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My 2017 Annual Report

Every year I do an annual review, and the process teaches me so much. It’s invaluable. Central to my work in studying who we are and why we do what we do is a steady aim of building life-worthy habits. I’m fascinated by my daily, monthly, and yearly habits, and how to continually improve my own performance. So each month, and again at the end of the year, I write a report and reflect on where I’ve been and where I’m going.

I’ve decided to go ahead and (gulp) share it, in entirety.
I’m a bit nervous to do so, because when I started writing it, it was just for me. The insights are personal and raw, and it recaps a year that professionally, felt often like a struggle and a challenge. No triumph, no magic wand. There were solid successes: The mastermind program I built went well, and sustained my end of my agreements with my partner.

The biggest disappointment? No book proposal, no book deal. Instead, the Startup Pregnant project took me in a different direction, and I learned how hard the writing process is for me, and how much more I want to grow, specifically with what kind of work I want to be making, and what habits I need to cultivate to make it happen. And, I’ve been trying to stay open to the magic of what the work wants, rather than forcing my assumptions of what it needs to be onto it.

I hope sharing this report is as useful to you as making it was for me.

My 2017 Annual Report.

If you’d like to do one of your own, here are links to my monthly review template, and the annual review questions I use for you to do your own.

How To Do An Annual Review: 10 Questions

Each year I do a private annual reflection where I look back at the past year, think about what I want for the year ahead, and make a list of dreams and goals. Then, I edit ruthlessly, a skill I’ve learned slowly over time, because having a list of 50 things does not guarantee thatRead the article

Upcoming 2017 Monthly Writing Themes

December is a time for rest and renewal. I’ll be taking the holiday time to write nearly exclusively on my book and focus on the Mastermind group I’ve been working with since September. Here are the monthly writing themes for the upcoming new year, if you’re curious:  January 2017: Discernment  February 2017: Perspective March 2017:Read the article

Creating Your Own Weekly Review

Living up to your potential sounds pretty fancy. It’s something we all want, right? Live up to your potential. Maximize your potential. Be all that you can be.  But how, exactly, do you do it? How does an intangible life objective become manifest into your daily routine? For Robert Cooper, author of The Other 90%: HowRead the article

Thank you.

(Photograph: Snowy Brooklyn).  I want to say thank you. Thank you. Thank you for listening, For inspiring me, for delighting me, For telling me your stories. Thank you for caring, For being, for questioning, for pushing Me, for pushing YOU, For all of the beautiful work you do, Even when it’s messy, and you wonder,Read the article

Craft beautiful things. Make art. Move every day. Stop driving. Practice gratitude and joy. 13 things to carry with me from 2013.

It’s here. The world spun around the sun again, and we’re buried in the darkness of winter. Sun rises late, lazy, making my head ache in the morning while rising. We look back. We reflect on the year past, we look at the year ahead, we wonder how so much changed and yet all stayedRead the article

The best of the blog: behind the scenes on organization, archives, and new reading collections for your weekend.

What does 250 blog posts look like? A look back at the archives and the best bits from three years of blogging.Read the article

2013: Lessons to Take With Me

Part two of my annual round-up. For part one, check out my annual review for 2012.  The last year, or two, weren’t easy–and full of lots of mistakes–but incredible and far better than the first half of my twenties. I’ve mused lately, in my 29th year, what this decade will add up to. What have IRead the articleRead the article

2012: Year In Review

Pelican on the San Francisco Bay, November 2012 (see below for the photo-behind-the-photo). This is my typical annual review, a process by which I review this blog, my life (although not all of it is shared here), the lessons I’ve learned, and some of the growth that’s occurred through projects and processes I have (orRead the articleRead the article

Happy Holidays 2012!

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and all the love and joy I can send your way over the holidays. Thanks for being here, for building such an amazing community, and for teaching me so many things over the past year. I’ve learned so much from each of you who write in, comment, and tell me storiesRead the articleRead the article