The 38 by 39

Yesterday I admitted giving up my goals. Today I set new ones.

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Mural by Hugo Gyrl

That’s the great thing about a birthday. You get to redefine yourself and if you’re lucky you can do that within the framework of communities that help you find that “best self”.

I’m grateful this morning for two birthday surprises from those communities: a post-yoga serenade at the end of Meredith‘s class at Yoga Garden this morning and a cake, candle and “Happy Birthday” from the In/Visible Talks crew at the pre-conference dinner last night. I’m grateful for the texts and posts that greeted me when I woke up pre-dawn to cram in a full day. I’m grateful for looking at my new hummingbird tattoo during a twist in yoga and knowing in my heart that my grandma is still with me on my birthday.

Today I get to attend an inaugural design conference in an industry where I’ve found a welcome home for the bulk of the last seven years, then go to an art fair to celebrate it. A pretty damn special way to kick off 38. A year of resetting. A year of doing something the same, but with a different lens.

I’ve scaled back the math this year and made the 38 things I hope to accomplish this year much more, well, accompish-able. So, without further ado, here’s my 38 by 39:

1. Champion 8 women candidates in midterm elections.
Duh. Duh. Duh.

2. Volunteer with 8 different organizations.
I love that my company offers volunteer grants for doing this sort of thing. It’s time to revisit some of the orgs I worked with when I landed in the city seven years ago.

3. Attend 8 performance arts events
This was one of the goals I made headway on last year, discovering a few smaller theater groups. I already have tickets to a few things coming up and eight is a manageable number for the new year.

4. Attend events/openings at 8 different art galleries.
This shouldn’t be that difficult and an important and feasible thing I can do this year.

5. See films at 8 different theaters.
Through my brief stint in dating last year I got back into going to see films at the cinema. More please. SF (and the spots I travel) have so many excellent, classic theaters. Why not support them?

6. Support 8 Burning Man art projects.
I did a bit of this last year, but am looking forward to supporting with this intention in mind. The art is truly one of the highlights of going back to the desert every year. It’s so awesome to have destinations in mind once you’re out wandering the Playa as well. Want to do more of this!

7. Attend concerts at 8 different venues
I completely met this last year and can do this same in 2018, but this goal keeps me honest.

8. Take type photo walks in 8 San Francisco neighborhoods.
I’m still figuring out my Instagram, but I like to take photos with a purpose.

9. Publish 8 Medium articles.
This is a quasi-professional goal. I’m looking to establish a voice of expertise online. Maybe this is the platform?

10. Create 8 fashion pieces.
I had a blast creating things for Burning Man 2017 and New Years. Maybe it’s time to do more?

11. Create a project in 8 different Adobe applications.
This is a work goal that I get to have a blast doing. I think it’s important that I know our products better and it may be fun to document my journey as I learn.

12. Follow a recipe from 8 different cookbooks.
Renewing my CSA was one of the best calls of 37. Retraining myself to cook from recipes may be a better one of 38.

13. Attend events/shows at 8 different Bay Area festivals
A manageable version of a goal I’ve yet to accomplish, but that always has been within reach. I need to fall deeply in love with SF’s uniqueness again and this should help me get there.

14. Go to 8 comedy events.
A version of some goals I had last year. With Sketchfest kicking off this weeknd, one I feel I’m going to quickly achieve.

15. Watch 8 documentaries.
I have so many on my list and I need to carve out time.

16. Visit 8 different Bay Area museums.
I need to get out of the habit of saying “oh, I should go to that” to going to that.

17. Complete 8 modules in Duolingo.
I was so excited when they launched a subscription version last year. Now I need to take advantage.

18. Complete 8 technological tutorials.
I can’t remember the last time I learned a basic tech skill. CSS has been on my list forever. May this be the year it happens.

19. Watch 8 talks online.
The kids these days are all over it. I can be too.

20. Complete 8 online courses.
I was having the conversation yesterday about how I am feeling like I’m ready to learn again with my life a bit more stable. I’ve missed this.

