Doing More, Better

It’s been almost 2 years since I’ve updated this blog! I remember the moment that inspired the last post: I was rehearsing with my old improv team in a back room of a strange charter school in Ravenswood.  The exercise was to get to know each other better. We stood in a circle with one person in the middle and the other group members were able to ask anything they wanted.

A question to me was, “you seem to do a lot; what all do you do or try to do?” My answer was that ensuing blog post.

So 2 years later, it feels like a good time to take a look back and see what I’ve accomplished, what I started, where I’ve made progress, what I’ve given up, and what I’ve yet to do…

  • Work/Career growth
    • Started an amazing new job at Healthbox in March 2016 with an amazing team and have made great strides there
  • Study for the GMAT
    • Done and taken!
  • Apply to business school/get my MBA
    • Applications complete—see a forthcoming blog post on that : )
  • Start a podcast
  • Go on more dates
    • Yeah, some.
  • Work on self-exploration with a therapist (just started!)
    • Doing this regularly. Also have a great accountability group that have been so helpful in this process
  • Go to chiropractor regularly and do rehab/prehab exercises
    • I did this… one time…
  • Learn to dance hip hop
    • Went to a class! And hired a coach for one lesson. Not pursuing this right now, but would love to pick it up someday when I have time
  • Workout
    • Non-negotiable
  • Do triathlons
    • Did a few more this past year! Made a commitment to not “bail” on any races and upheld that! The accountability group was incredible in this
  • Do obstacle/adventure races
    • Had a blast! Won the Savage Race outright and Qualified for OCR World Championships

 

  • Travel
    • Went to China in January to see my sister who is teaching there. Incredible trip!
  • Practice for Improv group 2
    • Doing
  • Shows for Improv group 2
    • Every other week
  • Networking
    • The new job has afforded me amazing opportunities to travel to conference and get more involved in the tech, entrepreneurship, healthcare, and venture capital worlds
      • Pro tip: Always add value to the relationship 
  • Go to more business/professional development events outside of work
    • See above
  • Keep great friendships
    • This should always be ongoing
  • Maintain my social life (where it doesn't overlap with other items on this list--like simply going out or concerts, etc.)
    • Could be better about this
  • See more live music
    • Pusha T, Eve 6, Run the Jewels, Ja Rule, Chance the Rapper
  • Sleep MORE
    • Not even close
  • Write more for myself
    • Nope
  • Writing articles for other websites
  • Practice mindfulness/meditation; possibly in a class setting
    • Much much better as of late! Having accountability partners is crucial
  • Go to gymnastics
    • Not yet!!
  • Go to Crossfit
    • Rarely, but would love to go more
  • Play more basketball
    • Have played some random, unplanned pickup games and it’s been a blast
  • Start playing hockey
    • Putting off till later
  • Play in my rec sports leagues
    • Rarely
  • Host some mastermind group dinners/friends dinners
    • Did a couple! Or at least arranged some get-togethers of like-minded people
  • Go play ultimate Frisbee
    • Once!
  • Read more books
    • I read my first physical book for the first time in year recently: The Inner Game of Tennis. Really great lessons that I’ll write more on at some point.
    • Currently reading Radical Candor by Kim Scott as team at Healthbox. This book is great!