Thursday, January 2, 2014

2013 Report Card

Last year I posted my goals for 2013… HERE… before I set new goals, lets evaluate how I did last year.

Professional

As I mentioned in my year-end post, I had hoped to begin the process of becoming a licensed Social Worker. I discovered that step one is to reinstate my membership in the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and that will cost me about $200. Once that is in place, I will be able to access the list of “approved” supervisors whom I shall work under for approximately two years, which depending upon the particular supervisor I find will cost an additional fee. Supervision in needed so that the licensing body knows that you have the skills and knowledge to justify the responsibility that comes with licensure.

Of course, the obstacle here is finances (also mentioned in the previous post). So I will also be looking for a way to augment my budget. A colleague of mine has got herself into quite a deal working with an online college. I have been searching through the internets for similar opportunities that fit with my skills, with no leads thus far. But New Year optimism is fresh.

I did locate a way to supplement my income a bit but with the added medical expenses last year, I wasn’t able to put it toward pursuing a professional license. While I feel that gaining the license will open doors in life. I am putting this goal on the back burner for now and see what opportunities come my way. GRADE: F

Personal

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While the new years goals to work on becoming more healthy are a dime a dozen, my doctor has been pointing out that I’ll me turning 44 this year and running on luck is becoming dangerous. The thing that frustrates me is that I’ve done it before and was unable to sustain it. If you look at my old blog you will wee the progress I made 2006-08 as I lost 160 lbs. The picture at right shows the progress after losing 70 lbs. What this picture doesn’t show is that I started at 412 lbs and made it to 245 before it started reversing when I went to graduate school and separated from my wife of 15 years. You might be surprised to hear that university and divorce has an adverse effect on your eating habits, especially when one has a tendency toward self-medicating with food. I am currently in the early stages of a relationship, so I have some motivation to not die. Watch this space as I track my progress.

The relationship failed, but this isn’t about that. Between WeightWatchers, working out and Gastric Bypass surgery; I lost 70 lbs. in 2013. GRADE: A

Community

2013 will be my second year of serving as Board Chair for a local non-profit which focused on LGBT rights and human dignity. I have some ideas on how to grow the organization in order to move it to a stated goal of building a combination homeless shelter and drop in center for LGBT friends and allies. If the organization doesn’t like my ideas, then we’ll just continue doing the fine work we’ve been doing for years. But if I can get buy-in, it could be a beginning of something great. I just need to find a way of conveying my passion for what needs to be done. It will take a group effort to make it work.

Sadly, there were systemic flaws in the non-profit that could not be overcome by the blood-sweat-tears of a band of dedicated volunteers. Many of the projects that were in the works in the early part of the year, died a withering death. My plan was received well by the dedicated band of volunteers, was a non-starter with the source of the systemic flaws. I’m still passionate about the things I stated in this goal last year. I am continuing to volunteer this season at our local warming shelter, a place for people to get in out of the cold during the cold weather months. GRADE: C

Overall grade for 2013: D

I’ll try to do better in 2014.

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