Thanks for this post Daffyduck! it prompted me to do it in my journal, and it's a great way to reflect, and really see how great things have been. and since I'm a super-speedy typist, I'll do it here as well..
This is my mid-season report card.. I give myself a B minus overall..
So far 2009 hasn't been my best year yet, but I've been getting back to NZ life from a working holiday in London and around UK and Europe last year, so have been re-building myself. Hopefully in 6 months time though, I will say that 2009 has been my best year yet.
1/ 4 cafes are displaying my artwork
2/ I started a prints business selling prints on trademe. At this rate, I should make over $1000 in profit, which isn't a lot of cash, but it is a useful addition and it's improveable
3/ I've completed many paintings on canvas and experimented in new styles
4/ Got accepted into the affordable art show
5/ Established myself working from home online for my UK company
6/ Kept up with old friends, and had some great parties
7/ Saved money while living at home with parents (although gone insane in the process)
8/ Started doing Parkour (free-running) occasionally. Might start doing it consistently when I have time
9/ Played a lot of streetball (street basketball) and find myself winning mainly
10/ Kept jogging approximately 3-4 times a week. Staying healthy on the whole, only 2-3 days feeling sick, but mainly staying health. Never really been seriously sick my whole adult life
11/ Completed a web design paper (almost) Got 2 x A+s and now I only have to finish the final paper worth 25%
12/ Bought a house! or sub-divided 2 bedroom apartment
13/ Went to see an amazing band play live, and got a bit lovey dovey with an amazing girl. Which leads to big rejections.
Big Rejection #1, didn't get to second date with that girl, got a kiss on the cheek, but she didn't want to meet again, (ignored email) but it was a huge motivator to improve myself and my life to find a new amazing girl and just generally for my life. Live my life with a purpose and passion, and not just live to get by and pay bills. As well, learn to not see things like this as such a big deal.
Big rejection #2, I almost got a job for NZs biggest website full time. They told me I almost got the job, but didn't meet all their criteria, but in the second peer group interview, on the way out they told me "you're awesome! you seem like a nice guy" A compliment that stuck and made me think that even when I don't fit the place I'm generally well liked by people.
So areas to work on for the second half of the year;
1/ Learn to accept rejection as a great learning curve.
2/ Have more fun, and smile more
3/ Live in the 'now' as much as possible, and possibly add meditation.. Don't dwell in my own thoughts too much
4/ Continually develop my artwork, take a look at my last 6 months of projects, and see where to go. Get working on more portraits, and get some commission drawing projects. Find more cafes to exhibit at, and possibly galleries.
5/ Keep working from home, and develop new web design contracts. Get my web design portfolio up
6/ Find a new part time job if I need to
7/ See more great live music
8/ Take up a new sport or 2
9/ Try speed dating to improve social skills, and possibly internet dating
10/ Find a new flatmate for my new house; someone I get along well with, and can respect space.
11/ Find many great new parties!
12/ Start getting into new music! and enjoying it!
That's about it from me!