On the first day of 2016, I set out to achieve a few things in the new year. As I’ve done every year since 2012, I spelt them out on my blog. This time they were:
– Start making wristbands again
– Start writing fiction again and blogging more frequently
– Properly develop my website and move my blog there
– Get my instagram activity back up and kick off certain projects
– Write the exam for a digital marketing course I took in 2015
– And somehow, still travel. A lot.
I reported during my mid-year review how well I was doing – poorly – in the hopes that it would help me hard reset and get my year on a productive track – it didn’t.
- I haven’t made a single wristband since 2011.
- I wrote fewer times on my blog than I did last year
- I managed to move my blog to olatoxic.com but I didn’t develop the rest of the site like I planned
- My activity on Instagram is pretty much at par with what I managed last year.
- I neither studied nor took that exam. I’ve kissed the opportunity to earn that certificate I’ll probably never need goodbye.
- I managed to travel a lot, but not much to the places I hoped – new places.
2016 was beautiful to me. I see people talk about how rough it was for them and talk about how it should come and be going but while I feel bad for them, I’m content with everything this year brought my way.
Of course, having set goals and failing to achieve the majority of them is mildly depressing… however, I’m glad that, erratic human being that I am, I managed to achieve a few other things that I didn’t set out to at the beginning of the year:
Most notably, I painted this mural, my first ever, and somehow beat the deadline I spontaneously set for myself to do it. I’d dreamed of doing something along the lines after seeing the tons of dope large-format work international and local artists were putting out. And with some ass kicking from friends, I finally made some progress with it.
— Detoxified (@olatoxic) December 3, 2016
Another really notable thing I managed to do this year was to conceptualize, shoot and edit a (really) short film I titled Diversity. This came about as the culmination of everything I’d learnt on a visual diplomacy course I took in May.
This short film, my first ever, was shot at the end of an intense but incredibly memorable week of training in the centre of the most beautiful city I've ever visited – #Vienna. After realising how hard it was to come across another colored face in a sea of white, I was inspired to choose "Diversity" as a theme and I somehow convinced my colleague, Marco, that we could pull off this entirely wacky concept. Now, I can add filmmaking and video editing to my repertoire of skills, no matter how basic those skills are (right now) 😄😄😄 #ShortFilm #ToxicNomadic #FirstVideoImPostingHere #ManyMoreToCome
I was also able to kick off the #30DaysPurposeful project. Every year, throughout January, I host folk in a guest blogging series (just like this one) where we share our hopes, aspirations and dreams for the year. However, I’d never figured out how to help these people (and myself) actually achieve the things they hoped to. Sometime during the 2016 iteration, I finally figured it out – we would host everyone again for a mid-year review session where we all get a chance to review our progress and reconfigure if necessary. That worked out great, I believe, as you’ve seen and read from those who went on to review how 2016 turned out for them here on stories.ng
At work, I managed to put out two issues of Crossroads magazine within a time frame in which ideally, I should have put out three. But that’s something that my predecessor never managed to do, so I’m just going to bask in the euphoria of having done such a good job on those two issues (if I do say so myself) and not beat myself up too much over unavoidable circumstances.
My finances are in better shape that they’ve ever been in my entire life. Truth is, sometimes, I take a closer look and feel I could have done so much better. But then I step back and remember that I moved to a different city last year and had to set up a new apartment. Also, I took on new responsibilities and I’ve been blessed enough to be in a position to give loans and assist financially in ways I couldn’t before. I’m not going to wish I’d said no to friends and family when I had the privilege to say yes. So I’m grateful for that.
All in all, I’ve chosen to not be too hard on myself for how 2016 turned out. Yeah, I made plans I didn’t eventually actualize, but the year still somehow managed to be one of several firsts and for that I’m terribly grateful. I’ll just make a better attempt at making 2017 a more fulfilling one.
Join us as we try to make 2017 more productive by spelling out the things we hope to achieve.