I have decided to create a visual database of my progress towards my goals and aspirations.

This page has many purposes. I love to make to-do lists, and one of my favorite things about making these lists is checking off the task once I’ve completed it. This same concept will be used with this milestones page, and I really believe that it is going to help me moving forward. This Milestone Tree will also help me to split my goals into smaller components so that it seems more manageable. As I begin to check things off, I will have a visual reminder of how far I’ve come.  One, is to show me how far I’ve come towards my goals, the other is to remind me where I’m going. There is so much that I want to accomplish in my life, and I am learning how important it is to write things down.
I’ve divided this page into sections. Coming soon, I will be drawing a mind-map for each section to help me to visualize my future even easier. For great things to happen, you must believe that they can happen. I believe in myself. Do you believe in yourself? If you don’t, then change that self-talk today. Not tomorrow, not next year, today! This is something that I was told recently, and I have truly taken it to heart. You only live once, so why not live your best life?

Introducing: Christine’s Tree of Milestones

*All accomplishments are written in past tense. This is purposeful, and is done in order to “trick” my mind into believing that these accomplishments are possible, so that all that is left to worry about is the “how” – but then one must trust that things will always work out. If you are open to the possibility, the universe will find a way.



  1. Began studying scene study with Ben Ratner – October 27, 2013
  2. Began studying audition with Jeb Beach – July 3, 2013
  3. Began studying Voice with Mark Downey – August 2, 2013
  4. Began studying Dance – (Completed: May.1, 2013)
  5. Began studying with a private Vocal Coach – (Completed: May.10, 2013) Studying singing with Rebecca Lam
  6. Graduated from Vancouver Acting School’s Showcase program – (Completed April 20, 2012)
  7. Graduated from Vancouver Acting School’s 6 month Intensive – (Completed: September 7, 2012)
  8. Began training in the Alexander Technique
  9. Studied with Larry Moss
  10. Studied in England
  11. Studied in New York

Accents/Dialects (mastered)

  1. Russian Dialect
  2. French Dialect – working on this right now. 
  3. British Dialect (South Yorkshire) – October 1, 2013
  4. American Dialect


  1. Booked my first Voice gig
  2. Booked my first paid Lead Role
  3. Booked my first paid Supporting Character Role
  4. Booked my first paid Guest Star Role
  5. Booked my first paid job
  6. First Professional Audition

Career Stuff

  1. Attended First Red Carpet Event
  2. Signed with a Voice Over Agent
  3. Submitted to Voice Over Agencies
  4. Completed Voice Over Demo (Completed: May. 15, 2013)
  5. Signed with a major agency in Vancouver 
  6. Sent off packages (looking for representation) to some select agents in Vancouver – (Completed: November 5th, 2012)
  7. Got my headshots taken with Shimon Photo (Completed: August 28, 2012)

Plays Performed In

  1. Made of Stone – played the role of Carol Oct 1-12 2013
  2. The Importance of Being Earnest
  3. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  4. Romeo and Juliet
  5. King Lear
  6. The Glass Menagerie


  1. First Oscar Win
  2. First Golden Globe Win
  3. First Emmy Win
  4. First Oscar Nomination
  5. First Golden Globe Nomination
  6. First Emmy Nomination


Outside Writing Opportunities

  1. Got a job writing book reviews for the New York Times
  2. Got a job as an assistant editor at – (Completed: July 16, 2013)
  3. Got a job as a Vancouver Healthy Living Examiner for April. 20, 2013)
  4. First paid writing job:  health and wellness columnist for the “Capilano Courier” – student newspaper (Completed: December 13, 2012)
  5. Got a job writing 2 posts a month as a student-life blogger for October 2, 2012)


