2019 is Happening

We’ve hit the halfway point on 2019, and it certainly is… a year. A year is happening, there’s no denying it.

Jokes aside, my personal life has actually been going pretty well. A month ago I was able to go full-time freelance, so now 100% of my income is coming from podcasting. Almost 0% of it is from my personal projects, but baby steps. Now when people ask me what I do I say “I’m a freelance podcast producer” and then they assume I’m unemployed, so life is great.

In the first half of 2019, I also ran my first 5K, got my first tattoo, and produced my first narrative podcast. I’ve visited old friends, made new ones, read 14 books, and explored lots of Chicago. Over the past few months I’ve developed a journal tracking system that has helped me lead a healthier life and make my goals a reality, which is a big part of why I’ve been doing so well. And since it’s July, it’s the perfect time to check in on how I’ve been doing at the goals I set for myself for 2019.

  1. Complete production on Setting the Stage: Done! I am so proud of this podcast and I’m honored that I got to tell this story.

  2. Produce [redacted]: So close! This is my next flagship podcast and I am incredibly excited for it to be arriving in your ears soon.

  3. Complete season 3 of Corner of the Sky: Done! Just last week I finished season 3, and now I’m taking a little break before diving into prep for season 4.

  4. Get 50 rejections: This has been a beneficial framework for me, and it’s led to me putting myself out there much more than I otherwise would. So far I’ve racked up 22 rejections (as well as some exciting acceptances), so I’m on track here.

  5. Widen my personal and professional audio circles: This is where I start to fall down a little bit. Granted, this is a difficult goal to quantify, but I haven’t done a lot in pursuit of this. But I am going to be at the Relay FM 5th Anniversary Live Show, so come to that and talk to me about podcasts!

  6. Finance like an adult: It feels like there are never ending steps ahead, but I’ve made huge strides since the beginning of 2019. I even have a business bank account, am I a real adult yet?

  7. Hold a consistent work schedule: While the “consistent” part of still falters from time to time, I have found a good framework that works for me and that I hit most days. Having an office space to work out has significantly helped me in this regard. I’m near-entirely useless at working from home at this point.

  8. Write something every week: The fact that I set journaling as counting towards this goal saved me here. I have been writing a blog post about once a month and published a few episodes of Recently Read, but writing hasn’t exactly been my focus. And that’s okay! The whole point of this year was that I was supposed to be focusing on podcasts. But if I count journaling, I’ve been absolutely smashing this, as I now consistently journal at least three times a week.

  9. Travel somewhere every month: I’ve hit this goal every month so far. Seattle in January, St. Louis and Memphis in February, Orlando in March, Boston in April, Holland (Michigan) in May, and the Indiana Dunes National Park in June. And now a huge trip for July, but I’ll come back to that in a moment.

  10. Read 25 books: As I mentioned before, I’ve read 14 so far, so I daresay I’m killing it.

I’m moving into the second half of 2019 with the future on my mind. I’m planning on moving to my own apartment in September. As I work towards having (renting) my own apartment, I’ve got my mind on building a sustainable home and life. As our country continues falling apart, I’ve got my mind on where I can put my time and energy towards building something better for all of us.

But first, I have the chance to go on vacation with my family, a little break from real life (and from the United States) that I’m extremely grateful for. In two weeks I’ll be back to a whirlwind freelance schedule, apartment hunting, and trying to square coming into adulthood with being part of a tattered society.

Cheerful stuff! What’s on your mind for the second half on 2019?