In Reflection: 2015 Goal Highlights

It’s that time of year again. That’s right: the end of it! But also, the time where I go back to the beginning of the year and evaluate how my annual goal setting turned out throughout it. (I’ve done this before. See: 2013, 2014.)

Allison and I changed it up in 2015 by meeting quarterly to check-in on our goals. I found this beneficial to not only remain on track, but also to reset goals that had already been achieved, or that had become passé.

As always, some were accomplished and some were not, but here’s a round up of (mostly) what worked.


I get hired full-time with benefits.

After a year of contract work, I was ready for a shift in gears. Through a somewhat unbelievable turn of events, I managed to meet this goal in the first quarter of the year. Allowing me to add on a new goal:

I study for and pass the Claritas Investment Certificate exam.

And I did it!

claritas investment certificate

I research three programs in editing.

I didn’t research three, but I did enroll in one! I’ll be working toward the UC Berkeley Extension Professional Sequence in Editing class come February.

grafitti grammarian



I go on three hikes.

Surpassed this goal by one: a hike up Mount Diablo on MLK Jr. Day, Cataract Falls Trail in Mount Tam on Good Friday, around the Cache Creek area over Memorial Day, and up Bishop Peak in San Luis Obispo in August.

mount diablo above the clouds

I run three miles three times per week.

This goal morphed over the course of the year. I kept it for the first quarter, then moved it into the Global Corporate Challenge through work, and then more or less slacked off. Whoops. I did complete two trail runs, though: Dirty Secret Trail Run in May with Lindsey and Mt. Tam Trail Run in November with Timothy.

trail running 2

I am conscious of my posture and check in with myself about it at least 3 times per day.

This goal failure brought to you by the computer hunch.

computer hunch


I streamline my wardrobe by getting rid of clothing and making conscious purchases.

Inspired by the idea of a capsule wardrobe (though I’m not ready for quite that extreme), I’ve made a big dent in my overstuffed closet, unloading piles of clothes to Goodwill. At the same time, I’ve moved toward a more simplified black/white wardrobe, making outfit compiling (not to mention packing!) so much simpler. And to the lady at Freestyle affectionately referring to me as “stripey,” due to my penchant for purchasing black & white striped clothing.

“Stripes match stripes” is my new fashion mantra.

stripes match stripes

Get the Bourbon Babes Instagram over 10,000 followers.

We entered January 2015 with just over 1,000 followers, so I was pretty happy when we passed the 10K mark early in November! And we closed the year at 11.8K and counting.


I read at least 18 books.

Surpassed this by 8, in large part thanks to getting back into graphic novels again, which make for speedy reads. Here’s the rundown:

2015 books read


I maintain my monthly get togethers with girlfriends.

Book Club

book club ladies

and Bourbon Babes.

bourbon babes crawl federalist stop

Going strong!

Give zero fucks.

Despite some unfortunate bumps along the way, such as getting mugged, I managed to maintain this to the degree it should be maintained.

zero fucks given fox


Sang Eminem’s “The Real Slim Shady” at karaoke with my brother.

real slim shady karaoke pine cove

Saw Aziz Ansari perform live.

aziz ansari live sacramento

Dressed up as a pterodactyl.

pterodactyl costume

Designed art for my best friend’s wedding invitation.

maria and milad wedding inviteHad one of our BB posts reposted by Maker’s Mark!

makers mark repost


2016’s goals aren’t set yet, but believe me — they will be.

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.]

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.


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.


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

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


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