meet the NEW 1970kikiproject!

happy monday to you!

i am excited to unveil the third edition of the 1970 kiki project!

the idea for this year’s challenge was a long time in the planning. i started brainstorming back in the summer. as i explained to you here, i batted about several ideas for what to do this year to celebrate my 42nd birthday (yikes, did i really just type that?!). then, one day just before christmas, i had the eureka moment i had been waiting for. i can thank my december theme of all christmas all the time and the classic christmas tune “the 12 days of christmas” for leading me in the right direction. so without further ado…

this year’s project is entitled

the 12 days of kiki

from january 9th, 2012 to january 8th, 2013, i will complete twelve challenges. [sidenote: i realize that “days” is not entirely the correct word to use for this year’s project. more appropriate terminology would be challenges, projects, even stations…but none of those nouns rolls off the tongue as happily as DAYS. “the 12 days of kiki” just makes me laugh. so, since it’s my blog, my project, DAYS it is!].

i kept returning to the theme of twelve when determining what goals to pursue this year: here we are in 2012, and there are twelve months in this year – the vibe just seems perfect.

here are the details:

the 12 days of kiki

1. record at least one positive thing every day in my gratitude journal excel spreadsheet. the item noted will be either something for which i am thankful, something kind i did for someone else, or something nice/serendipitous that happened to me. [this is my third year of keeping this type of chronicle, as you read about here].

2. babysit little e and cutie c two times so that the brother and sil ana can enjoy a significant date or special event. over the course of last year’s outing-of-the-month project, it naturally evolved that many a wednesday, the brother and ana could slip out while i stayed with the girls after school and into the early eve. i loved this time of togetherness with the little ones! i envision a similar routine continuing during this coming year; however, i would love to plan in advance for two occasions where the babysitting is for a lengthier period of time, and the parents can truly take a few hours to themselves.

3. blog three times per week (monday-wednesday-friday). the first year of this blog, i posted with no rhyme or reason as to frequency. this past year, i blogged every day. i have realized that i like having a schedule…but i do wish to moderate the amount of time spent composing blog posts. monday-wednesday-friday feels like a very happy solution.

4. run four (point two) km…times ten. i don’t think you need to be a rocket scientist to see where i am going with this mathematical equation…although, it is open to interpretation! as of this moment, i have plan a, plan a1, plan a2, plan a3…in mind; more details to come as i narrow my options!

5. eat five wildly decadent and delicious desserts. we’re not talking a measly tim horton’s donut here, kids! what i am envisioning is pure scrumptiousness. as an example, i have already determined that a bowl of fro-yo heaped with at least four toppings is going to be one of my five choices!

6. finish a minimum of six knitting projects. right now, i just have one knitting project on the go: a baby blanket. i started it in september, and i am at the mid-way point. so yea, it’s a time-consuming endeavour.ย  i deduced that six projects is entirely possible – if i make something for little e and cutie c, the blanket to donate to the mcc quilt auction, a christmas gift and one more *something*… there’s my six!

7. read seven books, and hopefully more. i started irma voth last week, so that will be book number one. a 2012 goal is to do more reading. the works can be either fiction or non-fiction. i’m not going to make my reading choices based on the number of pages involved…but if the end of the year is in sight and i am sorely short, then you can expect to see some nancy drew short, fluffy novels in the mix!

8. perform eight random acts of kindness. i would like to thank angela for giving me the idea to include r.a.o.k.s in this year’s project. i like the concept of doing something nice, unexpectedly. an example that i really liked from angela was to brush the snow off of near-by cars after a stormy deluge – that’s the type of action i am imagining.

9. watch nine different and new-to-me tv shows (either online, on dvd, or on tv). there are so many shows that i have heard good things about, but have never seen (modern family, the big bang theory, dexter, for example). of course, with the plethora of crap tv shows available online, thanks to the slice network and, i could complete this goal without ever leaving the comforts of my laptop!

10. refrain from chewing gum for ten months. i used to chew a lot of gum. then i quit, just like that, last spring. in times of stress and anxiety, i tend to pop gum into my mouth. it’s not necessary, and i don’t really miss it when i don’t have it. this goal will just reinforce that i don’t need to return to this habit in times of pressure. (yogic breathing, hmmm?).

11. abstain from drinking diet pop (any pop) for eleven months. oooh, ya. this is a biggie! i love diet pop. but deep in my heart, i know i am better off without it. instead of thinking negatively that i can’t have diet coke, i am thinking positively: i can have all the coffee + stevia that i want! i can have refreshing carbonated water! i can have pop in eleven months if i want! please wish me luck!

