You Can Do It: Dreaming

April 17th

she's a bit excited, no?

Aimee and I have decided to go through You Can Do It one project at a time to challenge ourselves and learn a few new tricks. (And yes, I say it in that same voice too.) The book is deemed, “A merit badge handbook for grownup girls.” Pretty sure boys can play along too, but I like the notion of having a handbook for those of us who wish we were still in a Girl Scout troop.
(Although truth be told, I did not like my troop. The leader was miserable and the other girls weren’t so sweet. The only reason I stuck with it was camp. Night sky filled with stars, horses, canoes, crafts and being outdoors without my little brother under my feet for an entire week was pure joy.)

found for $8 at Changing Hands.

Project one in this girl’s guide is “Dare to Dream.” To earn your badge (a set of stickers in the back of the book), you should answer the following questions:

1. What have been the proudest moments in your life?
Graduating from college and seeing my family in the crowd, being inducted in the Peace Corps, visiting my brother for the first time in Colorado and seeing the life he’s created for himself, cooking Christmas dinner for my family.

2. What would you do if you won the lottery and money were no object?
I’d buy a beach house in Carlsbad, California and fill it with adopted children. I’d volunteer in the community, be an active mom and grow a kick ass garden. There would be lots of time to write those novels too. And a couple huge pound puppies running around.

3. What are the roads you didn’t take because at the time they seemed wrong to you, unfamiliar, too rocky, or just less traveled?
I didn’t stay in the PC when it became intolerable. I could have been stubborn to prove a point and I am so thankful I’ve finally realized it was a really good choice to come home.

4. What did you daydream about as a kid?
Camp. And the beach. And having my own family one day. There was a dream of being a Harvard lawyer too, but I think that was more due to lots of “LA Law” viewing with my folks and not so much a true desire.

5. What childhood pursuits or pastimes would you like to pick up again?

6. What makes you feel free, serene or full of nervous excitement?
In order: taking long, solo runs, being on the beach or in the mountains, blind dates.

7. What would your perfect day contain?
Exercise, family, friends, good food, time in prayer. And we might as well add a dash of Javier Bardem in there too.

8. List the women you most admire.
Lordie. The list is long. Eleanor Roosevelt is on there, and so is Martha Stewart, my mom, grandmas, girlfriends.

9. Are there dreams you are a bit embarrassed to admit?
Well, my latest dream is to own a small organic farm that helps provide supplies for my tiny bakery — where I am able to feed others and provide a pretty place for people to enjoy breakfast. With their dogs.

Aimee — did you make your list? Next up: “bust a move.” Oy vey, my two left feet are apparently going to take a dance class. This should be amusing.


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23 Responses

  1. What a fun book! I love your list, thanks for sharing with us.

  2. Did you know that Sarah’s friend, Jen, just bought a bakery in (I think), Phx (or, it could be Scottsdale)? I don’t know for sure, but it could be they’re looking for someone to help run it…

  3. This is going to be fun! I watched too much LA Law as a kid and developed the same quasi dream. Ironically, long after that show died and I had all but forgotten Jimmy Smitts, I landed in LA.

  4. How very fun! You know my fondness for all things merit badgie. And does it specify what KIND of dance class? What about belly dance? I found you at teacher at the Mesa Art Center:

  5. I love this book! I gave several copies out as gifts a few years ago because the premise is the coolest. Merit badges for grown-ups? OK!

    Mind you, I’ve not done more than read through it for inspiration a few times, but I love what you’re doing here.

  6. How fun! What a great idea. I must look into getting this book! Thanks for sharing.

  7. That sounds like a really neat book; I’m going to have to look into it..I never had the whole girl scout experience, but I do eat their cookies every year..

  8. Your goal of a houseful of adopted children reminds me of Josephine Baker’s ‘Rainbow Tribe’. And I love dodgeball. My family gets together occasionally to play it.

    Isn’t that book fantastic? I actually started a Flickr group for this last summer and I believe Aimee’s joined. Most of the pictures on there are mine (probably because I haven’t done enough to promote it- I’ve got a lot of irons in the fire, ya know), but I hope to do more with it this summer. The group is called Merit Badges for Grown-Up Girls (

    My next goal for it is to get some pictures of me learning to swing dance. That ought to be worth a few laughs.

  9. OMG, my girl scout troop’s version of ‘camp’ was the Tempe Mission Palms. And for real, the one time we actually went to Girl Scout camp, we spent the whole time having our leaders french braid our hair and put make-up on us. I vaguely remember the morning we had flag-raising duty, and the other troops shook their heads at our hair and make-up in disgust.

    I love that you’re doing this book! I might have to take a peek at your copy to see what’s in there…

    AND, coincidentally, I’m totally thinking about taking Ryan here this weekend for a lesson (late anniversary date):

  10. fun! I’ve always wished my library had this book because it sounds like so much fun.

  11. Loved your list, especially the last part about owning an organic farm and having a bakery. That is dreamy for sure! Hope you accomplish it. 🙂

  12. I have never met you, but when Vox was a blog I was a member (recently changed email so I’m out of the loop now) so I have been able to read some of your stuff through that. I was recently directed to the debate on the whole flag thing by another friend…so, here I am. I just wanted to tell you that without even knowing you, you inspire me. Thank you for blogging and sharing your thoughts and joys with others.

  13. I just might have to pick up my own copy of this badge book. What a fun idea!

    And atpanda, were you in Troop Beverly Hills, or what?! HA! At least you’ve got the memories, right? 😉

  14. I’ll take a dance class with you! Want to do the pole dance one? Bec will do it too…. 🙂 I’ll have to check out this book; I can alway use a little expansion of my horizons.

  15. Way back, when I didn’t have a hobby, and really wanted one, I saw this book and fell in love. I completely credit this book with inspiring me to try a bunch of crafty stuff – not the contents, just the inside page – that talks about all the things you can do. This is a very cool book!

  16. Thanks for sharing you list. An interesting book, it seems, maybe I can give it a try……

  17. OK totally cheesy – but have I told you lately that I love you!!!! It was so much fun reading about this project and I can’t wait to buy that book!! In fact I think I have a few bucks left on a barnes and noble gift card and now I know what to spend it on!

  18. What a cool book, I think I’ll check it out.

    I’m a sucky GS leader! Quiting after this year. You on the other hand would make a GREAT GS Leader. You know you don’t have to have kids to do it either.

  19. Kelli, I am so excited you’re using this book. I’ve been earning my own badges through these adventures and am having such a blast. I’m close to being done.

  20. Can I do this with you?

  21. Colleen April 22, 2008

    Oh! Oh! Oh! I have that book too. It’s awesome, and I want to do it too. Someday. When my baby is older. And my husband can pick up after himself. Ha! But how are you going to do the firewalking? (Or are you choosing piecemeal? )

  22. Rebecca April 23, 2008

    I have this book. I should get it out and give it a whirl. I think I bought it and tossed it on a shelf.
    Thanks for reminding me about it!