One book that I have read over the past year that impacted my life was Gretchen Rubin’s “The Happiness Project.” In that book she talked about the importance of taking charge of your own happiness – not waiting for someone else to come and “make you happy.” That was my core theme for last year, making sure that I didn’t get complacent and still looked for new ways to define what happiness was to me.
It’s a little late to do New Year’s Resolutions by the western calendar- which, as I wrote about last year, are not common in China but since the New Year doesn’t start until February 10th (at least the year of the snake), I am actually early. Last year I had one public resolution where I resolved to keep Zhongguo Jumble updated throughout 2012. Thanks to your great support I was able to keep that resolution in fine fashion.
This year I am thinking of things in two contexts. Resolutions are life changes, they are ways of looking at where you want to be and making changes to turn yourself into that person. Goals are set events, something you can check off your to do list after you finish everything. To give a concrete example: A goal would be to run a marathon (something I’m not interested in), but a resolution would be to run for health or to get into shape (something that will never really end).
So, I thought here I’d share a couple of goals for the year. I will resolve to continue my blog posting, but here are a couple of things that I have on my mind for the goals aspect.
1) A new haircut – I have been growing my hair out for a couple of years now – I’ve gone through more hair styles here than I did in total in the US. I don’t know what style I will choose but I think it will be interesting. Here’s a cut I had three years ago now – my short stint with a perm.
2) Be picked for another demonstration in my yoga class. Two weeks ago when I went to a class with a new teacher he picked me to do a demonstration. I’ve never had any teacher ask me to demonstrate a pose before and it made me feel validated that the nearly 100 classes in the last year have paid off. Continuous practice (which may also be a resolution) should merit another demonstration opportunity.
3) Visit at least two new countries – we already have one trip planned for February (which I will keep under wraps for the moment) and I’d like to add another country to my list before the end of the year. That seems doable. Last year we went to Boracay, Philippines and I also had my quick jaunt to Korea – both places new to me.
And there are other goals (and resolutions) that I am considering that remain private but as they become reality I will be happy to share them with you.
Did you make any resolutions or set any goals this year that you feel comfortable sharing? What time of year seems to be the most productive? I still get that feeling in September, the back to school syndrome but a new year also calls for new plans and ideas. Do you too?