One year of being authentically me. Goals focusing on that. A while back I wrote a post called "Things I'm Proud" and I realized then that I hadn't picture being where I am today when I originally wrote my three goals at the beginning 2017. I expected something else and yet I wouldn't change a thing because this is so much better. I want to start the new year off strong and to do that I need to check in on how I did, so lets do that.
Continue to cultivate my voice and stay authentic
Continue to grow in body positivity
Continue to educate myself
Cultivate My Voice
Be Authentic to myself and writing.
September: Theme - Steps Into Therapy. I wrote a lot about therapy but those aren't my favorite post, that belongs to my review of Milk and Honey.
October: Theme - Looking back. I loved writing my looking back series, it was wonderful seeing old photos again. My favorite post that month is kinda weird because it was being honest about a decision made.
November: Theme - Emotional Growth. These posts were almost harder to write and share than my September posts. I think my favorite post is Urban Gardening, because it's so light hearted compared to the other posts written this month.
December: Theme - Christmas. My favorite post was definitely my year recap. But I am also super proud of my Christmas decorations and the redesigned fireplace!
Grow in body positivity
September: 14 days of yoga, 1 double classes, 10 days of migraine meds.
October: 31 days of yoga, 2 double classes, 16 days of migraine meds.
November: 30 days of yoga, 2 double classes, 14 days of migraine meds.
December: 29 days of yoga, 2 double classes, 18 days of migraine meds.
There will always be days I dislike something about myself but as I surround myself with people who are encouraging I find myself having less days body days. My body project is a huge part of that. So is the Instagram yoga community.
I also finished 90 days of yoga. From September 29 to December 27, I went to yoga everyday. It was so hard and so awesome. Technically I did 96 classes in that time frame. This instagram post tells you about my feelings on it. However based on my migraine meds, it was not a healthy thing to do. I did not spend enough time listening to my body during that time frame. So I need to do better.
Read and stretch.
I set my original reading goal to be 75 books. I knocked that goal out the park by reading 111. In total I read 40,037 pages. Which is the most I've read since I started tracking in 2010, Goodreads has this beautiful outline for the year. Now for some favorites:
My favorite educational book: things no one will tell fat girls by Jes Baker
My favorite fantasy book: The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle
My favorite mystery novel: The Accidental Alchemist by Gigi Pandian, though book three of the series is a close second.
My favorite poetry novel: milk and honey by Rupi Kaur
My favorite contemporary novel: Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
My favorite line:"our backs tell stories no books have the spine to carry" Rupi Kaur milk and honey pg 171
My favorite character: October "Toby" Daye
My favorite mental health book: Toxic Parents by Susan Forward Ph.D
Book that surprised me the most: The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis or Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
Book that I will read again: Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore
Author I am looking forward to reading more of: Nnedi Okorafor
Yes most of my education for the year comes from books. A problem to fix in 2018, I think. Speaking of 2018 OMG we're already in 2018 and that to me is amazing. We survived the last year. It was intense, there was lots of crazy things. I had to remove the Facebook app off my phone and limit my twitter usage just to avoid some of the craziness in the world. The fact that all I had to do was that, is the amount of privilege I have in my life. I want to be better for 2018. Friday I'll be sharing my plan for that and I hope you'll come back to read it.
One, final thing - the words
At the beginning of 2017. I choose two words and place them on my bathroom mirror. I never shared these words with anyone and I didn't have a plan for them. But everyday, multiple times throughout the day, I would see those two words
Stretch and Focus
Those two words where very much lived. One of those very literal, stretch = yoga. I got very focused on my yoga practice and about making connection with people at the studio. Realizing both of these is very empowering and I am definitely choosing a word or two for 2018. Underneath both those words was one last sticky, but with a quote, shared with me from a friend. I hope to embody it more.