this year’s 1970kikiproject!

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.

edited: february 13th – leave a comment on a minimum of three blogs, every day. this way, i still get to interact with blog-friends, but they have to do all the creative work – haha! maybe i’ll even expand my usual list of reads…

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.  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 social get-together. 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!

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