  1. 10,000 views in one week on my blog
  2. 5,000 views in one week on my blog
  3. 2,000 views in one week on my blog
  4. 1000 followers
  5. 500 followers
  6. 200 followers
  7. 100 followers – (Completed:  July 18, 2013)
  8. 50 followers – (Completed: January 19, 2013)
  9. 1,000 views in one week on my blog – (Completed: December 24, 2012 with 1,729 views in one week)
  10. Wrote 100 blog posts – (Completed: October 25, 2012)
  11. 500 views in one week on my blog – (Completed: September 9, 2012)

My Original Work

  1. Wrote an e-book
  2. Wrote a one-act play
  3. Wrote a fantasy novel


  1. Won a literary award
  2. Nominated for a literary award
  3. New York Times Bestselling author



  1. Ran a marathon
  2. Ran a half-marathon – (Completed: May 5, 2013)
  3. Ran a half marathon in under 1.35
  4. Ran a 10k race in under 50 minutes
  5. Completed a duathalon
  6. Completed Insanity Workout Program
  7. Completed P90X – (Completed: February 25, 2012)
  8. Trained myself to the splits
  9. Trained myself to do a handstand

Fitness-based Opportunities

  1. First photo-shoot for the cover of a fitness magazine
  2. First photo-shoot for the interior of a fitness magazine
  3. First appearance in a work-out video (Completed: Filmed a yoga video November.25, 2013)
  4. Taught my first yoga class
  5. Became certified as a yoga instructor
  6. Got a job teaching a spin class once a week – (Completed: October 1, 2012)
  7. Got a job as a receptionist at Club 16: Trevor Linden Fitness Club – (Completed: April 15, 2012)


Reading Challenges

  1. Read all of the Pulitzer Prize Winning and Nominated Plays
  2. Read all of the Pulitzer Prize Winning and Nominated Fiction
  3. Read all of the Pulitzer Prize Winning and Nominated Books of Poetry

Self-Improvement Challenges

  1. The Artist’s Way – (Completed: July.20, 2013)
  2. The Happiness Advantage
  3. Cold Shower 30 Day Challenge  (Completed Sept. 8, 2012)


Events Attended

  1. TED talk
  2. Burning Man
  3. Daytona
  4. Yoga Retreat in Egypt
  5. Cannes Film Festival
  6. Olympics  – Hockey Game

Places to Visit

  1. France
  2. Germany
  3. Japan
  4. Iceland
  5. Australia
  6. Spain
  7. Portugal

Experiences to have:

  1. Bathe in the Gange
  2. Go on an Abraham-Hick’s cruise
  3. Visit the Harry Potter Theme Park in Orlando, Florida
  4. Swim with Dolphins
  5. Ride something bigger than a horse
  6. Partake in a Japanese Tea Ceremony
  7. Participate in the world’s biggest water fight during Thailand’s New Year’s Festivities (Songkran)
  8. Skydive
  9. Ski in Whistler
  10. Go on an African Safari
  11. Go on a hot-air balloon ride
  12. Climb Mount Kilimanjaro


  1. Paid off my Student Line of Credit
  2. Paid off my Student Loan
  3. Paid off the debt on my credit card – (June 10, 2013)
  4. Made 7,000 in one month as an actor

15 thoughts on “Milestones

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  2. I love this setup – makes me want to set up milestones like this for myself:) It so good to have all of your goals organized in front of you:)

    • Don’t just want to. You should do it!! Since making this list I’ve noticed a huge increase in my focus. I really feel like I’m working towards something, and writing my goals down in the past tense makes them feel all the more possible to achieve.

  3. Loving your blog, As a follow actor you are inspiring me. Thank you and I look forward to seeing your many successes. I also have a blog
    I would love some advice as I am coming to Canada in 2 years (Husband is Canadian) Who can you recommend as an agent? As I have no idea here in Australia. Also would like my son to have an agent too! – Blessings Louise Dwyer.

    • Thank you Louise. I’m so glad you enjoy my blog. I checked out your website and love it. You should incorporate a blog aspect into it. I would love to hear about your journey as well. Where in Canada are you planning on moving?

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