a manifesto. Now go write your own!

52 Goals of 2014

Resolutions are hard. We all know this, and I bet you’ve already broken yours (stop being a lame-face, jump back on ’em and get going!). So this year, I elected to not make any specific resolutions. Instead, I was inspired by this post and came up with 52 goals.

I loosely started them in January, but when I first decided to take on this list of goals I was out of town, and then ended up traveling way too much for the rest of the month.

So what’s a lady to do?! I couldn’t get into any type of routine while hopping around on different couches. Luckily, I remembered reading a suggestion to start my new year in February. I ended up doing my best to clear my schedule and past commitments during January, in-between work and traveling. Starting in February was the best decision for this. I’ve been able to be way more proactive on these goals because I wasn’t stressed about sticking to a resolution for January 1.

The best thing I like about taking on my year in this way is that my goals are my own and they can be as difficult or easy as I choose. Many of the things listed I have done before, yet haven’t in awhile and I want to remind myself to make them a priority. I also love how the pressure to complete all 52 items is almost none. If I only hit 20 items on my list, then I get to say that I completed 20 goals for 2014. If I hit 30, or 40, or more, then ALL THE BETTER! Woot! Go me!

Maybe this makes sense for you, maybe it doesn’t. In either case, I hope you enjoy my list of goals I want to accomplish this year. If you see a number that you think you can help me with, speak up! Let me know and let’s get together. 🙂

1. Focus on discipleship and prayer
2. Go on a hike with family
3. Become more comfortable with speaking Spanish
4. Write and publish 2 short scripts online
5. Get back to blogging, about anything!
6. Cross a border internationally (and come back…)
7. Have a therapy session
8. Send more physical mail to my friends
9. Watch at least 28 sunrises
10. Figure out what my retirement fund is in and how to grow it
11. Get to Nashville
12. Save up an emergency fund
13. Pay off my student loans
14. Pray outside of my comfort zone
15. Make more crafts with Ashley
16. Hug a hurting stranger
17. Organize a group picnic (bucket list)
18. Create a time capsule (w/nephews or cousins)
19. Sing and video record a song with Ritchie
20. Find a co-founder for my business venture
21. Memorize more specific scripture verses
23. Write a letter to Anju (my World Vision child)
24. Go to a live music concert at the Avalon
25. Overnight outside camping trip
26. Journal during two trips
27. Share more pictures for fun
28. Cook homemade soup (that’s different from the typical Chicken Noodle)
29. Collaborate with another artist (preferably a painter)
30. See the dueling piano bar
31. Go “off-grid” for a day
32. Go kayaking
33. Go ice-skating
34. Make it the Best Birthday Ever!
35. Attend a movie marathon
36. Print more of my favorite pictures
37. Get into a workout routine
38. Mentor a person specifically on a weekly basis for at least a month if not more
39. Do as many crunches in a row until I collapse
40. Go on a Segway tour
41. Read & finish enough books to fill up an empty self (Jon Acuff reference)
42. Eat a raw/vegan diet for 10 days minimum
43. Dance in the rain
44. Hold a newborn baby
45. Play with paint on tarp
46. Find a salamander
47. See if my cats will play with a laser
48. Attempt to learn stick shift
49. Sell/giveaway a significant amount of things
50. Find a dancing partner (local to where I’m living)
51. Finish writing my bucket list
52. Make a new list for next year

Anything stand out to you? Give me a shout-out if you take on this idea yourself or want to do a goal together.

52 Goals for 2014
52 Goals for 2014

Next time: Let’s talk about one of the worst feelings ever, “The Impostor Syndrome.”