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Goal in focus Make 2017 my Best Year Yet! 13 people are doing this
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  • BeingBryn
    BeingBryn Doing 2 cheers 2017-08-19 13:43:03

    We went to see Hamilton last night! Definitely one of the highlights of the year!

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  • BeingBryn
    BeingBryn Doing 4 cheers 2017-06-26 11:27:41

    The first half of my 2017 was mostly consumed with launching a business. This is incredibly exciting to me, and it's been a lot of work. I am just starting to breathe easier.

    I lost my grandmother a few weeks ago, and I was very sad about it. I loved her a lot and I know how lucky I was to have her around for so long! I also know she's in a better place now, and I'm starting to feel happy about the memories I have instead of sad about her loss.

    I think this is a great year so far. I do want to branch out and focus on more of my other goals, including ones that are about enjoying life to the fullest!

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    • citrus
      citrus Doing 0 cheers 2017-06-26 12:00:56

      @BeingBryn Do let us know more about your new business! I am - and was - sorry to hear about your grandmother's passing. As I recall you wrote letters to her. I find that very endearing and inspiring.

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  • BeingBryn
    BeingBryn Doing 5 cheers 2017-04-27 17:50:53

    Well... So far this has been a great year. BUT...

    When I began this year, I wanted FUN to be my one-word theme. I didn’t know what would happen with work, and I knew I might be working hard, so I wanted to remind myself to have a good time.

    My work aspirations ARE coming to pass. I have an exciting and busy new role. And I’m working a LOT. I know that if I'm not careful, the stress is going to get to me.

    I’m really failing on most of my resolutions. And I’m kind of sucking at FUN.

    I’m giving up the “learn Spanish” goal. I am learning so many things this year because of the job.

    I’m changing “be active in local political groups” although I will still make calls to senators, donate to worthy campaigns, and show up to an event now and then.

    I’m also giving up on the Internet limit goal. I worry about spending too much time talking to people, but I’ve come to the epiphany that it’s actually a strength. It’s a big reason why I’ll succeed at the new work thing. When I don’t know something, I can always think of someone to ask!

    One really good thing, though, is that I’ve started going to the gym a couple of times a week and lifting weights with a friend at work.

    I’ve decided to focus on 10 of my goals from my Life Goals List. And once I have one finished, I’ll put another one on my list. ..

    I’m going to think about this a little more and figure out which 10. And some of them are going to be... FUN.

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  • BeingBryn
    BeingBryn Doing 20 cheers 2017-04-03 05:04:44

    APRIL GOALS!

    My books:

    ~ Write 2000 writing prompts for the writing prompt book.

    ~ Put out monthly newsletter, 2 blog posts a week, and 1 youtube video.

    ~ Give Liz everything she needs to make the book trailer.

    Business goals:

    ~ do all the things on my list 🙂

    Also:

    Go on 4 amazing dates with Mr. Donovan.

    Do something fun with friends in real life once a week.

    Do 4 random acts of kindness.

    Share 1 photo on Instagram and write 1 thing in the Happiness Book every day.

    Take a long walk 6x/week and begin lifting.

    Study some Spanish.



    I think it's going to be a great month!

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  • BeingBryn
    BeingBryn Doing 9 cheers 2017-03-27 15:42:58
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      citrus Doing 0 cheers 2017-04-02 17:23:33

      @BeingBryn Thanks for keeping us updated. I understand that sometimes it is frustrating to not get things done but perhaps it is a (small) comfort to know that you not making it 100% every week makes me feel a little less bad about me not making it all the way either? I mean, if the Fabulous Donovan isn't scoring it all...

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  • BeingBryn
    BeingBryn Doing 1 cheers 2017-08-19 13:39:17

    This is a huge challenge. A couple of my product release dates have been pushed back because they aren't going to be ready yet. I try to keep a positive attitude even when I run into setbacks. There are a lot of exciting things happening, too. 🙂

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    • Andia
      Andia 2 cheers 2017-08-19 14:00:50

      @BeingBryn this is exciting!! There was a study done of people who put in massive amount of hours for another company, while they liked their job it was not the level of satisfaction as someone who put in the same hours for their own business. How absolutely lovely you went for this!

