2014, The New Year, And The Dreaded Resolutions: Part I

With life back in the states—now in New York—taking shape and slowly becoming a stable thing, I reflect on the last year and the year to come, and like every other forward-thinking human being, setting goals, I mean, why not, right?

New Year 2015 formed from sparking digits over black backgroundAfter a month away from Nahui-Day (hated being away, but it was needed), I’m finally coming back to writing daily. I’ve made my return from the motherland in December, and since then I have been searching far-and-wide for work and apartments. Now that the dust is settling and some time can be spared, it’s time to get back to this and have some fun.

“Res·o·lu·tion – noun \ˌre-zə-ˈlü-shən\ : the act of finding an answer or solution to a conflict, problem, etc. : the act of resolving something.” 

My problem which needs a solution, you ask? I have way too many hours in the day and I want to fill them up with more work, more writing, more improving, more upgrading, and all-around more betterment.

“A New Year’s resolution is a tradition, most common in the Western Hemisphere but also found in the Eastern Hemisphere, in which a person makes a promise to do an act of self-improvement or something slightly nice, such as opening doors for people beginning from New Year’s Day.”

My traditional promise, you’d like to know? Well, it took me a few weeks to figure it out, but there are three things I’d like to do for my daily homework, call it my “Daily Homework 2.015.” Since I’m starting late, I plan on going back and making up on lost days, so get ready to see bundles of these in the coming days.

1. EveryDayMatters (by Karen Winters) : One drawing per day, all year long. Drawing has always been a lovely hobby of mine, but haven’t kept up with it enough, so, now I have a drawing prompt for every day of the year.

2. 365 Thought Provoking Questions to Ask Yourself This Year (by Marc & Angel) : Same idea as above: I need to workout my mind daily, not just occasionally throughout the week, so, here I have a daily question to ask myself and contemplate. A way to warm up my brain every morning, to get the critical thinking going early each day.

3. 365 Days of Writing Prompts (by The Daily Post) : “A prompt to fire your imagination, each and every day for a year.” I’ll take these prompts, create a 500 word post each day, and enjoy myself writing daily. Same way I’ll get my drawing and critical thinking going each morning, it’s also important to work out my creative side. This will greatly help as I’m working on my own projects throughout the day.

“Religious origins: The ancient Babylonians made promises to their gods at the start of each year that they would return borrowed objects and pay their debts. The Romans began each year by making promises to the god Janus, for whom the month of January is named. In the Medieval era, the knights took the “peacock vow” at the end of the Christmas season each year to re-affirm their commitment to chivalry.”

There are also some personal things that I’d like to get better at this year, like my version of “opening doors for people,” my “peacock vow.”

1. Take out contacts every night : This usually makes people cringe, the fact that I go three to six months without taking out my contacts at all. Somehow my eyes can take it, but I’m sure that if I ask an optometrist, they would tell me I’m an idiot. So, I’m changing that. I’m going to start taking out my contacts every night before bed. I guess I need to go glasses shopping soon.

2. Stop cracking fingers and neck in public : My neck and back have issues from years of playing rugby, so it’s necessary for me to crack them or else I get really stiff and sore, but this is not something I should be doing in public. It grosses people out, I get disgusting looks when the sound of my back cracking out-sounds the monstrous subway (yes, it’s really that loud), so time to be more considerate and stop doing these things in front of people.

3. Read before bed, no more TV before sleep : I am aiming at one book a week for all of 2015, so, that means that I will no longer go to sleep with my greatest companion, my favorite cuddler: Netflix. This year it will be reading before bed, nothing else. So far I’ve read The Goldfinch and started Redeployment, so I have to stay on track (not that this will be hard to do, last year I read around 45 books).

4. Remember personal/professional facts better : I have a bad habit of forgetting people’s names, what they do, where they are from, and other facts that make quick run-in conversations more smooth and enjoyable. This year I will focus more during conversations and do my best to store all information. My aunt is amazing at this, she will remember minute details about my buddies in high school, so I’m trying to learn from her (being more like her should be my basic goal in life).

Stay tuned for PART II, where I go back through 2014, my best of, my favorites, my memorable moments from the year. Enjoy.

– Nahuel F.A.

P.S. And for some extra 2015 resolutions for writers, from my favorite people over at The Write Life, check out these 5 Goals to Amp Up Your Writing This Year. I got a few of these done in 2014, now it’s time to get the rest!

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