But first a story; last night I watched one of my favorite films Julie and Julia. I haven't seen it in quite some time, but somehow it was the perfect movie to set the tone for what I want this year. Now, don't read into this too literally. I don't really liken my current life status to the legendary gourmand Julia Child or the famous self-pitier Julie Powell. But this movie is about two things that I love: cooking and writing. Both ladies take the things they love and do something with them.
Over the past few months I have had the great pleasure of delving more into my hobbies. I've started reading more, wanting to write more, I've been sewing and cooking. All these little things that have been a part of me for so long have started to reemerge since I have been back in Texas. Then of course there is my music, cycling, advocacy and theology; the loves that I have brought with me from Chicago.
My overarching resolution for 2016 is to focus these more. Practice and give them purpose; maybe even make some money from them. Find a side gig. I'm very lucky to have a steady job that doesn't make me want to be an alcoholic, and live in a city where I don't have to remain indoors for six months out of the year. Now that I have established how grateful and happy I am post-Chicago, it's time to do something.
On that note, here are my resolutions for 2016
- Buy a new camera
- Buy a new ukulele
- Develop my advocacy
- Outline my book
- Get back into tae kwon do
- Improve my Spanish
- Cook new things (just don't eat so much crap)
- Ride my bike to new places
And we'll see what happens. There's always the other things: be healthier, spend more time with family and friends, be better with money, find a nice guy to date. I'm content with making resolutions knowing that they they are somewhat arbitrary. The fact is most of us don't treat our daily lives like an exercise regimen. The real growth happens when we encounter the things in life we didn't plan for ourselves.
That being said, I'm very curious as to what I'll be writing in my recap one year from now.