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??

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