In Reflection: 2013 Goals

Toward the end of 2012 I was lucky enough to attend a goal-setting workshop held by Lululemon. I had never done anything quite so official and written out before, and it was eye opening to spend focused time thinking about what I want and how to get there.

Even though I didn’t think about my goals as consistently or as focused-ly for the rest of the year, they were lingering in the back of my head, inspiring me one way or the other.

I revisited them recently and was surprised to see how many of my one-year goals I did make progress on or accomplish.

Now it’s time to sit down and think about my one-year goals for 2014 but, before I do, let me recap for the year at close.

CAREER:

I have a job with better pay and less stress (still in something I love).

By some miracle, and with minimal effort, I accomplished this — what I thought would be the most painstaking and time consuming one of all to do.

Now I even have my own nameplate:

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And sometimes I fly to work!

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I write one essay per month.

While I did not meet the quota for this, I did write considerably more, and also got back into reading regularly, which helps inspire my writing.

I also went public with one of my essays for the first time, which was quite cathartic (and it was great to receive such a positive response!). I contributed it to Allison’s NoExNo project, and you can read it here. The photo below relates to it, I swear.

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I attend monthly writing workshops with Allison (and/or others).

We were actually pretty good about doing these! Having the writing workshops correspond with wine/pizza parties helped considerably, but who’s counting?

Here’s what we look like if we haven’t had our daily allotment of pizza. I mean, writing:

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I post three blog posts per week (any blog) and promote one of them.

NOPE. Didn’t happen. But, I did switch all my blogs over to WordPress and think about them sometimes.

HEALTH:

I incorporate fresh veggies into my own cooking twice per week.

I finally made it to the Midtown Farmers’ Market at the end of November. Not that that means I didn’t eat fresh vegetables until November, but it does give a little insight into this goal: kind of happened, kind of didn’t.

Here’s me after chopping some vegetables, to prove to you I am capable:

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I run a half-marathon in 1:45 (faster than Sarah Palin).

This plan got foiled by the fact that I jumped over a hedge and broke my foot. So, instead of a picture of me gloriously defeating Sarah Palin, here’s a pretty gross picture of my foot:

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PERSONAL GOALS:

I walk instead of drive three times per week.

When I was working downtown, I started biking to work every day instead of driving — it was actually a quicker commute! Now that I work farther from home, I no longer bike to work, but I still make a point to walk to meet up with friends, do my shopping, etc.

I also decided to get safe about it after I saw a bicyclist get smashed by a truck, and I bought a really sweet bike helmet. I know I had a really nerdy picture of me in said bike helmet, but I can’t find it on my computer, so this photo of me biking into the sunset will have to do:

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I save 5% of every paycheck.

I did this, but I can’t really prove it to you without showing you a screenshot of my bank account, so you’ll have to take my word for it.

Here’s a really awesome graphic of a sloth as a consolation prize:

best sloth graphic ever

I take a full week off work for vacation.

Glad I got this one done when I was still working a job that gave me paid vacation time. I spent a week in Ohio and Kentucky and checked two Capitols off my bucket list!

Columbus, Ohio:

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And Frankfort, Kentucky:

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I buy one piece of original artwork (that I love).

This one was seemingly the easiest on my list, but I didn’t start on it until I had an epiphany a couple weeks ago and commissioned¬†Dan Simmons to create a handlettered art piece out of the haiku Jamie Stewart wrote for me:

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Can’t wait to see the final product!

I attend a regular weekly get-together with my girlfriends.

Haley, Haley, Allison, and I started HAHA Happy Hour in early January 2013 and it has been going strong throughout the entire year, and even grown to include ladies not named Haley or Al(l)ison. What a great tradition. Here’s the founding pinky swear:

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Cheers to another great year!

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repeated songs

i have a tendency to listen to songs on repeat. i’m not talking a few times a day, or even a set of songs over and over. i am talking about one song, on repeat, for eight hours while i’m at work, for the course of a run, while i’m falling asleep at night.

i hear it, it gets in my head, and i don’t get tired of it. it goes on loop repetitively, until my neighbors and friends want to tear their hair out (i’m guessing, on the latter).

here are some of the songs that have received the top honor of being consistently on repeat:

summertime sadness (mk lee foss cold blooded remix) – lana del rey

this is my current repeated jam.

i feel better – hot chip

house sparrow – xiu xiu

there are multiple xiu xiu songs that have gone on the ol’ repeat, but this one has the most plays on my itunes currently, so it earned the honorary xiu xiu spot in this list.

the past is a grotesque animal – of montreal

this made a cameo in my “long songs i like” round-up.

another radio song – okkervil river

little pills – tech n9ne featuring k.a.b.o.s.h.

necrophilic springtime (dali by dali)


the painting above is my favorite by dali: necrophilic springtime, discovered in the book dali by dali which i came across several years ago, in my days of frequenting the berkeley public library (a place where, in addition to allowing me to discover this painting, also ignited my love of xiu xiu and helped complete my kieslowski cravings).

immediately drawn to the image, i scanned it into my computer (note crease and page numbers) before returning the book. i couldn’t find any info about necrophilic springtime online and, unlike the other images from the book, it had no year/medium/date/collection assigned to it. (it now pops up in a google search of its title. created in 1936, i just learned.)

awhile after my initial discovery of it, still unable to discern anything from the internet and still enthralled by the image, i tracked down a used copy of dali by dali on amazon (amazon informs me, vaguely creepily, that i purchased it on june 3, 2008 for $4.50) and obtained the book for my shelves.

it begins like this:
“1 If intelligence does not exist at birth, it will not exist at all.
2 If men go on dying, blame Jules Verne, he was logical.
3 To be logical is to be cuckolded every day by truth and ugliness.
4 What is truth? Less than nothing.
5 What is ugliness? Ugliness is that which cuckolds you every time with beauty.
6 What is beauty? No one knows yet, since it is too obvious.
…”

logical in its illogicalness. perfect in its perfection.

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