Life List update.

This afternoon Leigh came to Brooklyn and we got Italian Ice and sat on a bench and talked about life. The first No Is For Wimps class just wrapped up yesterday and I wanted to rehash it with someone. Leigh teaches at a university and I needed her wisdom.

Because, you guys? This NIFW class was hard to teach! I had an awesome group of participants and there were amazing moments of amazingness, but there were also moments where I doubted myself a ton. Like, who am I to be teaching this class? I mentioned this to Leigh and she had a very Leigh response.

"I mean, that's like everything in life, right? If you're not worried about being great at your job, then what the fuck are you doing?"

Duh. DUH! Right? Thanks, Leigh. Thanks for reassuring me that every single thing I try doesn't need to be the most successful thing that has ever existed. (Phew.)

A few minutes ago I sent out some final emails to the NIFW group and glanced back at my Life List to see if there was anything I could check off after this experience. And as it turns out, I've been busy! Here are my most recent updates (and feel free to share how you're doing in the comments...)

Working on NIFW in my office (closet).

29. Teach a class.
BOOM. Done. Creative Summer Camp has officially wrapped and I officially taught it. 

52. Find an awesome pillow that is not too thin or too fat, but just perfect.
I did this! Chris and I walked to the Macy's in Brooklyn that is 10 minutes from our apartment. We'd had one too many nights of "I have a headache because my pillow sucks" and finally hit the threshold one needs to purchase new pillows. And people? It took FOUR MINUTES to choose new pillows that cushion our faces like angels for 8+ hours per night. 

The lesson here is do not suffer for 4 years with stupid-ass pillows. Just go to Macy's and figure out if you're soft, firm or extra-firm. For the low, low price of $19.99 per pillow, you will sleep like a baby.

66. Create an online community around NIFW.
Yikes! Ok, so I'm going to call this good because I got something up and running. Things are still semi-baked but NIFW is a tiny, baby platform now and it feels like something I can build upon. In fact I have 1.7 billion ideas for what to do with it next (and this pesky giving-birth thing in October is getting in my way!). So yes, an online community feels created. Enough for now.

67. Visit all the 826 Valencias. 
At The Boring Store in Chicago.
Update: I visited The Boring Store when I was out in Chicago in June. It wasn't my favorite of all the 826 stores, but I did pick up a notebook made out of an old floppy disk and laughed at some of the ridiculous products they sell. Now I just have to hit up L.A., Ann Arbor and Boston. 

79. Write a wedding post and have it published on A Practical Wedding.
I should have written this differently. I have no control over whether my post is published on APW, so I'm calling this done. During my wedding-post-a-thon earlier this summer, I sat down and wrote a post, submitted it to APW and even included some photos. If it's published on their site sometime, I will beam with pride. But even if it isn't, I gave it a college try and found other ways to share wedding insights in the meantime.

90. Take at least one trip alone every year. Could be as simple as a long weekend to visit friends or fam.
2012: Chicago with my Mom. (I should clarify that "alone" means without Chris or our kids...)

... so what's next?

Well here are a few Life List items that I anticipate tackling sometime later this year!
Holy moly, let's all hope I give birth in 2012.
This is me this morning, at 27 weeks.

6. Redesign my blog (or pay someone else to do it)
25. Accompany my brother (singing) at a concert in front of other people.
31. Start a Saturday morning tradition that I continue for a year.
53. Rewatch Lost.
76. Speak French with my children so they have a base knowledge of the language at least.
78. Go to a movie and sneak into a second one after the first is over!
85. Have my sister as my doula for the birth of at least one of my children.

Why I did not include "give birth" on this Life List is beyond me! So let's just add it in as #103.

103. Birth a baby.

Because like it or not, this baby is coming out sometime this fall. And I'll be damned if I don't get to check something official off for that!

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