At the end of last year, I wrote a post gathering together all of my major accomplishments in 2017. In that post I talked about the donut method for celebrating successes. It's fairly simple: every time you do something noteworthy, get to a new milestone, or accomplish a goal, you pause and celebrate with a simple, sweet treat. This helps overachievers like me from blowing past successes in favor of always charging ahead.
Since the first six months of this year are almost finished (!!), I wanted to pause and take a few moments to aggregate my donut-moments so far this year.
So, in no particular order, so far this year I have ...
Hosted book launch parties for Fifty Feminist Mantras in Chicago and in New York City. In Chicago I shared space with forty amazing women and learned from my friend Rose Truesdale. In New York, I developed a mantra movement workshop with Aryn Shelander, and we led two dozen women in crafting embodied mantras. At the end of that workshop, each woman created her own movement mantra, and Aryn and I both (without consulting) came up with the mantra birth clarity!
I also found Fifty Feminist Mantras featured in the main window at Quimby's Chicago and on the back page of Chicago Woman Magazine!
Launched and hosted a series of four feminist creative consciousness raising events where 25 women explored themes of abundance, investment, process, flexibility, cycles, and interdependence through creative practice. We used colored pencils to map process, made bracelets to consider cycles, and experimented with watercolors to make collaborative reflections on interdependence.
Compiled the fifth and final issue of Lady Parts Zine and sold a bunch of copies of it at Chicago Zine Fest. It has been a true joy to share the work on more than twenty women in the past three issues of the zine, and I think this final issue was my favorite yet.
I also wrapped my four-year run as a DJ on CHIRP radio after 591 hours on hair. I closed with one final Girl Power Hour, and it was so bittersweet to sign off for the last time.
Traveled to San Francisco and Portland to see dear friends and took a trip to Detroit with a dear friend. Traveled to Syracuse to teach a zine-making workshop to a group of college students. Worked on my dissertation quite a bit and presented some of my dissertation research at a very cool feminist conference at Penn State.
I also saw some amazing art at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Detroit Institute of Art and went to a few amazing concerts where I saw Porches, Snail Mail, Adult Mom, Lucy Dacus, and Valerie June.
And last, but certainly not least, I successfully launched, promoted, and funded a Kickstarter campaign to support Fifty Feminist States and threw a launch party to celebrate the project being funded!
The next six months are going to be all about Fifty Feminist States, and I can't wait to share them! Please be sure to follow along there!