21. Attend 8 in-person classes or workshops.
I am ready to learn the old-fashioned way again too.

22. Do 8 SF Stairway Walks
I put the book away last year and it’s time to revisit.

23. Listen to 8 weekly podcasts.
There’s about four on my regular rotation…let’s double that.

24. Read 8 autobiography/memoirs/biographies about (and by) women.
Many on my list. Let’s commit.

25. Read 8 novels by women.
My bookshelf already has several on the “to reads.”

26. Read 8 non-fiction books by women.
I could probably write a 38 item list of reading goals, but that’s why I’m in two other reading challenges :).

27. Attend 8 author talks.
Litquake is in October, but I can start working on this long before with City Arts & Lectures and SF’s remaining indie bookstores. Another unique thing about my city that I love and need to take advantage of.

28. Send mail to 8 different countries.

I failed at my penpal goals last year, but still have the addresses. Let’s go.

29. Entertain 8 different people at my apartment.
Artwork is up. Furniture is arranged. Let’s have fun.

30. Travel to 8 countries.
Three are on deck for February. I have unclaimed breaks in July and December. My passport is feeling lonely. Let’s do it.

31. Visit 8 states.
With all 50 down in 2015, it’s time to start revisiting (and finding a way to meet goals with work travel).

32. Bike in 8 different cities.
The best way to explore anywhere (and often to get from point A to B).

33. Camp at 8 different campsites.
More weekends in nature are needed this year.

34. Visit 8 state or national parks.
A goal from a few years back that should be recycled. Protect our parks (and visit them)!

35.Practice yoga at 8 different studios.
I loved mixing in yoga studios to my travels last year. Want to continue.

36. Attend 8 different kinds of fitness classes (not including yoga).
I’m so happy I’ve started to go to the gym on the regular again. I want to make sure I keep it fresh.

37. Go on 8 new hikes.
Something else I put on hold that I need to reintegrate into my lfie.

38. Get 8 massages.
Treat yo self (also, supplement all that physical activity).

As always I’d love your recommendations, tips, and tricks to approach these goals. Also, what are you looking to achieve this year?

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A Note on those Goals (and 37 Rad Things About 37)

It’s my birthday eve. Normally I take today to reflect on the goals I set the year prior, but as you’ve probably guessed, those went out the window this year.

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A decent spot to make major life decisions.

That decision came to me as I walked down a nearly empty Ruby Beach in Olympic National Park last July, reflecting on the tumultuous first half of my 37th year and reveling in the stability that I appeared to be enjoying at that moment.  I realized that I’d done some pretty crappy math last January, it turns out 3 x 7 x 37 = a shit ton of things to accomplish in just 365 days. It’s also a lot of money, and although I didn’t talk about things too in-depth, I was living in contractland until May of this year. Planning ahead wasn’t a huge part of my Megenda for awhile (a real bummer for a Capricorn) and once things settled down for me, I needed to start righting the ship I’d been creatively keeping afloat since August 2015.

I am still grateful I did the exercise of setting those goals, and they definitely set a tone for the year at the start, but I was honestly okay abandoning them and stopping keeping track. It’s probably no coincidence that I didn’t train for any runs this year either. I didn’t stop running, but it was nice to be free for a year while I focused on meeting some basic needs in other areas of my life.

It was also awesome to see the spirit of the goals live on in others. There’s a handful of folks who’ve reached out to let me know they make their own birthday lists now, and it warms my heart more than writing 21 blog articles about travel ever could. To those of you who are currently working through a list – rock on! You’ve got this!

All this said, after my year off, I’m really looking forward to my 38 by 39 list that I’ll be publishing tomorrow. I feel like it’s much more manageable and I’m back to listing out things I both need to do and that i think I’m going to have fun doing. I can’t wait to share!

Speaking of sharing, since I don’t have a goal-based wrap up for you, I don’t want to close 37 without a little recap of the year. Especially considering, as I mentioned yesterday, a chunk of my digital existence got wiped out with my iPhone upgrade. So, here’s 37 things that were super rad about my 37th rotation around the sun.

