I spent the last day of 2014 reflecting on a lot of the things that happened in 2014, like San Diego Comic Con, the RT Convention in New Orleans, Star Wars Day at the Giants, the Avengers Race Weekend in Disneyland, a relaxing and beautiful trip to Monterey, new friends, a new job, and so much more.
I also went back and read my resolutions post from January 1, 2014. I was pleasantly surprised to realize that I accomplished the goals I set out for myself in 2014.
- Production of more art, including some I’d be proud to present in a portfolio – Not only did I produce pieces I’m proud of, but I also had two separate pieces in two different art shows.
- Regular writing (blogs, short stories, a novel and/or a screenplay) – While I didn’t make much progress on the novel, I did write a short story and blogged regularly for the Girls on the Grid and the Geek Girl Pen Pals.
- More web creations – I am making better use of my domain. It still needs work, but at least I’m using it.
- Glorious, amazing mistakes – I made some mistakes. They are mine to learn and grow from.
- More meaningful interactions with those I care about – I’ve had some great trips with family and friends and feel like I’ve made my time with them count.
- As to my goal about not buying books – I mostly succeeded with that one. But I was not very successful about decreasing my to-be-read list. Part of the problem was that I attended the RT Convention for the first time and came home with more book s!
Clearly I want to continue living my life according to the goals I set in 2014 (especially continuing to reduce reading pile), but I’d like to add to last year’s goals. Here are things I am going to strive for in 2015 (that aren’t blogging related because I wrote about that already):
- Try to compliment someone every day – Stop for a moment and think about how you feel when you receive those random, genuine compliments from strangers. I know how I feel and I want to try to spread that brief moment of joyful recognition and appreciation to others.
- Collaborative art projects – I’ve met some really talented people in the past year with distinct skills and styles. I’ve been thinking a lot about different projects that could combine my skills with theirs and I hope to bring many of those ideas to fruition.
- Pursue opportunities to sell my art – I’ve created some interesting work in the past year and want to continue to do so. But that means those completed works need somewhere to go. I’m already at limited wall space and there is only so much work you can give to friends and family. It’s time to put some of it out in the world and see if others will pay for it.
- Get out more, including on dates – as much as I’m loathe to admit it, I probably should get out and try to date more. It’s not that I think I need someone else to be happy (I’m pretty happy), but I want someone to be able to share more of life with. Susan Sarandon has a great little speech in the movie Shall We Dance:
Why is it do you think that people get married? …..Because we need a witness to our lives. There’s a billion people on the planet… I mean, what does any one life really mean? But in a marriage, you’re promising to care about everything. The good things, the bad things, the terrible things, the mundane things… all of it, all of the time, every day. You’re saying ‘Your life will not go unnoticed because I will notice it. Your life will not go un-witnessed because I will be your witness’.”
So those are my goals for 2015, what are yours? And how are you doing on day 1 of this wonderful new year?