One of my resolutions has been.. to post my resolutions…
2013 was a tough year, and I am glad for the fresh start (and new job). I could dwell on why last year sucked so much (being out of work, hurt badly by someone, having to move when the place I was living in went up for sale…), but, new years are for new beginnings.
And of course, January 1 is an arbitrary day. We can start afresh at any time.
I used to have the attitude of “I’ll make resolutions as I think of them”. It’s a good goal, but something about the Occasion of a New Year gives things more.. hmm.. weight?
And of course, posting some resolutions gives me more incentive to follow through. Any of you could hit me up and say “Are you bench pressing 700 pounds yet”, and I’ll say “whoa there cowboy! You have me confused with someone else”. But yeah, you can ask me about anything I post here. Keep me focused.
I’ve been soooo bad at keeping up with friendships. I am better at it online, and can say I’m close to people all over the world. But… it’s not balanced, and I need to reconnect with some old friends locally. Waves at them.. hey you!
- host a dinner once a month
- get out at least once every two weeks to go do something with friends
Hosting implies I am going to move to some place where I can do that, and that’s another goal I will get to…
Blog – I will post once a week.
Music – You know, I’ve been playing guitar for 30 years, and I sound like I have been playing for one! Ok, not really, perhaps two… I’ll start recording and posting to Soundcloud, or if I am feeling photogenic, perhaps Youtube. I miss my Strat (which I gave to my daughter, what was I thinking?), and my old Fender acoustic cutaway with a pickup. Sheesh, and I miss my old mixer and digital piano.. The first goal is just to get something recorded once a month.
Photography – Most of the photography I do is Virtual. It’s a creative joy to do with friends in SL, and I’m pretty good at it. But… I also get out and about, especially in San Francisco, and will start posting some. I am wayyyy overdue for a new phone (yes, I have an iPhone 3GS in great shape.. that would be over 4 years old) with a much better camera.
Quality Of Life
It’s pretty easy to get swept up in the routine of being online, or traveling to another place where I can be.. yes.. you guessed it.. back online. Not good. Some of the quality of life thing, to me, means having more variety, and being able to slow down.
- Take the Ferry to work at least once a week. Indeed, I am writing this on that!
- Read a book per month
- Watch a movie per week
- Go out to a movie per month
- Lots of walks, both City and Nature
It feels like forever since I’ve been able to have so much as a weekend trip where I can simply relax. I will do that every other month, starting in February.
I actually have enough frequent flyer miles for a round trip in the US. Hmmm…
And, of course, I have my social/creative trip idea: I would love to drive cross country, and meet up with a different friend for dinner each night. It would take me to all sorts of spots off the beaten path, and would be a cool touchstone each day — to meet folks I’ve only known online, and to visit with some people I haven’t seen in a while. I’d love it!
The definite thing this year is that I want to get a 1 or 2 bedroom place, and get most of my stuff out of storage. I have a great small guest cottage situation right now, but I can’t do it forever – I do need more space, want to have a spot to have people over, and miss some things that have been tucked away in storage for a year. I am aiming for moving to a new place on June 1st.