For the past two years my resolution posts have featured images by Anne
Marie Musselman, a Portland photographer. Musselman works a lot with
animals and conservation in her photographs, and I especially love her
series on the Sarvey Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. It makes me feel hopeful.
Even though it's a bit delayed (sorry about that), I'm excited to post my New Year's resolutions here. As I've said many times, I love January. For instance, last year I wrote that January "feels set apart from the other eleven [months] somehow, a month of new beginnings and hopeful futures." Well put, self. And even though a lot of people find New Year's resolutions to be futile, the fact that I've been faithfully posting these for a long time now means I can look back and see actual, honest-to-goodness progress, and that feels nice. In case you're curious: 2012, 2011 (here and here), and 2010 (I didn't post resolutions per se in 2010, but I did post a book list and a sort-of bucket list).
This year, I've been thinking about a lot of things I'd like to keep up with or change. So many, in fact, that I divided my resolutions up into two lists: one personal, and one professional.
1. Drink enough water. This is my always-and-forever goal.
2. Eat more produce. I read a suggestion once that at least half of your plate should be filled with fruits or veg. I like that.
3. Learn: A) To can; B) French. The French goal is a semi-professional one, since I have to take a language exam next October. Did you know medieval England was bi- (and even tri-, if you count Latin) lingual?
4. Perfect homemade pizza and crepes. I make these all the time, and always struggle. No longer!
5. Keep in touch. I made some (small) strides at keeping in touch with friends last year, but didn't do so well with family. I'd like to change that. Part of that keeping in touch will be blogging here: my new, not-crazy goal is once a week. Here's hoping I stick to it.
6. Grow spiritually. I'm still figuring out what I mean by this.
1. Increase digital presence by: A) Starting a professional blog; and B) Using Twitter and Facebook more professionally. I've already had some success with both of these. I started my blog and I was active on Twitter during a digital humanities conference. Now to keep it up.
2. Limit internet idleness. Again, some success here! I use Safari, and I recently altered my home page so the sites I see are professional ones. I'm embarrassed by how much of a difference this has made. Now if I'm feeling idle, I'm more likely to read the Chronicle of Higher Education than, say, the A.V. Club.
3. Publish. My first paper is coming out in postmedieval this year, and I'm hoping (this feels scary to say out loud) to line up another publication by the end of the year. We'll see.
4. Apply to (at least) two major conferences.
5. Get more work out of each day.
6. Write daily. This doesn't necessarily have to be Writing, with a capital "W." I think blogging, either here or on my professional blog, Facebook and Twitter can all count.
That's it! No big deal, right? Here's to a 2013 full of adventure and accomplishment. Happy New Year.