12. meet with at least twelve different friends for a coffee outing. i’d like to thank my childhood friend (and sometimes blog commenter), juanita for this idea. i will aim for one different friend outing per month. really my goal is to see how many friends i can connect with, in person, this year.

so, there you have it! some of the 12 days make me jump for joy in gleeful anticipation, and some sound like jail sentences steep challenges. (i leave it to you to deduce which is which!). but, deep in my heart, i know that achieving each goal is something that my authentic self wants to do.

i plan on summarizing the status of the 12 days of kiki at the end of each month. and achievements of significance will receive their own blog post.

as always, thanks for reading, and i look forward to the next twelve months of blogging!

if you would like to review the past two years of the 1970kikiproject, please click below:

the first edition!

the second edition!

[just as i did for the firstย  two editions, i’ll be turning today’s blog post into a page for easy reference].

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  • Anonymous  On January 10, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    Great ideas! – look forward to reading your blog in 2012. You really, really, really need to watch Modern Family. That show is seriously one of the funniest in a while. The humour is amazing.

    • 1970kikiproject  On January 10, 2012 at 8:37 pm

      thanks, nicole! and i hope we can meet up again during one of your school breaks for a visit!!! ok, i will make every effort to make modern family one of my tv shows – thanks for the enthusiastic endorsement!

  • foodiefiasco  On January 10, 2012 at 12:18 am

    I love your projects! There’s always room for improvement in life, and I just love your approach. Keep doing what you’re doing! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • 1970kikiproject  On January 10, 2012 at 5:42 am

      thanks, kelly! i’m looking forward to blogging about the various topics! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Lisa  On January 9, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    This is great! I love everything on your list—even that you’re only posting M-W-F, because it means you’ll have more free time to do the other things on your list!
    May I suggest you consider something for a diet pop stand-in?
    One of my solutions for cheap pop without all the cruddy stuff is to buy seltzer water (sometimes flavored sometimes not), and then add stevia to it. Well, I put the stevia in the glass and then pour in the seltzer–that way it mixes itself. I’ve tried cherry extract in it too (I use the organic one b/c otherwise I’m worried it might be just as bad as diet soda!).
    A little lemon seltzer water with stevia can really hit the spot!

    If you have room for a TV suggestion….New Girl is really funny and quirky. I’ve even laughed out loud while watching it.

    Happy Monday, Friend!

    • 1970kikiproject  On January 9, 2012 at 6:46 pm

      LISA!!!! thank you thank you for the seltzer water + stevia idea!!! i NEVER would have thought of that and now i am really excited to try that – i have both the carbonated water + stevia already at home. i will let you know! thanks for the tv show idea, too – that is an unfamiliar show to me. i am always ready to laugh, so it sounds like a good suggestion! hope you had a good monday!

  • Stephanie  On January 9, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Ah, I love it! What a great project! Happy birthday!

    (And I kind of hope that someday in the next year I’m in the same general area as you, and I can help you out with goal number 12. Ha!)

    • 1970kikiproject  On January 9, 2012 at 12:50 pm

      thanks, stephanie! i am excited about the variety of goals…not all my eggs are in one basket, you know? oh man, i would LOVE to include you in #12!!! i hope you get back to ontario in 2012 and we shall make a plan (as i am not likely to get out east this year!!!).

  • Gina Unger  On January 9, 2012 at 10:38 am

    Happy B’day again! I was so excited to read about your new kiki project plans! looks very interesting. enjoy your experiences. (wish i was your SIL so as to enjoy #2!) ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 1970kikiproject  On January 9, 2012 at 12:14 pm

      thanks, gina! wish i could extend #2 to you and jeff! if i could include my mom friends for babysitting vouchers, i would have bumped that project from #2 to about #10! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Johanna B  On January 9, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Happy Birthday. I am looking forward to seeing how the 2012 Kiki project unfolds. I am about to embark on a new experience. It isn’t one that was on my bucket list but it could prove to be interesting anyway. Over the weekend I recieved a jury summons for the week of the 23rd. I could be selected to sit on a jury in the county courts. Hmmmm…

    • 1970kikiproject  On January 9, 2012 at 10:17 am

      thanks, johanna! yikes on the jury summons (that would be a new experience for me, too). please do let me know how that goes… isn’t it fascinating how we have our bucket list of new experiences, and then there are those that are just handed to us, unexpectedly!

  • Juanita  On January 9, 2012 at 8:30 am

    Happy Birthday Cathy!! I’m sure that it will be a great day for you. And I will admit that I hope I get to be involved in Day 12. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Zo  On January 9, 2012 at 8:12 am

    First of all, happy birthday, for reals! I hope it’s an amazing day for you!
    Second, I like your days (except I’ll miss the daily post, but, I get it). I love how some challenges stretch you, some reward you (dessert), and some benefit you or others. Perfect start!

  • The Orchard  On January 9, 2012 at 7:27 am

    Those ideas are all great. I really like number 2 and I am sure that your brother and his wife will, too. I don’t think any parent would object to someone else willingly taking their children for a bit. And how lucky for your nieces to get to spend that extra time with you!

    I am intrigued by number 4 as well and can’t wait to hear what you have planned!

    Good luck with with all your other ideas!


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