In Reflection: 2014 Goal Highlights

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.]

CAREER:
I write one essay per month. I submit my essays for publication (blogs or otherwise).

haley and alison zero fucks

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.

Also, I had the honor of writing another pep talk for Allison’s NoExNo project, which received stellar feedback. The more people I can get on the Zero Fucks bandwagon, the better.

I attend one of the “Shut Up and Write” meet-ups.

Done! And I even upped the ante by enrolling in a six-week Creative Non-Fiction class, taught by Janna Marlies Maron, one of the Shut Up & Write organizers.

HEALTH:

I get comfortable and confident swimming laps (can swim 20 laps effortlessly).

trail runnersSidelined for RUNNING! Despite starting the year with a broken foot, by March I was running again. And by July I was almost winning trail races (haha, but sort of).

I try three new exercise regimens/classes.

franklin templeton bike ride sacramento

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.

PERSONAL:

I use my journal to write about positive things.

journal recap

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.

introvert's heart by gemma correll

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!

2014 books read

CONTINUING GOALS:
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!

bourbon babes cheers

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.)

postsecret secrets collage

2014 in costume

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!

1. SANDWICH

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.

sandwich costume

2. SUZY BISHOP

went to a wes anderson-themed party at golden bear, where two forms of suzy bishop from moonrise kingdom hung out with agatha from grand budapest hotel.

2014 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.

2014 james bond artRAVE

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.

2014 abstract art mondrian

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.

2014 pet cloud6. KITTY CAT

despite a cat’s pre-disposal to run away from all things water, i hung out with a sea creature all night.

2014 kitty cat halloween at the park

7. SLOTH

And, finally, my crowning moment: THE SLOTH.

2014 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?

noexno 2014 & the year+ of zero fucks

haley and alison zero fucks

Above, my Zero Fucks Protégé Haley and I demonstrate the Team Zero Fucks secret hand signal which combines the round “zero” of thumb and forefinger with the ASL sign for the letter “F” to provide a comprehensive sign that laymen assume means “AOK.”

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.

if you want to go retro, you can also read my past pep talks from 2012 and 2013.