In Review: The 38 by 39

Here we are. The last year of my thirties. I tackled a yoga double-header this morning and am getting ready to go celebrate the long-awaited 39 at Pier 39.


After throwing my 37 by 38 in the bin, I recommitted last year to being more intentional about my goals. Part of this was shifting my approach, realizing that partial completion of each goal was just as valuable as completely ALL of a quarter of them. This of course caused me to go back and evaluate (with a spreadsheet formula, of course), the other years of my thirties and see how I really fared in the past. I realized that 33 was my most successful year, with 81.53% of my goals achieved. This wasn’t surprising – it was my Year of Never and I was dating someone who was super into helping me check arbitrary activities off my list. Once I discovered this, I had my eyes on the prize to squeak past that statistic and do these on my own (with a little help from my friends), especially after part of my year threw me far off course and I needed structure to ground me again. I’m happy to report that by binge watching talks online last night, I did it! I wrapped the year with 82.57% of my goals achieved and TWENTY-THREE individual goals completed.

Fuck yeah, me.

Completing two goals

1. Champion 8 women candidates in midterm elections. [COMPLETED]
Have you seen the 116th Congress?! Nothing gave me more hope than to support and watch so many incredible women candidates. Excited to watch the careers of new congresswomen Katie Hill (D-CA), Katie Porter (D-CA), Elaine Luria (D-VA), Lucy McBath (D-GA), and Sharice Davids (D-KS).

I was biting my nails for Gina Ortiz Jones to pull through in Texas, but it was not to be this time. Hopefully she gives it another go in two years. Though the prospects were grim, I did make small donations to both Heidi Heitkamp and Claire McCaskill for believing women and opposing Kavanaugh.

2. Volunteer with 8 different organizations. [COMPLETED]
I continued my commitments with mentoring for Marquette, serving on the board of Walk San Francisco this year, and volunteering for the SF Bike Coalition‘s Bike to Work Day and Winterfest. I also did some one-off volunteering at GLIDE (with the Marquette Alumni Club) and SF Marin Food Bank (with a group from Adobe). For the midterms I answered the call of the ACLU and wrote 50 postcards to get out the vote!

Being my fifth (!) year at Burning Man, I wanted to give back a little more. I stepped up my role with my camp Decadent Oasis (and even paired up with the Airpusher crew to volunteer with the Burning Man Org’s Artumnal event). I did my first on-playa shift this year, spending a VERY dusty afternoon greeting passengers arriving on the Burner Express.

3. Attend 8 performance arts events [COMPLETED]
Unsurprisingly I blew this out of the water, but the first eight I made it to set a good habit for the year: In Event of Moon Disaster, Book of Mormon, a Flamenco show on my trip to Seville, A Streetcar Named Desire, Head Over Heels (SO MUCH FUN!), Mysteries of Love & Sex, and saw my first (not the greatest) musical on Broadway, Come from Away.

4. Attend events/openings at 8 different art galleries. [COMPLETED]
Another I continued far beyond the first eight: Sanctuary Salon (For-Site Foundation, Fort Mason Chapel) Untitled Art Fair; Fog Art & Design; Verdantly Still (Rare Device); Redefining Impossibilities: Immersive Art Gallery; SOMAarts: Diasporic AlchemyTypeCon The Afterparty @ Outlet; TypeCon Closing Night @ Tillamook Station; and Type@CooperWest Reception @ Dependable Letterpress.

5. See films at 8 different theaters. [COMPLETED]
Of course this another I easily completed and then some. But variety is key!

  • Phantom Thread @ Alamo Drafthouse
  • Conflict and Jealousy @ Castro
  • Let The Sunshine In @ Wattis Theater
  • The Post @ Kabuki
  • Isle of Dogs @ Roxie
  • Won’t You Be My Neighbor @ Victoria Theatre
  • Half the Picture @ Creativity Theater
  • Purge This Land @ YBCA Screening Room

6. Support 8 Burning Man art projects. [COMPLETED]
This is always one of my favorite goals to execute. I didn’t do a great job of visiting all these installations, but was thrilled to spot the ones I did come across.

