Blog, Love

2015 Movie Goal

When it comes to movies, I’m usually the last one to see it. I’m not sure why this happens, but it just does. This occurred with many “must watch” films growing ups so I decided to change this. My friends were very excited because they were tired of explaining movie inside jokes. They even started watching movies with me. This started back in 2011, so take a look at my 2011 movie goal list to get a bit more back story. For 2015, I am continuing this awesome goal and you can follow along with me.

So, for everyone who has been asking for my list… here it is! These are the new movies I have seen so far:

  1.  Barton Fink
  2. Swingers
  3. Whitney
  4. Fiddler on the Roof
  5. The Women
  6.  Much Ado About Nothing
  7. Sense and sensibility
  8. No Strings Attached
  9. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water
  10.  Her
  11.  How Stella Got Her Groove Back
  12. Good morning, Vietnam
  13. The Warriors
  14. Moonstruck
  15. Steel Magnolias
  16. What’s Eating Gilbert Grape
  17.  Mystic Pizza
  18.  Amélie
  19. Billy Madison
  20. Shaolin Soccer
  21. 12 Years A Slave
  22. Finding Neverland
  23. Birdman
  24. Fast & Furious 6
  25. The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
  26. Dallas Buyers Club
  27. Up In The Air
  28. 27 Dresses



Me watching new movies ^___^

This will be updated with new movies as I watch them. If you’d like to know which movies I am watching as I watch them – follow me on Twitter. You can also search on twitter with my hashtag #115moviegoal for a more specific tweet list. If you will be doing a similar, please share it with me!

I am always looking for movie suggestions. Share your favorite movies below! I would like to keep this all in one place, so if we have spoken about a movie I probably forgot about >___< Please don’t take it personally, but since I started this a lot of people have reached out. So, get to it! I want to watch some good movies this year 😀

Beauty, Hair

6 Tips To Grow Healthy Hair

6 tips

My hair is one thing I really work on. I try new products weekly and am always trying to find new ways to make my hair healthier. I tried many things over the past couple of years. Some products worked, some didn’t. Here are 6 tips that helped me get my hair healthy!

DISCLAIMER: I am not a doctor or licensed professional. These are a couple things that helped me. I know these tips might not work for everyone, but I still wanted to share my experience.

#1. Water

Water is an essential part of life. Your body is made of up 60% water, so you need to drink a lot of water. Ideally: 8 cups. Realistically: About 5 – 6 cups. When you are hydrated properly, your scalp will be stimulated to grow your hair. Dehydration leads your body to concentrate your water  in other more important parts like your cells. Drinking water will also help you lose weight and get healthier skin.

#2. Vitamins

The second thing that helped me was taking vitamins. You can take Biotin, Zinc,Vitamin A, B, and C for hair growth. The list goes on, so I decided to take Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin, and Nails Vitamins.  Before taking these both my hair and nails were chipping and breaking very easily. After taking In a couple weeks, I saw results that amazed me. My nails were stronger and my hair was longer. I like this specific brand because I have tried others and those have turned my pee bright yellow. Sorry for the TMI but, It was scary! The urine discoloration was just from tooo many vitamins in my system.  That is how your body disposes of it. If that happens, just take one less pill. If you still have worries, speak with your doctor. 

#3. Mane N’ Tail Shampoo and Conditioner

I had heard about these products for years and never tried them. I thought the horse stuff was a joke, until i read the label. Mane N’ Tail Shampoo and Conditioner was first used for animals, specifically horses. I guess one of the people diluted their own version and found you can have healthy manes as well! My friends have also told me they use this for there dogs. Who knew! Anyways, I love how my hair feels after using these. I used the shampoo and conditioner all last year. 

4. Use warm to cool water when washing hair

I actually came across this tip when looking up information about Wen. I really want to try Wen, but honestly can’t afford to spend that much just to try out such an expensive line (cause you know i need to get like 5 products). Anyways, one of my favorite beauty Youtubers, Claire Marshall, mentioned she washes her hair with warm to cool water. She has amazing hair and also uses Wen. Even though I didn’t have the products she uses, I gave it a try. I usually take steamy hot showers and never thought it affected my hair. Holy crap was I surprised. The change wasn’t huge, but my hair was less frizzy without any product! I guess the heat from the water was adding more frizz to my hair.

