So I finally finished it! Remember the list? The one from all the way back on New Year’s Day?

I wouldn’t blame you if you didn’t, since I said then that I would finish it by the end of that week..

Anyway, after much introspection and a lot of procrastination, I finally came up with a 101 in 1001 list that I was satisfied with. It’s 101 things, ranging from the trivial to the significant, that I’d like to accomplish in 1001 days (about 2.75 years). View Post

Before New Year’s Day ends, I just wanted to quickly say cheers to 2012. For a few months now, I’ve been saying 2012 was The Year of Jhaneel and I mean that in the least narcissistic way of possible (no need to have a celebration). What I mean is that it’s just been a truly great year for me– the best year of my life that I can remember. All I can see when I reflect are triumphs, and even if there were low moments, they seem extremely minor now. I’m slightly superstitious that talking about it too much will jinx me, but I’m going to hope that’s not the case.

I am so thankful and excited about the even more amazing things to come in 2013, but I realize I can’t sit back and wait for things to happen. So, let me present 101 in 1001 — a list of 101 things I’d like to to do in the next 1001 days, starting today.  View Post

I often describe myself as a cautious person.

“I don’t like change,” I tell people. “I like to follow the rules.”

In fact, if you ask my closest friends to describe me, they’ll likely mention that my catchphrase is I can’t. Obviously I exaggerate, but I think I do myself some harm by constantly reinforcing such a limiting message. Especially because it isn’t true.

I realize that most of the defining experiences in my life have come out of moments of uncertainty. They’ve come from me seeing an opportunity and facing it head on without any idea of what might happen. View Post

It’s the first day of fall!.. which sadly means the end of summer.

While there is something romantic about the falling leaves and crisp autumn air, I can’t say I’m overly thrilled to say goodbye to the long summer evenings, days in the park, picnics, frozen yogurt and eating avocado at least once a day. This is one of the best summers I’ve had in a while. I graduated college right on time, and post-college unemployment, though not ideal, meant I was able to spend the last few months just enjoying each day as much as possible.

I guess it had to end some time.

Photo: Jhaneel Lockhart

I’ve come to accept it grudgingly, especially because I anticipate fall will come with its own pleasant surprises, but I couldn’t help but doing some reflection.

About four months ago, I sat on my bed with one of my close friends, Jordan and came up with a summer bucket list:

– Learn to drive (Still no progress)
– Leave NY (Nope.)
– Jog often (I was on a good workout schedule for the first month or two, but then life happened. *shrug*)
– Read 50 books. (5/50. I knew this was over ambitious when I wrote it down, but still.. In my defense, Atlas Shrugged took a month!)
– Write poems. (I wrote LOTS!)
– Take a baking class. (Didn’t even bake a single cake, which for me, is unheard of!)
– Renew my passport (My procrastination knows no bounds.)
– Spend time with cousin (Did this!)
– Apply for jobs (Did this..)
– Write everyday. (Not quite everyday, but I did do pretty well on this one.)

I was horrified when I first looked back at this list a week or two ago. But then I realized that while I may not have completed this specific list, I did so many other things, one of which was conquering my roller coaster fear and going to Six Flags of all places!

Also, in true listaholic fashion, I’m starting a 101 in 1001 list! (Coming soon)

Onward fall!

Photo: Jhaneel Lockhart