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64 Things I want to Do Before I Die – 2009 update! August 15, 2009

I started this list when I was 10 and have been adding to it, and crossing off it ever since. When I first started this blog I wrote a ’57 Things I Want To Do Before I Die’ and after a few more ideas and modifications (and I full more cross outs – woo hoo!) I decided it was time for an update! Also, I plan to write a series based on the ones I have crossed out ala ‘Mighty Girl’. Keep posted!

1. Make a difference; rattle the world with something that will last and change future generations, the way people live and think

2. Be in love with life – capre diem!

3. Change someone’s life, inspire them,

4. Fall in love totally and completely

5. Write and publish a book/novel – or a few! Something classic, like the next Jane Austen

6. Record an album with at least a few originals, tour with a band

7. Have a family and raise children to look at the world with innocent, loving, curious eyes (in other words – not brats!)

8. See the Australian Chamber orchestra live in concert (and meet Richard Tongetti!)

9. Play in an orchestra for a full length symphony and/or the Messiah with a full orchestra!

10. Play these pieces on violin

  • Meditation
  • Bruch’s Violin Concerto
  • Montagues and Capulets
  • Nigun
  • Banjo and Violin

Play a violin concerto with a full orchestra backing

11. Get a lead role in a musical

12. Visit Prince Edward Island

13. Travel Europe

Other places to see:

  • Grand Canyon
  • Spain
  • Canada
  • Russia
  • Africa
  • New York
  • Jerusalem and Israel

14. Go on a missions trip

15. Go on a pilgrimage(could be linked to #13)

16. Visit Broadway. See Les Miserables, Rent, Lion King,  Sondheim

17. Spend a month in some foreign city i.e. Paris

18. Ride the Orient Express

19. Read as many books as possible, prehaps even finish my list!

20. Hanglide like a bird

21. Sing at Carols by Candelight in Melbourne

22. Write a musical

23. Act in a movie or a stage show (even a commercial!)

24. Go to a U2 concert

25. Be a hero to someone

26. Make friends with someone I dont like

27. Meet a gypsy/Bohemian

28. Discover something

29. Conduct an orchestra

30. Fly an aeroplane

31. SEE THE SNOW, feel it, play in it, have a white Christmas

32. Find every planet on a telescope

33. Meet/Interview a famous person

34. Stay awake for 48 hours

35. Learn to tap dance

36. Go to a real ball (like the ones in fairytales)

37. Host a radio show

38. Go to the Hillsong conference

39. Paint an oil

40. Set up my own webpage

41. Do something no one’s ever done before

42. Start a club, society or band

43. Be a leader on a summer camp/music camp

44. Graffiti something public

45. Sleep under the stars with only a blanket

46. Learn self defence

47. Climb a ridgy-didge mountain

48. Have a two storey house with a designated guest bedroom full of guests

49. Get lost in a forest

50. Go to these music festivals:

  • Byron Bay Blues and Roots Fest
  • Tamworth Country Festival (enter Fiddle competition)
  • Port Fairy Folk Festival

51. Dye my hair red

52. See the Olympics OR the World Cup

53. Touch the clouds

54. Fly in a balloon

55. Make an outfit by myself

56. Learn how to yodel

57. Own a camel or llama or alpaca

58. Be conversational in seven languages

59. Orgainse a retreat for young teen girls

60. Organise a Christian Music Camp

61. Live in a house with a bunch of other creative people

62. Ring a church bell in one of those massive cathedrals

63. Go for a month without a computer or television

64. Make some grand unforgettable loving actions

 

Listen to You Life May 24, 2009

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“Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is. In the boredom and pain of it no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace.”
Frederick Buecher ‘Now and Then’

 

Goals and dreams of a 12 year old girl January 15, 2009

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I was reading my old diaries – which prompted this series cos I just got to share the funny and interesting things I’m discovering in it.

Writing in my diary as a youngster

Writing in my diary as a youngster

Anyway these were my goals for 2004 as a totally innocent 12 year old girl (I find them quite inspiring and a little amusing)

RELATIONSHIP GOALS

Parents

  • Try to avoid fighting. Usually their way is right
  • To be a loving daughter and responsible daughter

Austin (my bro)

  • To avoid fighting. Remember he is very sensitive
  • To encourage and build him up
  • To spend wholsome time with him

Friends

  • To witness in lifestyle and choices
  • To be encouraging, to help them achieve their best
  • Don’t be selfish or jealous
  • Dont strive to be popular but just to appreciate the friends I have
  • For correspondence friends reply in good time

VIOLIN/MUSIC

  • Take grade five exam and hopefully get good results (got an A!)
  • To be in Davis at Border Music Camp (thats the top orchestra and i believe I did!)
  • To Give music
  • Practice at least every second day (Note – now im like “practice for two hours a day!)
  • Guitar 0 to practice quicker chord changes (Note -Now im like learn how to go 9’s and 11’s)
  • Singing – work on staying in tune and projection

WRITING GOALS

  • To write regularly in this diary
  • To work on poems and stories
  • Enter competitions (who nkows what could happen!) *Note I did and won a short story comp that year

OTHER

  • Stop picking sores (*note I achieved this)
  • Stop biting nails (*note, I havent quite achieved this)
  • Dont chew on hair (ewwww!) *note YES I HAVE STOPPED THIS LONG AGO!!

This ends my goals for 2004. Work on them, strive for them, achieve them.

