New Year's Resolutions

Welcome Back – 2023

Well, 2022 was a hell of a year. Personally and professionally I grew a great amount. I traveled a decent amount and my organization launched some truly incredible things – with more greatness on the way. But it’s a new year, and there have been enough retro’s done on the previous year. I want to look toward the future. 

I’ve always found the idea of a New Year’s Resolution to be fascinating. It’s a humbling recognition that we need to improve ourselves – and an empowering realization that improvement is possible. These can run the gambit, and often do. I’ve always found it best to categorize my resolutions, giving each an earnest try but acknowledging the varying levels of difficulty. 

This year, I’ve decided to share publicly what my resolutions are (to the extremely limited audience this site may retain) as a way to hold myself more accountable. I’m also providing myself with concrete KPIs to determine if I’ve actually hit my goals – as a way to prevent hand-waving during weak moments. 

In 2023 I want to:

  • Write at least 500 words a day for myself – on top of any writing from work 
  • Read for at least 30 minutes a day – likely right before bed
  • Take language lessons twice a week – and do Duolingo at least 15 minutes a day
  • Eat out or do take out a maximum of once a month
  • Do dry January with a maximum of 3 cheat days – the cheat days represent prior engagements made well before these resolutions
  • Reduce drinking to weekends only following dry January 
  • Work out twice a week – with 10 push-ups or sit-ups each time before using the toilet
  • Spend an hour a week speaking to someone new – through something like lunchclub
  • Learn enough about starting a business to have at least one successful client engagement by the end of the year

While I recognize this is a litany of resolutions, I feel they are all doable, and I want to challenge myself more this year. While I’m not getting younger, I want to make sure I’m still exercising my brain – and begin exercising my body more earnestly. 

Many of these are also the process of correcting bad habits I picked up over the course of the Covid 19 pandemic and all of its lockdowns (both actual and mental). I wasn’t as active as I should’ve been, I didn’t socialize a tremendous amount, I drank more than I wanted to, and I spent more money on someone else making my food. That last realization is particularly painful as I thoroughly enjoy cooking and hate spending money.

The final resolution sort of fits into the first point – I want to get back into journaling more. While writing for this blog (and I will be writing for this more often, dear reader) will help satisfy my word count requirement, there will be many times I hit those 500 words in private settings. 

I’ll make this promise to myself with you all as my witness, I’m going to do everything I can to make these resolutions work this year. 

It’s 2023. Let’s get after it. 

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