5. Avoid heat – minimal use of any heat tools

Going out without blowing out my hair is something I thought I would never do. This changed when I realized I was frying my hair because of bad product and heat decisions. I used coconut and almond oil treatments, and braiding my hair. I braided my hair and wore hats when I didn’t fee feel comfortable going out into public places with crazy hair. Recently I learned that putting rollers in my hair leaves it with volumes and super straight. I will be posting a video very soon to show you this awesomeness! 

6. Avoid products with alcohol!

 This is probably the hardest thing to do on this list. I know avoiding all products with alcohol is close to impossible, so I just limited the amount of product I used in a daily basis. I stick to two things: Chi Silk Infusion and Victoria’s Secret Hold & Finish Hairspray. These two work wonders in my hair. I have used Chi Silk Infusion for so many years now. It is the only oil I feel leave my hair feeling nourished and light. I have tried other Moroccan and argons oils, but haven’t had the same results. 

I hope this tips help you in your hair journey. Do you have any tips to share? I want to know! I love trying new things and sharing the love.

Let me know below what helps you keep your hair healthy. 

-Love and brownies,



Follow me on Bloglovin!

I finally put on blog on Bloglovin! This is a huge step for me and hope it brings more views to my little bitty blog. I will be posting more beauty and hair videos since that is what my friends are requesting. I will also periodically posting random thougths about video games and geek culture.

If you want me to post about a specific topic(hair question you have) and if you are also on Bloglovin, leave a comment below. I hope you hear from ya’ll. Don’t forget to follow me!

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My 2015 Goals

In 2011, I made a list of 11 goals. This list included trying 11 new foods, watching 111 new movies, and reading 11 books.  It was an amazing experience and am proud to say I accomplished 5 out of  11 goals. You can read about my famous list here. I was determined to keep this up every year. But, oh gosh was I wrong to try that. I learned that keeping up with an increasing amount of goals each year was too much. It felt like another full time job on top of what I already had to do. I held back on making lists, but I’m ready to start it up again. This year I want to concentrate on a couple things. My 2015 goals will focus on Lord of the Rings, calligraphy, and of course watching new movies!

my 2015 goals

Hey look! I can kind of do calligraphy already 😀

Goal One: Read all the Lord of the Ring books.

I have wanted to read the Lord of the Rings series for so long (since high school actually). It is one thing that everyone warns you about, but has already read. The three books are over 1000 pages which is about the size of a Game of Thrones book. It is a difficult read, but I accept the challenge! Middle -earth I’m ready for you!

Goal Two: Take a calligraphy class.

If I could do calligraphy for a living, I would. The skill that goes into each letter takes years of practice.  One site that has been extremely helpful is This site has detailed instructions on how to learn calligraphy and other great resources. This site has helped for some projects. I even free-styled a couple greetings cards last year, but I still feel like there is a missing piece. Taking a calligraphy class would connect the dots. I will post an update when this happens. If you know of any calligraphy classes/ workshops in the NYC area, please share. I’ve looked online and few pop up. Any kind of class would be helpful.

Goal three: Watch 115 new movies.

This goal has been an awesome one to do in the past. In 2011, I watched 111 movies. As I did before,  I will post a message on my social channels whenever I watch a new movie with the hashtag #2015moviegoal. You can also view my blog post here (once I post it). This goal has inspired my friends to do the same. You don’t know how awesome it made me feel. Please let me know if you are doing this goal this year or something similar. I will post it below. I want to support as many people’s goals as I can.

Goal Four: Get out of pools at Evo.

