Monday, January 31, 2011


This month has been rather busy. I have set so many goals and accomplished quite a few of them. How about you? There were 4 major goals things which I set out to accomplish: to find an apartment, have my blanket at least half way complete, participate in the 101 goals in 1001 days meme, and make a mission statement.

1. To find an apartment
On the 6th I toured the eight apartments I liked online. Later that day I finally decided on one. The only problem is they do not have a 1bed/1bath with a den available yet. So I found my apartment, I just have to wait for one with a den ...or compromise.

2. To be mid-way finished with my blanket
I have been a diligent worker bee with my crocheting. There have been many times when I should have been working on a post, but I was too enthralled with crocheting. My blanket is more than half way finished! Just a few more panels and the border and it will be complete.

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3. Participate in the 101 goals in 1001 days web meme.
Since this was the month I set aside for goals I decided to start a 101 in 1001 days goal list. And thus far I have finished four goals. How about you?

4. Make a mission statement
When I was thinking about what goals I wanted to make this month I noticed that I never gave Princessly Living a mission statement. A mission statement being a company's or person's long term goal/agenda would work perfectly with this month's theme.

The Mission

Princessly living is a blog to inspire myself and other lolita, himegyaru, and persons with an interest in girly fashions to live as a princess would. To rise above the ordinary person and live a life of grandeur, sophistication, beautiful clothes, luxury, elegance, and grace.

I will...
- inspire others
- aim for perfection
- live every day
- dream big
- be courteous, and friendly
- expect the best
- dress beautifully
- express myself
- see the sweet moments amongst the sour
- never put myself down
- rise to every occasion
- be myself

image from: Annette’s Paper Trail

Monday, January 24, 2011

101 in 1001 days

Since this is the month of setting new goals and dreams I thought it would be wonderful to try and participate in the popular 101 goals in 1001 days web meme. The mission is to complete 101 tasks in a period of 1001 days (2.75 years). Thus starting from today I have until October 21, 2013 to complete everything.

This meme seemed like a great way to think of new things to try or list tasks that must be completed. It took me longer to think up these many goals than I thought it originally would. Typing this in my blog lessens the chances of losing or forgetting the goals. And when a goal is completed it will be struck from the list and the task meter at the bottom will increase.

Top 10
1. Move into an apartment
2. Decide which college to transfer to
3. Get married
4. Get driver's license
5. Travel to a foreign country
6. Establish credit
7. Lose 50lbs
8. Start savings account
9. Buy furniture
10. Call R&R company

11. Finish blanket
12. Make a faux stain glass design
13. Make a hinamatsuri cake
14. Sew 5 outfits
15. Learn to make cute designs in milk froth
16. Try 10 new recipes (9/10)
- White cake
- Strawberry cheesecake
- Snickerdoodles
- Double chocolatey cookies
- Sweet teriyaki stir fry
- Japanese potato salad
- Carrot kinpira
- Apple cake
- Apple meatloaf

19. Make gingerbread house
20. Paint a huge paint-by-number
21. Make beret replicas
22. Learn to embroider
23. Try calligraphy

Literature and studying
24. Learn Korean
25. Read 4 Shakespearean plays (4/4)
- Romeo & Juliet
- Hamlet
- A Midsummer Night's Dream
- Othello

26. Finish Le Morte d'Arthur
27. Read Grimm's Fairy Tales
28. Read Sherlock Holmes
29. Re-study Spanish
30. Buy 4 new Arthurian Legend books (4/4)
- The World of King Arthur and His Court: People, Places, Legend, and Lore
- The Once and Future King
- The Book of Merlin
- The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights

31. Go dress shopping
32. Decide on party favors
33. Decide on invitations
34. Finish guest list
35. Decide cater
36. Buy wedding to-do book
37. Decide groom's ring
38. Make seating arrangements
39. Contact Allen
40. View chapel
41. Pick a hairstyle
42. Start registry
43. Buy wedding ring
44. Go cake testing
45. Get engagement picture(s) taken

Internet, blog, and computer related
46. Post twice a week on PL
47. Upload 300 items on poupee
48. Organize bookmarks
49. Finish Personal Taste
50. Watch Liar Game movie
51. Changed - no longer writing in CC
52. Participate in 3 blog contests/challenges (0/3)
53. Go through poupee friends list
54. Make mission statement
55. Start 3 post series (2/3)
- wedding
- vices and virtues

