Sunday, April 6, 2014

Do one thing everyday that scares you post 22.

Hello everyone! It seems like it had been forever since I have made a blog post, I am so used to writing one every week. I am grateful for the time and energy this allows me to put into my end of the year presentation. Before I explain a couple things I did this past week, I want to share a quote I found this week that I felt connected with my project. 
"Enter a tiger's cave, and stroke it's whiskers" -unknown.
I feel like on a quite smaller scale, this is what I am doing. Deliberately doing something scary, and having fun with it; making the best out of it. Now, onto a couple things I did this past week.

This week, our school was hosting it's annual artfest created for art students to display and sell their work. My photography teacher had mentioned something about volunteering to work at it and do face painting for little kids that come in. Not knowing anything about it, or anyone that was signing up, I agreed to doing it. I'm not the best at going into a situation blindly not knowing what to expect or who will be there so this wasn't the easiest thing for me to do. Not to mention, I don't have much experience with volunteer work. It ended up being quite fun and I'm glad I pushed myself to do it because it was a good learning experience.

After a brutal winter, we are finally starting to get a little bit of sun and not so freezing weather. As a result of this, more people are out and about enjoying the sun, so I thought I should too. Last summer, I purchased a penny board with the greatest of intentions. After some practice, I picked up the basics of it but after a long winter, I practically forgot everything I had learned. I took it upon myself to utilize the warm weather and try to go for a ride. This didn't go as well as planned. As I mentioned before, there are many people out and about, which means there were more witnessed to my failure. There were some slight injuries involved but luckily I didnt break my neck or something dramatic like that. When it comes to things involving coordination and balance, it usually doesn't come naturally to me, taking into considerations my lanky body and awkward posture but I made it alive and only slightly embarassed. 
Photo proof of my actual physical activity:

Sunday, March 23, 2014

A change in pace. One Thing Everyday post 21.

Hello everyone! I hope all of you are having a wonderful day!
     Coming closer to the end of this project, I am starting to focus on evaluating the meaning behind my journey more and more. In doing this, I have been putting less effort in my actual activities everyday, which quite frankly is a bit boring to read about and that is not what I want for this project. As I have mentioned before on my blog, even though some of the things I do can be considered as small or uneventful, they still bring me out of my comfort zone. Also, in doing such small things, it makes it easier to overcome larger tasks as they come in my life. Although these things are helping me in my journey, they aren't the most interesting things to follow in a blog. This is where the change in pace comes in. I have spent some time thinking about this and I think this is the best way for me to produce awesome blog posts that I am proud of. Starting next week, I will only be writing about 2-3 events that I did during the week for the project. Although I will still continue to do things everyday that scare me, this will allow me to leave out the less interesting things, and spend more time writing about the prominent ones. This will also allow me to focus more of my time on the analysis of my project and how I have changed as a person from these short months. I am going to set out to have more exciting, quality posts with visuals and all, just as my posts used to be.
     Where you come in:
It may not be very often that I receive comments on this blog, so there is a great chance that this idea will not end up working, but I thought I would give it a shot anyways.
     Though the months I have been doing this, I have been running out of ideas of interesting things to do that scare me for the sake of my blog posts. It would be awesome if anyone reading could leave suggestions on any of my posts of things I could do. I have spent this journey focusing on my own personal fears, but it would be interesting to hear what your fears are. And hey, you can use me as your guinea pig because in all honesty, if I can do it, anyone can.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Do one thing everyday that scares you post 20.

Day 84: 3/3/14
Today, I tackled something I probably should have done a while ago. If you know me, you probably know that I don't play sports or really do anything that active to be honest. Sports were just never my thing. In attempt to be healthy, I decided I would start going to the gym so I don't turn into a blob. I have never really been to an actual gym to workout so this was a whole new experience for me. I wasn't sure what to expect, so I was a little nervous. It is safe to say I didn't know what I was doing and probably looked like an idiot but I'm somewhat okay with that by now, so that is progress. 

Day 85: 3/4/14
Today in school, our grade took an Act Plan test for around 3 hours. I was a bit unprepared and didn't know where I was taking the test. On top of that, taking standardized tests is not my strong suit and I tend to get flustered, even though the test was only a practice to see how you will do on the actual Act test. As I have discussed before in my posts, I am not a fan of not knowing what to expect, and that is exactly how taking this test went.

Day 86: 3/5/14
Today I took my gym endeavors to the next level: the weight room. As you am see by my stature, I am not someone who goes to the weight room but hey, you have to start somewhere. I think it goes without saying that I didn't know how to work any of the equipment. Being a small girl in a room of sweaty old men lifting weights and grunting is not my idea of fun in any way. 

