I’m writing this clichéd post with my first (and only?) tattoo healing and Carolina Basketball on the TV-getting ready to leave to work as a bar back on New Year’s Eve. A lot has happened in 2013 and to say that I have changed because of it is a gross understatement. From traveling the world and meeting new people to taking small steps towards being more comfortable with myself-2013 has been revelation filled. I fully realize how hyperbolic that is, but I’m okay with it (also I just don’t know how else to describe it.) Enough of the past (for now) on to the future and 2014-here are some goals (or resolutions cause that is such an “it” word this time of year.)
Take better care of my body
Health and fitness have always been important to me but I’ve definitely lost somethings as I’ve grown more busy, so this year I resolve to make taking care of myself a solidified routine. Specifically floss everyday, stretch everyday, and run/swim/walk everyday.
Read 50 books.
I need to read more and I think 50 is a pretty solid number to aim for. This includes fiction and nonfiction, novellas and graphic novels, pretty much everything that is a lengthy text but not a longread.
Watch 200 movies.
I’m planning on starting with the Sight and Sounds list mixed in with the Oscar and indie favorites of 2013.
Take notes more.
I’ve made the realization that my memory is terrible so to combat this I’m going to try to write/type down as much as I can on as much as I can. I’m considering a Ryan Holiday esque type of system-perhaps more digital. Right now I’m starting with my trusty notebook and Evernote.
I know that I had this as a goal last year but I kinda fell off the wagon-so here we go again, same details apply.
Spend an hour everyday learning a new language.
I’ve traveled and met a lot of amazing new people in 2013, through it all it made me realize how important communication is so here’s to making it a little bit easier for everyone. I’m planning on working with my mum to clean up my Cantonese (perhaps learn to read/write.) I’ll be doing at least one Duolingo set of Spanish and German everyday, and I’m hoping to get started on Mandarin some time soon.
Spend an hour everyday learning a new skill.
Through some digging I’ve learned that as a Carolina student I have access to Lynda courses for free so first on the list is coding so that I can get a nice website up. Once I’m through with that I’m sure things like After Effects will be what I spend my hour on.
This is a bit more general but one thing that has hit me the most going through 2013 is how much I love making things-so here is to more posts, videos, pictures, whatever in 2014.
This is a lot and I’m sure I’m going to fail at achieving some of these but failure is okay (learned that in 2012, reinforced in 2013.) Here’s to another year of adventure and change. Bring it on 2014.