I had a handful of resolutions for 2016, and most of them were met. Instead of revisiting that list, here are some notable moments:
- I visited China and for the first time, got to travel around instead of being trapped at my grandparents’ houses. And when I wasn’t allowed to board the plane returning home, because my documents were expired, thus giving me two extra weeks of travel.
- I got an agency job that I wanted to escape, but did give me the chance to write my first real commercial.
- I got a dream job as an in-house copywriter writing jokes about food all day, and quit the previous job with a little too much glee.
- I didn’t worry about guys or dating all year.
- I started going to therapy.
- I ate mostly vegan, and started eating a lot more than ever before. I struggle with it every day but the change was overall positive and ongoing.
And now for the new year…
1. Perform 5 minutes of standup comedy. Forever rolling over to the new year. There is no excuse, I simply didn’t try hard enough.
2. Create an ad/campaign that I’m really proud of. Now that I love my job and brand, I’ve got to deliver. I’d love to create 5 strong ads/commercials next year
3. Make progress in therapy and my love life, and experience a healthy relationship. Yep, more dating resolutions because I want to have a child someday, and I’m particular about what genes I mingle with.
4. Fit better into my old clothes. This year, I experimented with veganism. There are so many reasons I love it, aside from the ethical/environmental reasons. It’s cheap, easy to prepare, easy to digest, and better for my sleep. The only downside is that I’ve gained some weight, and I miss feeling light again.
5. Find a great yoga studio. I’ve been going to yoga for 10 years, but the progress is slow because my old studio is too casual. I should be able to do a handstand and the splits by now. After shopping around, I think I’ve already found the right fit–now to keep it consistent.
6. Play music, write stories. I don’t know any victims of the Oakland Ghost Ship fires, but seeing an entire community and their genre disappear reminds me how brief everything is and that creative projects are not about the end goal. I feel most human and positive when I’m making or consuming art. And I haven’t in a long time.
7. Appreciate my parents. I include this every year because it’s hard as fuck and they drive me crazy. Therapy is making me confront how deeply they impact me and the work I’ll have to do to get over the bad habits/beliefs I’ve lived with, and it might mean I will distance myself more. But I should always appreciate.