Going to the last two Evo Championship Series were just a dream come true.  I trained hard and played hard. Even though I didn’t get to far, I was still proud of my self. This year my goal is to get out of my pool in Ultra Street Fighter 4. To train, I will be playing every 1-2 days for a at least 30 minutes from January to July. Training sessions include: combo practice, playing against friends, and playing random ranked matches online. These sessions might also be streamed on my twitch channel once I get my Asus monitor back.  Ideally: I want to play everyday. Realistically: That will not happen. Life gets in the way, but I am ready to kick its butt!

Those are my goals for 2015. I know it’s not the usual matching number as the year(15 for 2015), but I feel it’s a hefty list. Do you have any goals or resolutions for 2015? Let me know below in the comments! I’d love to hear what your goals or resolutions are for this year. I will also help you achieve them if need be 😀

Love & brownies,



Things I learned from Youtube in 2014

Hello, my name is Frances and I’m addicted to Youtube. If you know me, you know this for a while. I am constantly watching videos and learning as much as possible. I am a visual learner, so it’s perfect. I’ve had a lot of free time because  my grandfather was in the hospital for the first third of the year. Watching youtube videos helped just ease my mind. I’ve learned how to do makeup, hair, calligraphy, and even knit.People are always asking how I do what I do, so here ya go. Here are my go-to youtube videos for noms, make up and other random stuff! Enjoy 😀

My Go-To Smokey Eye Makeup Look.

I’ve watched many youtube gurus and have tried a millions looks. This smokey eye look by Jaclyn Hill is the only one that looked exactly how it looks on her. She is quirky and really knows her stuff.


Costume Face Makeup

makeupI randomly came across the MadeYewLook channel by luck. After one video, I became a Lexbot! I had the pleasure of meeting her at NYCC this year. Lex is super talent and totally down to earth. I tried this look out and kinda of nailed it, lol. Just kinda. Be the judge for yourself.


Puerto Rican Besitos de Coco

Besitos de coco are my favorite Puerto Rican treats. I had some a long time ago fresh from a bakery on the island. It literally was one of the best things I ever ate. I got a craving in the beginning of the year and thought what the heck, lets give this a try. When I first started looking for recipes, every single one had eggs or egg whites involved. They would have to be whipped and other random stuff done to it. Ain’t no body got time for dat! This was the first youtube I cam across and was very pleased. This recipe is super simple and has great results.


Nerdy Nummies

Rosanna Pansino is a geeky dream come true. She makes amazing nerdy nummies and they are amazing. I’ve followed her channel for a while but didn’t attempt to make anything till this year. I regret not making these earlier!  Please note: she simplifies these projects, but they are still really difficult. I made the ninja turtles cake pops. They were really hard to work with and I cried twice.


Garlic Bread

I used to think I knew how to make good garlic bread till I found Laura Vitale’s recipe. Benji from itsjudytime was always talking about her and damn she is good. I made this recipe, but with no cheese. It still comes out great. It’s become a staple in our dinner menu.



I know you’ve seen this video. Everyone has. The lettering is just mesmerizing and it is what inspired me to learn. I have always had great penmanship, so learning wasn’t hard. My spacing and lettering isn’t perfect, but it’s good for the amount of time i’ve practiced. I would love to take some classes in 2015.  I might even start sending people random letters. If you’d like to be on that list let me know!



One of the last things I learned this year was knitting. I attempted to make a scarf when I was in college and just failed. The needles I had were cheap. They didn’t last more than a week. I’m not sure how I found iKNITS channel, but I am glad I did. Christine explains everything carefully and slowly. I finished my first scarf on Christmas. It didn’t have enough yarn, so its not a normal size. If anyone wants a infinity scarf for their cat, I will send it to you. I only ask you take a lot of pictures for me 😀 I am allergic to kitties, but live on reddit to make up for it. [Source]


I already have so many ideas for 2015, but I’ve learned that I need to focus on one or two hobbies. I will be writing a post soon about my goals for next year. I might even bring back my 100+ movie goal. Have a safe and happy new year!


