Aleen Mean

Goals for 2015

I’ve had a pretty rough time over the last few days. I always struggle around the holidays (thanks, childhood baggage!), the air quality in Phoenix is absolutely disgusting (which means that I’m not breathing so well), and I’m really stressed over a few upcoming events. This has all added up to an overwhelming sense of ick.

I’m not going to focus on that, because if I do I’m just going to spiral out of control and I really can’t afford to pull myself out of that pit right now. Instead, I thought I’d share some of my plans for next year.

Many of my goals are related to my podcast, Less Than Or Equal. The show has grown faster than I anticipated it would and, in fewer than six months, I’ve made some amazing new friends and learned a whole heckuva lot.

I’d like to continue the show. I’d like to find a way to get transcripts of every episode done to make it accessible to even more people. I’d like to find a way to gain even more listeners because more listeners means easier access to a greater variety of guests. I want to make the time to put together a list of diversity 101 resources for people.

I started a new job in April and I love it, but I’m working from home now and becoming a little bit too insular. I’d like to get more involved in the local tech community. I’d like to attend and maybe even speak at more geeky events (we’re going to PAX East in March, which will be a good start). I’d also love to go on some fun podcasts to talk about things a little bit less serious than diversity and equality.

Justin and I have a sekrit project we’re working on and I’d love to finish planning that and get it off the ground soon.

As always, I need to figure out how to juggle everything. The podcast takes a substantial amount of time, I’m still trying to figure out how to get healthy, I have yet to find a good housecleaning workflow, and I work full time. I suspect that as I continue allergy injections and feel better over time, these things will get easier for me.