Day 87: 3/6/14
Today, my friend had to drive around 40 minutes to pick up her sister at her mom's house after school. Being that my friend is a very new driver, this was a bit oh I don't know...terrifying. Take into account the fact that my friend was driving 90 MPH for a portion of the way and was getting uncomfortably close to the car in front of us. You could say it was a white-knuckle drive for all parties. 

Day 88: 3/7/14
Today durring school, a classmate and I went outside in the snowy cold and she documented me attempting to do handstands. Let it be known that I have not tried to do a handstand for a few years. Added onto that, I had to do it on the cement because of all the snow and I did not have time to get a coat so that was a bit brisk. I bet you all are dying to see my failed attempt. Well it's yor lucky day! 
It started off as this...

and ended in this:

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Do one thing everyday that scares you post 19.

Hello! This week's blog post has a theme of basically our thoughs and feelig about the 20 time project. For anyone who reads my blog regularly, I will resume writing the usual posts next week! Have a great week everyone! 
What I have liked most about this project: 
From the start, I thought this project was an awesome idea! In my opinion, this project gives students an opportunity to try different things they are passionate about, and get rewarded for it. This project goes past the typical school lessons like algebra and history, and encourages students to learn important life skills, while doing something they want to do. I can't speak for other school districts, but in all the time that I have been in school, I have not been given a such broad project where I get to chose what I want to do. In giving students this opportunity, they can chose a subject that will potentially better them as not only a student, but a person. I feel that this project teaches skills such as perseverance, and allows a platform for creativity and encouragement for accomplishing what they set out to do. Even if the student doesn't accomplish their goal, this project teaches time management and deadlines with set dates for blog posts and other things along those lines. In letting students keep their own blogs, it opens up a whole set of other opportunities for us. I realt like how anyone from around the world can follow along wih out stories and give us feedback. I find that personally, letting others read my blog motivate me to continue with my project. Not only do I like having others read my blog, I enjoy reading other's blogs and seeing how they are progressing. Overall, I this this project is a positive platform for students to excell in more than one way. 
Things I have disliked about this project: 
As you can probably tell from the above, there are not too many thing I dislike about this project. Just as any new projects, there are a few things that could have been done differently, but for the most part, I feel this was really well thought out.
What I would change about the project:
There are not many things I can think of that I would change about this project because the project is pretty broad to start off with. I personally like writing a blog and documenting my progress, but I have noticed that some other students who would prefer other ways of sharing information. It seems so me that some people just aren't motivated to write blog posts weekly. I feel that offering other ways to document their progress would benefit them, and even inspire them to do more than they are now. I feel that introducing other forms of documenting like video diaries, or even portfolios for art projects would enhance some projects a lot. 

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Do one thing everyday that scares you post 18.

Day 69: 2/10/14
Today, I was asked for a ride home for one of my good friends from a coffee shop she was at. She failed to mention that she had two other friends that needed a ride too. Don't get me wrong, I didn't mind too much, I was just caught off guard. It is not everyday you have two strangers in the back of your car. It was an experience but it turned out to be fun.
Day 70: 2/11/14
Today, my mother was running late home from work and needed some errands done. Me being available at home, was put to the task of running them for her. As a teenager, it is safe to say it is not everyday you run errand without your parents, or at all. Going grocery shopping, dropping things off to people and those sorts of things seem like pretty "parenty" tasks. Nevertheless, I did them and once again, I lived. 

Day 81: 2/12/14
Today, for a photography class I am taking in school, I was running late on an assignment and needed to get it done. This meant that I needed to show up to the classroom before school started alone to work on it. No offense to teachers, but talking to teachers one on one isn't always the most comfortable thing. Maybe it is just me, but I have never been very good at it. All in all, I did do it and it went okay. 

Day 82: 2/13/14
Well remember me telling you how I don't particularly find it too easy to talk to teahers one on one? Well today, I had to do just that. While out to dinner with a friend of mine, I noticed my Freshman history teacher sitting at a table diagonal from us. I was kind of thrown off guard because I haven't seen this teacher in a while, because I don't attend the school he teaches at anymore. I sort of brushed it off and continued with dinner. The teacher left before I was finished with my meal so I didn't need to say hello, or I I thought. After dinner we went to the store near by to buy a few things and guess who is there? The teacher. At this point I thought I really should say hi, so I did. There was the initial short, awkward small talk conversation and I walked away wanting to crawl into a hole but I did it and that's what mattered.