What did you learned in 2014? I would love to hear from you guys 😀




New Beginnings


The new year is a chance to start new and of course look fabulous. May you use this as an opportunity to make the changes in your life and try things you’ve been to afraid to try. In 2011 when I started this blog and way of living, I accomplished more than I thought I ever would. I am redoing this site and focusing on the journey my goals take me on. I will be looking back at 2013 and revealing my 2014 goals in the next couple of weeks. This blog will follow my dance progress and general updates on my other goals.

Let the adventure begin and welcome to The Francy Project!


xoxo Francy

Blog, Gaming

Believe the Hype – Evolution 2013

My first week at GameSpot  as their new community producer started off with New Hire Orientation, my workstation being set up and going to Evo! The Evolution Championship Series is the largest tournament for fighting games in the world. This annual event takes place during the first or second week of July in Las Vegas, Nevada. Even though GameSpot covered Evo, I was there to compete. The planning for this trip started in December when the location was announced. I have wanted to go to Evo since 2009, but could never afford it. This was the first time in years I was able to save enough money to make my dream come true.


Sh#% just got real! #EVO2013 #streetfighter

Evo took place over 3 days from Friday, July 12th to Sunday, July 14th. I arrived a day earlier to do all the touristy stuff since I hadnt been to Vegas before. My first match was at 10 am Friday morning for Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition 2012. I was terrified. This would be the second major I had competed in. All of my experience went out the window. For my first match, I received a bye. The person I was up against never showed up. The judge waited almost 45 minutes before advancing me. For my first official match, I went up against a Cody player. Cody is a very aggressive character and this Cody player was no different. My Chun-Li did not stand a chance! I was lost my match and was sent to the losers bracket. My opponent in losers bracket picked Guile, which scared me immediately. My friend plays that character and I could never beat him. Even though I could not beat a Guile player, I knew the match up very well. This worked out greatly in my favor. I knew what to expect and took the first round. He changed his character to Juri and I beat him again. I moved on to the next round and lost to a Ken. I was out of the tournament, but the feeling of excitement from my win was incredible. I can say I beat someone at Evo ^___^.

evo 2013

A short break from my #StreetFighter matches at #Evo2013 #tbt #throwbackthursday

 I felt like a kid in a candy store for the rest of the trip. Everywhere around me as far as I could see, all I saw were stations full of people who shared the same passion for fighting games. I had the chance to meet some of the pros like PR_Balrong and Yipes, but I also met amazing friends who I continue to see every week. We now play constantly and are helping each other get to the level that will get us to the top ranks at next Evo next year.

Evo 2013

Everyone around me is playing marvel and I’m just sitting here…… #evo2013

I was really excited to be at Evo and of all places Las Vegas, but I didnt get the full picture until the Grand Finals of Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom. Justin Wong Vs Flocker to win it all. Justin is known for his clutch moments where he changes the entire pace of the match when he has only a sliver of health on one character left. Watching the Wong Factor in person is absolutely incredible. At that moment it finally hit me I was at the Evolution 2013! Justin lost, but he reset the bracket and was the peoples champion. He is on another level and everyone knows it.

evo 2013

Wow!!!!!!!! #evo2013

Evolution 2013 was honestly the best event I have ever been too. I am not sure how Evo tops itself every year, but it does. I am now fully dedicated to be the best I can be with my Chun-Li and make it to the top of next years Evo!

Have you ever been to an Evo Championship Series event? If so, when did you go and what your experience was like? If you havent gone, let me know what your favorite Evo moment is.

Blog, Gaming

Street Fighter 25th Anniversary Grand Finals

Street Fighter 25th Anniversary

On Saturday, I attended the Street Fighter 25th Anniversary Grand Finals in San Francisco. This was my first major fighting community event. A couple of years ago when I was apart of Raw Game Play, I went to weekly Street Fighter tournaments, but none came close to the size of this one. Bright and early my other half and I began our Caltrain treck to Burlingame, California. After a 45 minute trip, we arrived at the Hyatt Regency SFO hotel. The line was short and we were in about 15 minutes later. The lobby was filled with people playing at Capcom game stations. A couple meeting rooms on the sides we set for an art exhibition and the God of War Ascension demo. We couldn’t resist and bought a few pieces from the art room.

