Well, reassessment. I'm supposed to be doing that. It's February and usually I take time during February to set some new goals for myself for the year. Before I do that I need to sit with my goals from last year and see what I accomplished.
prayer flags last year depicting my goals for the year? Here's a picture in case you forgot.
First, a map of Morocco. The flag was to remind to be wise with money, pay off debt and save for a trip. I give myself a B+ on this one. I've paid some stuff off which is good and I've started saving toward what I hope is a trip to Haiti this summer to volunteer.
Second, "Any time you can tell your story in the form of a quest or pilgrimage, you'll be ahead of the game." --William Zinsser. I set the goal to have my work published in three places last year. I wrote a blog for Libuse Binder about Construction For Change, I published twelve recipes for Flock and three articles for Ocsplora, two of which were featured in the first ever print edition. Success.
Third, the tree symbolizing the tattoo I want to get. I didn't get that one but I did get this one...
Fourth, BOOKS! I set the goal to read 25 books outside of school reading, I read 16. Here's the list: The Writing on Her Forehead, The Namesake, The End of Poverty, Dreaming of Baghdad, Arafat and the Dream of Palestine, Ecological Intelligence, Zen and the Art of Writing, The Fellowship of the Ring, Middlesex, Shanghai Girls, Savage Beauty: The Life Edna St. Vincent Millay, Half the Sky, The War of Art, A Poetry Handbook, Snow, Strength in What Remains. For school I read: Brain Rules, Our Kind, The Government and Politics of the Middle East, Naked Lunch, On the Road, Veiled Threat and The Silenced Cry. Total I read 24. I win.
Fifth, the onion symbolizing cooking. Did you read the part where I published 12 recipes?
Sixth, the yoga person symbolizing self-care. I got my migraines a bit more under control but I don't think I fulfilled the goal. I didn't stick to a regular yoga practice which was the main part of the goal. But there's always 2011.
An unexpected event this year was that I started painting. See them here, here and here. But here's one just in case you're lazy.
So, time for some new goals. Travel, reading, writing...and an old favorite is back. Sit tight while I figure out 2011 and set your own goals while you're waiting. If you need some help check out Chris or Jolie for inspiration. They're the ones that inspired me to start this little yearly project.