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Thursday, January 22, 2015
2015; Pre-Assessment So when I put this blog together a few years ago, I made a life list of things I wanted to do or to learn (see the original list on the sidebar?) So I've been working on them. The ones in purple are things I've already done, and the ones in red are the things currently in progress that are accomplish-able in the next calendar year (for example, "be debt-free" is not highlighted because, while I am actively working on this goal, currently the plan will not finish out til 2017; "Watch movie in IMAX" is not highlighted because I have no plans for a specific movie at this time). Many of these things have been works in progress for a long time, and I'm excited that this year will see the "finish" of so many things! I have edited the list slightly, taking a more "goal" oriented approach rather than "things that I hope will happen" approach (thus, "get married" is not on the edited list, as that is something that requires the agency of someone else as well). The first part is the whole list, and then after I break down this year's goals with a short description of progress and plans. Then the obligatory inspirational quote.
Write a song
Watch movie in IMax and/or 3D
Take a chemistry class
Take a calculus class
Take a graphic design class
Swing dance well
Successfully perform a scat solo
Run a 5K
Read the Wheel of Time series
Read The Screwtape Letters
Read the Book of Mormon in another language
Read Dante's Divine Comedy
Play Ultimate Frisbee
Play the piano: hymns, jazz
Play the Harmonica: Bb Blues
Play the Guitar
Play French Horn
Perform "Dress Has Always Been my Strongest Suit," from Aida (or comparable piece)
Own a pet dog
Own a house, with LAND
Memorize 314 digits of pi
Manage finances very well
Make Creme brulee
Make a blouse
Learn to Knit
Learn to cook Indian food
Learn to cook Chinese food
Kiss in the rain :-)
Hike the Y
Have a picnic in a random spot on campus
Graduate with a bachelor's degree
Go to Yellowstone
Go to Thanksgiving Point Gardens
Go to New York
Go to a beach
Go rock climbing
Go east of the Mississippi River
Graduate from culinary school
Go to bakery school
Memorize The Living Christ
Graduate from Culinary School: WorkingonthatportfolioRIGHTNOWgraduationisFeb7IamSOCLOSE! *breathe*
Go to Bakery School: I actually ended up doing Bakery school the same time as Culinary School (same college, totally different program), so, graduation is ALSO on Feb 7! I've also started an advanced bakery technique certification program, focusing on special needs diets. I'll be finishing that program late summer or fall of this year. So excited!!
Run a 5K: My friend and I just decided to do the Rex Lee 5K at the beginning of March. Early-bird registration ends Jan 31, so we are getting our group together. We go to the gym together frequently, and it's super fun to have a goal, friends who also have goals, and feeling like I can I actually REACH those goals!!
Read "The Screwtape Letters": I seriously have like 15 pages left. That's for this weekend; gotta finish this portfolio first.
Memorize "The Living Christ": I now have the document on audio (Thank you, Gospel Library app!) and will be listening to it as I run inside this week. I listen to audio tracks the way some people listen to music (during workouts or studying). Music registers a different part of my brain, I guess. BUT I memorize really well by hearing things over and over, so it's a good start!
Play the piano (hymns): My friend is graciously letting me use her piano until I can finish paying for it. I have been blessed with a few guyfriends who are good at fixing things and they are fixing the base so I can set up the piano in a playable place (my front room). Another friend is super good at sight-reading, and is willing to teach/hold me accountable for practicing (which is really the bigger issue). I have the coolest friends.
Perform a favorite Broadway piece: I modified this goal to make it flexible to perform what I really want to do. I haven't decided what that is, yet, but I've been working on my pitch accuracy, my belt voice, and my stage movement. Right now I'm working Queen's "Somebody to Love," Hairspray's "Big, Blonde, and Beautiful," Carrie Underwood's "Before He Cheats," and Aida's "Easy As Life." I'm hoping that as I work on this goal, and my racing goal, I will be better able to dance and the two will combine into a "Perform in a Broadway style show" goal. #longtermvision
Hike the Y: Lived here 7 years, never hiked it. That just needs to happen.
Rock Climbing: I've never successfully been rock climbing, even on an indoor wall somewhere. I'm going to focus on my races and graduating and stuff, but I'm working on coaxing my cymbal muscles back into definition. I have to be really careful with my upper body, but by summer/fall I should be ready to go.
Take a graphic design class: I have always been interested in typography, the psychology of color, and other design topics. Now that I'm putting a website together, it makes a ton of sense to take a class or two. Thanks to Lynda.com, Coursera, Skillshare, and other avenues, this can be my graduation present to myself.
Play the French Horn: I got my horn back, so I'm starting back up and getting my embouchure back. I want to be able to play a personal arrangement (piano/horn/etc) of "Come, Come Ye Saints" for the 24th of July celebration this year.
Learn to Knit: a friend of mine is teaching me basic knitting stitches, and I've been practicing. I am picking it up pretty fast, but I still don't know how to cast off yet. Or shape things. Or do cool designs. But I'll get there.
Memorize 314 digits of Pi: 3.14.15 is THIS YEAR...so...#kairos. I haven't looked at this goal in a while, but I downloaded the Pimorize app this morning, and without any studying or mistakes I got to 85 digits. So, this my year. (3.1415926535897932384626433832795028841971693993751058209749445923078164062862089986280...3...something. But I've got 85 down without thinking; 314 will be here before I know it! Yay muscle memory and a 10-key!)
Language: Arabic: Brushing up my spoken Egyptian Arabic, refreshing vocabulary cards, practicing my handwriting. Ten minutes a day can conquer the world.
So there's my outline for 2015. It feels good to think that I can choose what I want my life to be, and then work on making it happen.
"You don't climb mountains without a team, you don't climb mountains without being fit, you don't climb mountains without being prepared and you don't climb mountains without balancing the risks and rewards. And you never climb a mountain on accident--it has to be intentional."-- Mark Udall