I’m 30 and Shameless

Missing: My creativity.

Reward: If found and returned in the condition in which it was lost, you will be rewarded in baked goods.

I’m sure you’ll get right on looking for that—food is the great motivator—but just in case my creativity and inspiration decide to continue their summer sabbatical, I have decided to jump on a bandwagon and be proactive (and possibly socially suicidal.)

How, you ask?

I am about to begin 30 Days Of Shamelessness in which I post 30 things that prove I’m a weirdo, more or less.

I won’t do 30 days consecutively—commitment issues—but I’ll aim for one or two a week, possibly every Monday and Thursday (mark your calendars–in pencil.) Hopefully it will spark something and I’ll add in a few “regular” posts to fill in the holes–I have one ready for Friday–but if not, at least I can still beg for attention on a regular basis.

Now I usually avoid these things, so why am I doing this?

I mentioned the summer slump, so that’s a big part of it. Then there’s the fact that some cool bloggers are doing it, and I (shamelessly) admit that I want to be cool—at least online. Finally, it’s a good challenge and will force me to let down my guard a bit and step out of my comfort zone, a place I seem to have cemented my flat ass to lately.

Plus, I just turned 30 and have no shame, so 30 Days Of Shamelessness is my gift to you—unless you find the creativity missing above. Then my gift is baked goods.

The days of the challenge are as follows:

  1. Declare your love for an uncool TV show.
  2. Look a fool.
  3. Eat. Whatever you feel like eating.
  4. Waste time.
  5. Declare your love for an uncool movie.
  6. Act “girly” or “manly” in a way you’d normally avoid.
  7. Share your efforts at something you don’t think you do well.
  8. Sweat.
  9. Expose something messy or dirty you’d usually hide.
  10. Declare your love for an uncool band.
  11. Dress to show some skin.
  12. Share about a health struggle.
  13. Speak up about something crap that was done to you.
  14. Hold yourself accountable — not guilty — for something crappy you did to someone else.
  15. Dress, walk and act like you know you’re all that.
  16. Spend money on a non-necessity or share a financial struggle.
  17. Discuss the reality of your work situation.
  18. Brag.
  19. Share details about a bodily function or fluid.
  20. Talk about sex
  21. Express a strong feeling.
  22. Set a boundary.
  23. Air one of your secrets.
  24. Share a struggle you have yet to “just get over.”
  25. Ask for help.
  26. Make a mistake.
  27. Express a dissenting opinion.
  28. Discuss a failure.
  29. Look a fool (I don’t know why this is listed twice, so I might skip it)
  30. Name 3 more ways you can live shamelessly and commit to doing them.

All are open to interpretation and some are most certainly going to be more challenging than others, but I guess that’s the point. So join in if you like or just add your two cents in the comments after I post each time. (You know that I shamelessly love when you comment.)

No pressure, no shame.

But there might just be baked goods…

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27 responses to “I’m 30 and Shameless

  1. Oh my gawd, I love you and THIS KIND OF POST is why. Seriously, how much cooler are you going to get???

    YEA!!!!! (now where are my baked goods???) ;)

  2. This is actually one of the most interesting blogger bandwagon things I have seen.
    I may steal it (commitment issues).

  3. Excellent virally idea. Love it. Can we play? I watch America’s Got Talent. I’m really really ashamed.

    • I’m looking forward to the comments on my posts more than the posts, as I want to hear everyone’s input (you should totally do this yourself, by the way.)

  4. I totally want to steal that!!! (borrow it) what a fun idea, I really do like it, but I wish I was just turning 30, I’m 30_blank.

    • Do it! You don’t have to be 30. I just figured it worked out well, considering I just turned 30. It’s an age limitless venture. Join in!

  5. I cannot wait for this – ought to be a hoot!

  6. I love this, too! Fantastic! I think you should also dance in public. And post video. ;-)

  7. Looks like fun! Some of these make me nervous.

    • Umm…me too. But that’s the point, I suppose. Plus, I already do half these things on a daily basis, so I get to think of new and creative ways to make them sound less uncool. But yes, some of them make me nervous.

  8. This sounds fun. Well, some of them.

    When you said “all are open to interpretation,” I realized how obvious my first reactions to these were. I’m Captain Literal.

  9. I too think this is one if the more interesting lists I’ve seen on the blogging front. I too am feeling in a major slump. It must be in the ether.

  10. But Abby…you already ARE cool. Stop trying to be cooler or I’ll be jealous! ;-p

    This is super cool. I look forward to seeing how weird you are! Haha! I’m looking forward to the sex part. Heh heh, kidding. Sort of.

  11. I’m fairly certain I’ve said this before but Ill say it again: I love you! Reading this list just made my day (and its only 835am Woot!) and my calendar is now marked.

  12. I am so tempted by this. Damn. When does it start?

    ps: You are turning 30? Fuck all, I am old.

    • It starts whenever and ends whenever. It’s totally DIY, which is the only reason I’m going to attempt it. As for 30, that was a couple of weeks ago, and if it’s any consolation, I feel 130. Join in!

  13. Where did my comment from yesterday go?

    I’m glad you’re doing this. AS I said in my post, I need to mix in some goofy fun with the fiction and have personal posts to fall back on.

    Plus, between me, you, and Jen (@JenO_Eh) the weirdness competition should legend…wait for it…dary

    fiver says the three of us will be the only internet friends we have when it’s all over.

    • I never got your comment from yesterday on this post! Weirdness abounds.
      Speaking of weirdness, I don’t think Jen has ever even read my blog, so you might be my only Internet friends when it’s all over ;)

  14. What’s with these issues of yours: 1. you’re 30, so what? 2. you’re creatively constipated as I remember you putting it, so what? I think you’re doing just fine.

  15. OOOOOh I’m excited for this. Almost considering joining this bandwagon.

  16. i love the idea, enjoy your thirties, oh, how i wish i could go back to them, but i am happily marching forward to my upper forties, your list really is ageless, we should all take a day or two to act a fool, be silly, take ourselves less serious, definitely set a boundry, and just stop and smell the flowers along the way, i also love the dancing in public, everyday would be so much lighter!

  17. Can’t wait to see what you are shameless about. I love your blog name by-the-way. :)

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  19. Gawd, I love you. You challenge me to be more honest, more authentic. And somehow, even though that honesty and authenticity proves to the world that I’m weird, I somehow want to do it.

    Just wish my co-workers didn’t read my blog.

    • Do it! Do it! I admit I’m a bit cautious as time as I know that some coworkers know about my blog as well, but as long as it’s truly and authentically me, I figure I have nothing to lose. (Plus, I doubt they actually really read it anyway. ) Maybe just pick and choose a few of the “30 Post” things and use them as prompts. Do what you’re comfortable with, but that still make you a little uncomfortable ;)

  20. Seriously, this looks so fun. If you don’t mind, at some point I am going to shamelessly copy this. Although, I might have to add a couple more since I have a few more years of dorkyness under my belt. I’ve bookmarked this page. You are the bomb.

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