Another new year, another chance to refocus on my priorities.

Health, physical: Get stronger and do more yoga. And see what my knee really can handle these days. Get rid of this bump on my scalp (pretty sure it’s a harmless sebaceous cyst).

How’s that for an opener????

Health, mental: Get back into paper journaling, and possibly see a therapist to talk out some stuff.


Living authentically: I would like to more pro-actively support the values that are important to me – women’s rights, reproductive rights, and sex positivity. And volunteer beyond just the A&BC. And continue to love freely in the ways that are natural for me.

Love: Make time for the ones I love and be a good partner. But always be a good partner to myself and make self care a priority.

Friends: Do the work to try to cultivate and grow important friendships. Including out-of-state friends.

Money: In 2015, we reduced our debt by a measly 3%.  I’d like to reduce it by at least 6% this year, or more if we take a more drastic measure (we’re looking at debt management or a personal loan).

Travel: Leave the Chicago area for more than 48 hours at least 3 times.

Culture: Experience at least one cultural thing per month, and check out at least four new-to-me things over the course of the year. Read 20 books, and attend book club (any of the many that I try to be involved with) at least 6 times.

Dance: Find my space in dance. While I really enjoy burlesque (if that wasn’t obvious), I’m not sure if it’s the best fit for me. I enjoy dancing, and there are a lot of opportunities as a non-professional dancer to perform dance via burlesque, but I want to find other opportunities that focus on dancing first.

Professional: Get paid what I feel I’m worth, and “do math” for a living. Get certified in Google Analytics (it’s free). Do more pro-bono work.

Getting outside my comfort zone: Do something once a month that makes me at least a little nervous.


Whew, that’s a lot to focus on. I don’t expect to solve/accomplish/be done with everything on this list, it’s just an opportunity to take a step back and remember what it is I want to focus my energies on.

What are you focusing on or hope to achieve in 2016?