We’re now two months into 2018. Every two months, I’m going to check in on my progress on the goals I’ve set for the year. Here’s where things stand as of today:
1. Do one new thing every day.
2. Read 25 books by people of color.
I’m slightly behind on this one. I read (and loved) Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give, and I started Roxane Gay’s Difficult Women (it’s a book of short stories so it can be read in fits and starts) and Octavia Butler’s Kindred, but I haven’t finished either yet. Others on my shortlist include James Baldwin’s Another Country, Celeste Ng’s Little Fires Everywhere, and Haruki Murakami’s What I Talk About When I Talk About Running.
How I’ll catch up: Finishing the two books I started plus reading two more during March, then reading 2-3 more per month for the remainder of the year.
3. Get really good at vegan baking.
I set out to do this by baking one new vegan treat per month. In January I made (horrible! horrible!) chocolate cookies, and in February I made (much better!) peanut butter cookies. On track!
4. Go vegan for Lent.
I’m 2.5 weeks into Lent, and so far, so good. On track!
5. Run the TCS New York City Marathon.
I qualified for the race! I’m now officially registered, so barring any injuries or illnesses, this is happening. On track!
6. Record and publish at least 30 episodes of my podcast.
I have published 0 episodes, beyond a short trailer. Not great! I had a minor setback in that I wrote and recorded most of an episode on Tammi Terrell, then decided it was too much of a downer for what’s supposed to be a comedy podcast. I then started recording a new first episode on Aretha Franklin’s “Freeway of Love,” but I have yet to wrap it up and push it live.
How I’ll catch up: If I record just three episodes per month for the rest of the year, I’ll be on track. The key is determining whether I want to commit to that, or whether this is one for the “strategic abandonment” pile. Based on feedback from friends on the concept, I think it could be good to follow through, but I may need to pare down the goal to make it manageable.
7. Write two books.
I’ve written 36 pages of my novel (will be 45 by EOD tomorrow), and while I’ve scoped out the non-fiction book, I haven’t actually started writing it yet (though I have detailed notes for the first chapter). Overall, I’d say this is on track!
8. Ride Ain Dubai.
Ain Dubai has yet to open, but it seems to be on schedule to open this year. On track!
9. Make a hat.
This is a second-half-of-the-year goal, so even though I haven’t started it, I’m declaring this one on track!
10. Solidify my creative habits.
In January, I did these three things every day: a) give something away, b) think of 10 new ideas (they don’t have to be good, just new), and c) send an email to someone I want to connect with.
In February, I totally fell off on this.
How I’ll catch up: Doing all three every day of March, plus extra emails and gifts until I’ve made up for February. Also back-crediting extra ideas to February until my spreadsheet is full.