Occasional thoughts from a young adult reveling in the messiness of life.
However, now that I’m over six months into my new job and feeling like I am in a great rhythm there, I find that it’s time to give a little more shape and form to what I’d like to accomplish outside of the office. For without direction, I would simply wander aimlessly until my days turn into months, and those months turn into years.
With that, here are my non-binding—and definitely not “New Year’s”—resolutions:
1. Write 2 blog posts per month – Not surprisingly with my busy schedule, the number of blog posts I’ve written in the last six months has dwindled to zero. At my core, I have been, am and will always be a writer (and a seriously opinionated one, at that), so it has been much to my surprise and somewhat chagrin that I don’t make enough time for writing outside of my 8-5 job. That trend, I hope, stops now.
2. Take a photography class – As a present to myself for landing the most awesome job (and landing it so quickly after being laid off from my previous one), I purchased my very first DSLR camera. My love of photography runs deep, and it is a dream of mine to be a great photographer—not so much as a vocation, but as an avocation. You can check out some of my recent work here.
3. Learn to play at least one more Marc Broussard song on the guitar – Learning to play guitar has been a joyful endeavor for me, but it is one that certainly requires more time to perfect than I currently have to devote. Nevertheless, I plan to forge ahead and master those pesky bar chords and jazzy picking that stand between me and playing the songs of my favorite musician. To date, I have learned “Gavin’s Song”, but I still fumble my way through it. I will conquer at least one more Marc Broussard song this year!
4. Take a real vacation with my hubby – Though Charles and I have practically opposing travel schedules (my busy time is fall through spring, and his is in the summer), we are determined to go on another real vacation this year. And by “real vacation,” I mean one where neither of us is working, chaperoning or volunteering. We were fortunate enough to spend a few nights on Tybee Island last year for our first anniversary, and I hope that we can hit another place on our domestic “must see” list.
5. Make more time for family and friends – With a full time job and never-ending activities filling up my weekends, I have found it challenging to spend quality time with family and friends. Imagine my parents’ disdain when I let them know that my weekends are typically booked 1-2 months in advance. However, the solution is not to alter reality; I simply need to plan better—and further in advance.