So...how did I do?
Eliminate the backlog of “to be posted” blog entries.
It's amazing how quickly a year goes by, and how quickly blog posts stack up once you fall behind. Still, I began this year with a backlog of 186 and I now have one of 126. That's progress, but I really, really hope that next year I really will write all those old entries up. I've got the notes scribbled in my planner, so it's really just a matter of sitting down and fleshing them out.
In a way, it all goes back to audience. Do I write these entries for readers or for myself? While some of the things I write are certainly intended for others to read - subscription box reviews being the most obvious example - but the fact that I still doggedly try to write up these older entries that no one will ever read shows that my audience is largely my future self.
Eliminate my backlog of books for review.
At the beginning of 2013, I had a pile of 28 books pending review.
Today, I have 33.
What a bummer. It's hard to stop reading long enough to write the reviews, but it's a commitment I made so I have to do it, right? Hopefully in 2014 I'll manage this better - if for no other reason than the pile of "pending" books drives both myself and Seanie nuts.
Find a real job.
It's been twelve months since I graduated from SJSU, and I'm still not working full-time, and there's no indication that I will be in the near future. It's frustrating. But at least I have some sort of employment and I got to do a cool internship! That's better than nothing.
Draw or create something every day. Draw or create something at least weekly.
I think my biggest disappointment this year is how little I painted and drew. It's something that I will have to prioritize and schedule, I think - if I wait for inspiration to hit, it'll never happen, because all the dozens of little things that can distract me from the easel can and do. My friend Rebecca has "craft hour" and "art time" written into her weekly schedule - I think that if I want to be more creative in 2014, that'll be what I have to do.
Exercise 60 minutes a week; by the end of year expand this to 210 minutes a week.
My absolute failure to establish an exercise routine probably surprises no one, but it's showing in my waistline and in the fact that certain dresses no longer fit. Both Seanie and I gained weight this year, and it's not good. We'll both have to prioritize health next year, especially since a certain dreaded birthday is just six months away...
Doing this, at least. Meals may not be high quality and amazing, but I'm cooking more and eating out less.
Chicago and Alaska and Utah and New York City.
Living on my own without family or roommates.
I attended my first professional conference when I went to the WMA/UMA Annual Conference in Salt Lake City.
I drove all the way back to San Jose from St. George in a single day,
Overall, I'm not thrilled. In fact, staring at this list makes me feel like I accomplished jack sh*t in 2013. But when I force myself to look at the second half of the list, I feel a little better. I did travel. I did work in a museum. I survived living in a tiny, isolated hamlet in Utah for three months. I learned the basics of oil painting and glassblowing. It was a pretty cool year!
I just really, really need to get off my bum and burn some calories more often.