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,
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