It’s that time of year again when we start making those lists and promises to ourselves that this year, is going to be our year. We resolve that we’ll finally get our shit together, get in the best shape of our lives, stop binging Netflix for hours on end, get the girl/guy, and end world hunger.
… Of course, knowing all along that by the end of January, we’ll be back on the couch, re-watching House of Cards, stuffing our face with take-out and wondering if it’s too late to get out of our gym contract.
It’s easy to get cynical about New Year resolutions. Most are easily made, easily broken and something that we like to beat ourselves up over. I personally don’t like to put a lot of faith and effort into making them and hating myself when I fail to keep them. However, I do believe in the value of setting goals and analyzing past experiences as necessary steps to take in order to come closer to the person we want to be. Also having a clear end goal in sight gives me a reason to get out of bed every day and something to work toward. Therefore, I’ve taken the liberty of writing down some things I’ve done this last year that I’m proud of, followed by some tangible goals for this next year to expand upon my accomplishments. It’s been proven that writing down goals makes them 42% more likely for them to come into fruition, and publishing them in a public place gives them an even greater chance of success. So bear with me as I shamelessly self-indulge and present you with my 2015 Reflections and 2016 Resolutions.
2015 Personal Accomplishments
- Quit my first post-college job / started working at a better fitting job
- Took two solo trips
- Started doing stand-up comedy
- Was accepted into the Chicago School of Profession Improvisation and Apprentice Program
- Started writing for this blog (S/O to Tory for recruiting me!)
- “Cleaned house” and deleted all my former Facebook data (inspired by kween Tory again)
- Ran my first half marathon
- Grew my freelance clientele
- Set up my own health insurance and (sort of) learned how to use it
- Got an illustration featured on a renowned blog
- Wake up early to blog/reflect before work
- Get my passport
- Perform stand-up at the Laugh Factory
- Get on an improv theater house team
- Write one entertainment-related post per week
- Double my Twitter followers through quality tweets
- Run a full marathon
- Master accounting and scheduling for my personal business
- Develop a budget and regularly contribute to my savings account
- Create one new illustration/meme per week
I also want to work toward writing and illustrating my first book. This might take a bit though so I intend on using the aforementioned goals as a springboard to get me there.
What are your goals for 2016? Let me know in the comments!