7. Attend concerts at 8 different venues [COMPLETED]
Nailed it. Duh. The first eight:

  • St. Vincent (w/ Tuck & Patti) @ Bill Graham Auditorium
  • Built to Spill (w/ Sam Coomes) @ Fillmore
  • Superchunk (w/ Bat Fangs) @ Great American Music Hall
  • Waxahatchee (w/ Josiah Johnson & Mary Lattimore) @ Swedish American Musical Hall
  • Busty & The Bass @ The Independent;
  • Kyle Craft @ Cafe du Nord
  • Annie Bacon @ Mission Pie
  • Loma w/ Jess Williamson @ Bottom of the Hill

8. Take type photo walks in 8 San Francisco neighborhoods. [3/8]
This was definitely one I crammed in last minute with half-assed intentional walks in Sutro Heights, Lower Haight, and The Design District.

9. Publish 8 Medium articles. [0/8]
I couldn’t get it together to come up with a strategy for this. I also wasn’t sure if I wanted to engage with a platform I wasn’t 100% sure of. Okay with this fail.

10. Create 8 fashion pieces. [7/8]
Made some fun things and got to know my way around Mendel’s. More this year, I hope!

11. Create a project in 8 different Adobe applications. [5/8]
Obviously one of my favorite perks of my job is using our products. Definitely need to learn more, but I had fun creating projects in Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Adobe Spark Post, and Adobe Spark Page.

12. Follow a recipe from 8 different cookbooks. [4/8]
Realized I don’t have that many useful cookbooks! And I’m okay with that. I love them, but I don’t have a lot of room. Plus, the internet and my CSA give me some great recipes. I did make an incredible Creamed Spinach from Mastering the Art of French Cooking though. That Julia, man.

13. Attend events/shows at 8 different Bay Area festivals [COMPLETED]
Fun to take advantage of what this amazing city has to offer! Attended Sketchfest, Noir City, Modern Cinema, NoisePop, San Francisco International Film Festival, SF Silent Film Fest, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass , and Litquake!

14. Go to 8 comedy events. [6/8]
Was so close to getting closer to completing this with my friend Molly in Boston, but the event was sold out when we arrived! Still not bad to catch the Buddy Cole Monologues, Living Impaired, a Lady Dynamite panel, Blue Woman Group, JP Sears, and a conversation with Sam Bee in NYC (moderated by Irin Carmon).

15. Watch 8 documentaries. [COMPLETED]
A combo of shorts and features, streaming and theater, I was happy to watch more of these this year. The first eight:

16. Visit 8 different Bay Area museums. [6/8]
Another I recently binged, though I did join some of these so more visits this year! Visited SFMOMA, Asian Art Museum, the DeYoung, Conservatory of Flowers, Academy of Sciences, and the Legion of Honor.

17. Complete 8 modules in Duolingo. [COMPLETED]
Did over a month of Spanish. Was great to freshen up!

18. Complete 8 technological tutorials. [2/8]
Did a tutorial for software I ended up not using, but more importantly I succeeded in a tutorial to use my amazing new MokaPot.

19. Watch 8 talks online. [COMPLETED]
Totally binged on the last couple, but here’s the random stuff I watched:

20. Complete 8 online courses. [0/8]
A thing I need to figure out how to start doing.

21. Attend 8 in-person classes or workshops. [COMPLETED]
This was super fun and I am grateful to have received a Workshop SF giftcard for the holidays, so I can do more in 2019 as well. I attended a variety of classes in my travels to, from Stargazing in Sedona to a street art workshop in Berlin to a sexuality workshop at Burning Man. Here in SF I took a Floral Design workshop and a couple of Tibetan Meditation workshops with my amazing friend Deana. Additionally, I took two non-profit board service workshops through work!

22. Do 8 SF Stairway Walks [0/8]
Finding/scheduling time to do this slipped by this year.

23. Listen to 8 weekly podcasts. [COMPLETED]
It was nice to add to my regular podcasts! In addition to listening to my usual suspects: Call Your Girlfriend, All Songs Considered, Music That Matters, and 2 Dope Queens, I added in some binging of Design Matters, Racist Sandwich, Bay Curious, and No Man’s Land.

24. Read 8 autobiography/memoirs/biographies about (and by) women. [COMPLETED]

  • Alice Paul (Christine Lunardini)
  • Consuelo & Alva Vanderbilt: The Story of a Daughter & Mother in the Guilded Age (Amanda Mackenzie Stuart)
  • The Scarlet Sisters: Sex, Suffrage, and Scandal in the Gilded Age (Myra MacPherson)
  • Shrill (Lindy West)
  • Eloquent Rage (Brittany Cooper)
  • This Will Be My Undoing (Morgan Jerkins)
  • Make Trouble (Cecile Richard)
  • No One Tells You This (Glynnis Macnicol)

25. Read 8 novels by women. [COMPLETED]
Another I checked off quickly.

  • How Should a Person Be? (Sheila Heti)
  • Who Fears Death (Nnedi Okorafor)
  • A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel (Madeline L’Engle/Hope Larson)
  • The Haunting of Hill House (Shirley Jackson)
  • The Cosmopolitans (Sarah Schulman)
  • The Door (Magda Szabó)
  • The Power (Naomi Alderman)
  • Convenience Store Woman (Sayaka Murata) <– favorite!

