17 Good Things in 2017

Well this year was a hellmouth masquerading as an apocalypse, wasn't it?

I'm still holding my breath waiting for what tragic nightmare is going to take place before 2017 actually closes (although yay Doug Jones!), but December is also my favorite time to reflect on the good in my life over the past twelve months.

So in honor of that, here's my good things in 2017 GIFsticle!


1. I DJ'd Girl Power Hour for CHIRP Radio every Tuesday morning from 8-9am CT, and now we're on terrestrial airwaves at 107.1FM.

  Thoka Maer  gets my vinyl vibes.

Thoka Maer gets my vinyl vibes.

 

2. I wrote a dissertation proposal, defended it to a committee of scholars I admire, and advanced to ABD status.

  Pamela Espino  gets my work scene.

Pamela Espino gets my work scene.

 

3. I stopped wearing a bra (for the most part) and embraced my asymmetric body.

  Look Human  gets that breast life.

Look Human gets that breast life.

 

4. I went to Berlin for a week, California for two weeks, New York for another week, and a host of other places in between.

  Abbey Lossing  gets my travel MO.

Abbey Lossing gets my travel MO.

 

5. I built community with more brilliant, inspiring women in Chicago (and beyond) than I could have imagined a year ago.

  Laura Salaberry  gets girls supporting girls.

Laura Salaberry gets girls supporting girls.

 

6. I helped host an International Women's Day strike event that garnered the attention of a hundred or so women and the local TV news.

  Libby Vanderploeg  gets lady-love.

Libby Vanderploeg gets lady-love.

 

7. I launched a podcast interviewing my fave creative women entrepreneurs in the city and hosted a wrap party panel celebrating my work and their success.

  Anna Salmi  gets how women see the world.

Anna Salmi gets how women see the world.

 

8. I interviewed a number of my very favorite bands for CHIRP Radio.

  Linda Van Bruggen  gets how music gets me.

Linda Van Bruggen gets how music gets me.

 

9. I tabled at Chicago Zine Fest with Lady Parts Zine and made one of my favorite zine's yet for a friend's art exhibition.

  Tarn  gets how fun it is to make things.

Tarn gets how fun it is to make things.

 

10. I ran a 10k even though I didn't really think I could run anymore.

  Amelia Giller  + Teen Vogue get who runs.

Amelia Giller + Teen Vogue get who runs.

 

11. I saw the solar eclipse with the closest woman to a sister I'll ever have.

  Nerian Keywan  gets how babes scope the sun.

Nerian Keywan gets how babes scope the sun.

 

12. I thought a lot about my body and then took about a million selfies for self-care and got new headshots taken to remind myself that I'm a babe at any size.

  Emma Darvick  gets mirror pics.

Emma Darvick gets mirror pics.

 

13. I bought a new car -- by myself, for myself.

  Dai Ruiz  gets pimp rides.

Dai Ruiz gets pimp rides.

 

14. I developed some kick-ass personal policies that saved me a lot of emotional labor.

  Francesa Borzea  gets the overwhelm.

Francesa Borzea gets the overwhelm.

 

15. I wrote fifty feminist mantras and published a book of them.

 Here are all 50 of them!

Here are all 50 of them!

 

16. I took care of myself in real, valuable, and important ways.

  Matea Radic  gets those things we hold on to when we don't have much else.

Matea Radic gets those things we hold on to when we don't have much else.

 

17. I let other people take care of me.

  Irene Feleo  gets what it means to let people hold you.

Irene Feleo gets what it means to let people hold you.

What's one (or 17) good thing(s) that happened in your lives this year? I'd love to hear about them.

Always,
A

16 Good Things in 2016

In honor of this week's mantra, I'm working on refocusing my energy on the positive things that have happened in my life this year.

And how am I doing that? you may ask—why, a listicle of course! With GIFs! A gifsticle!

So, in no particular order (because hierarchies are for patriarchy, duh!), here are 16 good things that happened in my world in 2016 and gifs to go with them.


1) I hired a personal trainer and got a lot stronger without it being about losing weight or counting calories or any comparative #fitspo energy.

  Anna Salmi  know's what's up with working on her fitness.

Anna Salmi know's what's up with working on her fitness.

2) I traveled to Rome, London, and Peru and got to see the Colosseum, Big Ben, and Machu Picchu.

 Analog vacations with  Blanca Viñas .

Analog vacations with Blanca Viñas.

3) I listened to a ton of girl power pop. New music from Rihanna, Beyoncé, Ariana Grande, and Solange ruled the airwaves this year and helped bring female perspectives (especially woc!) to the front and center of pop culture.

  Pop Aesthete  makes the very best pop culture gifs & I love him.

Pop Aesthete makes the very best pop culture gifs & I love him.

4) I gave up my reliance on take-out and learned how to cook; I started an amazing Sunday Dinner tradition with my best friend that I look forward to every week.

 Aren't  Thoka Maer 's pencil gifs the cutest?!

Aren't Thoka Maer's pencil gifs the cutest?!

5) I launched this blog and began writing regularly. I remembered how important it is to listen to that voice inside of me that loves words more than most other things.

  Amelia Tour  is an ambidextrous-illustrator-queen.

Amelia Tour is an ambidextrous-illustrator-queen.

6) I spent a lot of time in bed with the coolest cat around, and I didn't feel bad about a second of it.

 Yeah this was definitely most of my 2016 (minus the bangs, thank  Goddess ). 

Yeah this was definitely most of my 2016 (minus the bangs, thank Goddess). 

7) I interviewed a ton of rad bands for CHIRP Radio.

 Babe jammin' out by  Al Boardman .

Babe jammin' out by Al Boardman.

8) I spent a week in Miami with one of my fave babes and another week in California with two of my mains.

  Anna Sudit  understands those poolside vibes.

Anna Sudit understands those poolside vibes.

9) I met a few amazing women who are helping me expand my circles and find my place in Chicago.

 Hey new friends, it's me over here!  Laura Berger 's on top of those social anxiety vibes.

Hey new friends, it's me over here! Laura Berger's on top of those social anxiety vibes.

10) As a result of those women (and a few long-term pals here), Chicago has finally started to feel like home.

 Finally learned to love living by the lake á la these  Karan Singh  water vibes.

Finally learned to love living by the lake á la these Karan Singh water vibes.

11) I watched all of Grey's Anatomy and channeled as much Christina Yang energy as I could muster.

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12) I took a last-minute trip to Portland to visit my college roommate, and she inspired me to get my finances together and work on a new business venture.

  Cécile Dormeau  makes every woman look so strong.

Cécile Dormeau makes every woman look so strong.

13) I paid off $3000 in credit card debt and got myself back to a debt-free existence!

14) I met a cute boy with a nice beard and a cool bike who likes to cook food and go to shows with me.

 I'd spin in circles with  Amelia Giller  all day long.

I'd spin in circles with Amelia Giller all day long.

15) I learned to see all the good around me.

 All-seeing eyes by  Dai Ruiz .

All-seeing eyes by Dai Ruiz.

16) I started learning to let go of everything else.

 "My cup runneth over" as visualized by  Koba Nieuwoudt .

"My cup runneth over" as visualized by Koba Nieuwoudt.

What's one good thing (or sixteen good things) that happened in your life in 2016, friends?
I want to hear all about them.

Always,
A