  1. Getting hired at Adobe.
  2. Attending all 24 hours of Taylor Mac’s A 24-Decade History of Popular Music.
  3. Getting back on track with my general health and fitness regimen.
  4. Rejoining my Eatwell Farm CSA.
  5. Taking a five-day solo camping/road trip around the Olympic Peninsula.
  6. Seeing Radiohead at The Greek Theatre in Berkeley.
  7. Traveling to Sayulita, Mexico for a week with many of my friends to see two of the most amazing humans on earth tie the knot.
  8. Adding yoga studios into the mix when I travel.
  9. Completing my first holiday Runstreak since December 2014.
  10. Emerging from Burning Man without injury and with greater clarity around a couple of situations I needed to sort out.
  11. Reviving my Advent Activism project.
  12. “Sneaking into” both Portland and Milwaukee without stressing out about trying to see everyone. (I’ll catch ya next time, folks)
  13. Girls trips to Sonoma, Philadelphia and Hollywood.
  14. Deepening my practice at Yoga Garden and finding a regular cadence with the morning schedule.
  15. Experimenting with fashion crafting a bit more with some personal projects for Burning Man and New Years.
  16. Going back to therapy.
  17. Traveling to Seattle, New York, and Boston for work and getting to see friends in all those places.
  18. Making the most of a work trip to Las Vegas by thrifting rad vintage finds, reconnecting with design friends at the Neon Museum, and ground scoring a flamingo and dancing my way up to the front of the stage for a Mark Ronson set.
  19. Learning to hula hoop from Cari Lee and being gifted my first hoop.
  20. Goat Yoga with Lindsay.
  21. Finally going to Austin.
  22. Actually dating someone for awhile (it didn’t work out, but it was nice to know I can still make space for this sort of thing in my life).
  23. Experiencing the RESIST: An Action in Drag Rage Against the Machine tribute with Lorelei.
  24. Seeing my name in the credits for Graphic Means (thanks Briar!).
  25. Framing and hanging a solid selection of artwork in my apartment.
  26. Getting a new tattoo at Diving Swallow in honor of my grandma (still working on finishing it).
  27. Seeing the amazing Roxane Gay on tour in both San Francisco and New York.
  28. Having beers (and meeting up at Hardly Strictly) with my friend Alex from college who I hadn’t seen in 15 years.
  29. Continuing to mentor students through Marquette’s mentorship program.
  30. Discovering that I secretly love the basic pampering of Dry Bar.
  31. Art directing Desert Shadows, a film noir-themed fundraiser, for my Burning Man camp.
  32. Reupping my commitment to continue to serve on the board of Walk San Francisco for two more years.
  33. Seeing Hamilton.
  34. Hosting my dear friend Ben in SF at long last, on a perfect Memorial Day weekend complete with a redwoods dance party and seeing whales from the Golden Gate Bridge!
  35. Handing out Countertype posters in the pouring rain at the Women’s March.
  36. Living in the same city as a blood relative for the first time since 1998 (and we both have the foodie gene).
  37. Getting to explore more of the wonders of California, from Tahoe to Wine Country to Gold Country. I love my adopted state.

There’s soooo, soooo much more that I couldn’t fit on this list. 37 has always been a lucky number for me, and well, I guess, despite everything, this year was a-okay for me.

Let’s do it, 38.

2017 Music in Review

Cough, Cough…is this thing on?

Oof, yes, it’s been awhile.

I honestly don’t know if I’ll blog beyond this week. But if I’ve learned nothing from losing three months of photos and three plus years of voicemails with my latest iPhone upgrade, it’s to document shit elsewhere on the internet so you can find it later.

So without further ado, here is a write-up-less roundup of my musical tastes from 2017.