Day 83: 2/14/14
Well happy late Valentine's day everyone! Being in the holiday spirit, I purchased some valentines last night, assembled them, and handed them out at school. Some to my teachers, some to friends, but also some to strangers in the hallway. I am pretty sure that most people enjoyed them and only thought I was a little weird, so that's an accomplishment. I'm just happy it made some people smile. It was actually really fun and I am happy that I dd it.

Side note:
These are the things I did last week, as you can tell by the dates. This week, we had school off and I had the fun break activity of getting my wisdom teeth which is definitely something that scared me. Being that I was recovering for most of the week, I couldn't really blog but I hope you enjoy this post anyways! Have a great day everyone!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Do one thing everyday that scares you post 17.

     Hello everyone! I hope you are all having a lovely day, and week for that matter! As I have talked about before, as this project progresses, I would like to spend more time talking about the bigger picture rather than what I actually did this week, considering that some of the things I do admittedly get a bit repetitive, which is inevitable. I first would like to thank any of you who read my blog posts regularly. It is awesome to think we are sharing this journey in a way, and it makes the scary things not as much to bear, so thanks.
      This week in pushing myself as usual, a point has dawned on me. In one way or another, the goal you are aiming for, but just can't get started working on, is caused by some sort of uncomfortable feeling or worry. Weather that worry is failure, or afraid to pursue the amount of work needed to be done, it all is bred by fear. In starting with the small things in your life that make you uncomfortable, it will make it a heck of a lot easier to tell yourself "I can do it" when it comes to the big obstacles in life. There is a bigger and better thing hiding behind that door in your future that is locked by fear, and when you actually open that door, it is worth feeling uncomfortable. We are captivated by the thought of "What if this bad thing happens..." when that bad thing isn't as bad as it is made to seem like. I challenge you to take one thing in you life, big or small, and thing and think "Why not" instead of "what if."

     I know this wasn't my usual post, but I thought I would share this, because it is a thought that has helped me along the way of this journey. I hope this helps even one person. Have an awesome week and kick fear in the butt.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Do one thing everyday thy scares you post 16.

Day 63: 1/27/14
Today, I did something a bit more on the fun side. I think we all know what snapchat is here. My mission of the day was to send as many of the ugliest selfies I possibly could, set on 10 seconds to everyone I am friends with on snapchat. In doing this, I gave them more than enough time to screenshot them and possibly use them as blackmail in the future. As much as I would really love posting some of the Snapchats on here, I think I went through enough torture for today. Let's save that for another time, shall we?
Day 64: 1/28/14
Today, we yet again had another snow day, thus the children who are normally in school all day, can't go to school so they need someone to watch them. I got a call asking to babysit all day and I said yes. Their mom had mentioned something about the kids needing to bake cakes for Boy Scouts and if I had time, I could do that with them. Now let me clarify so that everyone understands, baking and decorating cakes with 3 boys under the age of 12 is not a simple task. Not to brag, but being the awesome babysitter I am, I said yes. Throughout the whole process I was pretty concerned that I would burn their house down or make a giant mess. Luckily, I didn't but it wasn't at all easy. I don't know if this means anything to those of you who have never played mine craft, but I had the task of making a creeper cake for one of the kids, and I think I did a pretty fine job. 

Day 66, 67, 68: 1/29/14 - 1/31/14
Wednesday and Thursday are the big days. For some clarification, to aid us in learning about Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, we are holding a mock trial and prosecuting Mark Twain for being racist. Basically, we are spending 3 days of class holding this court case. Mr. P (hey, I know you're reading this), chose me to be Mark Twain. By the way, thanks for doing that. As part of this project, I needed to memorize mark Twain's entire life in preparation for the questioning I had to go through. Imagine presenting a paper of some sorts in front of a class of your peers. Seems not so fun, right? Well imagine being bombarded by a bunch of questions about someone else's life in front of a class of your peers and being expected to know all the answers. I think we can agree that seems a bit more uncomfortable. I would be lying if I said that I was not freaking out prior to this. In fact, I was a bit worried about it for a couple weeks. A common theme I have learned throughout this project is that the scariest part of anything you to is the anticipation. The anticipation for this project to happen was worse than the actual trial itself. When it comes down to it, the thing you have planned to do for a while only lasts a few minutes and once it is over, no matter how much you worried about it, you always feel that small sense of "that was it?". The easiest and most important step to accomplishing the things you want to do is taking a deep breath and accepting that what you are about to do may not go the way you want, but it will happen and in the end, it won't be as bad as you think it was. All in all, this was a really fun project and I am really glad that I had this chance to push myself and survive in the end.