It seems like just yesterday I wrote out my 2011 goals whilst tending a hangover on Alex‘s couch. Fast forward 365 days (give or take a few), I’m setting new goals beachside from my window and reflecting on last year’s. Did I meet all my goals?
In 2011 I rode Mt. Hood, photographed Avenged Sevenfold, traveled to New York, moved to Los Angeles, started volunteering, saw Prince at the Forum, suffered a dry spell, expanded my photography portfolio, wrote for Refinery29, road tripped to Vegas, kicked off a career and met amazing new friends. How could 2012 top that!? Well…
Finish One Book Draft- Ok so this was a 2011 goal that didn’t get finished. Alas, I shall carry it on to 2012. Progress was made, so not all is lost.
Photo Exhibit- Between volunteering at MADE and living in Los Angeles, the homeless capital of the world, it’s safe to say these people, their stories and struggles fascinate me. Helping others feels good. Taking amazing photos feels good. Why not combine the two? In 2012 I hope to have my first photo exhibit featuring the faces of LA’s homeless. Ideal situation? I find a local printer/framer to publish some of my work, show it, and donate 100 percent of the proceeds back to the Downtown Women’s Center. I’ve already started snapping shots, and they are goooooooood.
Healthy Body, Healthy Mind- Who doesn’t like to look good? We all do. What about feeling good? This is why I work out. The mental escape I get from yoga, the time to reflect, ponder, analyze and be in the moment, is something I plan to do more of in 2012. My mind runs a million miles an hour. I plan to sweat out the stress, fat and negative energy at least five days a week in hopes of mentally decompressing. Best ass at the pool isn’t bad either…
Become (More) Politically Active- In 2011 I gave financial donations to a political candidate for the first time ever. With the government’s strong hand, and IMO a soon-to-be censored Internet, I plan to take my political ways old school. I’ve brainstormed a few ideas and hope to recruit like-minded freedom fighters to partake. If you see someone in tie-dye holding anti-government signs over the 405, tweet me.
Get Off the Internet- The older I get, the more I’m on the Internet. Work. Friends. Family. Document. Post. Tweet. Upload. I’m sick of it! Does anyone else feel less enjoyment from events because they feel so busy documenting it? This pseudo world has sucked me in and I’m starting to resent it. In 2012 I’m looking for human interaction. Don’t be surprised if I drop off the Net completely.
Travel- Palm Springs. Mammoth. Costa Rica. These are my top three. As for work, we’ve got projects coming up that could (fingers crossed) take me back to Beijing!
Friends- The older I get, the more I realize what I want. Severing toxic ties, albeit tough, was needed in 2011. After all, how can you make room for good energy if you’re retaining the bad? I miss my girlfriends from home, and nothing can replace them, but in 2012 I would like to find more positive energy peeps to partake in concerts, beach BBQs, road trips, photo shoots and adventures galore. Preferably those within walking, biking or driving distance.
Looking for Love- Not really. In fact, nothing annoys me more than desperate people on a quest for “love”. That being said, I automatically file 99 pecent of guys into the friend-zone. The other 1 percet sadly get put on the back-burner after work, working out, girlfriends, blogging, sleep, sunning and travel. Maybe I’ll make time for love in 2012. Maybe not. But if I don’t open myself up to the idea of dating, and look past my stereotypical “type” of tall, tan and usually douchey, I should probably quit bitching. Hey guys- it might be 2012 but chicks still dig dates. (hint, hint)
Welp, that’s it. Goals are up. I am now accountable for what I accomplish in 2012. What do you plan to do in your last year alive?