Maybe things haven’t changed much since then (except the chewing on the hair part), it’s interesting msot of the things i was striving for then I am still striving for today. Have I come far on the jounrey? I’m certain that I have…

If you want to read some more from my diary as a 12 year old you can read these posts:

* Diary of a Twelve Year Old Girl

 

40 Inspirational Speeches in 2 Minutes December 22, 2008

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To give your day a lift! This video is great…check it out

 

How to get everyone in the world to like you… December 13, 2008

First Step: This is impossible.

My best friends on a shopping trip

My best friends on a shopping trip

As Abraham Lincoln stated, “You cannot please all of the people, all of the time”. Even the nicest people in the world have their haters, because people will inexplicably hate people for no reason. You do not have the problem. They have the problem.

Just look at Jesus, the most God-like, loving person to ever exist and he was CRUCIFED for it! Even if you were covered in chocolate, you still wouldn’t be the most liked person in the world. Because some people inexplicably don’t like chocolate. Some are allergic to it. Some ate too much chocolate mousse at their school fate in Grade 3 and threw it up and so have a taste aversion to it.

So whatever you do there will be those who love you, those who hate you, those you don’t understand you, those you have to explain yourself to a million times and they STILL don’t get you, those who idolize you and then expect you to be perfect and get disillusioned when you trip and fall like a normal human being and those so self centered they don’t even give you a second’s thought. This is a hard lesson, one I’ve had to accept myself, that I can’t please everyone, I can only please myself with who I am and how I’ve acted.

How to Get More People Than Not To Like You

Be true to yourself.

Everyone hates an artist who sells out. You have to know who you are and be confident. People don’t like people who are down on themselves all the times, constantly beating themselves up for their mistakes and complaining. But don’t be too cocky either – humility is the key. Humility is thinking of others more than you think of yourself. Not being afraid to share the spotlight around to others, but not being afraid to accept compliments either.

Don’t care about people liking you

Insecurity is a major turn off. Some people feel they have to have a group of followers to assure them of their self-worth. That will turn you into either a clingy or a controlling person, which in the end will loose you all those friends you fought so hard to gain. People are attracted to those who are secure in themselves, who know they don’t have to prove themselves to everyone. This also makes you a lot less prone to peer pressure and pleasing everyone, which goes back to step 1.

3. Genuinely Care about Other people

It’    It’s that simple. Ask others about how their day went before ranting on about yours. If they had a lousy day, cheer them up. Encourage people, give them attention and make them feel  important. This is the central cry of every person’s heart – to be important, to matter. As Dale Carnegie says, “You can make more friends in two months  by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.

Don’t be afraid to give compliments, as long as they’re genuine (fake sounding flattery will only get you crossed off party lists), it will make people’s day and light them up like nothing  else. Be creative about the compliments too, don’t just say, “nice shirt”, try to make it more memorable (but not weird: “You nose reminds me of my aunt’s pet Chihuahua” just may be crossing the line). For instance, instead of the standard “nice shirt”, you could say “Orange is definitely your color” or “You always look so unique and stand out of the crowd”. Compliments about personal attributes go further than just the standard, “nice hair” e.g., “I love it how you’re so patient with people, it really puts them at ease”.

For some other great resources:

  • Read Dale Carnegie’s book, “How to Win Friends and Influence People“.

The advice in that book is gold! It covers everything from arguments to influencing people in a positive way. A must for your book collection!

 

to tame the savage beast December 12, 2008

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I have discovered something…the power of a smile.

Smiling in the face of war

Smiling in the face of war

Seriously, just flash it at people and pretend that it will melt their hearts into soft, pliable putty and it WILL! Even the meanest, strictest goes-out-of-her-way-to-catch-you teacher at my school is starting to succumb. But then maybe that has to do with the fact I play music to her mother at a retirement home once a week…(music is also related to taming the savage beast, as the old adage goes)

It’s like a ticket into a persons heart…a key to the things that they keep locked up inside.

I’ve never seen a smiling face that was not beautiful.

Do not repay evil with evil…rather conquer evil by doing good…Nothing niggles evil more than a smile in the face of their slander

So go ahead…stretch that thing across your cheekbones and stun the world with your brilliance.

A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.  ~Phyllis Diller

*Warning* There is such a thing as smiling too much…as can be seen in Olympic Synchronized Swimmers. Smiling too much makes you come across as insincere and annoying. A good rule of thumb may be to smile when you mean it – when you see someone and look them in the eye, when you see something that triggers the warmth of happiness in your brain, don’t be afraid to translate that into a grin.

*Note to girls with braces* Dont let those wire spiders get in the way of you and the world by hiding thwem. I had braces for two years, and my boyfriend informs me that guys actually have a thing for braces  he and his mates in years 8 and 9 would get excited over them. So flaunt em baby!

Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.  ~Mark Twain, Following the Equator

Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been. ~Mark Twain, Following the Equator

 

One day… December 11, 2008

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...never be less than one

...never be less than one

one day, it will be
that we,
shall never be less than one
together.

let it be that
“I” will be we
and that “you” and “me” be
pointless abstractions

to be one
is to be
all the being
that could ever be

My boyfriend is leaving for Samoa today. My heart is already crunching into two at the thought of it. This was something he wrote me before he left though, a spark of hope I’m holding onto…and I thought I might share it with you to inspire similar hope….