101 Things in 1001 Days Update (February 2015)

Seeing her in the raincoat was just too much cuteness

First trip to the Chicago Children’s Museum: Seeing Little L in the raincoat was just too much cuteness.

Extra! Extra! Read all about this hot ish. So I am proud to announce that I have another update on my 101 in 1001 challenge even though I really just started the challenge not too long ago. (Click on these links if you need a refresher on the list and also check out the 101 in 1001 category on the sidebar on the right of the home page for posts about it.) Here are the items that I feel comfortable checking off:

22. Become a member of a church

On February 8th, I joined a church for the second time in my life. The story leading up to this deserves a post (or book) of its own. However, I will say that I don’t have the typical church girl story by any means. I started going to church on my own as a teenager after being invited by a friend (who I later fell out with), became “super-Christian” in a sense, went to a very Christian college, then got to the point where I didn’t think I would ever call myself a “Christian” again (still prefer saying a person of faith lest I be a hypocrite) never mind actually belong to a church again. But, I do believe God has a great sense of humor, especially when we try to put our foot down.

82. Seriously research starting a food pantry at New Exodus Baptist Church

The church membership update brings me to the next one regarding starting a food pantry at that very same church. Part of the reason I decided to join a church community is for the opportunity to outreach. I finally took an evening to research starting a food pantry at my husband’s family church only to realize that there is a ministry doing what we envisioned and more right around the corner called Shepherd’s Hope. So it would actually make more sense to link up with them or direct people to utilize their services rather than doing the exact same thing from scratch. This research did lead to other ideas for possibly making an impact so there should be more info on that later.

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In the Treehouse Trails exhibit with her new friend. *Please excuse my big ole finger in the corner lol*

78. Take Little L to a children’s museum

My last update is somewhat unrelated to the others, but we got around to taking Little L to the Chicago Children’s Museum at Navy Pier. I think we all were a bit tired by the end, but it was worth it because we had a ball. She was able to put on a raincoat for the first time and play in the WaterWays exhibit, where we splashed each other with water and played with the always popular Mr. Rubber Ducky as well as toy boats. Another fav for her was the Treehouse Trails exhibit where she played kitchen in the log cabin and made a new friend. It was so refreshing to find something age-appropriate for her to do outside of the house that we hope to take her back sooner rather than later.

That’s all the poppin’ updates I have for now on my 101 in 1001 challenge. What’s been up with you folks? Let me know in the comments or on Facebook.

Updates! Updates! Updates!

Well guys and gals, I am proud to say that it has only been a few weeks since I started my 101 Things in 1001 Days Challenge and I am knocking items off that list like Joe Frazier. As you may remember from Living on Purpose: 101 Things in 1001 Days (#61-101!!!), numbers 93-95 were as follows:

93. Redesign my blog
94. Reach 500 views in one month on my blog
95. Start a new interview series on my blog

You can see that the blog has a whole new look and I bet you are feeling it a whole lot better than the old, bland one because I know I am. There may be more changes down the road, but I’m going to feel this new look out for a bit. I am also grateful to let you guys know that the Popped Black Woman Blog has had over 500 views for the month of January! This is the first whole month that the blog has been up and running and I am so excited! I hope to continue to produce content that you all care about so that the views can keep increasing each month. If you have any suggestions for content such as book reviews, interesting stories/ideas, etc, please don’t hesitate to shoot me an email at poppedblackwomanblog@gmail.com.

I know you all are wondering why I haven’t mentioned number 95 yet. I am so pleased to announce that I have two interview series in the works, but the first one I am starting with is the Ask a Popped Brotha series, which features financial advice (and maybe other advice as well, you’ll have to wait and see…) from my very own smart and sexy husband, fondly known as Brotha Aaron around the way. Stay tuned for his introductory post to the series and send your financial questions for him to my email as well.

