In order to truly accomplish a goal, you need to work at it regularly, keep it in the forefront of your mind, and make small steps to reach the intended destination.
This is something I am not good at. I write a list every year, and then it gets buried in the archive.
I decided not to make resolutions at the start of last year. Instead, I made a list of things I wanted to accomplish.
The post still got buried in the archive and I didn’t think much about it till now as we launch a brand new year.
That being said, let’s look back at what I was thinking last year at this time and see how I did and what I really need to work on in 2017.
Here it is
“I want to . . .
- be more creative
- DJ all sorts of events (weddings, rap concerts, dances, etc)
- get my fiction published
- produce quality radio
- build a life with the woman I love
- find a way to support myself financially
- find a job that not only pays the bills but makes me happy
- sharpen my DJ skills
- make a few mixtapes to highlight my DJ skills
- run more than 300 kilometers
- write a new work of fiction
- write a non-fiction book (I have two great ideas for this too)
- keep this blog regularly updated
- read for enjoyment, self-improvement, and personal education”
Why did I write that first one? I have always been creative and don’t think I slowed down in that arena.
I did DJ a lot this year as you can tell from my #2016bestnine posts on Instagram.
Six out of these nine pictures are DJ related. It shows me deejaying on the radio, at a night club, at a stag-and-doe party, holding it down for the Rel McCoy and Cquel tour stop in London, and for being an official DJ for Sons of Boombap.
I did produce lots of quality radio programs including my annual Women in Hip-Hop Spectacular, All Women’s Voices Day, Christmas Special episode, and tons of great in-depth interviews.
I made two mixtapes this year that were events. I mixed one-third of the collaborative mixtape from the Sons of Boombap collective. I also teamed up with DJ Hullewud to drop The MIX(ed)TAPE. I am very proud of both of these projects.
I didn’t track my running with an app this year but I did get out at least three times a week every week all season. I have to have cleared close to 300 km. I wish I knew for sure though.
I didn’t read as many novels in 2016, but I still did read a lot. I didn’t include the stuff I read for school either as I started working on a masters degree at Western University.
I didn’t write any new works of fiction or non-fiction this year. I did write and work on projects for the four university classes I took though. I hadn’t planned on going back to school, but I am glad I did.
Returning to university to pursue a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science.
I am very excited about this new career path and can’t wait to finish.
I worked at a fast food spot as a survival job and kind of got stuck there. The good news is that I did get promoted twice.
I have moved on from that job and will be teaching high school this winter term. That doesn’t start until Tuesday, but it’s a great way to kick off a new year (also featured on my Best 9 picture above)
The Biggest Win
The biggest win of 2016 is my engagement to Diana. She is an amazing woman and I am really looking forward to our wedding this winter and building a life together.
Good bye 2016
2016 wasn’t a terrible year. It felt like it was a transition year and that even better things are on the horizon. That is why I wrote this tweet.
I am ready for all the good things that will happen this year. I don’t plan on making any goals or resolutions just yet. Perhaps I will make shorter goals and work hard towards accomplishing some of the things I didn’t get to this year.
Happy New Year!