Thursday, May 27, 2010

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Thanks to Lucas for suggesting it!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?

Update 9:55am:
The whole reason I posted about this today was because I wanted to email my friend from Texas the article below and then realized I didn't have his email address. (doh!) So then I thought "hey! I can post in my blog about this!"
And so I did.
Dani Do It.

Tomorrow I will post an update about my life as promised in my Starting Over post.

Update 9:37am:
So I have a friend in Texas who worries about what to do with his life, or what he wants to be when he grows up. I went through a similar problem when I first got out of college. As a kid I wanted to be all sorts of things. Teacher, doctor, rock star, veterinarian, actress, and many more things. When you are a kid, it's pretty easy to go through life. You don't have to figure out the next step because most of it is figured out for you. You go to school, you finish. Next grade. Until you graduate high school. After high school you get one of four choices (usually): go to college, join the military, get a job, or move to Hollywood/New York City and realize your dream of becoming an actor/rockstar/artist/whatever.
I chose college. So the next step was pretty easy as well. Graduate college.
After four years I did and then I stood around thinking now what?
So I got a job (one of the first ones I was offered) and entered the work force. But I felt completely lost, like I didn't know where I was going or what I was doing.

10 years later. I have had multiple jobs trying to decide "what I am going to do when I grow up." And you know what? I still don't know. But now I am okay with that. Instead I explored different jobs until I found one that I really enjoy doing and other than that, I live my life.
I spent a few years being single (and I really enjoyed that!) but then I met the love of my life and all of a sudden, I had direction again.
My new direction was a family. All of a sudden I had goals and wanted things again. I wanted marriage (got it!), a house (condo...almost a house), a dog (got one!), and kids (working on it!).

But the thing I learned throughout the past 10 years was that it's okay to not have a goal or a direction. It's okay to be a floater and just go through life being happy. It's also okay to be someone who HAS to have a goal. And maybe the purpose and goal of your life is to figure out what that goal is...and then achieve it.

Above all I believe in trying to do good deeds. You never know where you may influence someone who will go on to do something huge to impact the world around us. Until then, you should try to impact your own little world and let it spread from there.

Above all, my point is this: It's okay if you don't know what you want to be when you grow up. Most people don't know.

I read this great article this morning (I love the internet!) and it had the following:

"By what age should you know what you want to do with your life?

Any moment now. This used to be a question the young asked. Now it's a quandary for baby boomers. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that younger boomers have abandoned the American ideal of picking a job and sticking with it. Between the ages of 18 and 36, these boomers held an average of 9.6 jobs. That's a lot of exploration. The wisdom of elders in all cultures seems to be this: There's nothing to do with a life but live it. As Gandhi pointed out, "Almost anything you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.""

I will write more on my thoughts about this later, but I wanted to share it. I have felt "lost" most of my young adult life, especially after college, not knowing what I wanted to do with my life. I will share what I have learned in a second post or an update later.

The rest of the article can be found here:

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Why Dani Do It?

So now that I have started the blog over and with a new name, some people might want to know why I changed it.

The old name was Yellow Chevy. That is because I drive a yellow Chevy Cavalier. And it's awesome. I still have my car and I love it. But I probably won't be able to drive it forever. That car was also the inspiration for my old website. But I have taken down the website and I am now concentrating just on this blog.

So why Dani Do It? Dani Do It (or Danidoit) is one of a few nicknames that I have. Basically if something needed to be done, Dani would do it. My former roommate Martha gave me this nickname because if anything needed to be done in the apartment I would take care of it. I think that is the "take charge!" Aries side of my personality.

I have also been told my whole life that if there was a challenge put in front of me, I wouldn't back down and that I would it. This has been true for a lot of things in my life.
I had a co-worker ask me almost 9 years ago to go sky diving. So I said sure! And I did it.
I was told that WPI was a challenging school and there were a few times when some people thought I might not graduate....but well, I went and did that too. (within 4 years! woot!)

Once, in Vermont, it was 42 degrees outside. This was Memorial Day weekend. And I always go swimming Memorial Day weekend. Someone said "You won't do it."
They had obviously just met me that weekend. Of course I did it!! And it was really freaking cold!

Anyway, there are way more examples than that and probably better ones too. But you get the idea. Basically someone will challenge me or I will get it in my head that I am going to do something....and bam! I go for it. I enjoy challenges and puzzles and getting things done.
Dani Do It.

I will.

Dani is going to do a blog.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Starting Over

I titled this post Starting Over for a number of reasons.

1. I am starting over the blog.
2. It's the tentative name of the novel that I have been trying to write and I am hoping that the blog will encourage me to write more. (maybe I will tell you more about this)
3. My previous posts were mostly about my struggle with losing weight and my war with food. I have "started over" on that journey. (more to follow)

I will post updates on many many many things that have happened in the past two years when I have not been blogging. I don't know why I stopped, maybe I lost interest? I will try to be better.
More updates coming soon. I promise.

My old readers will notice I changed the name. I used to be Yellow Chevy. I still have my yellow chevy, and I still love it. But I won't have it forever. I think the new name "Dani Do It" is more appropriate.
I will explain the name better in my next post.