It’s one of my favorite times of year: New Year’s resolutions! Yes I do it every year without question. I get to indulge all my fears and accomplishments, while you dear reader can tune me out until we return to regularly scheduled programming. At which point I’ll have you back in my Chinese finger trap.
I’ve been looking forward to 2014 for months. January will just be a continuation of the holidays, since it includes my dad’s birthday, my birthday, my best friends’ birthdays and this year, even Chinese New Year. 2013 saw the beginning of a stable job, dozens of new books under my belt (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn became #1), this blog(!), improving my running, a stronger bond with my health, cutting out caffeine and strengthening my relationship with my dad. I became a lot less frazzled and stressed in 2013, finally able to understand the patience and mindfulness that so many of these new habits hinged on.
The fails were numerous as well–I failed to meet almost all of my “social” goals: making a community in my neighborhood, going to more parties alone, throwing more parties, being kinder to my guy friends, and dating someone seriously. I also didn’t improve my DJing at all, or visit the East Coast. Counting on 2014 to breathe new life into them.
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- Continue gaining a better idea of my career goals, and whether that means joining a major ad agency or innovation company.
- Work hard and gain as many skills as I can from my job and coworkers. Set those goals and talk about them with my manager.
- Be aware and vigilant of important contacts that could be of huge help to my goals, and don’t be afraid to ask the for help.
- Devise some semblance of a budget.
- Up my morning runs to the occasional 5-6 miler.
- Eat less sugar. Possibly go without a day without some kind of pastry (Not that hopeful, or determined about this one.)
- Yoga and meditation at least once a week.
- Make as much time for my fabulous friends as possible. They always come first.
- Be open to love even though I almost gagged typing that. Also be open to lust and infatuation and love disguised as hate and hate disguised as love and all the feels.
- Talk to more strangers.
- Practice DJing at least once a week.
- Read before bed every night instead of going online.
- Make apartment more presentable for company, and throw more parties. Or just go to them.
- Visit friends on the East Coast, and travel at least once out of the country.
- Attend a writing conference.