In retrospect, this year wasn’t so bad. I did a lot of new things of which I think I deserve to be proud of. (Yes, I realize how conceited I am…)
Here’s my brag list for 2010:
1) Traveled overseas for the first time:
- UK – Leeds where I studied at Leeds University and volunteered for a charity called Kidz Klub with local churches and communities. I visited a wide range of cities and sites in England, Scotland, and Wales. Didn’t make it to Ireland, but I will next time :).
- Italy and Spain – just braised these incredible countries and visited the popular Rome, Venice and Barcelona
- Now I’m just itching to travel more! It might be awhile before that can happen again – I need to save money.
2) Returned to dancing with USC and performed onstage again and put on pointe shoes aka ‘boots’ (miracles never cease to happen!):
- Classics to Contemporary – for my first performance after taking 9 months off ballet and almost 2 years off pointe, I did not expect to have to appear in pink tights and a pink tutu-thing for Raymonda variations.
Great Galloping Gottschalk by Lynn Taylor-Corbett was just what I needed to get back into the swing of things and enjoy dancing again.
- Student Choreography showcase – It was an honor to be a part of two other girls’ pieces. I am looking forward to choreographing my own next year. I don’t want to pass this opportunity by. I missed dancing too much and have already missed out on enough in the past few years by doubting myself and giving up too easily.
3) Tried several new outdoor activities/sports:
- Ice skating – with my family. And I am the most un-graceful of us all on the ice!
- Cycling – went on my first long rides with friends in England, and upon returning to Columbia began working at a bike shop taught me a lot about cycling. I am still in the learning process.
- Rowing – well, I am a weakling, but I discovered I can row at the gym to gain strength. Plus, it’s a great full-body workout.
- Rock climbing – again, discovered I am a weakling. But the thrill is great and I can’t wait to go back for more!
- Taught Pilates again at various places – subbing for Kyra at USC Dance Dept and at Cedar Crest Fitness at home in NM. Ideally I would get my certification so I could teach rather than working minimum wage jobs.
4) Became a vegetarian, which wasn’t a hard thing, because I don’t like much meat anyway, but I began eating meat again over the holiday season when I spent time with family and friends who made some yummy carnivorous dishes. I will probably return to being a “seasonal vegetarian”. Really, my intake of sugar and processed crap is probably what I should be most concerned about.
5) Switched my coffee addiction to tea – which is cheaper since I don’t get freebies from Starbucks anymore. I think it’s better for me since it has less caffeine, but I can drink a lot more cups of black tea than coffee in a day!
6) Got my first reviews published in the UK (have yet to in my own university paper yet… nothing like doing things backwards!)
7) Started playing piano again while I was home this summer, sorta…
8 ) Began routinely babysitting for the first time without being afraid of babies crying, changed a lot of diapers – (growing up I would pet-sit for our older neighbors instead) Finally this year I got the whole “mom” experience – complete with driving a minivan!
What I didn’t accomplish in 2010 that I would have liked to (and please don’t judge, although I guess I deserve it if I post this on a public blog), but I will add to my list for 2011:
1) Enter a fiction/short story contest.
2) Adopt a Compassion International Child.
3) Lose these pesky 15 pounds.
4) Get my Pilates certification
5) Win one person over to Christ – although I can’t be certain; only God does and that’s not something I can count by numbers, nor should I.
In addition to the above these are the things I want to do in 2011:
6) Definitely more rock climbing – inside then one day maybe outside.
7) Choreograph and stage my own piece.
8 ) Go swing dancing more consistently so I get better, and learn a new type of dance, say Flamenco!!
9) SAVE money for traveling
10) Get an internship in NY or London or other big city overseas so I can travel more.
11) Take some more graduate level classes for my BA to challenge myself.
12) Improve my writing and get articles published in the states.
13) Keep up my Vista Muse arts reviews blog better this year.
So…. I might be an overachiever and an idealist, but it’s better to have too many dreams set goals and fall short of them than to never have dreamed at all.
The New York Times Year in Pictures is an excellent summation of global happenings while I was busy doing my thing. It’s good to be reminded of the bigger picture and how fortunate I am to pursue my own ambitions. I caught up on 12 months of news by looking at these pictures: