Thursday, December 31, 2015

2016 Resolutions & Goals

It's that time of the year where I review my previous goals, and set new ones for the new year! I love goal setting, so this is one my favorite posts of the year.

In 2015 I wanted to do the following 6 things:
  1. Dance one day per week 
  2. Make one video per month (even if just a round up of what I did that month)
  3. Sell at a Craft Fair in the spring
  4. Write more about activism, and equality
  5. Be direct and clear in the way I communicate
  6. Less mindless scrolling, more active living!
This is probably the most successful I've been with my goals in years! I definitely achieved 1, 4, 5 and 6. I completed number 3, but it was a little late... I ended up selling at a Holiday Craft Show, not a spring one. Goal number 2 is the only one I truly gave up on. I decided in August, that I just have too many digital hobbies, and I wanted to spend less time on the computer, so I gave that goal the boot. If you are curious, you can read all about my dance goal here - Dancing in 2015.



Now onto the fun part... my goals for 2016! This year's goals are going to be quite similar to 2015. I had a lot of fun with my goals for last year, and I think there is still more to learn from focusing in those areas. So here it is - my 5 goals for 2016. 
  1. Dance once per week (again!)
  2. Volunteer on a Non-Profit Board
  3. Launch CarlyFriesen.com
  4. Post 1 piece of writing per month (to be posted on the 1st of each month, starting in February)
  5. Volunteer with youth in Toronto
I feel a lot of potential in these 5 goals. Volunteering really became part of my life in 2015, and I am looking forward to making it even more central to my life in 2016. And of course, I can't wait to keep dancing in 2016! Let's see where these goals take me...

What are your goals for the new year? I hope you take some time to think it through, and write them out. Happy New Year!! 


Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Dancing in 2015

In December 2014 I decided to make myself a goal to dance once per week in 2015. It seemed like the kind of goal that would be very easy to fail on. One that could fall to the wayside within a few weeks or months. Thankfully I was able to stay committed, and as the final week of December approaches I am reflecting on what made this goal possible.

First: I used the Elise Joy Goal Tracker (http://elisejoy.com/2016goaltracker) which helped me visualize the goal.


Second: After a few months of keeping at it, I signed up to perform in the Spring Showcase at my dance studio (City Dance Corps). Having the goal (and stress!) of performing, really kept me committed.




Third (the final - but most important reason): The people at my little studio in the heart of Toronto. These people, I tell ya. What a supportive, and brilliant community of dancers! They danced, laughed and had tons of fun with me - and called me right out when I would miss a class. Thank you so much to the CDC community, teachers, and dancers - what a year!!

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So now, as I look back on the year, I can see that I danced 48/52 weeks in 2015. Not a perfect score, but a damn good one! I can not wait to keep dancing in 2016!

Monday, October 12, 2015

Newfoundland Adventure

I recently spent a week in St. John's Nfld, and had such a great time. We hiked, explored, shopped, ate amazing food, and rested. It was just lovely.

Here are a few of my favourite pics from the trip





Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Lady Artists of Toronto?


Hi Toronto! I'm still looking for lady artists to work with on my Vociferous Art Project!

Do you know any women who are artists (of any kind!)? It would be best if they were local to the GTA or Toronto. As mentioned - I'm especially looking to work with anyone who has been traditionally excluded from mainstream feminism. They would need to be willing to talk to me for 30 minutes and allow me to record and photograph our discussion.

I want to speak with them specifically about the idea of being an artist (comedian, dancer, creator etc) and a woman, and how these areas intersect. I also plan to discuss feminism and how it informs their work (if at all).

I have lots more details which I can share with them via email or phone!

Please send your artist friends my way! ASewcialLife@gmail.com