In No Particular Order: My Things For 2009

31Dec08

1. No more coffee. (Yes, I’m drinking a cup as I write this.)

Now, I’m not saying that I want to give up all caffeine, because I love tea and tea doesn’t give me the crack-head side affects that coffee seems too.  Normally, I’m a 2 cup per day, but sometimes 3 or 4, kinda gal.  Besides the fact that it’s just not good for me, it’s a crutch that I’d like to be rid of.  I got a juicer for Christmas and made some beet/carrot/apple juice the other morning – holy cow! I felt so awesome.  I didn’t have any coffee and was productive all day.

2. Work on improving my writing.

I always did fairly well in English when I was in school.  In fact, English and Home Ec. were just about the only classes that I really cared about.  Science and math may as well have not existed, as I didn’t always make it to those classes.  I know I told my parents more than once that those subjects had no business being taught to me because I would never need them.  Well looky here, Ma!  I’m a writer!  Actually, this is where I’m still failing.  My grammar is terrible as is my actual writing style.  My sister is a fantastic writer and I can’t help but feel that she should be doing what I’m doing and I should be baking cupcakes.  Alas, I may not be the best writer, but I do love it.  Who doesn’t want to be great at what they love doing?

3. Solve problems on my own.

Sure, I know a lot about web applications and screencast software (not really) but I don’t know squat about much else in the technology world.  Whenever I can’t figure out how to use some sort of software or program, one of my brothers will usually receive an IM that goes something like this:

“Umm…are you there?  I can’t figure out this stupid piece of S#@T!!  Help!”

After they solve the problem for me and I climb down off of the furniture, I usually feel a bit embarrassed.  After all, if I just did some more research I could probably solve my own problems.  It’s very easy to have someone else tell me the answer, but I’m going to do my best to try and work these issues out on my own first.

4. Spend more time with my family.

This doesn’t really need an explanation, but seriously, I’m a 45 minute plane ride away from my entire family (there are A LOT of us) and I’ve only been home once this year.  San Francisco is fun and all, but I think I can leave it more than once a year.

5. Participate more in the blogging community.

I read a lot of blog posts and have a lot of opinions about what is written in those posts.  I’m ashamed to say that I rarely ever leave comments.  It’s horrible, I know!  I get so depressed when no one comments on one of my posts and here I am committing the same offense.  I hope to make myself more visible in the blogging community and share my opinions with the people I so greatly respect.

6. Put more money into my savings.

DUH.

7. Spend more time being “artistic”.

Before I started this gig I used to do a lot of painting and drawing.  I haven’t picked up a paintbrush in almost two years.  I don’t know if Internet has absconded with my creativity or if I’m just using a different medium, meaning screencasts and writing.  I recently received a really nice art set and I hope to put it to use over the next year.  Oh, and just so ya know, I have “artistic” in quotes because I don’t know if you can really call what I do, “art” .

8. Achieve inbox zero.

I have 3,524 3,536 emails in my inbox.  ‘Nuff said.

9. Find a purpose for Molzy.com

A few months ago I bought the domain Molzy.com.  I chose Molzy because that’s my username on almost every social networking site I belong to and a nickname I acquired some years back.  Also, these two women have had their hands on Molly.com and MollyMcDonald.com for as long as I can remember and I don’t think they’ll ever give them up.  I haven’t asked, mostly because I can’t afford to offer them anything of monetary value and because I don’t know what I would use it for just yet.  Hopefully, in 2009, I’ll start posting meaningful content to my personal blog.

10. Do my part to make this world a better place.

I know I can’t end world hunger, shelter the homeless, or heal the sick all on my own.  I can, however, volunteer, run a marathon or two, and make an effort to learn more about what’s going on in the world around me.  If this list was in some sort of numerical order, most important being #1, then this would definitely be at the top.

Most of all, I hope that you and your family have a very safe, healthy, and happy 2009!  I’ll see you next year.