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  • BeingBryn
    BeingBryn Doing 5 cheers 2017-08-06 13:33:17

    My new business is officially launched now! The response to it in the industry has been very positive.

    Honestly, it's a crazy amount of work, but it's also really satisfying.

    The first product releases are a challenge. They were on such a tight time frame, and I'm working with people I've never worked with before. But all I can do is do my best. 🙂 I've drawn up a marketing plan, and I'm meeting with people next week to take about implementing it.

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  • BeingBryn
    BeingBryn Doing 1 cheers 2017-06-26 11:21:15

    I've been MIA on this site, which I regret -- I love it here! But this goal is really why. I am finally getting my head above water again!

    My new business will officially be announced in late July, and it is well underway already. It's been a big learning curve as I work with new people who I am getting to know. I never thought I'd do something like this, and I'm very excited!

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  • BeingBryn
    BeingBryn Doing 12 cheers 2017-02-25 17:19:53

    This is pretty big news for me... 🙂

    One of my 2017 resolutions is "Achieve new levels of brilliance in my career," which is open-ended so that I can accomplish it in different ways. But when I saw that 2 other people had this specific goal, I figured I might as well be specific, too.

    I pitched a new business venture to a company. I put my heart into the idea for more than a year. And now it looks like it's happening! I just had meetings in L.A. to talk to people about the plans, and everything seems good.

    I've always, always wanted an opportunity like this, and I'm so excited. I'm crossing my fingers and toes that everything progresses smoothly and we can be open for business by this summer.

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    BeingBryn Doing 4 cheers 2017-08-06 13:57:30

    We missed a few weeks and had to start over (I've started over probably a dozen times, to be honest.) But I think we can do it! Lately we had a romantic date in Seal Beach, CA; a Spiderman matinee date; and a date going to the Royals game and kissing during the fireworks!

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  • BeingBryn
    BeingBryn Doing 6 cheers 2017-03-16 11:44:22

    We had two wonderful dates on our Miami trip! On one day, we had a romantic morning in the hotel 🙂 , then went to breakfast and took a long walk on South Beach. On another day, we went to the Miami Zoo.

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  • BeingBryn
    BeingBryn Doing 3 cheers 2017-03-05 12:51:12

    We have fallen behind because I had a business trip, and then Mr. Donovan had terrible health problems! First he had salmonella poisoning, and then bad sinus trouble.

    His sinuses were still bothering him a lot yesterday, but we went to Lawrence (the college town near us) and went to lunch at a place we hadn't been to in forever and went to the independent used bookstore.

    I'm hoping he feels much better soon!

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  • BeingBryn
    BeingBryn Doing 3 cheers 2017-02-13 13:11:24

    4 so far in 2017, so a little behind pace 😃 We'll just have to make up for that!

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    BeingBryn Doing 6 cheers 2017-03-16 11:48:26

    We went to a friend's wedding in Miami! SUPER fun! Here's us the night before 🙂

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    BeingBryn Doing 3 cheers 2017-03-05 12:54:12

    This goal is going just great. The week before last, I went to my friend's 2-year-old's birthday party... and last week, I went to our Goal Group (we meet once a month to talk about our goals! You'd love it, 43T!)

    Only 2 other people could make it to Goal Group. It's nice when everyone comes, but this was also nice because we had deep conversations.

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  • BeingBryn
    BeingBryn Doing 6 cheers 2017-02-19 05:13:12

    Last Friday I went out with a few ladies to what I thought was going to be a sedate happy hour... instead it was a loud club and we did a lot of dancing! I hadn't gotten to dance in so long... I was so happy! 

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  • BeingBryn
    BeingBryn Doing 3 cheers 2017-02-13 13:06:01

    I am doing great on this goal so far 🙂

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    BeingBryn Doing 1 cheers 2017-08-06 13:58:26

    My video creator is working on this! I think it'll be so fun to have it done!

