Looking Back & Facing Forward

looking back facing forward

Last year, the new year felt monumental. I had accomplished and grown so much, and by the end of 2013, I was in a totally different place than I was at the beginning. I don’t feel like I’ve accomplished nearly as much as I did in 2013, but there are a few goals I’m proud to have accomplished.

2014 To-Do List:

  • speak at an event I spoke at both the Philly Women in Tech Summit & WordCamp Philly! I also made short remarks at the Girl Develop It 3rd Anniversary Party.
  • record an EP with Chad  NOPE. But we’re both taking voice lessons and actively working towards it this year.
  • get published (in a periodical, online, in print, self-published, and/or ebook all count) I was so excited to be included in Melanie & Sandra’s We Are the Contributors project. The archives should be back online in the near future, and I’ll be sure to reshare when they’re posted.
  • learn JavaScript & feel comfortable and confident using both it and jQuery I’ll (rightfully so) probably never feel done with this one. But! I did start getting familiar with Angular this year and will be setting aside more time this month to dive into it even deeper.
  • build another Rails app Also did not do this, but I want to be doing this during 2015. Multiple times.
  • find a house or apartment that feels like a more permanent living situation DONE! I’m so psyched to be living in a place where the floors aren’t rotting. Also, dishwasher! Laundry in our apartment! Dedicated office/music/creative space! It’s glorious. Perhaps it even warrants a house tour series this year.
  • read at least a book a month This was an epic failure, and I am thoroughly embarrassed about it. I was one of those annoying kids who got in trouble for reading too much in class. My parents took books away from me as punishment. I would bring multiple books to the supper table so that when the first one got taken, I’d have a back up. I’m ashamed of the way that screens have taken the place of books in my life.

In addition to making up for what I didn’t accomplish in 2014, I’m hoping to add a few other things to my 2015 to-do list. If I share them here, I have to make moves, right?

So here we go.

  • read a book a month
  • work on at least two Rails apps
  • learn Angular better by building something on my own
  • learn to/make a quilt
  • set up an online shop
  • speak at another event
  • work towards recording an album with Chad

Bonus: I’ve been compiling another playlist, appropriate for year planning (& my birthday! Happy birthday to me!) Reflective, but full of possibilities. Check it out here, & follow along on Spotify if that’s your thang.


  • Recording an album! Boom– something I didn’t know about you. That is so awesome! Where do you take voice lessons? And congrats on having laundry in your apt. I’m just a little bit jealous. House tour please!

    • Lisa

      Yeah! We’ll see if it happens. It’s quite the stretch goal.

      We’re taking them from Jessica Lennick. She was in South Philly, but recently moved a few blocks away from us, so that’s super handy.

      There’s still a lot of organization that needs to happen, but if I don’t manage to do a house tour on here, you’ll just have to stop by & see it for yourself!

  • I also didn’t know you sing. This is awesome. So now you sing, and Jenn sings, and I sing. There’s something about bloggers that sing, man. All sorts of fun. I’m excited for you on your singing adventure – I recorded just one song and had a blast. A whole EP would be amazing 🙂

    • Lisa

      So… here’s the thing. I haven’t sung before. I’ve always wanted to. But I am kind of terrified.

      In college, Chad and I and a bunch of friends had a short-lived band, though. I only played flute and a little toy piano.

      • Aw yay, I love that. And I am completely familiar with that terrified feeling. For me it has never really gone away. Actually, even when I sing at church I still get dizzy sometimes. The best part about recording though is that the person really is going to make you sound as awesome as possible and give you tips and tricks and if you don’t like it, no one else ever heard it. I also love that you played a little toy piano. Fisher price?

        • Lisa

          Yeah! I’m learning that “not being able to sing,” at least for me, is probably more psychological than anything.

          We have a little Jaymar that was Chad’s older brother’s when he was a kid! It’s a great little thing, but the hammers are getting really worn down, so we have to prop it up in the back so the keys spring back up!