2009 Goals Thus Far…

2009 has been mighty fine but moving much too fast. I write this on Halloween morning as I’m feeling rather depressed over the amount of personal journaling I’ve been doing (or lack thereof). In 2003, i purchased an empty black journal book and wrote so consistently in it that it became a joy to when several months passed. I had no format, I scribbled down ideas, lyrics, quotes from Joe Hannon & Vaughn, and it encapsulated my life. Now between facebook and a seldom posted-to blog, I keep records digitally. Then I realized that most of my memories used to be in photos that I took. But the photos I take now are mostly commissioned and there’s very little of friends. THEN! I realized that I don’t write super personal things on this site because I’m so tired of being negative and people asking me the next day “everything ok?” Too much transparency. So… I think two things need to happen. I need to keep a personal journal again and carry that thing around with me everywhere. I need to take my point and shoot with me and just capture moments and not worry about image quality. OR I need to post to a tumblr account or something like that. Twitter seems pretty dumb (yeah I’m saying it).

Back to the original intent of this post. I wanted to map out my 2009 goals that I’ve done and then what I’ve yet to accomplish.

  • Perform improv 1-2 times a month
  • Write more music
  • Exercise more often
  • Go to Europe (forthcoming)
  • Spend significant time in Ohio
  • See a new part of the country (Oregon)
  • Experience more Austin theater
  • Be published in Austin media (The Chronicle several times)
  • Visit Grandparents
  • Volunteer more (mostly work and not time, not ideal)
  • Teach Photography & HTML workshops

And what I’ve yet to do

  • Begin learning a foreign language
  • Photography art piece
  • Perform open mics with new songs and stand-up
  • Yoga
  • Volunteer more hardcore
  • Record music
  • Have a tea party
  • Have a camping trip with lots of folks
  • Grow some of my own food
  • Kiss a woman (just kidding!)
  • KIss a man (even more kidding!!)
  • Stab a dinosaur
  • Kayak reguarly
  • Buy a car (on the fence)
  • Stop using parenthesis (…)
  • Take ballroom or swing dancing lessons
  • Visit more family members
  • Learn controlled lighting more

There’s still time for these things and I’m really happy of what I’ve accomplished so far. My only regrets are that it went by so fast and so much of 2009 was missing out on fun in order to complete work or prevent illness. I found myself forcing early bed times and avoiding social functions for the sake of staying healthy. People are constantly asking me “where I’ve been?”. I always wonder why I don’t date more often and this is entirely why. How do people do it? How do they find time for each other if they don’t have time for themselves? To end on a positive note, 2009 has been the year of great friends in Austin and corroborated love for family.

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