Top 10 Albums

1. Hurray For the Riff Raff / The Navigator
2. St Vincent / Masseduction
3. Sylvan Esso / What Now
4. Waxahatchee/ Out in the Storm
5. LCD Soundsytem/ American Dream
6. Spoon / Hot Thoughts
7. Vagabon / Infinite Worlds
8. Molly Burch / Please Be Mine
9. Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings/ Soul of a Woman
10. Susto/ & I’m Fine Today

Spotify playlist

Honorable Mentions

Japandroids / Near to the Wild Heart of Life
Black Angels / Death Song
Laura Marling / Semper Feminina
Slowdive / Slowdive
Kurt Vile & Courtney Barnett / Lotta Sea Lice

I won’t break my rule for reissues cracking my lists, but damn how I appreciated revisiting R.E.M.’s Automatic for the People via the 25th anniversary release.

Top 10 Shows

1. Radiohead @ The Greek in Berkeley in April. (Easily in my top 5 shows of all time.)
2. Hurray for the Riff Raff at The Fillmore in June
3. Laura Marling at The Fillmore in April
4. LCD Soundsystem at Bill Graham Civic Center Auditorium in November
5. Angel Olsen at The Fillmore in February
6. U2 (Joshua Tree 20th Tour) at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia in June (much better than nightmare at Levi’s Stadium)
7. Belle & Sebastian and Spoon at The Hollywood Bowl in August
8. Grandaddy at Bimbo’s 360 Club in February
9. Bash & Pop at Swedish American Hall in March
10. Sigur Ros at The Greek in April
Honorable mentions:
Japandroids with Craig Finn at The Fillmore
Susto with Esme Patterson at The Independent
!!! at The Chapel
Chastity Belt with Lisa Prank at Rickshaw Stop
Fat Boy Slim at Pier 70
Best show I was physically at, but a hot drunk mess and had to watch the recording to fully appreciate (aka The Radiohead 2003 Award): Sturgill Simpson at HSB

Top 20 Songs

In no particular order this year, but here’s a playlist.

Megventures: Alright, Alright, Austin – Part I

Believe it or not, until earlier this month I’d never stepped foot in Austin, Texas. Since my routine is a little more clear these days and my 50 State Quest is long under my belt, when a Virgin America fare deal came up last fall, I decided to finally book a flight for a long overdue visit to see my friend Nathan and a few other folks who’ve relocated to muggier climes.

Like anywhere, especially anywhere hip, people had loads of recommendations, and contrary to all of my work/family/wedding-oriented 2016 travel, I had a whole four days to follow them and will hopefully complete a blog post from each day of journal entries before the end of the month.

Never fear, y’all know I cram enough into one day of vacation that it’s enough to spread out over a long weekend if you’re following in my steps.

Part I: Friday

Despite arriving late on Thursday, I made a conscious effort to be up-and-at-em on Friday morning. I also never want to burden my hosts, so planning to be up when Nathan had to leave for work was part of my agenda. Finding a yoga studio within a few minutes of his house was part of that plan. Thanks to internet research I came across the wonderful little Dharma Yoga in the pocket of far East Austin where I was staying. After a lovely “Gratitude Practice” All Levels class (which thankfully improved after an opening killer core workout), the locals directed me to the nearby Cherrywood Coffeehouse so I could plan out my day over coffee and a ginormous breakfast taco.

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The Terra – avocado and fried tofu

While my countermate at Cherrywood rose from his seat and declared, to no one in particular, “well, it’s time to go get this body inked up”, I quietly left and drove across town to spend a warm afternoon at the Umlauf Sculpture Garden. Bequeathed to the city by the estate of UT Art Professor, Charles Umlauf, the garden is a pleasant spot to stroll on a cloudy afternoon. There’s also a small gallery of Umlauf Prize winners, showcasing modern sculpture and multimedia art. As for Umlauf’s work, I definitely appreciated seeing the evolution of the artist’s style and found the juxtaposition of Catholic imagery and erotic scenes pretty interesting.