The Chocolate Hubby Taking a Cool Dip on a Hot Day

The Chocolate Hubby Taking a Cool Dip on a Hot Day

There’s a lot going on in the Popped Black Woman Blog Community and I’m so excited about our journey together. Remember to like us on Facebook and as always stay positively optimistic and powerful 😉

Living on Purpose: 101 Things in 1001 Days (#61-101!!!)

So we’ve come to the end of the road…but it’s only the beginning! I’m done working on my list of 101 things that I want to conquer in the next 1001 days, roughly by the end of October 2017, and I’m ready to start checking things off! I must say that this final part of the list left me with moments of being completely stuck and having to take a break to get some fresh ideas. This happened somewhere around #’s 61-80. But, after searching Pinterest for inspiration, I was able to use other people’s 101 things to get my own creative juices flowing again. I’m thankful that I found Design Darling for a great deal of inspiration as I got down to my last 10 or so items on my list. Without further ado, here are numbers 61-101:

101 Things in 1001 Days #’s 61-101

61. Make a vlog entry and put it on YouTube
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This will be a stretch for me since I’ve always been more of a writer than a talker, but it’s worth a shot! Not sure what the topic will be yet! Image source: Oejitv, “Logo YouTube,” Copyright October 11, 2014 CC-BY-SA-4.0

62. Have a real spa service done at a real spa (i.e. body wrap, facial, massage, anything!)
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Doesn’t this look amazing??? Image source: Avilash behera, “Spa Interior,” Copyright June 30, 2011 CC-BY-SA-3.0

63. Reach one hundred followers on this blog

Currently, at 21 followers. I hope to make content worthy of 100 amazing people like you tuning in for each post. Let me know any ideas to make the blog better and/or how to attract more followers. I’m a newbie! Check out my contact info in the “About” section.

64. Find out how to read at a baby/toddler story time at the library
65. Do a real push up
66. See a live boxing match
67. Take a CPR refresher course
68. Make a cheesecake
69. Research the foster parent licensing process and pray with family over starting the process
70. Make a pair of earrings
71. Come up with a consistent Bible study plan and stick to it
72. Start/join a book club
73. Join a Toastmaster’s group
74. Attend a networking event or empowerment conference
75. Learn to step (a Chicago line dance for those that don’t know)

Semi-random pic, but he looks like he knows how to step. Pic taken at 70th & Jeffrey in Chicago by yours truly.

Semi-random pic, but he looks like he knows how to step. Pic taken at 70th & Jeffrey in Chicago by yours truly.

76. Go to the Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, TN
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So much history here. Thank God for those that came before me so that I can be where I am today. Image source: Carl Wycoff, “National Civil Rights Museum – The Lorraine Motel – Room 306 – Memphis TN-28,” Copyright December 26, 2010 CC-BY-2.0

77. Watch a TED talk/other personal development video once a week for at least 3 months
78. Take little L to a children’s museum
79.  Create a cookbook with recipes from family members and friends
80. Research meditation and give it a try
81. Spit some poetry at an open mic event like I’m in “Love Jones”
82. Seriously research starting a food pantry at New Exodus Baptist Church
83. Clean out my “junk” room
84. Go at least a month without surfing the web on my phone before going to bed
85. Go one entire month without eating any fast food or dining in at any restaurants
86. Read 5 African/African American history books written by people of African descent
87. Clean out my gmail and yahoo email accounts and unsubscribe from junk mail that floods my inboxes
88. Upgrade my phone
89. Take a photography class
90. Feel cultured and special at Jazzin’ at the Shedd

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This is an event at the downtown Shedd Aquarium in Chicago that takes place after museum hours where you hang with friends, have drinks, and check out exhibits without the usual museum crowd present. I worked at the event once for a non-profit I interned with, but I’d love to attend as a guest. Image source: Sage Ross, “The central Caribbean Reef exhibit at Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, Illinois,” Copyright November 15, 2009 CC-BY-SA-3.0, 2.5 Generic, 2.0 Generic, 1.0 Generic

And now, we’ve come to the final 10 things on my 101 in 1001 list. Are you ready???

