New Years Resolutions

posted Dec 30, 2011, 10:26 AM by jj pionke
I always find New Years resolutions to be somewhat disingenuous.  Most people don't keep them and give up on them relatively quickly.  For awhile now, I've  tried instead to look at NYRs as more of a guideline for the coming year rather than something that I want to strictly change immediately.  As an example, I might say eat more vegetables rather than lose weight.  Yes, I need to lose weight, but that is too big of a goal/change.  It's much easier to say that I will eat more vegetables.  It's an actual change that I will implement.  That said, NYRs for 2012.

1. Eat more vegetables
2. Continue to get 8 hours of sleep a night
3. Continue building Librarian skill sets through classes/seminars/workshops/internships
4. Attend Alternative Spring Break
5. Find another internship for the Summer in librarianship
6. Continue volunteering at the Franklin Archive as time allows
7. Post here once a week if possible, once a month if not

I also find that how I feel about the coming year, or my gut instinct about the coming year tends to be spot on.  I felt like 2010 was going to great and horrific and it was.  My gut said that 2011 was going to be more of the same and it was, though looking back on it, I would say that it was more good than bad - I got into grad school, I got funded, I did a lot of personal projects over the Summer, and I got straight As in my first semester as a Research One institution.  There were bad things too, but I'm trying not to dwell on them and instead focus on the positive.

My 2012 gut instinct says that it is going to be a good year.  I'll be more in debt, but I am learning new skills and there are exciting opportunities on the horizon like Alternative Spring Break and my one month internship in Singapore.  I feel like there will continue to be many positive changes in my life and that I will strive forward with more knowledge and confidence.  This is a far cry from the gut instinct of years past and so while I am excited, I'm a little nervous as well.  Here's hoping the gut is spot on!

So, there ya go....NYRs and my gut feelings about the new year.  No idea if any of it will come true and that is ok too.  NYRs and gut feelings are kind of like shaking a magic eight ball and seeing what it says.  Sometimes you get something really good and sometimes it's a complete miss.