Barbara Burgess

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Farewell to You, 2016

I am not going to talk about all of the great minds that we lost in 2016, because we seem to have just noticed this year that great minds die.  And, they die every year, every month, every week, every day.which is why when we are with each other, we should be present.  Not on Instagram, YouTube, Reddit, or any of the other online hangouts that I love just as much as you do.

Which is why when we are with each other, we should be present.  Not on Instagram, YouTube, Reddit, or any of the other online hangouts that I love just as much as you do.

Thank you, 2016, for reminding me to be present.

I will not talk about how much our election hurt me because just saying that it hurt me is enough to know who I didn’t vote for.  I will say that I learned from the election that we do not have standards for our politicians.  We have no standards, America.  None.

And, if you think for a minute that I am only talking about Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, then you are mistaken.

I would love to talk politics with you if you are reasonable.  If you are not, please leave all comments about politics at whatever news rags promises that Hillary Clinton is an alien and Donald Trump was chosen by God.

Thank you, 2016, for reminding me that relying on other people to care about the issues that I care about is not good enough.  Thank you for reminding me that “someone else will take care of it” is not how things are done in our beautifully flawed and hopeful country.

This year, I fulfilled a goal that I have had since I was five years old.  I published it a book.

It wasn’t the book I planned to published.  I thought my first book would be literary fiction or sci-fi.  As it turns it, it was a children’s book.  And, I am very proud of it.

Thank you, 2016, for being the time in my life where I can recognize that writing a children’s book is just as awesome as writing a poem, a novel, a series.

I ran 193.01 miles this year.  I read 82 books.  I discovered a love for comics.  I lost my Side Crow, and got it back.  I taught yoga for 11 months, and took a month off to treat myself!  I changed my whole life.  I left some things the same.

Thank you, 2016, for teaching me that measuring everything can be fun and no longer measuring can be fun as well.  


The 2016 Mega List

Once or twice a year, I create something I call a Mega List.

This list replaces my New Year’s Resolution list and is much more malleable than resolution lists seem to be.

The Mega List has Three Categories:  Feel, Do, and Goals

This is how the categories break down:

Feel – How do I want to feel?

Do – What do I want to do (not need to do)?

Goals – What are my big To Dos that require some mapping out and planning?

The feel category is pretty new.

Sometime last year, I read The Firestarter Sessions by Danielle LaPorte.  In that book, she talked about how she had a yearly tradition of picking out words to represent the coming year.  Words that best described how she wanted to feel going forward.

I thought this was just genius!  So, I added the Feel category.

At first glance, it may seem like Do and Goals are the same, but they are very different.

Do is a list of all of the things!  This is basically a brain dump of actions.

Goals are bigger projects that can fit into a three month to one year timeline.  I break down the goals into smaller steps to make them achievable.

*At the beginning of this blog, I said I do this once or twice a year.  During a great year, I make this list three or four times, because I have run through my goals or I have just changed my mind about a part of the list.


I brainstormed a while on this one.  I like to keep my key words down to three.  Last year, I had seven for a while, and I found myself working harder to memorize them than to achieve them.

After a few pages of lists of words in colored pencil and Sharpie, I landed on Grand, Successful, and Whole.

*More on how I chose these words and what they mean to me in another post.


As a collector of activities and hobbies, the Do list is a long one.  I had to exercise some personal discipline when finalizing this part of the list, because I feel like I need to list every single thing I like to do which is just silly.  If I love to do something, I will do it.

This section is more about what I intend to do more often in 2016.

I landed here:

  • Hike
  • Camp
  • Run
  • Travel
  • Write

*More on how I arrived at these few things to come.


Each year, write a books gets listed in the goals section.  In 2015, I did write a book, and then I took it off the digital shelves.

It was a how-to book on meditation, and I feel I could have done better.

So, again on the list of goals it goes…with a little  modification:

  1. Write a book — if the spirit moves you
  2. Run at least twice a week
  3. Read 50 books

*More on these goals, how I treat the goals list, and such in another post coming soon.

There it is.

A simple and hopeful look at 2016.