March 1st: Try a New Shampoo

I have actually read that changing your shampoo on a regular basis is good for your hair, particularly because your hair gets somewhat immune to a brand or kind after a while.

Because of this I quite often switch what I am using but in most cases I switch between three different kinds and do not try new ones often.

So at the store I just randomly picked a new shampoo that seemed legit.

Coconut Water Shampoo
I went all out and bought the conditioner too. 😂

I used it tonight and my hair seems to be a little healthier. I guess I will see how it looks and feels tomorrow.

February 16th: Update Resume

Well, I did not think it had been that long but when I went to update my resume today I did not even have my current place of employment on there… and I have been at the place for over THREE YEARS! But I did it. I updated it.

It was slightly disheartening because my second page includes art exhibitions I have been in and charity work I have done and I had NOTHING to add to those. So I think a goal should be to work on those things to add, because those are my life and should be the most important things I am working on.

If anyone has suggestions on things to change, edit, or add I would greatly appreciate feedback.

Megan Tutin Resume

So there it is. As many of my other tasks I have been working on throughout the last month and a half, this might help get some of my other tasks down the road done. Always good to keep things updated and keep things rolling.

February 7th: Walk 20 Minutes Everyday for 30 Days

Well, here is another longer period challenge!

Before I moved into my current house I walked everyday, at least twice a day. I did not have a backyard, so I had to take Mia out at least that much. I have gotten rather lazy since moving into a house with a backyard over a year ago… and it is time to change that.

Mia enjoys her morning time in the backyard, often runs the fence line with the neighbor dog, and basks in the sun (when it is out and not freezing). But I know it is time to make a change, get up and moving, and make sure to take significant walks everyday.  To start that, I will be walking everyday for the next 30 days for at least 20 minutes.

Today we did FOUR miles in an hour and 20 minutes. It would have been much faster if Mia did not have to pee, poop, and smell things every 2 minutes…


In addition to this goal I just want to express that I am also doing a fundraiser called Run Ranger Run


It is a great fundraiser to help raise money for veterans. You can help veterans out too by donating to my team! Just go to CrowdRise.com choose my team “GCE – Getting Closer Everyday” and then choose me, Megan Tutin! Any donations go directly to GallantFew, a charitable organization that has the mission “To facilitate a peaceful, successful transition from military service to a civilian life filled with hope and purpose.


Our team is dedicated to run/walk/bike 565 miles by the end of February (there are 10 of us!).

Thanks for any donations. Veterans and veteran families thank you!

On a side note, I ate meat Sunday… so I guess the vegetarian run is over. But I definitely feel like I felt healthier during that time so I plan on concentrating more on eating that way, just with meat every once in a while.

Today is day 7 of no alcohol, but technically only day 6 because I took Super Bowl Sunday as a cheat day. I feel more productive… I finished knitting a baby blanket for a baby shower I am going to this week, I am almost on to my second book on my list, and I think I will be finding it easier to get up and do my walks/runs!

So far this year is shaping up to be pretty great. Making this list and actually holding myself accountable to it feels good. 

January 23rd: Do All My Laundry

Well, my ninth load of laundry for the day is in the washer. This was not exactly the most fun thing to cross off my list but felt super productive and like an accomplishment for sure. Sadly, it’s been far too long since I’ve had all of my laundry done… to often I put it off and let things pile up. It feels great to have everything clean and in order. I cannot wait to do something fun tomorrow. 😉

On a side note, I finished knitting one entire scarf today, I just have to add the fringe, which I have to get back together with Elisa (who taught me) to figure out how to end the scarf and add the tassels. It took much shorter of a time than I thought, so hopefully my goal of knitting 8 by next winter will happen pretty quickly. It might just be weird when I have eight scarf gifts ready this summer…

January 21st: Go to a Parade

Not sure what the definition of parade truly is, but I think going to the Women’s March in Denver, was a great way to complete this task for the year.

I will not get super political, because that is just not what my blog is about… but this is what I did today and I am glad that I was a part of it. 

There were so many people there that we did not actually get to march! The path that was designated for the march was just over a mile long. There were so many people that we filled that distance plus civic center park! It was like an infinite traffic jam of people. 

There was so much love there today. A great experience.

January 20th: Try a New Beer

Mmmm. Beer.

Cannot complain about today, I ventured out and tried a new beer, which was not hard considering we got a new beer in at work. So I tried Scarab Red by a local Denver brewery, Oasis Brew Company.


