“People need revelation, and then they need resolution.”
I like resolutions, I just don’t always like New Year’s resolutions; anything with a culturally built in expectation of failure sort of annoys me. But every year I make them – in more recent years I’ve kept them extremely well. #humblebrag
A format I came across for resolutions that I really liked was by Carly at College Prep: she divided her coming year up by monthly goals and aspirations to work on one at a time. Much nicer than listing all the things you want to work on, tackling them all at once, and collapsing in a heap in early February (likely stuffing yourself with chocolate cake, skipping that class you signed up for, and whipping yourself. Literally or metaphorically, depending on your resolutions – no judgement here). Since 2013 is going to be a bit touch and go, months aren’t quite feasible but quarters definitely are, so here’s what I’m thinking:
As weird as it is to think about, I’ve got about two months left here at good old Nowhereford, Noneofyourbusinessshire University police. I’ve learned a lot and am grateful for my what I’ve done here, but I am excited for new challenges and opportunities – one in particular that I’ll talk about soon! My goal is to finish up my job well, leave it in a better state than I found it, and throw myself into new jobs with enthusiasm and and energy.
We’re moving in Spring, which will require a lot of organization, creativity, and good humor. I’ve jumped continents before and believe you me, it’s fun but it’s work! But I still want to make an effort to be better about taking pictures, writing things down, blogging, and keeping in touch with people in the midst of the chaos. Apart from anything else, it should provide you minions with a lot of amusement watching us scramble. We live to serve.
Once we’ve settled, I’m jumping into writing again. We’re still unsure of what my work status will be in Britain, I may only be allowed to be the National Gallery’s latest unpaid (but eager!) volunteer, but so be it. I’m going to relearn how to pitch myself as a writer to US publications, print and online, work hard on this mysterious opportunity I’ve alluded to, and bloody find other chances. They are out there and for the first time in a long time, I can stalk them. Aggressively.
Travel makes me happy; seeing new places or even revisiting old ones, hearing new words, trying new foods, just getting up and going somewhere is like a cool breeze for the soul. My soul could use some airing out. Yes, yes, I know. “Selfish, C., you were just in London this past summer!” Fine. I’m greedy. Gluttonous, even. Sue me.
Looking ahead to 2013, I have so much in store I’m almost dizzy thinking about it – and if I’m honest, a bit nervous to see if everything will work out, as my optimism has been rather strained over the last year. But I believe in tenacity and how far it can get you if you grit your teeth and keep pushing for what you want, as long as you keep grinning. I can’t wait to see where we get!