New Year’s Resolutions are not my thing. In fact, I normally spend this time of year tidying and relaxing before The Young Human Factory starts up again. If anything, I tend to melancholy and nostalgia. If only I had done…
But I can’t help being happily circumspect this year. It’s ending better than it began.
A group of young men rang in 2019 by yelling broken-Spanish obscenities at my bedroom window and knocking down the fence between La Casa de Tontería and the neighbor. Unless hooligans come to torch this place, it should end on a quieter note!
I started the year using a cane and undergoing physical therapy. By late spring, I was lugging heavy pots and shoveling up roots in the garden.
Several of my friends make a ritual of looking back and forward. The following is a three-question format used by my friend Eileen, who is the most dynamic and goal-achieving person I’ve ever met.
What did I do well in 2019?
- Writing consistently, despite failures of technology and other obstacles
- Following the anti-inflammatory diet regimen
- Adjusting plans at work, particularly with my new co-teacher
- Budgeting for garden improvements and making extra payments on the mortgage
What could I have done better?
- Writing through the rough spots, instead of editing or jumping to another scene
- Sticking with the at-home regimen drawn up by the physical therapist
- Being more goal-oriented at The Factory
- Avoiding nickel-and-dime spending
What will I change for 2020? (Master Goals)
- Finish the good-enough-for-Beta-readers draft of the novel
- Combine anti-inflammatory diet, physical therapy regimen, and exercise into daily life
- Daily grade adjustments and documentation of student behaviors
- Make this The Year of Mindful Spending by tracking what I pay and sticking with planned expenditures