13 Responses to “In No Particular Order: My Things For 2009”

  1. 1 Jason

    Nice list Molly!

  2. 2 OJay

    Molly,

    usally i just sit here and listen to / read your posts and respect you for your will power and self discipline to run such an awesome site. So i could not resist commenting to your point 3 (the “solving things on your own”-issue). I think you should NOT do that. Let me tell you why. Because you a) save a lot of time by delegating such stuff and b) make your brothers feel good! 🙂 It’s not about women & tech here, cause that’s non existent. It’s about concentrationg on things that are your core competences. Don’t waste any time on things that won’t bring you further. Expand your network with some tech gurus if you like, but i am confident that while you’re trying to figure out how that §$%&-app works, you could at least do another great Webcast – maybe even two.

    All the best for 2009 and please keep up the great work. I cannot count the endless inspirations your work has already brouhght into my life. Thanks alot.

    Oh, and speaking of “inbox zero”: Did you ever try Nelson Email Organizer (emailorganizer.com)? They have screencasts, by the way! 🙂

    Regards,
    OJay.

  3. 3 Ed

    Artistic is not what you do but how you do it. It’s thinking outside the box, thinking globally and acting locally, reaching for something beyond our petty concerns, trying to reach an ideal that seems beyond our reach.

    It’s seeing the reality behind the reality and expressing it in unique and wonderful ways.

    And it seems to come more from a “feeling” place than a “thinking” one.

    Good luck on the rest of your list and try to accomplish them artistically.

    Peace.

  4. wow, that is a lot… reminds me of my personal list i made for last year and i did not manage to achieve most of the things on my list. but i was successful in other things and projects so thats okay for me. anyway i decided not to put too many things on such lists anymore for myself.

    crossing my fingers for you! all the best for the new year.
    and thanks for your work.

  5. 5 Mo

    Happy New Year Molz!!
    That is quite a list. I am stealing your number 8 and adding it to my list. I will try to get as close to inbox zero as possible. My other resolutions…. learn to sew and plant some food in my garden in the spring.
    Your #4 is good… you should get down to see us more often, but we also need to get up to see you too.

    Hope you are doing well.
    -Mo

  6. Well.
    This comment is a token of my appreciation for the good works that you’re doing.I’ve your website subscribed in my feed reader and really gets into what you share over this website.That is awesome!
    Keep up the good work.
    Best wishes.

  7. Hey Molly. Happy New Year to you, too! From all the evidence I’ve seen, you’re already on the right track. So if you just keep on keeping on, I predict that you’ll get to where you want to go.

    Since it’s really a matter of saying what you have to say, and of saying it effectively, I think you write rather well. Judging by your screencasts, I think you talk pretty good too. (That may not be grammatically correct, but I suspect you get my drift.) By the way, do you write scripts and follow them to the letter when you are screencasting? Or, do you just talk? I haven’t yet figured out which works best for me when I’m doing a screencast.

    I look forward to learning lots here again in 2009!

    –Paul

  8. Molly,

    Remember to look at your list often throughout the year to help keep you on target. Maybe even setup one of those email reminder services with a condensed list.

    For me I have to remind myself that no matter how much I love my family, visiting the fam and going on vacation are two different things.

    BTW, you probably know this but another benefit to posting on other peoples sites is that a link is automatically created back to your site which can increase you ranking on Google and other search engines.

    Love your site keep up the good work.

  9. Good stuff! Looking forward to hearing what you’re up to in 2009. Keep up the good work.

  10. A Happy New Year a first. I have some great things to do for 2009, too.
    But I start with them tomorrow, or the day after tomorrow? ;D

  11. Don’t have such a long list of doing good things. With this you would be landing now where. Prune your list to some reasonable number.

  12. 13 Shay

    Love your blog – used to read it a lot when I evaluated new startups at my old gig, now I just haven’t had time. But it’s been fun to come back and see what you’re up to. Just saying hey – job well done.



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