2017 Pop Culture Goals Review

It’s the end of the year, which means it’s time to look back at the pop culture goals I had set for myself coming into the year. A lot happened this year that affected my opportunity, I welcomed a son into the world and if I had known with certainty that I would be I might have been less ambitious. That being said, I was still able to accomplish 1/2 of the goals that I set, so I feel more proud than embarrassed. It’s all a lesson in triteness, but it does push me forward into some challenging areas of life that I believe are ultimately good for me, so I’ll take it.

Here are last years goals and my updates on them:

Rewatch ten of my favorite films from 2007

I didn’t meet this. I got off to a great start, but just plain gave up. There’s just a lot to watch already, plus a baby came. Babies give you less time to do things I guess.

I watched: The King of Kong: A Fistful of QuartersGone Baby GoneLars and the Real GirlChop Shop, and No Country for Old MenNo Country improved the most for me, while Gone Baby Gone‘s final twist didn’t hit me as hard as when I first watched it.

Read 3,000 pages

I had a goal to read 3,000 pages this year, which was only 8 a day, ultimately an improvement of my feeble previous attempts. I did it! It was great and got me back into the groove and I am all about the reading groove.

This is what I read:

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Finishing the Hat by Stephen Sondheim

The Plague by Albert Camus

Americanah by Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie

The Day the Revolution Began by NT Wright

Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

What is the Bible? by Rob Bell

Movies Are Prayers by Josh Larsen

The Nix by Nathan Hill

Telling God’s StoryA Parent’s Guide to Teaching the Bible by Peter Enns

Watch 5 films from my watchlist 

I also accomplished this! This was great, I was able to watch a few movies I’ve been dying  to watch for a while.

Here’s the list:

Do the Right Thing, Singin’ in the Rain, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Yi Yi, In The Mood For Love

Finish television series I am in the middle of

I swear I’m never going to finish Mad Men. I watched another season of it this year, putting me about halfway through season 5 and I absolutely love it, but I just can’t keep up the consistency.

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