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Umlauf’s rare interpretation of La Pieta with Mary Magdalene added in.
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I mean, seriously, look at this sculpture of a cock! (But for real, the Lovers series and The Kiss were fascinating studies in erotic sculpture)

After my walk, I needed to take a drive to recharge my phone. Unfortunately I discovered that my rental car didn’t charge phones very well, which meant I had to conserve battery by putting it in airplane mode. Not very helpful if you’re trying to navigate an unfamiliar city! After getting super lost in a ritzy, hilly area of West Austin along the river, I pulled over to take a walk on what I thought was the main recreational trail. Turns out Redbud Isle is more of a dog park, and I was pretty suspicious without a pup, but I still enjoyed my little stroll.

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Getting lost isn’t always the worst thing.

I finally found more of the famed Greenbelt trails I was looking for when I happened upon Pease Park and hit the Shoal Creek Trail for a couple of miles to get in my steps. The taco finally wore off here and I decided to try to find lunch on an Austin B-Cycle, but just got lost at a dead end trail before hitting Friday rush hour traffic. I rode back to the car.

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Beware of high pedestrians in Austin.

Silly Yankee should’ve realized that all the BBQ joints would be out of meat by 4 p.m. and I hangrily stopped at a food truck park in East Austin. This was a great decision because I got vegan joffa rice with fried plantains from Wasota African Cuisine, which was a fantastic flavor explosion and didn’t fill me up too much before dinner.

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This picture does not do justice to the flavor.

I looped back with Nathan and we headed downtown to the Alamo Drafthouse, which was definitely on my list. I was much more impressed with the huge selection of menu items (hummus & veggie plate! quinoa veggie bowl!) compared to SF (so many more healthy and vegetarian/vegan options, seriously in Texas over California), than Arrival (I figured it out halfway through and then was just bored), but enjoyed the experience overall.

Apparently it was a relatively quiet night on Sixth Street, but I still concluded that my time to enjoy any college strip has long passed. RIP, my youth. We popped into Swan Dive on a side street and finished our Fire Eagle beers before the band finished their soundcheck.

Back to the Eastside, we checked on some gallery set ups for Saturday (more in next post) and got a tip on a party at a new place called Cherry Cola Dog. I wish we’d been in more of a partying mood, because this place was incredible and the event was planned to run until 4 a.m. As it was, we enjoyed some good tunes while perusing local art (I especially liked the work by @erthink, Helen Martin, and Gent). We also hung out by both the firepit and in one of several fluff piles set up in storage containers in the huge backlot.

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Art by ERThink & Helen Martin at Cherry Cola Dog
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Art & Chill, Austin Style

Cramming in one last “Austin” thing for the night, Nathan took me to the White Horse and I’m so glad he did. It was one of the most uniquely entertaining bars I’ve ever been to, perhaps second only to the Fairview Inn in Talkeetna, Alaska. Cowboys and hipsters co-existed and we watched the pick up games going on in the back patio area.

A late-40s, genteel businessman, “Steve”, sidled down next to us for a minute — long enough to pour out some “apple pie from Georgia” into Nathan’s empty popcorn cup. Tossing the kernels to the floor, he discreetly produced a shot of brown liquid from a flask procured from the inner pocket of his ill-tailored suit.

(No Mom, we didn’t get roofied)

Instead we decided to call it a night and walked back through the now-crowded bar.

“NO WAY AM I LEAVING NOW!” I yelled.

The band, who’d been setting up when we arrived was in full-swing and so was the dance floor. I’d arrived in another country — Texas. I insisted on getting another beer and once it was done, forced Nathan to briefly clumsily dance with me. Still, so much fun and an A+ first night in Austin.

Blogging in Today’s America

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The author, en route to the Women’s March

For those who know me, you know that I am sick about what’s happening right now in our country. I have lots of words jotted down and lots of fearful tweets to flush out. Of course I went to the Women’s March. Of course I walked in the pouring rain, knowing it would make my cold/flu worse. It’s important to me to end up on the right side of history.

In the meantime, I have a backlog of rather benign posts that I’ve been meaning to write. So while I practice my travel blogging and talk about my trip to Austin, please don’t think that I’m sitting idly by while the world burns. I just need more time in the day to fix everything.