It is a special blend of British Caramel Malts, a luscious texture and brilliant cooper color with a distinctive rich malt finish. (The brewery’s words, not mine)!

Pretty delicious. I might just have another. 😉🍺🌟

January 14th: Answer 50 Questions That Will Free Your Mind

When I was making my list of 365 Things to do in 2017 I spent a lot of time online looking for events, special tasks, and the like. I came across this questionnaire and the title struck me, 50 Questions That Will Free Your Mind. So I added it to the list and today I take it on. Here goes:

1.  How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you were?

22-23. For those that don’t know, I am 32.

2. Which is worse, failing or never trying?

Never trying.

3. If life is so short, why do we do so many things we don’t like and like so many things we don’t do?

I think for the most part it is to make other people happy.

4. When it’s all said and done, will you have said more than you’ve done?

I hope not!

5. What is the one thing you’d most like to change about the world?

How people treat other people that have differing views in politics, religion… the big stuff. Help facilitate a more understanding world.

6. If happiness was the national currency, what kind of work would make you rich?

Art!

7. Are you doing what you believe in, or are you settling for what you are doing?

I settle.

8. If the average human life span was 40 years, how would you live your life differently?

I would travel more and not worry so much about debt, savings accounts or be financially responsible.

9. To what degree have you actually controlled the course your life has taken?

I think I have had pretty good control over the course of my life. I have moved when I wanted to, but work wise I think I am too often a slave to money.

10. Are you more worried about doing things right, or doing the right things?

A healthy mix of both.

11. You’re having lunch with three people you respect and admire.  They all start criticizing a close friend of yours, not knowing she is your friend.  The criticism is distasteful and unjustified.  What do you do?

Defend my friend.

12. If you could offer a newborn child only one piece of advice, what would it be?

So cliche, but “Life is short. Make decisions that lead to happiness.”

13. Would you break the law to save a loved one?

Absolutely.

14. Have you ever seen insanity where you later saw creativity?

I don’t think so.

15. What’s something you know you do differently than most people?

I think I hold my friends to a higher standard than most people. I have recently come to terms with the fact that not everyone is your friend or has your best interest at heart. I live my life in a way that honors those close to me but excludes those that are hurtful or negative. I used to think this was cynical, distrusting, or being a mean person, but now I see it as a way to be happier.

16. How come the things that make you happy don’t make everyone happy?

Everyone has a different idea of happiness and different things that make them happy. That’s no secret. So obviously, things that make me happy won’t necessarily make others happy.

17. What one thing have you not done that you really want to do?  What’s holding you back?

Start a career in art. I just haven’t found the right fit.

18. Are you holding onto something you need to let go of?

Yes. It’s a big one and hard to release. I work on it internally but it hasn’t gone away yet.

19. If you had to move to a state or country besides the one you currently live in, where would you move and why?

This is impossible to answer! There are so many places. I guess number one would be England. I was born there but left when I was three, so I don’t remember it at all. Reasons are endless: the culture, the ability to travel easily to other European countries, history, etc.

20. Do you push the elevator button more than once?  Do you really believe it makes the elevator faster?

No.

21. Would you rather be a worried genius or a joyful simpleton?

Hmmm. I think worried genius.

22. Why are you, “you”?

The way I was raised, the people I have come in contact with, but most importantly, events that have happened in my life.

23. Have you been the kind of friend you want as a friend?

Sometimes.

24. Which is worse, when a good friend moves away, or losing touch with a good friend who lives right near you?

Losing touch with a good friend who lives near me. I have moved a lot so have learned to stay in touch with long distance friends. Sometimes it is harder to keep in touch with those in town because I always think… well, I can call them next week to get together and then time just passes and passes.

25. What are you most grateful for?

My family.

26. Would you rather lose all of your old memories, or never be able to make new ones?

This is intense! I think never be able to make new ones…

27. Is it possible to know the truth without challenging it first?

No.

28. Has your greatest fear ever come true?

No.

29. Do you remember that time 5 years ago when you were extremely upset?  Does it really matter now?

This question is too poignant. Yes, I remember. No, it does not.

30. What is your happiest childhood memory?  What makes it so special?

I think it’s a cluster of memories. Playing in the woods, riding my bike, playing HORSE until the sun went down with my best friends… It’s special because it was so innocent yet meaningful.

