Despite not attending an official workshop last year, Allison and I met toward the end of 2013 to map out some new and updated goals for the coming year (see how I did on my 2013 goals here). Now that 2014 is drawing to a close, and our 2015 goals in progress, I want to look back on this year’s goals to give a little recap.
[Editor’s note: I had 27 mini goals for this year — many of which I did not meet — and what appear below are amended for clarity and mostly focus on the successes.]
I write one essay per month. I submit my essays for publication (blogs or otherwise).
I did not meet the one-per-month quota, but I did submit one of my stories to a journal. And (big for me!) I was more open in letting those close to me read my work, which is often tougher than releasing it to the Internet at large.
I attend one of the “Shut Up and Write” meet-ups.
I get comfortable and confident swimming laps (can swim 20 laps effortlessly).
I try three new exercise regimens/classes.
Spin class (almost died of exhaustion), trampolining (also almost died of exhaustion), and — you won’t even believe it — white water kayaking and rafting (almost died of exhilaration).
Haley and I also completed a bike ride from Midtown to my office in Rancho Cordova. At 26.2 miles round trip (a bike marathon!), it was the farthest I’ve ever biked consecutively.
I use my journal to write about positive things.
This is probably the goal I’m most proud of for keeping this year, and also that had the most overarching effect. I’ve kept a diary since I was exactly nine years old (thank you, whoever gifted me my first diary for my birthday that year).
I used to have pretty cut-and-dry entries (February 23, 1996: Today we watched our family life video. Our family got a new couch.), which melded into angsty teenage lusting (October 6, 2002: You know what? I’m really getting tired of having virgin lips. You know — never having kissed anyone.), and then college-era existential musings (February 8, 2007: Everyone is so individual it is amazing humans coincide at all.).
After college, I got out of the diary habit, only turning to it when I was upset about something. While it was certainly a good way to work through my feelings, I found myself focusing on the depressing.
So, this year, I avowed to keep an “awesome” journal, cataloguing every fabulous, smile-inducing thing that happened to me each day. And, guess what? I did it! Sometimes I got behind, but I always caught up, and now I have a year’s worth of amazing things to look back on.
I actively introduce myself to people I meet
The introvert in me had a really difficult time with this (per usual) and I wasn’t as good at this one as I hoped.
I read at least 12 books and start going to the library again.
Done and done. Joining a book club helped significantly with this goal. I surpassed it!
I maintain my weekly get-together with girlfriends.
HAHA Happy Hour merged into Bourbon Babes when Haley and I realized our mutual desire to always drink good bourbon but not always pay for it. Cheers for communal bourbon!
UNEXPECTED LIFE GOALS:
Had a secret I submitted posted on PostSecret one Sunday this year.
Shhh! (Spoiler alert: it’s not one of the below.)
for you to see turns 7 today! that is pretty darn old in blog years.
last year i recapped my month of october in costume, but this time i’m going for the entire year. have i mentioned how rad it is to have friends who embrace the opportunity for a costume party at any given moment?
i don’t have any planned costume extravaganzas coming up through december (though you never know), so therefore this should serve as a comprehensive 2014 costume recap. just received an invite to a cowboy christmas/oregon trail themed holiday party, so i spoke too soon. will have to update for december costumes afterall!
my costumed year began in march, when haley & colleen had a food-themed costume party for their birthday. i got to bring my sandwich costume out of the rafters of my parents garage and onto the…plate? doubled up on the meat this time with a bonus haley.
2. SUZY BISHOP
3. JAMES BOND ARTRAVE
bike party sacramento had a video game themed ride in june, so i grabbed by bubble gun from lady gaga’s artRAVE and went as james bond from 007 goldeneye (did you play that on n64? i liked using the paint ball gun to draw graffiti). i was accompanied by princess peach and a sim.
4. ABSTRACT ART
for my birthday in september, i had an “a” themed letter party, where you can dress up as anything, so long as it starts with the letter “a.” i went as abstract art and, more specifically, a mondrian (given solid blocks of color are about the extent of my painting skills). there were several artists in attendance who claimed to have painted me.
5. PET CLOUD
many moons (hah!) ago, my friend kristin made me a pet cloud. so, when haley and i were stymied about what to be for crocker’s october art mix, and she texted me a picture of her rainbow dress, i knew i had to embody my pet cloud in costume form.
despite a cat’s pre-disposal to run away from all things water, i hung out with a sea creature all night.
And, finally, my crowning moment: THE SLOTH.
i’d thought there was no surpassing my sandwich costume after its original debut in 2006, but the sloth this year might give it a run for its money.
what was your favorite thing to dress up as this year?
one of my no excuses november goals this year is to post on here once a week. so, i figured i’d go meta this week and plug my guest pep talk for no excuses november.
this year’s pep talk contains 14 things i’ve learned from 14 months of giving zero fucks.