56. Convert files to new computer
57. Save disk data onto external hard drive
58. Finish 101 goals list by the end of January
59. Watch Galileo movie

60. See a beach when it's snowing
61. Go to a spa
62. Go on a carriage ride
63. Visit the Milton Inn
64. Clean out wardrobe
65. Visit a castle
66. Organize bookcases
67. Go 3 months without drinking a beverage with caramel coloring
68. Try 3 new hair styles (3/3)
- liberty rolls
- side buns
- ponytail bow

69. Donate to 3 charities (3/3)
- Local children's fund
- Breast cancer

70. Start recipe book
71. Organize shoes
72. Visit a topiary garden
73. Visit Disneyland
74. Go to Otakon
75. Go to Katsukon
76. Organize DVD rack
77. Go through egl posts
78. Organize post idea book
79. Buy new planner book
80. Organize game rack
81. Start exercise regimen
82. Start facial care regimen
83. Go to the zoo
84. Go on a cruise
85. Try archery
86. Wake up at 9:30a for 7 days in a row
87. Buy tables
88. See cherry blossom festival

89. Buy DVD stand
90. Buy stolen games back
91. Buy a new set of lolita shoes
92. Buy gyaru hairstyle wig (dual)
93. Buy lolita hairstyle wig (dual)
94. Start a charm bracelet
95. Order coat replicas
96. Buy 10 Disney DVDs (10/10)
- The Black Cauldron
- Hercules
- Robin Hood
- Tangled
- The Emporer's New Groove
- The Scorceror's Apprentice
- Pirates of the Caribbean DVD pack

97. Buy new wallet
98. Buy new purse
99. Buy Harry Potter book set
100. Buy last book in The Door Within series
101. Buy all current GosuRori mooks

73 / 101 tasks. 72% complete!

image from: MindBodyGreen

Friday, January 7, 2011


"You will always run into obstacles throughout your life. You must go over them or around them. But never let them get above you."
--My mother

I did not think I would give another quote so soon. But this quote is relevant when making goals and dreams. My mother always told me to dream big, but never let your dreams steamroll you over.

The beginning of 2011 is not going as smoothly as hoped. My mother had surgery on the 3rd. Then some of my hopes and goals I started to plan last year already have to be compromised. My mother's surgery took longer than the doctor said it would, but went well. She is very sore, but home and well. Once done with her crisis then came a few issues for me.

The unfortunate: I wanted to go see Kagrra,'s final concert on March 3rd, my birthday. Not being a member of the fan club I had to wait to apply for tickets. I applied through MusicJapanPlus as soon as they had overseas ticket sales. By Dec. 27th I would receive an invoice if I managed to get a ticket. I still have not received an invoice. So now I need something else to do for my birthday.

Also I so wanted to buy a house this year. But I apparently need to build credit to apply for anything. So for a year or two I will have to use a credit card and pay rent. I dislike credit cards. I would rather pay for everything with my accessible income.

The good: I found a wonderful venue for my wedding! I do not want to get my hopes too high until I go for a tour though. But I have seen pictures and have fallen in love. While searching the website I noticed that ceremonies have to be Catholic. Neither my groom nor I are Catholic. After leaving a message to request more information, it took two days for the curator to call back. But I received good news. I can still have my wedding there! Yay, for planning ahead.

All in all my year is going well so far. How about you?

image from: Jerry's Haven n Tell

Saturday, January 1, 2011

January challenge

"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream."
--C. S. Lewis

Happy New Years! Old father time has left and a new year has begun. Time to make resolutions, beak bad habits, begin new traditions, and set new goals for the upcoming year.

This is the first month in which I plan to start a new tradition. Princessly Living will now feature monthly inspiration challenges. These challenges will feature wonderful quotes which I have come upon while reading, in class, or surfing the web. Then I will spend the month accomplishing tasks related to that quote. This month I plan to make some new dreams and set new goals.

Goals for this year:
~ Get a house/apartment
~ Beginning planning for wedding
~ Help others
~ Establish credit
~ Get driver's license
~ Go to the Cherry Blossom festival
~ Attend more events
~ Take more pictures
~ Be a better blogger
~ Increase posting frequency
~ Travel
~ Craft more

image from: BookPeople's Blog