91. Go to a concert with my mom
92. Take my husband to an NFL game
93. Redesign my blog
94. Reach 500 views in one month on my blog
95. Start a new interview series on my blog
96. Attend a blogging conference
97. Take a self-defence class
98. Buy 1 original piece of art
99. Have a date night where hubby where we do something we’ve never done before as a couple (not dinner and a movie, concert, the usual)
100. Buy a needed item from an African American-owned business
101. Donate 50 cents for every task completed and $1 for every task not completed to the American Cancer Society 

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My father died from lung cancer in 2008. Why not make this a way to contribute to research for the cure for all forms of cancer? I better start saving now. (Side note: why am I wearing a shower cap in the pool…smh)

I will have the full list as a page on the blog in case you all want to see it without going through several posts. As usual, let me know what you all think in the comments! And keep me accountable if you don’t hear an update on the completion of this list for too long! I’m P.O.P.ed and out… 😉

Living on Purpose: 101 Things in 1001 Days Continued (#31-60)

So I said I would be back with my next set of simple and fabulous things I want to do/accomplish over the next 1001 days. According to convertunits.com, one thousand and one days from today would leave me with the deadline of October 6, 2017. To make it a little easier for myself (yeah I’m gonna cheat a little), I’m going to make the deadline the end of October 2017. That seems like a long time, but I’m sure the days will fly by as they always do. At least this time around, I will be more intentional than I’ve ever been about the life experiences that I want to accomplish within that time frame. But I digress from the reason for this post…

Here is my list for 101 Things in 1001 Days #31-60:

31. Become a wine expert
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Expert as in Southside Chicago level, not for real for real lol

32. See a ballet
Image source: Geralt, "Ballet," via Pixabay

I’d love to see a really romantic one. I’d probably burst into tears. Image source: Geralt, “Ballet,” via Pixabay

33. Learn to swim
Hey, if these ladies can do it, I can do it. Time to woman up! Image source: Alamy, "How to Overcome Your Fear of Swimming," via theguardian.com

Hey, if these ladies can do it, I can do it. Time to woman up! Image source: Alamy, “How to Overcome Your Fear of Swimming,” via theguardian.com

34. Get flat abs
Image source: Neopri, "Runner," via Pixabay

I’d love to show off my six-pack…to my husband ;0) Image source: Neopri, “Runner,” via Pixabay

35. Get a nose ring again
Me freshman year of college. I was on my "Black power bohemian ish." My piercing closed when I tried to change the ring too soon.

Me freshman year of college. I was on my “Black power bohemian ish.” My piercing closed when I tried to change the ring too soon. I miss it though.

36. Dye my hair and/or get a hair cut
37. Take one of those trendy paint and drink wine classes
38. Organize a potluck
39. Learn how to thread hair
40. Sip Brandy by a fireplace
41. Sell/donate my old books
42. Volunteer on a consistent basis for at least 3 months
43. Ride a Ferris Wheel at night with my hubby
How romantic!!

How romantic!! Image source: Shocontinental, “Ferris wheel light show at night,” 2009, via wikipedia

44. Wear lipstick for a whole day
This is actually a big deal for me. Since I have larger lips, I've never wanted to wear lipstick to draw attention to them. This will be a huge act of self-love.

This is actually a big deal for me. Since I have larger lips, I’ve never wanted to wear lipstick to draw attention to them. This will be a huge act of self-love.

45. Make my own lotion
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I’m rarely satisfied with lotion that I buy, especially in winter when my hands get so dry. Plus, I’d love to use lotion without all the chemical junk without store prices. I’ll keep you all posted on this front! Image source: Carnivore Locavore, “lotion,” February 21, 2013 via Flickr Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

46. Make soap
47. Watch the sunrise
48. Kiss under mistletoe
49. Go for a bike ride with my toddler in tow
50. Host a game night
51. Potty train my daughter
52. Go to a concert
53. Take a pole dancing class with my  main bizzle, Takizzle
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Look at those arms! A workout for me and my hubby becomes putty in my hands. Image source: convergentmediapr, “Nicole Williams Performs at the California Pole Dance Competition,” Copyright November 8, 2009 Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic

54. See an opera
55. Make cake and frosting completely from scratch
56. Pray with a stranger outside a church/religious setting
57. Make gumbo from scratch
58. Do a good deed without someone knowing
59. Send a care package to a college student
60. Learn how to enjoy working out without listening to ratchet music
Me listening to "Some Cut" by Trillville & Cutty. This is why I need to be in a church (#22 if yall remember). This is "practically" the "only" time I listen to ratchet music.

