At the start of the year, I set some goals for myself. I kind of forgot about them halfway through the year because I felt like they weren’t working for me, but let’s check in anyway.
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 get rid of the cyst! And I’m definitely stronger – I deadlifted a 75 lb kettlebell 5x! I’m pretty sure I did do more yoga. And I’ve been running more – averaging 30 miles per month at the end of the year! SCORE!
Health, mental: Get back into paper journaling, and possibly see a therapist to talk out some stuff.
None of this happened.
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.
After the election, I set up monthly donations (just $5 each) to Planned Parenthood, RAINN and the HRC. I did some volunteering for Open Books Chicago. I did do that last thing.
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.
I think I did OK on this but it’s always a work in progress.
Friends: Do the work to try to cultivate and grow important friendships. Including out-of-state friends.
I didn’t really do a good job working on my friendships with out-of-state friends, but I feel like I did a good job cultivating friendships with the wonderful people I’ve met in the burlesque community.
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).
We ended up reducing our debt by 15%, but that included some help.
Travel: Leave the Chicago area for more than 48 hours at least 3 times.
I went to Houston for a friend’s wedding, Las Vegas for a work conference, New Buffalo for an actual trip of our own (pictured below), and LaCrosse for Thanksgiving.
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 read 6 books. I made it to one book club meeting. Not counting the shows I was in, I did 25 cultural things (live music, dance, spoken word, participated in a video project, etc), only 2 of them were new-to-me experiences (being in the audience for The Moth, participating in the Grateful 4 Her video project).
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.
Well … I got more into burlesque this year and performed in 20 shows and taught 5 workshops. I choreographed and costumed two solos, choreographed one group act, helped choreograph one duet, and choreographed five basic acts for workshops. I had a blast.
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 do analytics full-time now. That’s about it.
Getting outside my comfort zone: Do something once a month that makes me at least a little nervous.
Creating and performing my own solos were challenging and I had a lot of moments of self-doubt, however, I’m really proud of what I created.
I transitioned into a new role at work that makes me nervous because I have a lot to learn. I’m excited about it though.
I don’t know that I quite did something that made me nervous every month though.
Overall, it was a good year. I knew I wouldn’t achieve everything, but I did a lot of things this year that I am happy with.
What are you proud of accomplishing this year??