31. At what time in your recent past have you felt most passionate and alive?

Days that I get to be creative.

32. If not now, then when?

Soon. But I get the point. Now!

33. If you haven’t achieved it yet, what do you have to lose?

Pride.

34. Have you ever been with someone, said nothing, and walked away feeling like you just had the best conversation ever?

Yes.

35. Why do religions that support love cause so many wars?

Something I relish in everyday. I think it’s just a lack of understanding and compassion.

36. Is it possible to know, without a doubt, what is good and what is evil?

No.

37. If you just won a million dollars, would you quit your job?

Yes.

38. Would you rather have less work to do, or more work you actually enjoy doing?

More work! I’m a workaholic. 

39. Do you feel like you’ve lived this day a hundred times before?

Some days.

40. When was the last time you marched into the dark with only the soft glow of an idea you strongly believed in?

I can’t recall.

41. If you knew that everyone you know was going to die tomorrow, who would you visit today?

My Mom.

42. Would you be willing to reduce your life expectancy by 10 years to become extremely attractive or famous?

No.

43.  What is the difference between being alive and truly living?

Truly living is living a life that you want not what you think is needed.

44.  When is it time to stop calculating risk and rewards, and just go ahead and do what you know is right?

I don’t know! I want to say NOW! But it’s hard to let go and just do it.

45.  If we learn from our mistakes, why are we always so afraid to make a mistake?

Because we don’t want to be seen as failures.

46.  What would you do differently if you knew nobody would judge you?

Everything!

47.  When was the last time you noticed the sound of your own breathing?

A yoga class, at least a few years ago.

48.  What do you love? Have any of your recent actions openly expressed this love?

My family, my friends, art. No, I don’t think they have.

49.  In 5 years from now, will you remember what you did yesterday? What about the day before that? Or the day before that?

Sadly, probably not.

50. Decisions are being made right now.  The question is:  Are you making them for yourself, or are you letting others make them for you?

I think I’m letting others make them for me.

Wow! That was intense. The questions are so simple but they make you pause and reflect. I hope to walk away from this more mindful. For the most part the questions almost seem rhetoric, as I felt answering them was like “DUH”. Yet, it is things I should be reflecting on daily but don’t. It opens you up. I hope to use this as motivation to live more fully.



January 13th: Make Chalkboard Art

Well, this was not exactly what I had in mind when I added Make Chalkboard Art to my list, but it definitely fits the category and was more fun than just writing or drawing on the board (which I still have to do at some point anyway).

So the last few days I have been working with a refurbished home store down the street from where I work. I went through bins and bins of old frame pieces they had and pieced them together to make one big frame. I painted the wall in the bar I work at with chalkboard paint and then hung the frame around it. 

The bar I work at is changing our beer menu drastically and the taps will be rotating to a different beer every keg, so we needed a spot to write them so customers could see and know when we have something new!

This is going to be so cool!


It actually turned out better than I could have hoped! This weekend I will actually be writing in the content to fill the chalkboard. 

Here’s some other photos I took to get an idea of how it looks a little closer up.


I’ll post a picture sometime later to show the writing in there too!

January 12th: Start a New Money Saving Tactic

I have been working hard for the past year to save money. I have been looking and am trying to buy my first home soon! Which, of course, is so exciting but scary and anxiety filled.

I definitely need some more money saving tactics so for this item on my list I’m starting something new for the year. 

So I am a bartender and make a good amount of quarters everyday. Over the last year I don’t cash the quarters into bills and just throw them in a jar at my house. I use that money when I need to pay an extra bill or need some extra spending cash. As of today I am putting that money in the jar and not touching it until July 1st. Then I will go deposit it into my savings account. Also, I typically change all my bills into bigger bills, which, I will continue to do, but any one dollar bills left I will change into quarters and out them in the jar as well. Hoping I can save some extra money doing this! 

January 10th: Subscribe to a Magazine

I used to get a lot of different magazines when I was a kid but it has been a while since I have subscribed to one and had it sent to me. It was actually really hard picking one because there is so much out there, so I went with a classic, Time.

It feels weird to subscribe to something because of the time we live in. Magazines and newspapers seem outdated by the time they hit the press. But I think it will be nice to get something weekly and not have to follow every piece of information online so religiously (especially with how hard it has become to sift through real and fake news). 

I look forward to the next 52 weeks of the magazine, and for only $30. It is nearly the same price as when it was first released.