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I disappeared for a while.  I had every intention of posting over the last few weeks, but I just never got around to it.  Since my daughter started daycare, I haven’t really felt like doing much in the way of things that aren’t directly related to her.  My internet usage lately has been limited to after her bedtime, mainly to check email and read a few blogs I just can’t miss. Well, with the exception of today/tonight.  I’ve spent tons of time setting some new things up, which I will get to in a bit.

While I was on my hiatus of sorts, I decided that I need to break A Million Brilliant Shadows up a bit.  I’ve been using it for too many things: a book/reading challenge blog, a writing blog, a personal blog, and a 101 goals project blog.  That just isn’t working for me anymore because there is no central focus.  I’ve decided to start new blogs devoted to one topic.  My writing can now be found at Muse Wanted. Inquire Inside. Book and reading challenge related information can be found at Whitney Reads A Lot.

I’m still working some things out concerning my 101 goals project and my personal blog.  I’m hoping to get details ironed out soon.


I realized within the last few days that I haven’t thought this blog out well enough. I’m going to take the next few days to really think through what my plans are for this blog. I’m also reworking my 101 list yet again to get rid of the goals that I don’t believe will benefit me in the ways I think these goals should.

Edit @ 12:45: I guess I should also say that I’m putting my goals on hold until I figure this all out.


  • Clean and organize my bed side table and the top of my dresser.
  • Create a morning routine.
  • Create an evening routine.
  • Create a weekly schedule for household tasks.
  • Create a home management notebook.


  • Read Scribbit’s ebook Blogging in Pink: A Woman’s Guide.
  • Listen to one audiobook a month.
  • Join and complete at least 8 reading challenges: the Everything Austen reading challenge and 101 books in 1001 days


I did not finish all the tasks that I outlined in my Goal Focus for Week #1, but that’s okay.

The 4 task I completed this week were:
Organizing my desk.
Joining Goodreads to keep up with read and to-be-read books.
Finishing writing my thank you notes and getting them out.
Learning more about Twitter and joining if I was interested.

I do have to say my desk look better. I don’t have junk piled on it anymore. I still haven’t found a home for my sewing machine (whose home used to be my desk), but that’s in the works and doesn’t really mess up the organization system I have going.

You can find my Goodreads account here.

I’m glad all the thank you notes are done and gone. I was way behind on them and was getting tired of looking at the cards and the list of people I still needed to send one to. I felt bad about taking so long to get them done, but there were just so many to do. Plus there were tons of cards for (somewhat distant) family members I didn’t have current addresses for, so I had to try to get in touch with people who either had the addresses or knew how to get in touch with the people to get the addresses. But at least it is all behind me now.

I looked into Twitter and, right now, I really don’t see the point. Maybe at some point I’ll see the advantages of it and might join, but I really don’t know when that will be.


  • Clean and organize my bed side table and the top of my dresser.
  • Organize my desk. (FINISHED)
  • Create a morning routine.
  • Create an evening routine.


  • Learn more about Twitter. If interesting, join. (FINISHED)
  • Start database or spreadsheet for family addresses/phone numbers and keep it updated.
  • Join Goodreads to keep up with books read and books to be read. (FINISHED)


  • Finish writing all thank you notes and mail or hand-deliver them. (FINISHED)

From now until the end of my 101 project, I will post a weekly goal focus. I don’t have the finish the things on the goal focus this week, but I have to work on them. Just because something isn’t on the goal focus list doesn’t mean I might not work on it that week.

(This actually should have been posted on Sunday evening, but I didn’t get it done. Ugh.)

Organization/Home (20)
1.Clean out and organize my clothes (closet and dresser).
2.Clean out office closet.
3.Clean and organize entertainment center in living room.
4.Clean and organize my bed side table and the top of my dresser.
5.Find and implement better storage system for dirty laundry.
6.Organize top and bottom of bathroom cabinet. Get rid of everything we don’t need. Figure out best way to store items stored there.
7.Clean out and organize baby’s room (closet, dresser, little cabinet thing).
8.Clean out and organize the dishes.
9.Put together a binder to hold all recipes.
10.Organize my desk. (7/23/09)
11.Create a morning routine.
12.Create an evening routine.
13.Create a weekly schedule for household tasks.
14.Finish re-doing the kitchen. Get everything put back where it belongs.
15. Schedule a garage sale to get rid of all unwanted items. Donate items that do not sell.
16.Create a home management notebook.
17.Create a menu plan a la SimpleMom.
18. Figure out the most practical way for the bedroom to be arranged. Arrange it like this.
19. Get the master bathroom usable!
20. Create a “launch pad” area so leaving the house is easier in the mornings.

Finances/Career (4)
1.Start saving at least $15 each month and put this money into the savings account.
2.Get bills paid off to the point that I can be a SAHM.
3.Find a better and more fulfilling alternative to my afternoon job.
4.Decide what I really want to do career-wise. Figure out what I need to do to achieve this goal: education, training, etc.