Street Fighter 25th Anniversary

Awesome fan art!

The first game up was Super Street Fighter II Turbo. I remember not putting any thought into this game when I was younger because I did not even think combos could happen. I, like every other person not playing Ryu, choose Chun Li’s lighting kicks. As I watched the first couple of matches, I saw moves that I did not even know could be done. It finally hit me… I was at the Street Fighter grand finals! The worlds best players were only sitting a couple feet from my seat. While the matches were going on, I walked around and did some shopping at the Capcom store. We even took a cheesy green screen picture 😀  The top three for Super Street Fighter II Turbo were: Afro Lengends, Chioboy, and Damdai.

The set was done and it was on to Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike. Again, I was amazed by the craziness that ensued. It’s one thing to watch your favorite players on a stream, and another to watch MOV play the sickest Chung-Li I have ever seen. During this set a there was a break. This was the big announcement made…

Street Fighter X Megan Man was being released as a FREE PC download coming to on December 17, 2012 for Mega Man’s official 25th birthday! Before the announcer left the stage, I was on line to try out the demo. If you beat the Street Fighter boss at the end of a level, you won an exclusive Street Fighter X Megan tee shirt. Of course, I picked Chung-Li as the boss 😀 The demo was a  bit short, fun and it felt like the original. I enjoyed it so much, I won a t-shirt! I returned to my seat right as the top 3 for Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike just finished. The top 3 were: Tokido, Momochi, and MOV.


Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition was up next. It was time for the matches I had been waiting for. Here were the results for round one:

EG|fLoE (Guy) vs. MCZ|Daigo (Ryu) – 0-2
BT|Dieminion (Guile) vs. AVM|GamerBee (Adon) – 2-1
RZR.CG|Problem X (Seth) vs. EG|Momochi (Akuma) – 0-2
EG|Justin Wong (Rufus) vs. MCZ|Tokido (Akuma) – 1-2
AGE|Snake Eyez (Zangief) vs. RZR|Fuudo (Fei Long) – 0-2
Alioune (Cammy) vs. EG|Ricky Ortiz (Rufus) – 2-1
MCZ|Mago (Fei Long) vs. Wolfkrone (C.Viper) – 2-0
WW.MCZ|Infiltration (Akuma) vs. Vangief (Zangief) – 2-0

I was able to follow the first round, but did not know the results of the losers bracket because it was played off screen. The top 3 ended up as expected: Daigo, Fuudo, and Infiltration. After AE was done, I walked around for a bit when I found the room where posters were being given away. Little did I know who would be giving them out! I met Yoshinori Ono, the Street Fighter franchise producer, and Tomoaki Ayano, the assistant producer for most of the Street Fighter games.


Street Fighter x Tekken was on for the next 4-5 hours. I didn’t mind it at first, but it got really boring fast. The in-game animations went off every 5 seconds for each move and the matches took forever. During the SFxT marathon, my other half and I needed a break. We had dinner, drank a couple drinks, and grabbed the Capcom goodie bags. We also had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Team Spooky. He was constantly running around working his butt off at the venue. Spooky is one of the hardest working members of the fighting game community who helps the events stay alive.

Team Spooky

At about 8pm, 3 hours after it was originally scheduled the finals began! If I went into detail about each match, I would be here forever so I will just tell you the results of each game:

Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix (Classic Arcade)

Grand Finals
Damdai (O.Ryu) vs. Afro Legends (Dee Jay, Balrog) – 3-1
Losers Finals
John Choi (Guile) vs. Afro Legends (Balrog) – 1-3
Winners Finals
John Choi (O.Sagat, Ryu) vs. Damdai (O.T.Hawk) – 0-3

Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike Online Edition

Grand Finals
MCZ|Tokido (Chun-Li) vs. MOV (Ken) – 0-3
Losers Finals
MCZ|Tokido (Chun-Li) vs. EG|Momochi (Yun) – 3-0
Winners Finals
MOV (Chun-Li) vs. EG|Momochi (Yun) – 3-2

Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition

Grand Finals

WW.MCZ|Infiltration (Akuma) vs. MCZ|Daigo (Ryu) – 3-0 (WW.MCZ|Infiltration resets)

WW.MCZ|Infiltration (Akuma) vs. MCZ|Daigo (Ryu) – 3-0

Losers Finals

WW.MCZ|Infiltration (Akuma) vs. RZR|Fuudo (Fei Long) – 3-2

Winners Finals

WW.MCZ|Infiltration (Akuma) vs. MCZ|Daigo (Ryu) – 0-3

This entire experience was better than I expected it would be. Many say the fighting game community isn’t welcoming or nice, but they are wrong. There were so many people who were willing to talk and joke with complete strangers that it felt natural. I look forward to my next event and the fact that I want to start competing. I will start my training soon, and will go full time at the start of the new year. I guess you can say this is the start of my journey to Evo……


Blog, Food

Finally some Puerto Rican food in North Cal!

Sol Food San Rafael

It is sad to say, but it took me eleven months to eat Puerto Rican food in the bay area. Before moving out here, I didn’t really think this would be so difficult. It was something I overlooked because in my mind Puerto Ricans were everywhere. This idea was quickly shut down down after realizing there were no Caribbean Hispanic restaurants in San Francisco. They barely even sell Goya products! I had given up hope after searching for countless days, until a Facebook friend checkin into Sol Food: Puerto Rican Cuisine in San Rafael. You don’t know how happy I got. I literally screamed, lol. My first mistake was only limiting my search to just San Francisco. A Puerto Rican restaurant was only an hour away and I had to check it out!

Sol Food San Rafael

Since I don’t own a car, my other half and I decided to have an adventure on the Golden Gate Transit line. The entire trip was a lot simpler than we thought. The bus we took dropped us off one block away from the restaurant. The lime neon green building stood out against the rest. You honestly cannot miss this restaurant, lol. The line was out the door, so we took 2 menus and waited. When we got to the front of the line, we were meet by a waitress. The first thing I asked for was pernil, my favorite Puerto Rican dish. Sadly, it was not being served that day. I decided to go with the pollo al horno and Wilson got the biste en sevollao. The inside of the restaurant looked like my grandmother decorated it. Bright colors and family style pictures covered the walls. The restaurant tables were set up family style and since we were just a party of 2 we were sat at the bar.

Sol Food San Rafael
The food arrived after what seemed to be an eternity. I almost didn’t get time to take a picture because we started immediately. As I took my first bite, I felt happiness inside. The last time had anything close to my grandmother’s food was in Florida at Wilson’s dad’s restaurant. The rice and beans tasted like it was straight from my abuelita’s kitchen. The chicken was juicy and had amazing flavor which was a first. Chicken is not my first choice at a Puerto Rican restaurant because the pernil is always better.  I am glad I was proved wrong. The tostones were bigger than my hand. I tried my best to eat as much as I could, but I had to stop before I exploded. The over all experience was better than I expected. We went in with high expectation and got ourselves blown away. I cannot wait to come here again!


Blog, Love

The Start of Something New: Ballet

beginner ballet

Yesterday, I took the first step towards realizing my dream of becoming a ballerina. I started an 8-week adult beginner ballet series, where I will be learning classical ballet. I was taking drop-in classes on Sundays at a dance school near my apartment, but decided to go elsewhere because the neighborhood was not safe. I googled dance schools in San Francisco and picked the top rated school on Yelp. The site warned that this was a popular class that fills up quickly. I sent my application with the hope of being accepted. I got the good news a few days later! Continue reading

2011 Goal List, Blog

2011 Goal List Update

Updated list

Happy New Year Everyone!

I posted my famous list a couple of months ago and I want to apologize for not updating my blog since then. In August my entire life changed and I had no time to write. I did so much last year and I want to share and help inspire others to do the same. Since I did not want to waste time and post each goal, I am posting them here along with the progress I have made.

