14 things I want to be or do or encourage this year*:
decisive. less agonizing and drafting, more pitching and shipping.
not always subtle. My New Years Eve included very red lipstick and very good friends and two helpings of very salty, very tender brisket. More “very,” please.
confetti. celebrating my people and their joys and successes.
humility. owning and learning from mistakes.
real. explicitly anti-racist, anti-oppression, and committed to progress, even and especially when it’s hard. honest when I’m feeling blue, frustrated, jealous, jaded.
unplugged when possible. quiet. calm.
playful and creative and adventurous. Exploratory.
open, open, open.
laughter: kites, games, jokes.
Chicago focused. Root planting and community building and hospitality.
partnership. Cozy protective togetherness listening compromising giving taking hearing.
solitude. I just read this Rilke quote: “I hold this to be the highest task of a bond between two people: that each should stand guard over the solitude of the other.”
healthy. Therapy, dance and yoga and push-ups, time outside, heartfelt cooking, thank you notes. Sleep.
*I know. Baby steps and habits are more worthwhile than sweeping, vague resolutions. (Last night someone told me about a bar named Resolution that’s a gym for the month of January and a bar the rest of the year.) And January 1 is arbitrary to begin with. So if you have ideas, tools, or suggestions for implementing any of the above, bring ’em – any time of year, any year of life.
What are you hoping and planning for these days? If you’re a New Years marker, what’s your word for the coming year?