I feel less introspective and inspired this New Year than I usually do and haven’t picked a word of the year, probably because January snuck up on me and also because the end of the school semester was pretty hectic.
To be completely honest, I’m a little burnt out.
You’d think focusing on a single word would be the most doable, least intimidating kind of resolution, but I think in some ways one-word resolutions are more overwhelming because they’re so all-encompassing and hard to measure.
This idea seems more manageable this year.
In 2019, I’d like
exercise (a walk every morning or evening?)
sleep (go to bed by 10:30)
vegetables and home cooking (by first reading inspiring cookbooks!*)
learning (engagement in what I’m doing, whether that be reading, PL, grading, talking with friends/colleagues)
angst about grading papers/work
complaining (and zero gossiping!)
caffeine (even if this makes me want to cry)
That said, I stumbled upon this quote and it’s convincing me to focus on the MORE rather than the LESS:
“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”
*I asked for hobby suggestions on Instagram because I realized pretty much all I do in my free time is read and look at pretty things on the internet. My favorite came from L, who suggested reading beautiful cookbooks as a hobby. I love the idea of not actually aspiring to cooking amazing meals but committing to being inspired. That sounds like something I can manage!