My New Year
Part two: resolutions, or suggestions.
Niall and I did laundry on New Year’s Day. We loaded up the washers at the laundromat, went to a cafe, changed the laundry, went for a walk, and brought the dry clothes all home in a couple of duffel bags.
We have laundry day once per week, and I often find myself looking forward to it. It’s structure, and sometimes it’s the first time all week we’ve been able to take a morning to sit down together.
My past resolutions haven’t panned out. Usually I pick something with some ideal of who I could be, or I get some idea into my head for a new hobby I want to pick up, or what-have-you.
I am certain that I will choose some ill-fit resolutions this year as well, but I hope to learn a little more from them. I found myself writing a long list of “Stuff I think I want to do in 2016” at the end of New Year’s Day.
I and identified three main themes: art, work, and health. Of those, I honed in on a few good ones, and set aside the less likely or less useful ones. Sure, sculpting is fun, but I have other art to make. I could go running, but I hate running, and I work a physically active job. “Get a haircut” is more a task than a habit, and I don’t see myself being able to afford habitual haircuts.
With the winners, I made action plans. Goals that have quantities and steps (not listed here) to them. Here’s what I came up with, to be amended as I feel my way through them:
- Make one crappy piece of art per week.
- Post art online once per month. Be visible.
- Goal: Complete proposal for the Dickinson project by August 1st.
- Visit a job counselor. (Still not sure about this, not sure I can afford it.)
- Continue taking nutrition courses, and apply for DPD at UMass if you like what you’re doing.
- Apply for PSLF-eligible jobs. Break the chains of student debt.
- Earn more than $1500 per month. Work less than 30 hours per week. Head above water.
- Social: See a friend once per month. Send a postcard once per month. Go on a date with Niall once per month.
- Volunteer! Habitat for Humanity, Friends of Manhan, Smith Botanical, Dickinson Museum, gleaning, food bank. Any of these.
- Physical: Exercise 20 minutes per day, 5 days per week.
- Plan frugal meals per grocery trip. (semi-weekly)
- Mental: log and to-do nightly.
- Clean apartment once per week.
- Be outside every day.
I’m definitely not going to do all of these. But I bet I’ll do a few of them! In addition, I have a list of wierd specific suggestions for myself this year. A small selection for your amusement.
- Sculpt something. Or carve, carving also good. Woodworking?
- Be naked often.
- Buy a big pad of newsprint and use the whole thing.
- Exhaust the notebooks and pens everyone got you for Christmas.
- Record some tape.
- Make a book.
- Capsule wardrobe.
- Cardboard set, puppet screenplay.
- Handwriting. (Hah, see last post.)
- Run through the woods sometimes.
- Sing and dance and make sound effects.
- Be fancy.