Another update on all that stuff I said I wanted to focus on this year:

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 fell off the wagon a little bit in February. Between being focused on my performance, being sick, and being busy at work, I didn’t work out as much as I’d like. I went for one run. ONE. And I still haven’t done anything about that bump. 

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It was a great day for a run though. 

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

Still lots of room for improvement here. I did attend a monthly support group that my husband and I try to attend together regularly. 

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.

More room for improvement for some of these things. I’m doing well on the love stuff. 

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

Being social: Yet another Oscar’s Party / Hanging with the niece and nephew (she’s distracted by the books I got them) / Poker party (I came in 2nd!) 

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.

I got nothing. 

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 saw Cabaret with my husband and parents on Valentines Day! I read Wild for book club (and attended the meeting)! I saw another Vaudezilla show! I went to The Moth! That was new-to-me. 

Vaudezilla show / The Moth / Ran into Emily at Cabaret

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. […]

Well, I did have an awesome burlesque performance at our Valentines show. And I’ll likely take another session because I have a partial scholarship, and my burlesque friends will be in class with me, which makes it more fun. I don’t think I’ll continue with belly dance – it’s fun but not my favorite. 

Photos by John Brudek for Vaudezilla

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.

I applied for another position on my team because it would be a great opportunity to learn new skills. I got some great analytics-focused training at work. My current BVA project is still going. 

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

I performed my first act that I helped create from conceptualization through costuming and choreography. And it was awesome!! We got tons of compliments on it, and we had a BLAST performing! 

Also, applying for the job at work has me a little nervous. There’s no guarantee I’ll get it, and if I do, it’ll be a big challenge for me, at least at first. I would have to learn a lot of new things. And what if I fail? What if I end up hating it? 

So that was my February.