Happy 2020!

Another year, another list of resolutions. Click here for the 2018 resolutions; click here for my 2019 resolutions.

2020 will be the third year I make my new year’s resolutions public. Last year’s resolutions were mostly kept, so I’m chuffed about that. This year, though, I’m easing up a bit. In the past year, I’ve begun what is undoubtedly a long process of realising what my priorities actually are, and what I need and want both professionally and personally. I’m at a point where I’m staring into a dark and seemingly vast chasm of possibilities. It’s a privileged place to be, but it’s also overwhelming, so I have decided to go into 2020 one step at a time.

I have also decided to go into 2020 with an ear that is consciously pointed towards my heart. There have been so many moments in the last few years where I have heard what my heart is screaming at me to do and I have rationalised my way out. This year, I’m going to establish a better and most respectful relationship with myself.

Bring it on, 2020. I’m ready.

Happy 2019!

Those four long-time readers of this blog will already know that I am big on making lists. This is why I love New Year’s resolutions: 1 January is the one time of the year when it is socially acceptable to openly and unapologetically love list-making. Any other time of the year and people just think you’re some über-keen loon who’s into wasting perfectly good stationary.

Last year I made my list of (academic) new year’s resolutions public. Making this list public made me feel like other people were holding me accountable for achieving those goals. No one was checking in to ensure that I had done what I said I’d do, but I wanted to make sure that I was ready on the off chance that someone did actually enquire.

If you’ve seen my list of resolutions from 2018, you’ll notice that I’m not into the wishy-washy large-scale life changes. I’m not going to resolve to ‘be my best self’ or ‘work hard’ or anything that vague – with those resolutions, there’s no measure of achievement, no milestones of success. Rather, my resolutions are clear-cut and actionable: publish a peer-reviewed article, practice juggling, yadda yadda yadda. And I did fulfil all of my 2018 resolutions, save for the one about travelling to three new countries (instead, I further explored multiple countries I’d previously visited).

So, these are my resolutions for 2019. Can you help me out with any of them? Can I help you out with any of yours?

Happy New Year, y’all!