Me listening to “Some Cut” by Trillville & Cutty. This is why I need to be in a church (#22 if y’all remember). This is “practically” the “only” time I listen to ratchet music.

That’s all I got so far guys and gals. Numbers 61-90 coming next time. Can anyone relate to any of these? How’re your lists coming or how do you choose to live on purpose? Drop me a line at the bottom. Stay positively optimistic and powerful ladies 😉

Living on Purpose: 101 Things in 1001 Days Challenge!

One of the things I’m loving about my new blogging life is all the amazing fellow bloggers I’m getting to know via some truly inspirational blogs. Recently, I was inspired by Jhaneel Lockhart’s post about her update on how her 101 things in 1001 days is coming along. She graciously referred me to where this fabulous idea began on the Day Zero Project website. Basically, the idea is to compile a list of 101 things you would like to complete in 1001 days, which is almost 2.75 years. The idea is to choose things that are attainable, but require you to stretch yourself at the same time. I really love this concept because it forces you to be intentional about living. It pushes us all to be proactive about our lives instead of being reactive or simply waiting or wishing for good things to happen. A major part of being positively optimistic and powerful (aka POPed) is to live on purpose.

You would think that the hardest part about this project is actually checking items off of the list, but actually coming up with 101 things is HARD! So far I’ve only gotten to thirty-something so I think I will share my list in increments of thirty. I plan to keep you gals posted every time I complete 10 things or so. I’m not attempting to complete them in any particular order either. I’m just gonna let it fly!

101 Hot-ish in 1001 Days

1. Build a profitable business

Just realized these are all singles...

Image source: 401(k) 2012. “Money-Savings” December 1, 2011 via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution.

2. Travel to a city/location in the U. S. and outside the U.S. that I’ve never been before

Dying to get to Paris to drink café au lait in front of Le Louvre...

Dying to get to Paris to drink café au lait in front of Le Louvre. Image Source: damonnofar. “Paris…” June 23, 2012 via pixabay, Creative Commons Attribution.

3. Have a reunion with my besties from college

The usual club pic. Miss these girls.

The usual club pic. Miss these girls.

4. Learn how to shoot a gun
5. Learn enough basic coding to make a website from scratch
6. Taking a drawing class geared towards children’s literature

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I’m such a stereotype…

7. Take a cooking class
8. Become an advanced hair braider
9. Read a new book each month for 6 months straight
10. Start a garden
11. Become conversational in either Spanish or French
12. Get a makeover
13. Have a stylist consultation
14. Make a new friend
15. Go to a film festival
16. Participate in Bike the Drive

Sweet home Chicago

Sweet home Chicago

17. Eat a multiple course meal at a fancy restaurant
18. Become an advanced Yogi
19. Run a half-marathon
20. Get a real massage
21. Don’t say anything negative for a day

Happy, happy, happy

Happy, happy, happy

22. Become a member of a church
23. Create a family tradition
24. Write a personal mission statement
25. Write a play
26. Have a piece of writing published
27. Write a children’s book
28. Donate blood
29. Open an investment account/buy stocks and/or mutual funds
30. Create a will.

Extremely important no matter your age or financial situation, especially when you have kids.

Extremely important no matter your age or financial situation, especially when you have kids.

Whew, that took a lot of energy, but I have about 71 more things to come up with so wish me luck! Will you try the 101 Things in 1001 Days challenge with me or something like it? Do you find lists helpful for getting things done? Do you share any of the goals I’ve listed? Hit me up in the comments! Stay p.o.p.ed pimpin’ 😉