I make mental resolutions every new year, but writing them down kind of solidifies them. This year I want to DO MORE of a lot of things, and I’m on track to do just that.
Pay off my debt: My Gap Year was amazing, but it did put me in some debt. I should be able to pay it off by the end of the 2016, probably even earlier, but I need to be smart about my spending—it’s really hard to pay off a credit card if you keep putting new things on it! (And that interest, ugh.) Especially since I have big plans this year that aren’t exactly cheap (see below) so I need to be frugal with everything else. At the moment I am considering two options: a personal loan, which theoretically should have a lower interest rate than my credit cards and would consolidate the bills, and/or a balance transfer card, which is, yes, another credit card but would have a 0% balance transfer rate and 0% interest for the first year or so. I’m looking into it. If you have suggestions, please let me know!
Travel lots! Continue to visit 2+ new countries each year: This has been a goal of mine for the past two years, and I’ve hit the mark each time. In 2014 I visited Trinidad & Tobago and Nicaragua, and in 2015 I visited Poland, Germany, Czech Republic, and the Philippines, as well as a new state, Nevada. This year I have plans to visit Canada in August, and perhaps Mexico around the winter holidays, as well as another new state for me, Louisiana. (After Louisiana I’ll have been to half the states!)
Play in more immersive LARPs: New World Magischola‘s kickstarter ended and is happening in June. Rob and I are going to the first weekend. Yes, I’m going to another to wizard school and I AM SO EXCITED! I’ve also signed up for The Voyage North, which is a trip to Bicolline, North America’s largest LARP that’s a full week long! It’s the reason I am visiting Canada, because it takes place in a medieval village there that was specifically built for this game. I CAN’T EVEN EXPLAIN HOW EXCITED I AM FOR THAT, TOO. OMG. Yes, it’s going to be a big year. Additionally we plan to go to some MES conventions, SWRE this March and Grand Masquerade in New Orleans sometime in fall. Those are not immersive like NWM and Bicolline, but they’ll be fun as hell I’m sure.
Adventure! Explore!: I’m already doing some pretty adventurous things this year with those two immersive LARPs on the table. Bicolline is a BIG one, especially since the LARP is in French! (But I’m going with an English-speaking group, don’t worry.) However, I do want to get out and do some more exploring around here, too. I still haven’t visited Lake Tahoe or Yosemite or the Muir Woods. They’re all on the list of places to go explore year.
Share the journey and inspire: I’m feeling motivated to post more on this blog, and perhaps even start video blogging too (I know, crazy thought!), about all this adventure I’m having, especially because I’ve come to realize that I have the ability to inspire others. I got a direct message on Twitter from one of my followers the other day about my 2015 year-in-review post that thanked me and said my being out in the world as a Type-1 Diabetic is helping a lot with the diagnosis of his young son. I’m so heart-warmed by that sentiment. And he’s right, it’s super important that you are able to see yourself and your children represented in role models. I remember how I felt when the first female-female team won The Amazing Race (basically the only reality TV I watch, ever) and one of them was a Type-1 Diabetic like myself… I WAS SO HAPPY. I want to be able to spread that kind of feeling, and show others who have struggles like mine that they can do anything they want to. I want to help spread the message that you don’t have to treat Diabetes, or any other life-long condition, like a hard limitation, because it’s NOT. Conquer that fear! If I can do it, so can you.
My coworkers have also been asking me a lot of questions about my LARPing and travels, which helps me to feel less like I’m bragging and more like I’m disseminating information that they’re curious about. A big part of the reason I haven’t written much about my experiences is because I’ve felt like it’s coming from a place of privilege (which it totally is, I’ve also been lucky and I try to be cognizant of that fact) and I did not think anything I wrote would be well-received, and perhaps perceived as boasting. I need to get out of that mindset. There are probably going to be people who feel that way but I shouldn’t let that stop me from creating the content.
Be more serious about waist training: This is, I feel, a more personal goal since it has to do with body modification. I love corsetry and have been attempting to waist-train on and off for the past year and a half, but not very successfully because I haven’t been as dedicated as I’d like to be. This year I’m hoping to pick that up more seriously, since the periods when I have worn corsets consistently I’ve felt better about myself and had relief from the lower back pain I suffer from due to my sedentary office job and slight scoliosis.
Get my first tattoo: I’m long overdue, I’ve wanted a tattoo since I was a teenager. I just need to find an artist. Does anyone know tattoo artists who specialize in hand-drawn typography, who are in/around the Bay Area? Let me know!
Read 12 new books, focus on marginalized authors: I had this goal for 2015 and while I hit the 12 book mark (I actually read 14!) I did not focus on marginalized authors—women, people of color, etc.—like I wanted to. I only read one book by a female author, the rest was taken up by the Dresden Files which is one of my boyfriend’s favorite series. I want to be better about this in 2016!