Sit on your butt and READ!

Some online friends and myself are challenging ourselves to READ in the year 2011.  I already read a lot, so this was right up my alley.  For the year of 2010, I have read 54 books.  I went back and counted them.  54!  Yep, I’m that nerdy and, obviously, I always have my nose in a book.  I’m not counting text books or books that I’ve read to the little one.  These are novels that I read for MY enjoyment.  For 2011, I’m making my goal 60 books.  I’m not going to push myself harder than that because I know that school is about to get much harder for me.  Plus, I’ll begin clinicals in the fall and I’ll be super busy then.  So I think squeezing in 60 books will be a challenge.  I will update with the number of books I’ve read but I won’t bore you all with a list or reviews here.  I may start a new blog to do that.  That’s a thought… anyway…

Now I’m challenging YOU too!  How many books will YOU read in 2011?

Have you set goals for yourself for the year? Not just “New Year’s Resolutions” (nobody ever sees those through anyway lol), but real goals?

I  may update later with a list of my goals for the year.  I think I can realistically set, and stick with, some for this coming year.

My sad, jumbled little book shelf

But not a real green dress, thats cruel

Following with yesterday’s theme and challenge, If I Had A Million Dollars.  None of the funds may be spent for personal gain, to help your family or children, or to even pay off a bill.  Every dime must be spent, but not all in one place.  I’ve received some great responses.  Now for MY answer.

As much as I would like to say “I would donate the money to breast cancer research, Locks of Love, and some program for needy families,”  I’m not passionate about those things.  I CARE about them, but not passionate.  So what am I passionate about?  Animals and children. 

I would LOVE to build and open a shelter and rescue for animals.  There would be no euthanization at my facility (unless the animal was too sick or injured to cure and was suffering.)  EVERY animal would have a chance.  I would provide medical care and love for all unwanted animals.  Not just dogs and cats either.  All of ’em.  The ones I couldn’t care for or adopt out here at my facility would be sent to specialized rescues to receive the care they deserve.  I don’t believe there is a thing as a “bad dog”, they just need redirection.  Aggressive towards other dogs?  Then they would not be adopted to families that had other animals or intentions of getting more pets. I can just see my top-of-the-line facility in my head, filled with doggies and kitties, and birds, and horses… all waiting to be petted, loved, and taken to their forever home.

The rest of the money would be used to establish a local shelter for abused women and children.  A safe haven for them where the abuser would not be able to hurt them again.  Counseling would be provided to the women and the children in hopes of stopping the vicious cycle.  Women would learn that they really are worth loving and that they do make a difference.  Children would be taught that it is not their fault.  They are worthy of healthy love and affection.    Women would be provided the resources to build self-esteem and self-worth and be independant.  God heals the physical bruises, we would help heal the emotional ones.

That’s it in a nutshell.

If I had a million dollars

Remember that song by the BareNaked Ladies?  Just a side note here:  don’t go Google “Bare Naked Ladies Million Dollars.”  Just trust me on this one lol.  Anyhoo… in the song (which is a catchy little toon, lemmetellya) he sings about all the things he would do/buy if he had a million dollars.  I think we could all come up with a list of things we would purchase or pay off if we won the lottery or were given a cool mil.  So here’s my challenge:  What would you do with a million dollars if you couldn’t spend ONE RED DIME on yourself, your bills, your kiddos, or family?  The money must be given away, used for good causes, or something else really creative.  And don’t spend it all in one place.  Come on, lets here it!