The 37 by 38

I truly can’t believe I just typed the number 38 in reference to myself. I’ve been getting used to uttering “37” for a month or two now, and wow, yeah, eeesh. But, seeing as I can’t figure out how to a) stop time or b) travel to an alternate universe where everything is totally hunky dory, I’ll proceed with a longer list of yearly goals than the last.

While the trivial pursuit riff was fun, I’m going back to a more classic approach this year, broken up into patterns of 3×7 (get it? 37?). You’ll notice two big themes are improving fitness and feminism, I figure being disciplined in both prepares me for the fight ahead and as my Advent Activism project taught me, that’s a big one.

Without further ado, here’s the list, presented alphabetically by verb (ooh!):

1. Abstain from alcohol 3 different periods of 7 days each.
I promise they get better. But my Dry July last year taught me that taking a break is a good thing…but best broken into smaller chunks.

2. Attend 3 classes/lectures through 7 different organizations.
I’ve found a lot of good ones in the last six years, now time to dive deeper.

3. Attend 3 concerts each at 7 different venues.
I was miserable at attending shows last year. Committing to 21 concerts (and I’ve already purchased a NoisePop pass) helps remedy that.

4. Attend 3 events (screenings, performances, etc.) at 7 different Bay Area festivals.
There are so many film, music and art festivals in San Francisco and I feel like I’ve barely scratched the service. Time to actual look at schedules.

5. Attend 3 exhibitions each at 7 different SF museums or galleries.
Supporting the arts is high on my resistence list and balancing the ecosystem of established museums and galleries is a key part of that.

6. Attend 3 separate performances by 7 different performing arts groups.
See above.

7. Attend 3 yoga classes at 7 different studios/centers.
As I’ve started building relationships in the yoga community (seriously, this blog is called “Meghan in Midlife” for a reason), I’ve learned about other studios I want to try outside of my regular home base. I also really want to commit to yoga while I’m traveling.

8. Bike 3 times in 7 different towns/cities.
I haven’t had a biking goal for a couple of years. Time to bring it back.

9. Bring lunch 3x week for 7 weeks.
Fitness and health are tops on my list for this year, after a couple of years of stress have taken their toll. My pocketbook shouldn’t complain either.

10. Call 3 representatives 7 different times.
I already have my senators saved in my phone. It’s gonna be a long year of making calls.

11. Donate 3 times to 7 different non-profit organizations.
I learned about a ton of direct services organizations with Advent Activism. I want to continue strategically taking action.

12. Drink 3 beers each from 7 different breweries.
Offsetting those fitness goals. No, actually hoping this helps temper some bad habits by making consumption more mindful.

13. Go to 3 types of Fitness SF classes 7 different times.
I’ve started going to spin regularly with Amber and hope to Zumba again with Emily. I also don’t really mind the P90x classes. Need to make these things a habit.

14. Hang out 3 times in 7 different SF parks.
Optimistically imagining that the rain will stop one of these days (grateful for it still! Better than a drought) and I can chill with a book or friends in the city’s lovely outdoors.

15. Have a 3-stop outing in 7 different SF neighborhoods.
One of the downsides to moving to San Francisco’s best neighborhood is that I’ve slacked at going out in others. Hoping a goal like this will help me continue discover new parts (or rediscover ones I visited years ago) of the city I love so dearly.

16. Hike 3 times in 7 different counties.
Not putting a distance limit on this, but simply want to get back out on the trails. Have a summer hiking/camping trip in mind that would take care of a large chunk of this.

17. Interview 3 women each in 7 different states.
I truly enjoyed doing the email interviews I included as part of Advent Activism. I’d like to do more and hear different perspectives of women around the country.

18. Listen to 3 episodes of 7 different female-hosted podcasts.
I’ve been listening to Call Your Girlfriend and Design Matters for a couple of years now, but have a whole list of podcasts on my list to try out.

19. Listen to 3 full-length albums of 7 different female artists.
Another 2016 highlight was being gifted a huge record collection from my friend John. I’ve been spending much more time with vinyl, and, by nature of having my own place, music in general. I’ve rediscovered the joy of digesting an album and want to make it a goal to do so intentionally with the back catalog of female musicians who I admire.

