On this last day of 2016, I spent the day on a bit of a birding quest, trying to find the last five birds to complete my goal of 150 species in 2016. In the end, I remained at 145. Still, I am feeling good about this goal.

Looking at this list, there is NOTHING about the following:

  1. Putting on the WSO show
  2. Adjusting to new house
  3. Getting new dog

I think that’s a pretty good summary of the year: Coming very close to goals I established and succeeding at unexpected challenges.


(Accomplishments in red) (sort-ofs in purple)


  • Keep painting
  • Write more exclusively about art in my blog
  • Enter both WSO shows
  • Enter OSA Shows (end up not relevant)
  • Do an Artbiz course
  • Enter the Equine Art Show (Emerald Downs)
  • Submit to the AAEA Show

Continue to work on my lifestyle improvement project

  • Go to Weight Watchers regularly
  • Participate in walking challenges (particularly with the dog)
  • Continue going to yoga twice a week
  • Note: Overall this was a spectacular failure



  • Walk the dog as much as possible
  • When I loose enough weight, start taking riding lessons


  • Continue 2013 goal of not taking plastic bags at the store
  • Continue 2014 goal of using coffee cups at coffee place
  • Do not consume palm oil


  • Remain employed
  • See 150 species of birds (I made it to 145)