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I'm a writer by trade. And by passion. I'm a lover of food, friends, and all things Boston. I listen to music pretty much 24/7 and idolize Martha Stewart. I love my job(s), my life, and this city. Follow me on Twitter! @Susie

Archive: December 2010

in 2010, i made priorities.

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In 2010 I made priorities. And I’m not talking about big year-long goals and resolutions. I’m talking about daily priorities. Because I learned something very important: If you don’t label something a priority, it’s likely it won’t get done.

Now, I create various lists of priorities:

(1) Things I NEED to have done before going to bed
(2) Things I really WANT to have done before going to bed
(3) Things that can wait until tomorrow
(4) Things that can wait until I have time

Of course, work assignments, things that have deadlines, and things I’m getting paid for go into the first category. They always have (even before I knew I had these categories). But now I’d added other things, like blogging for We are not Martha. By making it a priority I ensure myself that I’ll always get it done. Though it’s not a “job” per say, it does make money (with the potential for more). And though I’m my own boss, I still set deadlines. If I put it in the first category I get it done. I’m wonderful at meeting deadlines.

Into the second category go things I’d really like to have done before going to bed, but don’t necessarily have to have done. This could include writing blog posts in advance or applying for freelance jobs that look appealing. Category 2 is tricky, though, because “want” is different than “need” and it’s easy to push wants aside. I find that I often don’t get category 2 things done. So if the tasks in this category aren’t done by the next day, I put them in the NEED category. Otherwise they’ll never get done.

I’m bad at doing things like making phone calls, sending cards, returning emails, and other tasks like that and I love putting these in the “wait until tomorrow” category. But I know this is a bad idea, so if things remain in this category for more than a couple days, I add them to the NEED category. And then they get done. Usually.

This all sounds so simple, right? Like, all I have to do is put my tasks in categories and I’ll actually get them done? But it works! I don’t go to sleep until I get the NEED things done. And if I want to go to sleep before 1 a.m., I know I better get stared on the leftover things right after dinner.

And that’s also why I just completed day #6 of #reverb10. Blogging on Love Boston Girl is always on the “things that can wait until tomorrow” category. Sometimes it moves up to the “WANT” category 2. But now that I’m participating in #reverb10, it’s in the first category, the NEED category. So, I get it done.

In 2010, I made priorities. And life got so much simpler.

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This post was in response to #reverb10 day 6, with prompt: Make. What was the last thing you made? What materials did you use? Is there something you want to make, but you need to clear some time for it?

music everywhere.

People always say you know who your true friends are when times get tough. I believe the opposite. You know who your true friends are when times get good. You know who’s really there for you when you’re out of control happy and they’re out of control happy for you. It’s easy to be there for someone when they’re sad and down on their luck. It isn’t always quite as easy to be there when they’re flying high and have everything good going for them.

2010 was the year of letting go of having trouble letting go. If someone or something wasn’t adding joy to my life, I said goodbye. And I didn’t allow myself to feel sad about it. That’s not to say I didn’t allow myself to reflect, mourn, and attempt to understand. It just means that I came to terms with things and moved on. Because in order to find my own joy, I had to.

Life is too short to hold on to things that don’t contribute to your happiness. Things that, in fact, hold you back from happiness. In order to reach your fullest potential, you have to know when to let go. Shed a few tears and then call up the people who add positivity to your life and the world.

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This post was in response to #reverb10 day 5, with prompt: “Let Go. What (or whom) did you let go of this year? Why?

she said it best.

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(Image from emcee Etsy shop)

Whenever I hear the phrase, “sense of wonder,” I can’t help but sing, “I hope you never lose your sense of wonder/You get your fill to eat/But always keep that hunger/May you never take one single breath for granted/ God forbid love ever leave you empty handed.”

So, there’s that. I’ve been singing that all day after reading today’s #reverb10 question: “How did you cultivate a sense of wonder in your life this year?” This is going to be a short one. Because it’s Saturday. And this question is way to broad. And loaded. Plus, I know a lady who can answer it for me.

Really, I cultivated a sense of wonder every day by opening my eyes. Trying new things. I’m not exactly a Lee Ann Womack fan (though more so than Rimes), but she kind of had the right idea. 2010 was all about keeping my hunger to succeed and move forward in life. I pretty much always got my fill to eat (literally and metaphorically, I suppose). And love never left me empty handed.

And perhaps my goal for 2011 will be to never take one single breath for granted. Because as much as I know I shouldn’t, it’s sometimes easy to get caught up in the moment and take things, people, and moments for granted. Especially the little things, which often end up being the most important.

So, yeah, there actually is that. Lee Ann Womack really did write this post for me. I just can’t say it better than she did.

And now I’m off to go do some dancing.

in the kitchen.

The whirr of the mixer. Cupcake batter in my hair. On my nose. Dripping down the counters onto the floor. It’s not pretty, but it gives me the feeling of life. Creating. Taking basic ingredients like flour, sugar, and butter and turning them into something that makes people ooh and ahh. Or at least say mmmm.

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I’ve always been a creator, but it’s never come naturally to me. Even writing is tough. I love every second of it, but words don’t simply flow for me. They take a lot of work. But every time I get something down on paper, every time I create, it’s worth it. The same goes for cooking and baking.

I make messes. I often create disasters that I throw in the trash. But that’s OK. I also crumple up pieces of paper and throw them in the trash. OK, fine, I drag Word documents into my MarBook’s trashcan. And then I click “Empty Trash.” That’s all a part of the creation process.

Creating is life. And I don’t know who I’d be without it. Standing in the kitchen over my mixer or dropping a whole plate of just-out-the-oven cookies on the floor. Piping vanilla buttercream frosting out of a pastry bag or stirring the perfect simple sugar. I feel alive.

Simple ingredients can be turned into beautiful creations. Just like words can be turned into meaningful stories.

Even when my creations are a tad bit lopsided.

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Because other times everything just works out.

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Succeed or fail, every time I create something I feel like it matters. The kitchen gives me life.

This post is part of #reverb10. With prompt: Moment. Pick one moment during which you felt most alive this year. Describe it in vivd detail.

(Oh, and speaking of food, if you’re looking for a totally awesome Gift Guide for Food Lovers, check out the one I wrote over at We are not Martha! But beware because your holiday wish list might grow, too).

the evil enemy.

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The enemy. It creeps up on you. It wants to take you into its arms and bring you far, far away. But you fight it. With everything you have. You hate it with a passion stronger than a pack of monkeys. But you need it more than anything. So you succumb, sighing lightly as you go. You really have no other choice. But there goes 8 more hours that you can’t contribute to your writing. That evil beast.

I’m talking sleep here, people. It sucks. I hate it. And every night I feel depressed when I realize it’s midnight and I really should be getting to bed. But going to sleep means time away from writing and getting my thoughts down on paper (slash computer screen). Unfortunately, if I don’t succumb to the evil beast, I end up spending the whole next day staring blankly at my computer screens, words jumbled up in my head. Ah no, I just cannot win.

Today’s #Reverb10 question asked “What do you do each day that doesn’t contribute to your writing– and can you eliminate it?” And the more I thought, the more I realized everything I do contributes to my writing. Yes, even Facebook stalking and hanging out on Twitter like it’s the old high school hangout. There’s honestly nothing I do that doesn’t contribute to my writing in some way.

And while I know sleep does contribute to my writing in some crazy, messed up way, I still wish I didn’t have to do it. If I had 8 extra hours a day, just think of how much more I could get done. But each and every day I sleep. And though it takes away from my writing, I do it anyway. And no, I cannot eliminate it.

But what I can do? I can do this:

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And oh yes, I do.