2016 Goals – 6-Month Checkup

At the beginning of the year, I posted about my goals for 2016. And now with more than half the year over, I thought I’d do another checkup on my journey to achieving those goals. (Most of the summer since my last checkup has been insanely busy and I’ve barely had time to make much progress.)


I’ve put a hold on practicing hand-lettering since I just don’t seem to have the time this summer. Instead, I’ve decided to start in the fall when my final semester of school starts up again (when I’ll— surprisingly—have more time.) For the most part, I’ve been able to do a few sketches here and there, but not much has come of anything. Though today, I had a full day off and spent a few hours on a new piece that I’m excited about. Hopefully, as I said, in the fall I’ll have more time to dedicate to my design work.


I think that every summer I should just expect not to be able to get any writing done because it’s happened the last three years in a row. I’m always far too busy in the summer to even think about sitting down and churning out a few thousand words—or even a few hundred. I’ve had moments and a few hours here and there that I’ve been able to get some writing in, but for the most part, every time I have extra time to write, it either seems to disappear in more work, a family thing, or sleep. My hope is that I’ll be able to get a more regular, easier schedule in the coming months to work, write, read, etc. more steadily at certain times, on certain days.


Surprisingly, I’ve had time to travel! I went on two weekend trips in July/August (with a bit of time during them to get some writing and reading done) and had a great time. The first trip was to Madison, WI to visit family with my mom and we had an amazing, relaxing time. It came at the perfect time as I was starting to feel like I’d have a breakdown at any moment (and I may have had a few micro ones) because I felt over-scheduled and frustrated with things that were happening at work.

While traveling to Madison for a weekend vacation to visit family. 😄 #latergram

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Salt water pool is my new favorite hair product. 🏊🏻

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A few weeks later, we were off to our annual trip to Copper Harbor, MI—and though it was a rocky trip, we had a good time (though a weekend never seems to be enough time; we must try for a whole week once.)


With the 50 Book Reading Challenge, I always always always believe in myself far more than I should. Like clockwork, around mid-summer I set the goal down to 35. It happens every year, though I think 35 is more attainable this time (I read 32 last year). Though I didn’t do so well earlier in the year, BookTube-A-Thon helped bump up my joy for reading and I was able to so far read 10 books. Not a lot—I’ve definitely read more by this time of the year in past years—but I have high hopes that I will reach 35 this year. And, I’ll be posting a reading update soon about which books I’ve read and what I thought of them.


I haven’t seen a single film in the theater since 10 Cloverfield Lane in April. But I knew that might happen since there were more films I wanted to coming at the end of the year. I may not make 12 exactly, but that’s okay. I watched not one film in 2015 at the theater, which is why I made a goal in the first place for seeing more films. I’d wanted to see the new X-Men but completely forgot about it, heard terrible things about Suicide Squad so didn’t bother, thought I’d like to see Nerve but didn’t have time. I’d like to see Kubo and the Two Strings, The Light Between Oceans, and Don’t Breathe. I don’t know. There’s more films coming out later in the year. I know I won’t get to 12, but I’m happy with even having seen the two I have so far.


Since January, I’ve been trying to be more active and trying to lose weight. I’ve been walking/running for a while, but recently I’ve been putting it off and just not getting out and doing it. I’m ordering a Fitbit soon and hopefully that will motivate me enough to get back to it. And I just downloaded a 7 Minute Workout app on my phone. I started using it once a few days ago but just need to get into a the rhythm of it again to keep going.

2016 Video

I’ve been filming clips nearly every day all year for a project I’m working on and it’s been going decent. Once in a while I’ll forget to film a clip and will have to do it the next day, but I’m not worried about that. I just need to get to editing it all together soon so that it’s not all at once later.

And that’s that! Some positives, mostly negatives, but that’s okay. I’m hoping that once summer is over and my life starts to calm down again this fall, I’ll be able to refocus on my goals and get all of them (kind of) accomplished!


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