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ChildofHope's Life List

  1. 1. Go horseback riding on the beach at sunset
    5 people
  2. 2. keep my house clean
    2 entries
    1,310 people
  3. 3. become fluent in korean
    1 entry
    53 people
  4. 4. Study Photography
    1 entry
    357 people
  5. 5. sleep under the stars
    1 cheer
    4,204 people
  6. 6. read the bible cover to cover
    302 people
  7. 7. Send a message in a bottle
    4,120 people
  8. 8. attend a black tie event
    6 people
  9. 9. parasail
    346 people
  10. 10. visit Japanese hot springs in winter
    1 person
  11. 11. pay off my student loan
    1 entry
    685 people
  12. 12. visit the faroe islands
    18 people
  13. 13. have a successful photography business
    1 entry
    4 people
  14. 14. become a better photographer
    1 entry
    1,998 people
  15. 15. lose 15 pounds
    1 entry
    3,472 people
  16. 16. eat more vegetables
    1 entry
    916 people
  17. 17. learn to play the ukulele
    3 entries
    456 people
  18. 18. write more songs
    397 people
  19. 19. Go See A Kate Rusby Show
    2 people
  20. 20. be more flexible
    556 people
  21. 21. learn to dance
    7,160 people
  22. 22. go to guadeloupe
    0 people
  23. 23. Go to Ireland
    1,915 people
  24. 24. start a charity
    280 people
  25. 25. Learn how to whistle really loud with my fingers
    979 people
  26. 26. go on a road trip with no predetermined destination
    21,500 people
  27. 27. see the northern lights
    19,116 people
  28. 28. be a mother
    612 people
  29. 29. write a book and have it published
    2,675 people
  30. 30. LEARN TO PLAY THE TIN WHISTLE
    99 people
  31. 31. wish on a shooting star
    66 people
  32. 32. see "The NutCracker"
    1 cheer
    14 people
  33. 33. see my favorite artists in concert
    3 people
  34. 34. learn to play guitar
    2 cheers
    5,062 people
  35. 35. Write a book about my Grandmother
    2 people
  36. 36. Volunteer
    1 cheer
    5,550 people
  37. 37. fly in a hot air baloon
    678 people
  38. 38. read all the books on my book list
    36 people
  39. 39. learn to paint
    1,290 people
  40. 40. make 1000 paper stars
    60 people

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How to go ice skating
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Recent entries
learn to play the ukulele (read all 3 entries…)
Still plugging away at this thing

I really do love it. It’s been about a year since I got my cute lil uke, and I play it all the time. I don’t sit and dedicate myself to learning absolutely everything and getting really good, but I play it all the time, and I’m worlds better than when I started. Bar chords are still giving me a hard time, but at least I can get some of them out now. Transitioning between them quickly is a whole different animal though. As long as it’s not a bar chord though, I can transition pretty easily between chords, which is something I thought was going to be impossible for me a year ago.

I also started learning how to finger pick this week. So that should be fun, once I find a few more lessons on how to do it well.

Slowly but surely I am getting better at it. :)



have a successful photography business
I do have the business already running, BUT!

I really want to be successful at it. Not just scraping by. I’ve really outgrown my equipment. I’ve been using the same camera (not a super fabulous one at that) and L-series lens for more than two years…goodness going on three. I’ve really outgrown it and I’m feeling the limitations more and more. I know I could grow as a photographer if I had better equipment.

I’m also starting to sort out print collections and such, and learning the coding I need for redesigning my website into something REALLY nice. And I’m designing things like cards and albums, birth announcements, etc. Things that will help make my business more of a boutique. Then hopefully in the future I can sell my templates to other photographers to use too. Possibly my talents in design for logos and business packages.

I want to have a trusted brand, and be known for stellar art, gorgeous design, and a sweet personal touch to everything I do. My business is NOT simply taking photos, it needs to be recognized by those who hire me as a memorable, luxurious experience that provides them with gorgeous portraits they will treasure for the rest of their lives.

This, THIS right now is when I buckle down, get it right, make it awesome, and make my business MUCH more than the average starting out photographer who charges too little, works harder (not smarter), and is out of business in less than 5 years. This is my turning point. Get ready baby, cause it’s on, it’s on like Donkey Kong.



learn to play the ukulele (read all 3 entries…)
Getting better

Well, I’ve been picking away at this little thing for a few months now. Not every single day, just here and there when I have some time. I really am getting better. Chords that felt totally weird to me at first are now coming more naturally and sounding decent. I still look at some chords and go, “yeah right, maybe if I was the 6 fingered man.” But that will probably change with more time and more practice too.

I can play a few songs really well. I love playing songs from the “Once” soundtrack, and now I’m learning Paramore’s “Only Exception”. Just gotta keep at it! I wish I could find chords for the more obscure songs I’m in to.



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