1.26.2006

Sweet badges of success

Yesterday was a pretty exciting day at work. It was one of the editor‚’s birthday and we had a little party for her which also ended up being for my birthday last week. Normally, I am not into this sort of thing, but I consider this year special so I am all about celebrating it. There was singing and cake which was fun, but the best part is that they got me a present‚…

book coverSarabeth told me about this book when we were thrift store shopping and I fell in love with the concept. I added it to my Amazon wishlist sight unseen which is something I never do. Anyway, I have it now and I can tell you that it is fabulous. The downside to the present was that I got it right in the middle of the workday so I spent the entire afternoon counting down to quitting time when I would finally be able to go back to the staff house and bust into my new book.

For those of you who do not know, You Can Do It is like a Girl Scout program for adults. The badges are based on practical and creative skills and accomplishments. There is a system set up for earning each badge. In the back of the book there are 60 badge stickers. I am not sure what you are supposed to do with them since they are paper stickers, but I was thinking of sewing a garment or sash with little clear vinyl pockets to hold them.

I spent a couple of hours reading this books last night and I realized that I have already earned a bunch of badges and I am currently working toward a few more. I think that I am going to change a couple of the badges that I've earned to make them more challenging. For example, I am going to change the take a really good picture challenge to include a show in the final step. I never showed my work, I kept it buried in my portfolio which I regret so I am going to change that. Is anyone else doing the badge system?

4 comments:

robiewankenobie said...

i really need help setting badge goals. i want to do everything all at once, and that's just not gonna happen. I was thinking that i should start out with a carving badge. they have the cutest little woodworking store on south broadway...i've been dying to go in there and check out the stock!

you want to get your thrift on saturday? or check out the shop with me? i'd love to see you again!

robiewankenobie said...

durh...how 'bout when you make your triumphant return?!

robyn said...

Definately on my return, I will be back next Friday so we could go on Saturday.

jae said...

i saw this book the other week at the toronto women's bookstore. i was in a rush though, so i didn't get a chance to take a good look at it. thanks for the recommendation though. sounds like just my kind of thing - i've struggled with ADD and related problems for quite a while (just shows why it took so long to get those zines to you), and i'm just now - motivated by my return to school - making a seriously concerted effort to get a handle on things.
reward systems are great. bring on the badges!