As is custom (starting last year), my year-end navel gazing series ends with my resolutions for the new year, a little delayed because my iPad keyboard died while I was on the road.
The eternal, nebulous, unquantifiable
- Continue learning to let go of things that are beyond my control. Most things are.
- Be more patient and charitable.
- Smile more often.
- Exercise to improve health, diet, flexibility and fitness, particularly since my schedule last semester got in the way of these healthy routines.
- Take more time for mindfulness exercises, something started off doing well in 2019 but had largely stopped by the end of the year and intend to do more regularly in 2020.
The specific, concrete, actionable
- Take at least one day each weekend not working, as defined by no work email, no grading, no preparing for courses, and no academic writing.
- Take ten minutes every afternoon for quiet meditation and reflection.
- Complete the book manuscript that I’ve been working on based on my dissertation.
- Complete the (2) article-length pieces that I didn’t quite finish in 2019 and draft (1) new one.
- Find (1) new book to review.
- Complete the next piece of my research project on bread in ancient Greece.
- I have gotten away from reading academic books for reasons other than class or research, and I want to get back to reading for professional development. My target for this is at least (12), or one per month.
- I didn’t quite hit my reading goal of 52 books for 2019, but will re-up at the same level
- 33% of those books should be by women
- At least (5) should be by African American authors
- These books should represent at least (10) different countries and (7) different languages
Finally, to conclude this series a message for readers: thank you for following along. I have some ideas of posts coming down the pipe in 2020, including a revised list of my favorite novels, but, as usual, content here will reflect my year, what I have the energy to write about, and the fickle fortune of pursuing an academic career.
Whatever I write, I hope you’ll join me. In the meantime, may the coming year be one of warmth and joy for you as we all work to build a better future.