I don’t really make New Year’s resolutions, mainly since I tend to make and revise lists of goals throughout the year. This year, however, I am going to publish a list of things that I hope to accomplish, in order to hold myself accountable, if nothing else. I’m on the brink of a decision—to stay in Indonesia for another year (years?) or to go back to the US, at least for a few years. My decision seems to fluctuate back and forth by the day. Some days, I feel like I’ve accomplished everything in Indonesia that I can on my own. Other days I’m paralyzed by the thought of all the things I still want to do—I’d absolutely have to stay. Thus, this is a list not for the full year but for the next semester, after which there will be more regrouping and re-planning.
- Make a class schedule that will be fulfilling as well as achievable, taking into account not only subject material and its difficulty, but also personal interests and the teachers.
- Even though you don’t like it, make an effort to network more—both among your classmates and in the community at large.
- Even though you don’t like this either, try to talk to people more. It’s annoying and makes you jumpy, but you need the practice.
- 500 words a day.
- Strive for an image a day.
- Write and revise one novel to completion (though perhaps this is a goal for the year?).
- Seriously consider climbing Merbabu.
- Practice outside of class, even when you don’t want to, or maybe especially when you don’t want to.
- Also practice ballet and take opportunities to perform.
- Pronunciation exercises before eating.