Um, yes, I’ve noticed it’s almost February, but that last few weeks have been so crazy busy that it still feels like the begining of January to me. So, here’s to a new year!
I’m not really a “resolutions” type person, but in the interest of self improvement, in 2007 I’d like to:
- A year of surprisingly sloth-like behavior and lack of serious exercise. Something about the heat just makes me feel like lazing around all day. This needs to change, my friends. Even I am tired of myself just sitting around!
- Enthusiasm about learning more about my profession. I’m always taking professional development courses and doing tons of reading both on- and off-line. I’m anxious to keep learning!
- Adventure, travel, experience. Every once in a while, I get an urge to move back home. It lasts for about 2 hours, and then I remember how much I enjoy living abroad and traveling. More traveling in 2007!
- Making connections – not only with people I actually know, but also online and through other friends. The last six months I think I’ve “met” more people than I have in the last 2 years. It’s been so much fun to communicate with my readers, friends of friends, and all my old buddies from home and my last job. I like being part of the global village.
- More non-fiction reading. This has been a banner year for me and non-fiction. I never, ever used to read anything but novels, but this year I got hooked starting with The World is Flat and I have hardly read a novel since (well, that’s not true, I read a lot of novels too, but I feel like I’m learning a lot more with all this non-fiction thrown in).
- Making a concerted effort to be more professional, more adult at work. I need to learn how to speak more professionally, remember to promote myself professionally, and be more confident in what I say. I need to learn how to present myself as an experienced professional all the time. (Yuck! I don’t like growing up).
- Try to make friends outside of work. Part of the reason I live abroad is to meet new people and experience different cultures. It’s important for me to remember that there’s a whole world outside of school (even though I may rarely get to visit it!)
What are your plans for 2007?