Thursday, December 27th, 2007 • 3 Comments on Taking Stock
Before I contemplate my resolutions (“goals”) for 2008, I thought I would take a look back and see if I accomplished what I set out to do in 2007. Won’t you join me?
In 2007, I resolved to…
Finish my M.A. in Humanities. I accomplished this in May.
Apply to the MFA in Creative Writing program at Bennington College. I had actually forgotten about this resolution. I was fixated on MFA programs toward the end of 2006 but have been caught up in finishing my MA and working on my certificate in Women’s Studies. I won’t rule it out for 2008, however.
Develop a five-year plan… but don’t be constrained by it. I drafted this out over the summer. I actually went to ten years, though there are a lot of blanks to fill in.
Celebrate my fortieth birthday. Really celebrate it. I think spending a week in my favorite city—London—counts as really celebrating my fortieth birthday.
Keep learning… even when I’m not in the classroom. I didn’t take any non-academic classes as I had planned, but I did learn a lot about teaching a class. I am not completely satisfied with this one, though. I should have learned more this year.
Be as good to myself as I am to others. This is another one I don’t think I accomplished entirely. It’s a work in progress.
Take a chance on something big. I wrote and sold my first novella, but I don’t know if that counts as something big. This was intended to be my wildcard resolution—to encourage myself to say “yes” to whatever adventures the universe throws my way. Not an accomplishment so much as a reminder.
So… what to resolve for 2008? Travel, education, health, adventure… what else? I have four days to figure it out!
What do you resolve to do in 2008?