My 26th birthday is in two days. I started this list of 25 things I wanted to do while I was 25 last year. I started out hot, but then I moved to Austin and a lot of the things on my 25-things list were Chicago based, so in January, I rewrote the list to pertain to my life as it was in January. But I had to keep my big fat excited mouth shut about the whole quitting my job and pursuing the skydiving thing so I had to add in some random points about my life as it was in Austin.
Let’s see where we stand on this, shall we?
- Continue to be true to myself, my career goals, and my goals as they pertain to skydiving. Done. And continuing to do. It was scary to quit a job that was ridiculously awesome. And to relocate. And to leave another cool job to pursue the life I have now. The best part of it is, no matter how big I dream or how scary these decisions seem at the time, everything works out one way or another. And continuing to be true to myself will keep that momentum going.
- Live in a simple fashion – eliminate the clutter. Done. I can fit my entire life into my Civic. I’d say that’s eliminating the clutter. I’m pumped that I don’t have to buy furniture and sell it again anytime soon.
- Be a good mentor to someone (I’ve heard I can cross this one off from multiple people but this is one of those things that is on-going). Done and continuing to do. So proud of the people that have trusted me to give advice and help them on their journey through college and beyond. I have learned so much from them and it’s been one hell of a ride.
- Facilitate an engaging discussion at SXSW 2011 about mentoring. Based on the comments Aaron and I got after our presentation, I’d say we achieved this one.
- Get to 100 jumps, and if time allows, my coach rating. The coach rating thing is a 2011 goal, but I don’t see why that can’t happen before June. DONE AND DONE! YAY! The journey to 100 was safe. That’s the biggest thing. Also, fun. But the coach rating course was easily one of the most challenging things I’ve done since I learned how to skydive. Because now it’s not just about me, it’s about helping other skydivers learn. I can’t wait to be able to give back to the community the way so many people have helped me out in this sport so far. That’s what it’s all about. Spreading the sky jumping love.
- Visit my family at least once between now and June. FAIL. EPIC FAIL. But one out of 20 ain’t bad!
- Stay in touch with my friends and former colleagues in Chicago. (Hi everyone!) Could do a better job of this, I need to get to the city more. Going to be harder and harder to do this as we are now open 7 days a week and the weather seems to be getting better. ::fingers crossed::
- Save enough money for a skydiving trip to somewhere cooler, climate-wise, when it’s blazing hot in Austin. Or you know, move to somewhere cooler. Done. And I’m excited to see where we go after this season. Another perk of the skydiving gypsy lifestyle: the seasonal skydiving weather in Illinois allows me to scratch the “I need a change of scenery” itch without too much hassle like breaking leases or selling furniture.
- Get new contacts. Done.
- Go to the doctor. Done.
- Blog more. Explore other areas of PR/Marketing and all things social. And respond to comments. I miss responding. Kinda done. I need to blog more.
- Help a student in their job search. Done. Congratulations, Patrick on an awesome gig right out of college, negotiated to a level that will allow you to live in one of the greatest cities in the world without starving. I AM SO FUCKING PROUD OF YOU I COULD SCREAM.
- Bring great people to WCG. I left WCG in February, so I don’t know that I had a hand in any of the awesomeness that is Aaron Strout at WCG. 🙂
- Make time for myself so I can recharge and keep the creative energy at the highest level possible. Done. And you know what’s great? I can take a pause on my to-do list and go make a jump if I need to clear my head and recharge. It’s easy to get caught up in the stress of being a one-man marketing show at CSC, but with jumps between projects, it’s a lot better, for me, than taking a walk around the block.
- Stay sane while the boy is on his adventure on the east coast. Set dates to see him while he’s in Chicago next season. Continue to be awesome to and with him and grow as a person. This one should count for 5 points. Done. Moving back to Illinois took care of a lot of that. This is probably one that I’m most proud of, as we’re creeping up on a year together and a lot of my personal growth has been due, in some part, to him and his support. I’m one lucky lady. And I can’t (and don’t want to) imagine what life would be like without him in it. He’s my best friend, my rock and, even though he doesn’t like it all the time, my coach. He’s taught me a lot about life and skydiving and stuff and he’s pretty much the most amazing dude ever. And his dog is cute, so bonus points on that.
- Keep my car maintained. AKA, get my car in for maintenance. Done.
- Spend less money on stupid stuff. (See also #8) Done.
- Commit to a fitness plan that is sustainable. (See also #14) Almost done.
- Eat clean. Go big or go home. Stop eating garbage and get back on track. Holidays are over, tubby. Working on it, it’s been about two weeks and I’ve been doing much better on this one.
- Do the right thing. Every time. It might not always make sense, but follow my gut. It’s served me well so far. Done.
So what’s next for my 26th year around the sun? I’m not making a list. I’m not making any big bold plans. This year, I’m focusing on living in the moment, taking life as it comes, and going with the flow. I’ve got a good thing going here in my little world in Illinois, and I’m excited as hell to see where this year takes me.
What kinds of goals do you have for yourself before your next birthday?