Education/Reading (17)
1.Decide whether I really want to go back to school. Figure out how I will pay for it, what I will study, and when I’ll go back.
2.Read the entire Bible.
3.Read all the books I own that I’ve never read before.
4.Join or start a book club.
5.Join and complete at least 8 reading challenges:
a. the Everything Austen reading challenge
b.101 books in 1001 days
6.Read 12 books I wouldn’t normally read (i.e. science fiction, romance, etc.).
7.Read at least 15 nonfiction books.
8.Read at least 5 books that my husband would say “benefit me.”
9.Complete The Artist’s Way.
10.Complete The Purpose Driven Life.
11.Complete Comfortable in Your Own Skin.
12.Join Goodreads to keep up with books read and books to be read. (7/23/09)
13.Read Scribbit’s ebook Blogging in Pink: A Woman’s Guide.
14.Take at least three continuing education courses of some kind (can be MIT OpenCourse, etc.).
15.Listen to one audiobook a month.
16.Participate in the library’s adult summer reading program at least once.
17.Attend at least two library programs.

Creativity (8)
1.Participate in NaNoWriMo at least once.
2.Complete a photography project like 365 days.
3.Complete a creative writing prompt at least twice a month.
4.Complete at least 4 projects based on something I’ve bookmarked on Craftster and actually post them on Craftster.
5.Participate in at least 2 Craftster challenges and actually post my entries.
6.Hand-make most of the Christmas presents we give for Christmas 2009, 2010, & 2011.
7. Get and keep baby’s scrapbook up-to-date.
8. Make a vision board for goals.

Personal (12)
1.Find 101 quotes that inspire me.
2.Write a list of 101 things that make me happy.
3.Make a list of 50 things I like about myself
4.Make a list of things I dislike about myself and change them. If they are unchangeable, then get over it!
5.Get my bellybutton pierced again.
6.Write down all my regrets and burn them.
7.Make my own happiness project.
8.Write my own personal mission statement.
9.Grow my hair out until it is long enough to be donated to Locks of Love.
10.Schedule a few hours a week or a day a month for “me” time.
11.Buy makeup that actually looks decent on me and start wearing it on a regular basis. (Aug ’09 Parents mag had list of 4 or so products)
12. Stop complaining!

Health/Fitness/Food (4)
1.Take a multi-vitamin daily.
2.Drink at least one glass of milk a day.
3.Drink at least one glass of water a day.
4.Exercise at least twice a week.

Family (3)
1.Eat at least two meals a week at the table with no radio, television, magazines, etc.
2.Have a family photo taken at least once.
3.Plan a family night at least twice a month.

Computer/Internet (12)
1.Once a month, go through my documents. Make sure they are organized. Get rid of things I don’t need.
2.Learn more about Twitter. If interesting, join. (7/23/09)
3.Research external hard drives and large USB drives. Figure out the best option and start saving up for one.
4.Participate in NaBloPoMo 3 times.
5.Regularly comment on the blogs I read.
6.Read and comment on at least five 101 in 1001 blogs.
7.Update family blog at least once a month.
8.Update Picasa gallery at least once a month.
9. Start database or spreadsheet for family addresses/phone numbers and keep it updated.
10. Delete my Facebook account.
11.Complete 31 days to build a better blog.
12. Figure out feeder readers and use one to keep up with the blogs I read.

Miscellaneous (5)
1.Finish writing all thank you notes and mail or hand-deliver them. (7/20/09)
2.Renew or return all library books by their due dates.
3.Figure out all the features on my new cell phone.
4.Research daycares in our area.
5. Come up with the rest of my goals by January 1, 2010.

Goals to be determined: 16

Start date: 19 July 2009
End date: 15 April 2012

Completed tasks are in bold with a completion date.
In progress tasks are italicized.

For more information on the 101 goals in 1001 days project, check out Day Zero.

I’m still reading Jane Austen’s Emma.. I was hoping I’d be able to finish the book a little faster, but that’s not happening. I can’t really point my finger at any one reason. It’s taken me a little longer to get used to the language of the book than it usually does. It’s been over a year since I’ve read a British lit book. So, in light of this, I’ve decided to skip Teaser Tuesdays and instead embark on a discussion yet another project of sorts.

About a week ago (give or take a few days), I posted about doing a 101 books in 1001 days reading challenge. I talked about my previous failed attempt at doing the 101 goals in 1001 days project and how successfully completing this reading challenge might inspire me to actually finish the goals project. Well, after mulling the matter over, I’ve decided to go ahead and do the 101 goals in 1001 days project with a few guidelines for myself. I will only add a goal to my list if it actually accomplishes something that benefits me in some positive way (i.e., getting my house organized, helping me make connections with others, educating me in some way, etc.). I will not allow this to become a burden like I did the last time. I expected too much of myself by coming up with tons of goals that had to happen on a weekly basis. I want this to be a positive, enlightening experience.

I’m not quite ready to begin the challenge. I originally planned to start on July 12, but talked myself out of doing it at all because of a lot of hesitation on my part. I’d already come up with a list of close to 80 goals, but looked over them and decided they weren’t all up to par. So, I’m overhauling these goals and will start next Sunday, July 19, with whatever goals I have up to that point. I’m not going to stress myself out by trying to come up with the full 101 like I did last time.

101 Goals in 1001 Days

Start date: 19 July 2009
End date: 15 April 2012

Total goals: 85
Goals to be determined: 16
Goals completed: 4
Goals in progress: 10

You can find my full list here.

**My goal project is on hold until September so I can figure some things out**