Continue reading

2011 Goal List, Blog

Goal #1: Read 11 or more books


(I know these are not books, but they looked cool all lined up :D)

Reading 11 or more books is the first goal in my infamous list. I usually only read one to two book throughout a year, so this was going to be a challenge. One of the main reasons I wasn’t reading much was my commute. The commute to my job was only a 30 minutes subway ride and that did not give me enough time to really get into a book. It was also difficult finding a seat on certain days. I don’t mind reading while standing up, but a NYC subway train during rush hour is not a great place to read.

I wanted to start reading more because I wanted to expand my vocabulary. Since I wanted to get a job in the gaming/tech industry, I needed to start writing. I suck at it because I never do it. So here are the books I have read so far….

  1. The Picture of Dorian Gray
  2. The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  3. The Tropic of Capricorn
  4. The Hobbit
  5. Stardust
  6. A Game of Thrones
  7. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
  8.  Neverwhere
  9. The Wizard of Earthsea
  10.  American Gods
  11. Halo: Cryptum: Book One of the Forerunner Saga (started)
If you have any books you’d like to suggest let me know 🙂
2011 Goal List, Blog

The Famous List

2011 Goals

One of the most asked question I’ve gotten this year is why do you have 11 goals? So here is why…

This time last year, I was a completely different person. I was lost, single, and confused and these were all my decisions. For most of the year, I was trying to figure out what was going on and I wasn’t sure where my life was going. I was overwhelmed by so much I decided to take a step back and get control of life. This included ending my four year relationship. This was one of the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do, but it’s what I felt had to happen.

Since I still hadn’t found my career job, I decided to push myself to the limit. This limit was working two jobs. Yeah, I know, I was so smart back then. I wanted to test myself and see if I could really do it. I did not need a second job, but it helped me beyond what I thought. After Thanksgiving, I started working two retail jobs: my main at Victoria Secret and my seasonal at Banana Republic. I worked 9-12 hour days and got home around 1 am almost every night. It was tough, but I managed to do it for about 3 months. During one of my closing nights at BR, I shared my goals and dreams with a coworker and that was the night my life changed.

It was a typical closing, which meant I was in Petites. Few people were in this section, so by this time I knew almost all the associates. This night was different. A young woman was helping me close that I had never met before. I don’t remember her name and now I kick myself for not remembering. We made small talk for a while, until she asked what our goals for the new year would be. Here is how our conversation went…

YW: So, what are your goals for the upcoming new year?

Frances: What like New Year’s resolutions? I don’t really have any since I don’t keep them past January.

YW: (laughs) Did you hear me, girl? I said what are your goals, not resolutions!

Frances: Oh, there’s a difference? It sounded the same to me.

YW: The difference is you actually keep goals. The word resolution sounds like you    need to fix something. It sounds negative and, even if they are positive, just the word  turns you off.

She then went on to explain the 10 goals she had for 2010. Her goals included running 10 races, watching 10 documentaries, learning 10 new recipes and so on. That made a spark go off in my head. I began thinking about what I did and wasn’t doing. It helped me narrow down what I felt I needed to accomplish the next year. I tried my best to include things that would push me to the limit, but would also be fun.

Here is my list. I have 11 goals for the year 2011. Chessy, I know but I will have 12 goals for next year. For the next couple of days,I will be posting a more detailed description of each and then updating these posts with my progress. 

2011 Goal List (Full Update):

1. Read 11 or more books. ( Updates )
2. Visit 11 or more states.
3. Try 11 new foods.
4. Play 11 or more games.
5. Save $1,111.11
6. Watch 111 movies.
7. Move to California.
8. Get a better job.
9. Go skydiving.
10. Learn Thriller dance.
11. Meet Eminem.
I hope this will inspire you to achieve the goals you’ve been thinking about, but you’ve been too lazy or too scared to even try out. I thought the same before I tried it. Please let me know if you are thinking about doing this next year. Even if you don’t try this just remember….
The easiest step in achieving your goals is writing them down. 
-Frances Troche