Holy moly, how are we over a month into the year? So, here’s how I’m doing on all that stuff I said I wanted to focus on:


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).

I did some yoga, but not enough, and I ran a couple times, but … not that much. I went to Crossfit Academy and need to finish my post about it (with a giveaway for you!) I have not made an appointment for that bump. 

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.

These two are the type of stuff I’ll likely talk more about on IRunWithFastWomen.com


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

I went to Houston for my college roommate’s wedding. I’m trying to plan a trip soon to visit other college besties. 

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).

Still looking into those drastic measures. 


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

When I travelled to Houston, I was not in Chicago for 48 hours, so we’re counting this on a technicality. 

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.

I checked out The Clipper Cabaret and went to a Vaudezilla show, those count in my world. I read half a book (A Hundred* Years  of Solitude … I just couldn’t get into it). 

*Originally wrote thousand … felt that way. I’m sure it’s a great book, but maybe something got lost in translation. 


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’m taking bellydance class, and from the looks of it, our performance will not involve removing clothing! What! 

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.

My job is getting more logical and analytics focused which is cool. I started another pro-bono project with the A&BC

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

I didn’t think this would make me as nervous as it has, but next Friday, I’m performing my first act that I helped create from conceptualization through costuming and choreography. I’m feeling more nervous about this than any of my recent performances.