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  • BeingBryn
    BeingBryn Doing 3 cheers 2017-02-17 02:14:55

    I met with a woman who made a poetry video with me a couple of years back, and she is down for this project! I will pay her for it, of course. We really can't get started until I have a book cover. But I have already written a script (very short) and have a piece of music I am going to license for it. It was SO MUCH FUN to pick out some music -- I listened for hours and hours!

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  • BeingBryn
    BeingBryn Doing 4 cheers 2017-02-19 05:19:06

    Okay, so our REAL Valentine's Day 😉 was great! Flowers and chocolates for me. A card with a sentimental handwritten message and a silly gift for G. Morning romance. A romantic dinner on the Plaza. That's more like it! 

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  • BeingBryn
    BeingBryn Doing 4 cheers 2017-02-15 07:31:40

    Well, I have to be honest... Valentine's Day didn't go well.

    We had a great romantic morning, but later on we cancelled our evening Valentine's Day plans... we had reservations for an expensive dinner, and we kind of weren't in the mood. I thought we could just hang out at home.

    I won't go into the details, but it was a bad night. We should have just gone out, even if it did seem too expensive and silly. It's 1:30 am and I haven't been able to get to sleep because I'm sad. Both holidays and romance mean a lot to me, and we just screwed this up.

    I'm sure tomorrow (or okay, today) will be better.

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  • BeingBryn
    BeingBryn Doing 2 cheers 2017-02-13 13:09:29

    I never know what to do for MLK Day, but I did donate to the Southern Poverty Law Center. We attended a Chinese New Year Festival, and my birthday was fantastic -- a shopping spree and a fondue party (and my family and friends made it a fantastic birthday!)

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    BeingBryn Doing 5 cheers 2017-03-05 13:02:59

    In the past month or so, I have:

    had an interview with Upworthy about my kidney donation and how the Affordable Care Act repeal could affect altruistic donors and donor chains

    taken part in a peaceful protest

    done a political "good news" roundup on FB for one of the local groups... sometimes people can feel like everything's bad, but we are having small victories on the state and national level.

    I have backed out of the leadership of one local political group (not that I did that much anyway) for a few different reasons, none of them personal at all. I intend to continue to be active with our local groups!

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    • ladygrinningsoul
      ladygrinningsoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-03-06 17:49:32

      @BeingBryn I so agree about the need to highlight the good news/successes, otherwise it's all too easy for people to fall into a sense of hopelessness and despair. My mum and I try to feed each other an 'on the upside' story every day.

      I did not know you'd donated a kidney (why would I?!) - what an amazing gift for someone - a truly wonderful thing to have done. Was the recipient family/friend?
      x

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  • BeingBryn
    BeingBryn Doing 6 cheers 2017-02-13 13:10:11

    I'm going to a meeting tonight!

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  • BeingBryn
    BeingBryn Doing 4 cheers 2017-08-06 14:00:05

    This was one of those, "Ha, I don't know why or how, but maybe someday" goals. But... it looks like it will probably happen this fall!

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  • BeingBryn
    BeingBryn Doing 4 cheers 2017-08-19 13:50:54

    I've started on this one! I am going to make her a Japanese-inspired indigo and white quilt. (I'm pretty sure she's not on this site, so it's okay to discuss.) I'm making 4 embroidered sashiko squares to put in the corners, so that's what I'm working on first...

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  • BeingBryn
    BeingBryn Doing 2 cheers 2017-03-05 13:07:52

    Guys, I backed out of the class.

    Well, the place looked very hard core karate and krav mega, which made me nervous... according to my doctors, I'm not actually supposed to do martial arts because of the one kidney. Mr. Donovan was very worried about it.

    And he drove me there (it was in Lawrence, 45 min. away from us) and would have to drop me off and pick me up, and that didn't seem like so much fun for him since he was not feeling that great? So I decided to spend time with him instead.

    I will get this one done! But I think next time I'll talk to the instructor beforehand to make sure I feel comfortable.

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    BeingBryn Doing 2 cheers 2017-02-25 21:59:30

    I'm hoping to go to a class next Saturday!!

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  • BeingBryn
    BeingBryn Doing 1 cheers 2017-08-19 13:52:56

    We have Monday off for this! We will head a little ways north to experience the full eclipse (we're not far from the path of totality.)

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