Yesterday I admitted giving up my goals. Today I set new ones.
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 weekend, 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 life.
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?