Guten Tag, y’all!
I’m writing to you from the confines of cozy Casa Hanebutte (aka our apartment), which I haven’t left since Christmas Eve due to this heinous cold I’ve managed to catch. I haven’t quite set up a chicken soup IV drip yet, but I HAVE, apparently, been robbed of my ability to write a snappy intro. So, I’ll just get into it: here’s a review of what I accomplished from my 30 Before 30 list in 2012.
1. Learn German
4. Take a train to Paris
5. Visit London
9. Visit Amsterdam
10. Complete a manuscript
11. Publish a short story
12. Learn HTML
14. Watch Breakfast at Tiffany’s
16. Learn how to play soccer
18. Learn to cook 5 new things
19. Learn how to roller-skate
20. Visit Brussels
22. Go to a professional soccer match
27. Start doing yoga
First of all, I see success! I said I was going to get things things done, and I got them done. It’s a very, very good feeling. Some of the highlights: publishing my first short story; playing a pickup game of soccer; and serving as translator for my mother and stepfather-in-law, who have nary a common language between them.
But I also see a lack of trying. Aside from taking a train to Paris, which I’ve decided I’d rather do next year with my friends, the things left uncompleted were mostly not done because I didn’t try hard enough. Or, to be more specific, I didn’t plan well enough. Being disorganized has long been a weakness I want to correct, and it shows up far too often. Though I’ve made progress in this area, I’m still not where I want to be, and it shows.
Finally, I see changes in myself. Looking at this–and at at my entire 30 Before 30 list–I see things that I don’t have to have right now. For example: after spending more than a year living in oft dreary Europe, I’d prefer to travel to some place sunny. Which means instead of visiting some place like Brussels, I’d rather put more resources and effort into visiting New York in the summer. In fact, I think I may move some things to my bucket list and replace them with other things I’d like to accomplish.
As always, I’m excited about making plans for the upcoming year, and I’d really like to hear how your year went! Did you make a big move? Start a new blog? Get a new job? Tell me!