October 1, 2015


Valentina Duracinsky September Goals

At the beginning of the month I made some resolutions. I wanted to be one of those people who makes monthly lists of goals to follow, one of those people who feels self-satisfaction and pride at the end of the month when they see all they have achieved. Today I'm sharing those goals again with my comments on how well I did on each.

This is more humorous than inspirational; I understood this soon after I started going through these goals again. What can I say? September was a wacky and unpredictable month, and I had to wing it. It. Everything. Life saw my list and said "Get ready for failure muahaha." So here it is. Failure. Hey, maybe you'll even feel better about yourself.


  • write every day. Nope. Did not succeed. This would have been so easy - even to just sit down for 5 minutes to brainstorm ideas, but I did not do this and I am pretty disappointed in myself. 
  • go to an open mic every week. Noooope. I think I went to one, and then I left for Ireland and then for Colombia. I could have (should have) done one in Ireland but I didn't. 
  • learn 2-3 covers every week. week 1: And She Was, Wild Wild World, Psycho Killer (all Talking Heads). Weeks 2 to 4: none. God damn, I am feeling pretty foolish. 
  • finish old songs. Uh... take a guess. (why am I doing this to myself)


  • sketch more often. I didn't sketch that much but I did finish a few watercolors and that's good!
  • go to museums & galleries. I went to musée d'Orsay and musée Rodin with parents #2 (Ann and David.)
  • draw faces. Mmmmnope. (this is going well so far)


  • high-protein, low-carb diet. I wish I had been more successful because I was doing really well the first two weeks. The second two were catastrophic. #stroopwafelswithsteve
  • go to the gym. I went every day before Ireland and twice when I got back. I did go as much as I could and for that YES! I shall call this a success! 
  • 100 sit ups + 1 minute plank daily. In Paris, yes. I did pretty well. In Ireland, absolutely not. 
  • read 2 books. Mmmm... I started two books, I did not finish them. Both Kurt Vonnegut. 

Work and other

  • start working on freelance writing & translating. GULP. (this will be over soon, thank god)
  • blog more. YES!!! Success.
  • learn about SEO. Sigh, I'm a loser.
  • keep track of spending. A bit. Let's say I did it!
  • organize photo albums. Nah, I'll do it later.
  • start a "library" with friends. I mentioned it to friends, and that is the first step. 

You might think that I'd feel discouraged after not doing well in September but noooo, I am invincible. I aaactually want to make a list of goals for October. They will be quite different, seeing as I'll be in Colombia for the entire month. Honestly I feel fine. All joking aside, September was incredibly unpredictable and unpredictability tends to throw us off a little. In other senses, I feel like I accomplished a lot. It's 9:30 in the morning here and I've already written a blog post and gotten ready for the day. At the airport the other day, I finished 4 blog posts before 10am. It's all in how you see success. [Shrug] It's ok! 

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