Writing a vision statement feels like building the scaffolding for my life this year. It’s the framework of a house that I can decorate over 12 months with experiences and relationships.
However, sometimes it feels a bit grandiose. There are plenty of things I want to happen in my life that I’m not going to document in a vision statement because I enjoy being spontaneous and enjoying serendipitous moments (see: name of this blog).
I’m not as anal-retentive as this process suggests, but I know that the best way for me to get the most out of my one sweet life is to set my intentions and find ways to make them happen. I am a woman of action.
I lost another friend from college this year – a painful reminder that we don’t know how much time we have left on earth. I want to be deliberate in how I live my life. I want to live it to the fullest with the people I love.
Last year’s vision statement was pretty ambitious, and I ended up completing 8 out of the 20 goals, halfway completing 6 and not getting anywhere on 6. This year, I decided to simplify to two main goals per category and a few optional, bonus goals.
Here’s what I hope to accomplish in 2019 and what I’ll be writing at the end of the year:
- Did a family vacation together and unplugged our devices for at least one day (it was wonderful to do this during my New Zealand trip in 2018; need to disconnect from social media more often)
- Spent time with my parents
- I finally met the partner I’d hoped for and we are building a life together
- Enjoyed a Vegas Girls’ trip with my mom, during a month when it was warm enough to sit out by the pool!
- Had a fun trip to Sedona with my girlfriends
- Hosted a dinner party for my friends
- I started a Women@GBM group and helped support women in our org
- Started teaching yoga and mindfulness classes with Veterans Yoga project
- Continued supporting veterans transitioning to tech by participating in Facebook’s Vets group and speaking with groups like Breakline
- Earned my 200-hr yoga teaching certification so I can teach yoga to veterans.
- Can do a press-up handstand.
- Competed in a pole dancing competition.
- Music: Since buying myself a digital piano for Christmas in Dec 2018, I completed an online piano course and can play at least 4 of the following songs. :
- Flying: I fly every 3 weeks or so and enjoy taking friends up for flights. Did a couple of cross-country camping flights and enjoyed sleeping under the stars.
- I sold the screenplay/teleplay I wrote in 2017 and wrote another one.
- I blogged monthly
- Travel: I visited two new places this year (thinking about Sedona, South Africa, Copenhagen, Prague, Berlin, Costa Rica).
- Painting: I set up my art studio space in San Jose and completed 20 paintings, enough to sign up for Open Studios. I have posted my paintings to my art website, encaustech.com, and have sold a few. I’ve begun talking with Facebook about doing an encaustic installation on one of the walls at work.