08 January 2017

New Year's Resolutions

It's so cliche, but as K can attest, I am someone who loves setting goals. Last month when we went to see The Secret Garden - a lush production full of gorgeous voices and overflowing with personal nostalgia - I declared smilingly that "We should set a goal to attend a play or concert every month." K groaned, good-naturedly, and reminded me that I always do that. It's true - I find something I life and try to set a goal to add it into my life more often!

So in the officially-sanctioned season of resolutions, I am in my element. I revel in it. I try to think hard and carefully before making the commitment, but couldn't stop myself from spewing out goals and breaking them down into SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-bound) objectives.  Okay, I didn't go that far. But that just makes me more ambitious for next year!

As part of my accountability, here they are:

Contribute to my community
  • Educate myself on issues that people of color face and amplify their voices and perspectives
  • When I hear racist/sexist/homophobic/ableist and other unacceptable language, I will speak up whenever I am safe to do so
  • Participate in at least one march or rally about a cause that is important to me
  • Engage with people who voted differently than me in order to exchange ideas, build empathy, and find common ground
  • Practice ways to recharge, stay safe, and take care of myself and make a list of what works best for me

  • Play the piano once/week minimum and memorize at least two entire pieces
  • Join a choir
  • Listen to a new music playlist or a new album once/week
  • Listen to the weekly classical playlist on Spotify

Art and Culture
  • Attend at least 10 plays or concerts in 2017
  • Attend the State of the Arts concerts whenever possible
  • Take more photos - and - extra credit - take a photography class (yes, I’m giving myself the chance for extra credit here!)

Professional Development
  • Attend at least three lectures/discussions about work topics per month to gain fresh perspectives and meet people working on the same issues
  • Meet with someone outside of my office at least once a week to build networks and learn about different ways we are all contributing to solving problems
  • Travel to Morocco and Algeria at least once this year
  • Take refresher Arabic lessons and practice/study for at least two hours/week outside of lessons

Read more books
  • Goal is 25
  • Choose fiction books written by people of color or women 
  • Non fiction books on five topics - Middle East/North Africa, New Zealand, Marriage/Relationships, Having a Baby, and Race/Class divisions in America  - make a concerted effort to choose books that are written by people from diverse points of view (not just white native-English-speaking men)
  • Read one book in French

Fitness and Weight Loss

  • Take off 20 pounds
  • Reduce body fat percentage 
  • Increase body water percentage 
  • Track every day, even if it’s just one meal. Try to stay under 40, ideally maximum 37/day
  • Walk a minimum of 10,000 steps on work days and 7,000 on non-work days
  • Work out a minimum of 30 minutes 5 times a week