My Yearly Themes

I have a theme every year inspired by Goal Free Living



I want to write for my small army of optimists, have more fun in the optimist center, write my kid’s book and be a little creative every day.

YEAR OF Love (2018)

I'm focused on Tunga, my amazing optimists, teaching and advising my graduate students, running the optimist center, traveling and our new puppy!


I built the optimist center, helped Tunga graduate, taught high school, college and four graduate classes, stepped up in leadership, and launched my optimist program.

YEAR OF Happiness (2016)

I wanted my year to be about my top value and really explore what it meant to me. I also took on several new jobs and projects with amazing people.

YEAR OF focus (2015)

I came into the year with a job loss and helping Tunga get into graduate school. I also focused more on freelancing and started to do more coaching.

Year of Simplicity (2014)

I pared things down, simplified my personal and professional life, and got back to the people and things I loved most. I also finished my thesis and graduate school.


I focused on bringing together all of the various projects, organizations and initiatives I was involved in, unifying them under Advance Humanity.

Year of Awesomeness (2012)

 I began focusing on launching Advance Humanity as a social movement, spent the year developing the website, working with New Media Group and starting graduate school.

Year of Reflection (2011)

I focused on getting married, finishing my time with Peace Corps, writing Enough and spent more time meditating, slowing down and experiencing things more deeply.


I wanted to define greatness for myself and my life. I wrote in the theme statement: This year I want to live my greatest life in the greatest service to others.


I began deciding what the idea of Advance Humanity was all about, how I wanted to share it with others and how they could join in the effort.

Year of Endeavor (2008)

I left for Peace Corps and began living and working in Mongolia as a Health Volunteer. I wanted to see the whole year and every day as an adventure.

Year of Discovery (2007)

I graduated from college, applied to Peace Corps and prepared for discovering new things about the world and myself. Mark Twain's quote really inspired me.


Make things as simple as possible.
— Albert Einstein