New Year: New Me / New Hashtag

10 Jan

I’m bad at math.

You know this.

But now it kinda matters: Today is NOT my 33rd day of “freedom from grad school” (a/k/a #Freedom33) as I had errantly calculated when I launched the #333project #reboot on my #JustAdventures #Instagram accountTomorrow (Jan. 11) will actually be the 33rd day after the end of my Fall Semester of grad school. It also will be the first day of my Spring Semester. I will still post a photo at 3:33 (likely a boring picture of a #PPT slide…), because, after all, a deal is a deal, BUT, perhaps more importantly (at least for YOU), I also will take the opportunity to launch my 2016 Instagram/ Facebook #project11 experiment. 

Yay! #goteam

In a way, this #project11 concept sort of approximates something like a New Year’s Resolution–at least as it pertains to my Social Media life. So, as a head’s up….

Here’s what’s gonna happen in 2016:

  • I will ONLY post something on Facebook/Instagram on the 11th of the month for the next 11 months (i.e., Feb.-Dec. 2016)–you get this “freebie” posting now and maybe a couple of bonus posts tomorrow. A last-minute binge is always good for the soul, right?!?
  • What I will post on the 11th of the month for the next 11 months (starting in February) is a collage and/or album consisting of 11 pictures (with semi-informative captions) from the preceding month. In other words, on Feb. 11, 2016, FB and IG followers will receive 11 pictures with captions representing some of the meaningless and/or ridiculous things that transpired in my life between Jan 11-Feb 11. If you don’t follow me on FB or IG, you may want to fix that now.

that being said…

  • I will strongly endeavor (but cannot promise) to also deliver a longer narrative here, on the blog, on the 11th of each Month (starting in February) which MIGHT further elucidate the 11 photos OR might offer a totally unrelated, in-the-moment rant. I don’t know how it will play out and I can’t make any promises, except to say “I will do my best”–whatever that means.

Why Am I Doing This?

First and foremost, I feel like I need to just LIVE my life and not worry about how it might play into your life. #sorrynotsorry.

I have really enjoyed–nay, appreciated–the opportunity to serve as your inspirational/confrontational/entertaining/confounding/there-but-for-the-grace-of-dog meditative device over these past ~4 years AND I am truly, endlessly, grateful to you for allowing me to ejaculate many of my mental musings into your virtual space. Nevertheless, I think the time has come for us to step away from one another (and/or ACTUALLY INTERACT with one another in REAL LIFE) and allow life to happen in a less virtual/entertainment-oriented way.

Second and maybe related, I finally feel “ready” to just LIVE my life–come what may–without having to use a back-up safety net (i.e., a social media virtual-hard-drive recording device) to “remind” me who I am (or who I profess to be, or who you deem/believe me to be). I want/need to try to live my life without being beholden to the image I project into this virtual space.

Maybe I actually AM a nice person.

Maybe I’m actually “good” with kids.

Maybe millennials (or Flamingos) aren’t worthy of scorn.

Maybe beer and bikes and bacon and travel and adventure and justice AREN’T all the end-all and be-all that I’ve made them out to be for the past ~5 years while I’ve been attempting to “(re)build” a life here via the blogosphere …

…or maybe they are.

Maybe my Etch does need to be Sketched.


I just feel like I need to take a step back from the IG/FB/WP show in order to get a better sense of what the “reality” might actually be in this little reality show that I’ve been providing to you.

Also, I need more sleep.

Sleep is magic.

Indeed, sleep will be so, so, SO necessary when I’m toiling through 3 days of mandatory on-campus endeavors that are slated to last from 7:30am-5:30pm (plus an ~1-hour commute on each end)

PLUS a day of 8am-6pm pediatric fieldwork (with another ~1-hour commute on each end),

PLUS homework,

PLUS bike time,

PLUS dating,

PLUS figuring out WTH I am actually DOING with this epic mid-life/post-trauma crisis…

AND I decided that it’s probably a good idea to invest more of my limited free time into actual REAL LIFE activities and relationships than it is to feeding the “virtual” “social medial” population.

I love you all–really, I do–but it’s time we take this to the next level: If you want to learn more about what’s going on in the derailed train cars of my life, please: Call/text/email me.

Ask me out: I will say “Yes” to whatever you propose (so long as it doesn’t junk-up my academic obligations).

Ask me questions: I will give you honest answers that will far surpass whatever scraps you may have previously gleaned from my online presence.

I may be strange, but I won’t be a stranger.

I want to really connect with you, but in order to so do, I feel like I need to more consciously disconnect from this (FB/IG/WP etc…).

So: Starting in February, I’ll “see” you on the 11th–unless you see me first (which I’d really enjoy).

Be true to you.


Parting Thought: Life isn’t about finding yourself, it’s about creating yourself. ~George Bernard Shaw


5 Responses to “New Year: New Me / New Hashtag”

  1. Amanda January 11, 2016 at 3:26 am #

    While I will definitely miss the more frequent updates and always fabulous observations, I applaud the desire to work on being more present in real life, and wholeheartedly support the effort to get more sleep (a constant battle of my own). Will look forward to the the 11s, and will try to be better about email 😉

  2. Carissa Barker January 11, 2016 at 3:53 am #

    You know I love this. And now I will spend less time on FB seeing what you’re up to. Good luck with the new semester.

  3. kristapowell January 12, 2016 at 6:57 am #

    Sounds like an excellent resolution. From what I’ve seen, you are very good with kids. My kids were just asking about you this week. They enjoyed their time with you

    • justadventures January 12, 2016 at 7:51 am #

      I’m great with anyone who will play UNO with me! 😜


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