Resolutions of a Sort

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.

To Accomplish

  • 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.

3 thoughts on “Resolutions of a Sort

  1. Happy New Year Zoe!
    That is a vigorous list but if anyone can accomplish goals, it would be you! Hope you are enjoying it all – I will volunteer to climb the mountain with you.
    love, a. carol

  2. … about the resolution to talk more to people, it’s a good goal, but not everyone needs people and that’s OK! So work on it to your comfort level. Happy New Year!

    • The talking with people is more because I need to practice my language–studying from books is fine, but ultimately talking is how I can judge if I’m getting any better or not.

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