Brita had a few questions for us this month…
What goals did you accomplish in 2016?
2016 was a really hard year for me. I ended 2015 with a week-long stay in the hospital for depression, so the focus of my year was recovery and self-care. I’m really proud of having come a long way over the past year in my recovery. I also wrote the majority of my master’s thesis, which I’m in the process of finishing up now.
And — I can’t believe I almost forgot! — I also started this blog at the beginning of 2016. I love how it’s developed and how I’ve grown into my niche. This blog has been the launching point of so many great friendships both near and far, and I’m grateful for everything I’ve welcomed into my life by putting some words on the internet.
Do you set New Year’s resolutions? Why or why not?
I did last year, when I decided not to buy anything new for a whole year. But for the most part, I use the new year to pause and reflect on where I’m at and where I’m going, to redefine and set goals, and to check in with myself about my priorities and how well I’m keeping my day to day life in line with what’s important to me.
One way I do this is by participating in Ali Edwards’s wonderful class, One Little Word. I’ll be blogging about my word for this year soon!
How do you work for what you want?
I’m extremely goal-oriented, but my fault is that I tend to look at the big picture rather than breaking things down into more manageable, quantifiable goals. For the most part, this has served me in the past, but it’s something I’m trying to recalibrate going forward.
I’m big on journaling about my goals, so that I can better verbalize to myself why something is important to me. My long-term goals literally get me up in the morning — I turn them into a mantra, and when I’m working towards something big, it’s often the thing I’ll say to myself as I wake up and get ready to attack the day.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I’m taking some time off from graduate school, but my plan is still to be finishing my PhD in Art History in about five years. One thing I’ve learned in my life so far is that the reality of achieving goals often looks a lot different than how I imagined it, and earning my PhD will be no different. But I’m confident in my own tenacity and dedication to earning my degree, even if the path to get there is more circuitous than the one I had originally set out to follow.