I am the sort of person who really likes concrete dates and starts because I need routines. I have kept a nightly journal since my senior year of high school, and the only way I was able to maintain such a ritual was by making it one. I need rules. I need time-frames and plans. The new year presents an opportunity to create a new ritual to follow; it is practically begging, in my mind, for something to be regimented into it. I am exactly the sort of person who adores new year's resolutions, because I am a stickler about routines and I actually keep to them. However, I only keep to them if I make them completely unyielding. No "oh, well I'll do it tomorrow, one day won't hurt." No "I'm tired, I can take a week break." No excuses or exceptions, no nothing. I must be ruthless in sticking to the routines I set, or else they will fade away into feeble activities I pick up over holiday breaks when Facebook starts to get boring. To really do something, and keep doing it, I need to be firm about being consistent.
So, with that said, here are my new year's resolutions. The list is not lengthy, because people rarely stick to a number of new changes. I intend to keep to these resolutions because I think they are good for my personal and professional growth. Time will be tight, as it has always been, but I cannot live my life dreaming of making time in a future that never comes. If I want these things, I must do them now.
- Create something every day.
paint, draw, write, collage, photograph, sculpt, sew⎯you name it.
- Publish something.
or at least submit, submit, submit!
- Take care of yourself.
eat healthily, but let yourself indulge once in a while. do yoga in your pajamas. bike. allow yourself one hour of peace each day. drink tea, often.