Because I’m feeling Christmasy this Christmas Eve, I’m giving you this delight of a blog, In the New.
According to In the New’s description, Jen Mac aims to do one thing new every single day till the day she turns 30.
A nifty idea that surely reminded me of the things that Oprah introduces for us to appreciate life better!
Well, it’s fun reading through what new things Jen has done for the past year. It surely makes me look forward to the new things she will do in the coming days!
Excerpts from In the New:
From “Coming Soon”:
Last year for my birthday, I decided to do something I’d never done before, and I traveled solo to Paris. This year, I want to do 366* things I’ve never done before. Starting the day I turn 29 (March 26) I will do one new thing every day until I turn 30. The things I’ve never done can be as simple as “wear a Florida Marlins hat” or “skip across Sheep Meadow in Central Park.” I’m more interested in small, interesting weird things than big things like “skydiving” or illegal things like “drugs and stealing” or completely not-me things like “tattoos.”
Granted, many days could very well end with me saying, “oh no! It’s 11:52pm… gotta go stand on the toilet and yodel!” I’m hoping that by putting together a list, I can avoid such randomness.
I’ll keep track of the project via a weekly log on my magazine’s website in addition to posts on this blog. We may encourage our magazine’s readers to write in with suggestions. If anyone wants to get in on this with me, let me know! Life is short, let’s make it interesting!
*2008 is a leap year. But “jen365” had a better ring to it as a url.
From “Invisibility Hat”:
This is going to seem a little abstract, so bear with me. Several times since this project started, I’ve meant to go an entire day without looking in the mirror. Habit always seems to get the better of me and I don’t remember I said I’d do that until after I’d already looked in the mirror three times. Today was no exception, but I did wear a hat while at a party, walking around the east village, eating dinner in a restaurant and on the hour-long subway ride home, without ever seeing how it looked or even what color it was. Knitty pal Eliza gave me an awesome beret at a party we both attended, and fashiony pal Robyn adjusted it when I decided to wear it immediately. Since I trust her taste, I never peeked in a mirror to see how it looked. Even when I passed by a full-length mirror as we left, I turned my head and decided I would just not know until later. I realized as I told Kevin what I was planning to do that in the soft, twinkly-light glow of party-thrower Jen’s apartment, I hadn’t even been able to tell what color the hat was; it had looked greenish in the light, but so had Eliza’s dress, which turned out to be more teal. Even as I write this, I haven’t seen what color it is. I’m even about to upload the photo Kevin took, without peeking. I have been wearing this hat for five hours and won’t see what it’s looked like all night until I publish this blog post. Please note that I don’t take myself as seriously as this post makes it sound. I’m just kind of proud of myself for not having succumbed to reflective temptation all night.
See how Christmasy I feel? I’ve even thrown in a couple of Jen Mac’s pictures! Haha!
Merry Christmas, everyone!