Before diving, fearlessly, à la Michael Phelps, into 2009…let’s take a moment to fondly remember 2008.
Finally. God, I’m so over 2008.
On to 2009!
After posting on goal-making strategies and tactics, I thought it only right that I post some of my own. You’ll notice, however, that I’m not calling them goals/resolutions/aspirations. Nope. It ain’t the little girl way. I’m just skipping over all of that fluff and defining them as achievements/successes/accomplishments to start with.
Wait, isn’t that playing against the rules? I haven’t actually achieved/succeeded at/accomplished any of these things as of yet. It’s definitely possible that I’m breaking some hallowed goal making rule, but it’s also certain that I really don’t care. One thing I learned from my college volleyball coach, Joel McCartney, is that you have to create the environment you want to exist in. That means if you want to be playing Nebraska in the NCAA Tournament at the end of the season, you put the dates on your schedule. You train and work with the idea that YOU WILL BE THERE. And guess what? We made it all four years I played at Winthrop.
How d’ya like dem apples?
Point being: I’m taking initiative and pre-manifesting my success in order to create an environment where every single thing on this list is crossed off by this time next year.
Here it goes! In no particular order…
Between January 1, 2009 and December, 31 2009, I:
1. Ran the Eugene Marathon in less than 3 hours. Training program began Monday, January 5. I also raised $10,000 for Train For Humanity. (This is like a three for one deal as far as goals go! I’m not sure if that means I’m more efficient or just an over-achiever. Suspecting the latter…reasonably certain I’m O.K. with that)
2. Traveled to the Democratic Republic of the Congo to report via photographs on the situation there (Honestly, I’d settle for a trip being in the works. It’s going to take a lot of resources for this one)
3. Called three friends who are long-distance from me each week. Wrote one personal connection email every single day. Went out of my way to engage and meet new people. Handed out my card to EVERYBODY (O.K. not all 6 billion of us, but you get the picture!)
3. Supplemented 1/2 my income from revenue made off of my website. (I’ll need some help from all of you on this one. Keep reading! Keep using your voice! Together, this small group of concerned citizens can and will make a difference. Want to advertise you business on the site? Let me know!)
4. Got accepted into graduate school, with scholarships, for documentary photography. (I’ve got 5 schools on my A list. I’ve got 7 months to put together the most bangin’ portfolio out there. If you have any ideas/leads for me, please feel free to leave a comment or email me!)
5. Volunteered 2+hours a week. (I, like most Americans, don’t give back nearly enough to say thank you to the universe for the amazing opportunities I receive in life. That’s changing. I hope you’ll join me!)
6. Was published (photographs and/or written word) in 6 magazines.
7. Got a show in a gallery/had my artwork included in a gallery show
8. Published one video story every month that was developed, reported and edited by lil ol’ me.
9. Chopped off all my hair (well not ALL, I’m not going for the Britney Spears in the midst of emotional breakdown look) and dyed it platinum blone! Hollaaaaaaa!!!
and No.10 (drumroll puh-leeeezzzzzeeeeeee) Crossed every item off my yearly To-Do List for the first time ever.