Celluloid Diaries: Start each day like it's your birthday

Friday, May 24, 2013

Start each day like it's your birthday

It's my birthday today and it started just right with my boyfriend bringing me breakfast in bed.

But imagine for a second it's your birthday too... What are the things you would want to accomplish and do before your birthday next year? I'm talking about these things that will make you frustrated or sad if you haven't done them. Go ahead. Make a list. If you need some inspiration, here's mine:

1) Finish my new novel "Frances"

2) Publish my new novel

3) Turn my new book into a bestseller. That will be a tricky one because it's difficult to control, so I will really need your help with this ;-)

4) Attend the Cannes film festival

5) Go to at least one other film festival abroad

6) Go to at least three other film festivals in Belgium

7) Make that Christmas recipe with red berries and champagne I'm planning on making since two years

8) Go to a Halloween event

9) Visit the zoo of Antwerp

10) Celebrate New Year's Eve abroad, at the seaside or in the Ardennes

11) Improve my writing a great deal

12) Make my blog as good as it can possibly get (tips anyone?)

13) Tackle some health issues

14) Visit at least three creepy places (urbex or other)

15) Write and read at a seafront café

Most of the time, I don't even accomplish half of my goals, not even the easy ones. Blame it on bad planning, unexpected events and being unrealistic. A year seems long at the start, but then we're suddenly halfway and there's not enough time left. Sounds familiar to you?

So let's make sure this year will be different.

Now that your list is finished too, I want you to share it here. Don't be shy. From now on, every 24th of the
month, I'd like you to come back to this page and ponder what you have accomplished and what you want to realize in the coming month. Do some of the small things first; that will keep you positive. Plan ahead and make sure you can wipe as many things off your list as possible. Same time next year, we'll talk again to check where we are. Does that sound like a deal? You'll be able to follow my evolution on this blog.

Let's make this a year without regrets :)


  1. I love that quote! My birthday is MONDAY! And I’m looking fwd to a short work week since I’ll be off that day :)

  2. Joyeux anniversaire, Vanessa!

  3. happy happy birthday!!! it was mine yesterday, so I hope your is as joyfilled and beautiful!


  4. •Go to at least two writing conferences this year
    •Finish my novel
    •Query to publishers and agents
    •Get 100 new subscribers to my blog this year
    •Get to 10,000 hits on my blog this year
    •Go to as many book signings as I can this year to support local authors
    •Review as many books as I can for local authors
    •Enter some of my short stories for anthology submissions
    •Get to know the writing community in Utah
    •Write in my writing journal once a week
    •Attend at least three writing retreats this year with my writing group
    •Begin writing down my father’s story

  5. oohh I love this!
    Its my birthday in just under 2 weeks now so I'm going to get cracking on my list now :D

    It looks like you are going to be a busy girl this year!

    Mei @ Diary of a Fair Weather Diver

  7. Happy Birthday!

    I love your list, good luck completing everything before next year! :)

  8. As a girl in her mid 20s, I’m realizing it’s so easy to get caught up in the pressure of societal expectations (go to college, get a job, get married) and forget to do what makes you the happiest.

    And also, from reading your blog for a few months now I can say you are VERY inspiring!! Your photos, amazing sense of style, even the way you write are all examples of that!

  9. Well, your birthday bucket list sounds a lot cooler than mine. :) Happy birthday! And thanks for joining the linkup today :)

  10. Hello there lovely Vanessa and HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! At the moment I have one thing on my virtual list and that's to finish The Bell Jar - I've been reading it for over a month now! LOL! The book is totally fab - I'm just a really really really slow reader!! Take care and enjoy your birthday weekend! x

  11. I’m working towards this everyday! Last week, my mom said to me “there’s no better time than now…so just do it!” which I definitely think falls along the same lines. Will def. have to save this quote for the days I’m wishy-washy, haha. Thanks for this post!

  12. Happy birthday Vanessa! Enjoy your special day, and a fabulous year ahead!

  13. I hope you've had a wonderful birthday weekend, Vanessa!


  14. Happy Birthday!

    I have a list of things I have been working on since my last birthday. It is hard but I want to make sure to get them completed.

    Thanks for sharing your favorite post at Raising Imperfection! We feature our favorites on Friday, make sure to come back and check.

  15. Thank you for saying this so perfectly. As a child we know and understand the hearts callings so easily, so clearly. It is magic to come back to if one has wondered off the hearts path to completely and most fulfillingly follow the hearts knowings. For me it’s being a writer, poet, painter, artist, traveling yogi, someday mama with the man of dreams heart, spirit & soul, & children happy healthy free & intuitive living with Mother Earth father sky in the most humbling & nurturing ways, like the bees in the honey. So much gratitude & thanks,

  16. Sounds like a perfect way to start your day!! My birthday was the 25th of May ... Happy Birthday fellow gemini!

    Thank you for linking to Raising Imperfection.
    Please come back Friday to see if you were featured. :)

    (¸¤ Lanaya | xoxo

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