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I'm looking back on 2016, and feeling a bit surprised! So much has happened! I had a job, lost it, and got a new one. I moved out of my parents' house and into my own apartment. I wrote a complete draft of a novel and revised it. It hasn't been everything that I expected, or everything I wanted, but it's been good. At the beginning of the year I set some goals for myself, which I wanted to look back on as this year comes to an end.


GOALS
(reflections)

be kinder to yourself
&keep a consistent and regular yoga practice (twice a week)
&commit to vegetarianism
&allow yourself to take mental health days
&spend time with friends (at least twice a month)
&exercise more creatively, and just more
&get your own place to live (and be okay with imperfection)


(Looking back on 2016, I think I have been kinder to myself. For about 6 months of this year, I kept a consistent yoga practice of 2x a week. I tried to take up running, and was only partly successful. I committed much more to vegetarianism, and I learned to take work much less seriously. I was honest with my friends about how they'd hurt my feelings. I lost some close friends and deepened a few friendships. I moved out of my mother's house and set up my own apartment. I started seeing a therapist.

Overall, the most positive changes this year came halfway through, after I lost my job in June - I started going to therapy, and I moved into my own place. Both of these changes have allowed me to start to see myself more clearly as a complete person, with foibles and strengths. I've started to be a bit kinder to myself and others, and I feel very positively about the place I'm in right now.)

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be a better friend
&use social media more (post 2x/week, comment 3x/week, abstain 1x/week)
&spend more time with friends (at least twice a month)
&go out with strangers (once or twice)


(2016 was a challenging year for me, socially. I completely failed my social media promises, managing to be on certain networks more than I wanted (facebook), and others far less than I wanted (livejournal). I tried instagram again, and found that it bored me. I fell half in love with twitter. I didn't open any other accounts of note. As I mentioned above, I was honest with my rl friends, which meant that I lost some old ones. I do feel like I've cultivated a much stronger relationship with one or two of them, and that's made all the stress of honesty worth it. I tried online dating, and didn't enjoy it. I didn't meet very many new people.

I'm not entirely happy with the progress I made in 2016 in relationships. I do think that, on the positive side, I deepened some old friendships and weeded out some of the less positive relationships in my life. But I didn't reach out to make many new friendships, and that's something that I want to work on in the future.)

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become an author
&get paid for something you've written
&develop a writing routine (every day)
&FINISH a novel


(Yes and no. I solidified a routine of writing every day, enough so that it feels strange to go without writing anymore. I did finish the rough draft of a novel. I was not, however, published in any way, shape, or form, and I was certainly not paid.

I feel that the quality of my writing has improved a bit over the last year, and I've been slowly growing more insightful about the characters I'm writing. This is exciting, and proves that all my work hasn't been for nothing.

Overall, I just need to keep working at it.)

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On to the next year!!!
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