26. Read 8 non-fiction books by women. [COMPLETED]
Not a problem 🙂

  • Unscrewed: Women, Sex, Power, and How to Stop Letting the System Screw Us All (Jaclyn Friedman)
  • The Sisters Are Alright (Tamara Winfrey Harris)
  • Women & Power (Mary Beard)
  • The Body is Not An Apology (Sonya Renee Taylor)
  • I’ll Be Gone in the Dark (Michelle McNamara)
  • Brotopia by Emily Chang
  • Local Girl Makes History by Dana Frank
  • Root Shock by Mindy Fullilove Thompson

27. Attend 8 author talks. [COMPLETED]
Happy to have been specific on this one this year.

  • Cecile Richards
  • Jessica Hische
  • Lindy West with Jes Baker
  • Litquake Immigration & Community
  • Abbi Jacobson
  • Beastie Boys Book Tour
  • Heart of the Goddess
  • Ta-Nehisi Coates

28. Send mail to 8 different countries. [COMPLETED]

Thanks to friends who requested cards when I realized I was falling short. I sent mail this year to the UK, Belgium, Germany, Canada, Mexico, The Netherlands, Kenya, and Vietnam!

29. Entertain 8 different people at my apartment. [COMPLETED]
Was so happy to have more friends over this year!

30. Travel to 8 countries. [7/8]
My passport is almost full (please reopen soon, government). Revisited several countries this year, and was really okay with that! I also added my 5th inhabited continent with a quick day trip to Tangier. Snuck into Tulum for some R&R over Thanksgiving weekend, my first time “secretly” traveling abroad. Was nice to not be bombarded with recommendations and truly relax. Thanks for your hospitality and stamps, United Kingdom, Spain, Morocco, Belgium, Germany, France, and Mexico!

31. Visit 8 states. [COMPLETED]
With my parents unexpected move to the East Coast, this was an easy one, though I had it checked off before the holidays, thanks to a couple of Southwestern spring visits. First eight states this year were Washington, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Oregon.

32. Bike in 8 different cities. [COMPLETED]
Of course! And again, ended up far more than the first eight Oakland, London, Seville, Durango, New York, Brussels, Ghent, Berlin, and Paris.

33. Camp at 8 different campsites. [2/8]
Disappointed this didn’t happen. I camped at Burning Man and tried one failed night at Red Rock Canyon State Park.

34. Visit 8 state or national parks. [COMPLETED]
My heart is broken over the current abuses in our National Parks during this unnecessary and racist shutdown. Visited wonders in Slide Rock State Park (Arizona), Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Red Rock Canyon State Park, Sequoia National Park, King’s Canyon National Park, Tulum National Park, Bluff Point State Park (Connecticut), and Middlesex Fells Reservation (Massachusetts).

35. Practice yoga at 8 different studios. [COMPLETED]
Loved finding more spots to practice while I traveled this year and even mixing it up in SF. The first eight: The Center SF, Yoga Place (London), Aumbase Sedona, Thrive Santa Fe, East Yoga (Manhattan), And Yoga (Brooklyn), Stacked Yoga (Brooklyn), Yellow Yoga (Berlin).

36. Attend 8 different kinds of fitness classes (not including yoga). [COMPLETED]
It was really important for me to get back on track with gym fitness this year. So grateful for the incredible variety of group classes at work. I also did a month of trial membership at an intense neighborhood studio.

37. Go on 8 new hikes. [COMPLETED]
Glad to get back out there this year, though there could be more of this. Hiked Point Isabel (East Bay), Airport Loop Trail (Sedona), Bell Trail (Sedona), on the property at Redwood Ranch (Three Rivers, CA), Congress Trail (Sequoia National Park), Buena Vista Peak (King’s Canyon National Park), General Grant Loop (King’s Canyon National Park), Middlesex Fells Reservation Crystal Springs trail (Massachusetts).

38. Get 8 massages. [COMPLETED]
Always happy to complete this one 🙂

Have to rush to my birthday celebrations. Watch for the FORTY by 40 coming tomorrow!

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