20. Lose 3 pounds a month for 7 months.
The math here is 21 pounds gone by the end of the year. I won’t be sad if I exceed this. And hoping to be at least halfway there by the time I leave for Mexico in 9 weeks.

21. Make 3 dishes each from 7 different cookbooks.
Making my own food will help with the above. As I reorganized my kitchen recently, I noted how many cookbooks I have just hanging out. I need to put them to use.

22. Practice 3 languages in Duolingo for 7 weeks each.
My travel plans are dictating these. I’ll practice my Spanish for Mexico and French before September’s Montreal trip. Not sure if I’m going anywhere else, but want to keep my German active after letting it slack a bit this year.

23. Read 3 books each by 7 different women authors.
Instead of trying to keep up with reading books as they’re released, or in different categories, I want to have a better feel for writers and style. This may involve some rereading as well.

24. Read 3 long-form articles by 7 different female journalists.
Journalism needs to stay alive and I’m looking forward to supporting it.

25. Read or watch 3 articles/books/videos each about 7 different women in the type industry.
Being part of the Alphabettes community has helped me through some rough years. There are so many talented women in the industry I work in, and this exercise should help me get to know them a little better.

26. Run 3 miles in 7 different towns/cities.
Scaling back my running goals for this year, but I do enjoy seeing different places by foot. This should get me through my travels and add to one of the ways I can move.

27. See 3 films each at 7 different theaters.
I did really start going to movies again this past year and loved that. I did get comfortable at the Alamo though and feel like I probably missed some smaller films because of that. Committing to 3 films at 7 theaters should help balance out my cinephilia.

28. Send 3 cards/letters to 7 different out-of-town people.
Instead of random mail days, I’m bringing back the pen pal. Of course they don’t have to write back, but it’d be neat if they did.

29. Spend 3 hours one-on-one with 7 different friends.
I’m very lucky to have developed some incredible friendships in my nearly six years here. My birthday party last weekend was testament to that. I need to continue investing in the people who’ve provided me with such love and support.

30. Visit 3 galleries each in 7 different cities.
I need to make a conscious effort to see art when I travel and really get to know a city through its art scenes. Plus the folks at galleries usually have good tips on other stuff to do too!

31. Volunteer 3 times for 7 different organizations.
Now that my schedule is a little more known (knock wood), I feel comfortable carving out time to volunteer again. Just like calls and donations, volunteering for progressive organizations can help with the resistance.

32. Walk to work 3 times a month for 7 months.
This is a much more manageable goal than the one I had a couple of years ago. As a Walk SF Board Member for another year it also allows me to literally “walk the talk.”

33. Watch 3 films by 7 different female filmmakers.
Another “back catalog” goal, I’m looking forward to familiarizing myself with the work of some underrepresented women.

34. Watch 3 online talks each by 7 different feminists.
Inspired by the Cindy Gallop episode of Design Matters and colliding with a desire to watch more Creative Mornings and TED Talks (and the like), this should be an interesting project to tackle this year.

35. Watch or see live 3 performances of 7 different female comedians.
This one is for my friend Amy, who is constantly recommending comedians to me. Plus, I’m going to need to laugh during a somber year.

36. Write 3 paragraphs about 7 different travel adventures.
The gratuitous writing goal. Hoping this bitesize assignment gets the juices flowing.

37. Write 3 posts for 7 different publications.
A stretch for sure, but possible.

Time for a Change

One of the few highlights of my 2016 was celebrating 5 years as a San Francisco resident. I knew as the year progressed that having a blog dedicated to “chronicling a move” no longer made sense. I guess I really live here now (yay) and my blog should reflect that. Switching to a more generic URL, but I’ll stick with the “Meghan in Midlife” focus, since that’s where I seem to be at 37 turns around the sun.

Brew To Bay will live on in archive form (probably long past us if we all get nuked), but going forward my goals and musings will reside over here.