When I think of my goals last month and what I accomplished, I noticed a trend of sticking to a few but major goals, rather than spreading myself thin working on many minor not-as-important goals. Having a well-stocked fridge was something I put on the back burner and reading was something I did in my spare time in exchange for putting in more time and effort into booking shows, my public speaking workshop, networking, and writing.
February was a month of using the resources I gathered in January and putting them to good use to actually take action and having something to show in the next few weeks. My public speaking workshop will wrap up in a few days, with a presentation on Masculinity as a final assignment. I was asked (and most happily obliged) to put together a SXSW show on March 15th. It was the perfect stepping stone to booking a first show, especially after figuring out that booking the bands was the easiest part. Finding someone to design the flyer, having a cohesive theme for the event, making sure everyone involved is on board and on the same page, and promoting the event has all been an entirely new experience to me. I discovered local magazines geared towards gender/feminist/sexual education issues that I’ll be submitting content for mid- and end of March. Four deadlines set for myself in the next couple weeks ain’t too shabby.
Aside from the writing and booking, I challenged myself last week by being part of a music video shoot. Being in front of the camera is not something I’m comfortable with at all, but taking myself out of my comfort zone and learning about the process of a shoot and taking direction was extremely invigorating. In addition, helping other people create a piece of art and making it real is certainly one of the most worthwhile ways I can possibly think of to spend my time.
February was a month of making intangible goals into something tangible (or soon to be tangible), as well as keeping a very active networking community brewing, and meeting dozens of like-minded people with similar goals they’re working towards. I wake up in the mornings feeling motivated and happy, what more could I really ask for in life.
March, you’re giving me a lot to look forward to.