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How I did on my 2013 resolutions

I'm a day behind on this, but around the turn of the new year I like to look at the resolutions I made last year and see how I did on them. New years resolutions have kind of a bad rap, as people tend to make them and forget them a week later, much less a year, but I like to think of them as plans to pursue rather than big changes to make to myself. I do well with plans, and it helps give me direction. So let's see how I did.

1. Make use of the master's degree I will be earning in May to make some significant professional improvement. I'm not sure what this is going to mean yet, but I will be graduating this year and I am determined to utilize my new credentials to make a step forward professionally.

Hmm. Hard to say. While I probably didn't make any BIG leaps by means of my degree, I did get a better job with better pay that's related to my field due to my pursuing it. I've also put it to use producing better-quality writing quite a bit, and while those things have not come into their own yet, I believe in the future they will benefit my career as writer.

2. Write at least one more full-length play. I have a couple of ideas right now, and I need to have them to submit around. By this time next year I want at least one more piece that I am proud of.

I wrote two full-length plays, Mrs. Loring and Vivat Regina! And I am proud of both of them. Plus a lot of other things.

3. Improve my sewing skills. I want to be at the point where I can capably make things I want to use by this time next year. I've made progress, but I'm not where I want to be yet.

This one fell by the wayside. While I made use of my existing skills with several costuming jobs, I didn't really have the time to focus on it for improving and gaining new skills.

4. Improve my proficiency with ballet. I love the art and it makes me feel strong and centered.

I made a lot of progress with ballet early this year, which I'm very proud of. At the moment I've hit something of a plateau, but I mean to keep at it.

5. Develop a system of stress management. The depression hasn't been as bad lately, but tension and stress has become more of a particular problem. I need to figure out how to keep feeling good about myself while maintaining my
peace and serenity.


I did this in spades. This system is called "dump my awful boyfriend and suddenly feel good about myself, my life, and even my struggles again." This also turned out to be the answer to the secret resolution I'd been making for the last several years, find a way to fix this sense of hopelessness that hovered over my life and seemed to be coming from one direction in particular.

6. Get my diet and workout plan straightened out. My eating habit are pretty messed up right now, and I know I always feel so much better when I'm in healthy habits.

I did great with this! I've been working out at least five hours a week, eating well, and I am stronger and fitter than I've ever been in my life. I feel good, I look good, and I am physically capable for just about any challenge I'm likely to meet.

7. Revise my budget. I'm pretty good about staying on top of it, but lately I've had a number of new expenses come into my life, and I need to rework things to accommodate them.

Eh, this got knocked around. I got laid off from my regular job and spent about six months doing various freelance things that did not pay as well, so my finances suffered. But I have better regular job now with the occasional freelance gig, so if I'm careful I can get things back in order. But I didn't really get that situation as stable as I wanted.

8. Be good to my parents and spend as much time with them as possible. This is more important than it's ever been.

I did a pretty decent job of this. I call home almost every day and spend as much time with them as I was free for. I can always do more, though.

9. Keep working on being a kinder person, keeping my temper, and being less judgmental.

I find this became a hell of a lot easier when I wasn't feeling so drained and miserable all the time. I could only go up from that!

10. Learn how to be hopeful. When we come down to it, it's all we really have.

See the answer to the previous.

2013 was a pretty good year for me. I finally got out of the bad relationship and related depression I was in and everything got better from there. I earned my MFA. I did a great amount of writing, not just Mrs. Loring and Vivat Regina, but also editing my Tailor screenplay so that it placed well in a contest, fixing up a new musical, and lots of shorter pieces. I started my Mrs. Hawking website to get the brand out there. I had readings and performances of many of my pieces. I was in a paid professional play and helped put together a show with a new theater group of artists I respect. I made a respectable amount of money as a model and got a better day job as well. And I got together with Bernie, who brings me so much joy. I've had struggles too, but those accomplishments mean something to me.

Here's hoping this new year will go on in the same vein. 

About Me

My name is Phoebe. I'm Boston area theater professional and English professor focused in writing, acting, directing, and modeling. I'm known for having lots of interests, lots of opinions about those interests, and a very high estimation of the value thereof. This blog is for talking about whatever's on my mind, from my daily life to my activities to musing on any number of abstract topics. Thanks for taking the time to read.

My productions:

Upcoming Productions:



MRS. HAWKING part 2 and 3


at the Watch City Steampunk Festival 2016

presented by The Chameleon's Dish

Vivat Regina
by Phoebe Roberts

at 2PM

and

Base Instruments
by Phoebe Roberts

at 6PM

Saturday, May 13th 2017
at 274 Moody Street, Waltham, MA

Other Achievements:

"The Tailor at Loring's End" screenplay
Quarter Finalist in the Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Competition 2013

"Adonis" screenplay
Top Ten Percent in the Bluecat Screenwriting Contest 2015

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