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convenience-store resolutions







(Which, one hopes, aren't resolutions of convenience...)

I went into a convenience store on January 1 to buy a bottle of red wine, and the guys at the counter and I had a round of happy-new-year wishes, and I said something like, "May it be a good one," and then one of the guys said,

"Yeah, my resolution this year is not to settle." Good resolution, I thought (though--because I'm constitutionally unable to keep from putting riders and qualifications on statements like this--I think "settling" is created in your own head. The same action can be settling, or not, depending on how you make up your mind to feel about it.)

"Mine is to do the hard things," I said. "Here's to success for both of us."

"Yeah!" he said.

----

So yeah, that's my amorphous, large-scale goal.

Slightly less amorphous than that is the goal to make significant progress on my new novel. I didn't do too well with that goal last year (didn't do much writing at all last year), but maybe this year will be better.

Even more fine-grained goal: utilize my library's free Mango Language account to learn Spanish. I've started on this! Maybe I should make the goal to do a lesson at least three times a week. What I can say so far that I didn't already know: Estoy bien.

I may also work up a running goal (meaning: a goal related to running) but I haven't got one yet.


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j_cheney
Jan. 2nd, 2016 05:37 pm (UTC)
I'm working on a variation or that, which is more like "Don't multitask." That's basically a note to myself to not spend time doing things that I'm ok with dividing with something else. If I'm ok with dividing my attention between a and b, then perhaps I shouldn't be doing thing a or b at all.
asakiyume
Jan. 2nd, 2016 09:00 pm (UTC)
That's an interesting way of looking at it! I'd always thought of it in terms of being sure to give each thing the attention it deserves (which I've felt like I'm not doing if I'm multitasking), or in terms of being present for people (i.e., don't be typing an LJ comment while my kids are talking to me)--but what I like about your way of framing it is that it makes you question the value of *both* activities.
sovay
Jan. 2nd, 2016 08:43 pm (UTC)
So yeah, that's my amorphous, large-scale goal.

It sounds like a good one!

I have never made New Year's resolutions. Do you find them useful?
asakiyume
Jan. 2nd, 2016 08:58 pm (UTC)
I only consciously made them for the first time last year. I have, in the past, made goals at random times of the year.

When I've articulated a very particular thing I want to do, like interview the guy who keeps pigeons, or go to East Timor, it *has* helped.

... Something like do the hard things, it's harder to tell with, but I'm hoping that articulating it will be a way of keeping it in mind.

sartorias
Jan. 2nd, 2016 09:15 pm (UTC)
Endorsing your goals with enthusiasm!
asakiyume
Jan. 3rd, 2016 01:32 am (UTC)
Thank you <3
mount_oregano
Jan. 2nd, 2016 09:50 pm (UTC)
I am learning Latin. Valeo. (Estoy bien.)

If you have questions about Spanish, just ask.

My goal is to finish all those projects I have underway.
asakiyume
Jan. 3rd, 2016 01:32 am (UTC)
Thank you!

And that's an excellent resolution--a difficult one to fulfill, but an excellent one.
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yamamanama
Jan. 2nd, 2016 10:20 pm (UTC)
My resolution was to fulfill a promise I make. Which, now that I think about it, is kind of a meta-resolution.
asakiyume
Jan. 3rd, 2016 01:31 am (UTC)
Heh, so it is. I like that.

(I know I'm behind on your entries. I'll probably come calling tomorrow)
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osprey_archer
Jan. 2nd, 2016 10:32 pm (UTC)
Good luck with your resolutions!

Re: the resolution to study Spanish, I think making it a resolution to use the program at least three times a week is a good one. It's easy to tell if you're fulfilling the resolution that way, whereas something like 'learn Spanish" is much more amorphous.
asakiyume
Jan. 3rd, 2016 01:31 am (UTC)
I agree; I think I will. And I think tonight will be one of the nights--once I answer LJ comments!
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amaebi
Jan. 3rd, 2016 12:37 am (UTC)
You might want to consider using duolingo.com -- I and smart_ted and kayre use it, and we think it's pretty good. Though you might also check your local library system for Pimsleur courses-- I think it's valuable to use purely aural/oral aids, since I fear sticking to text. (And have a tendency that way.)
asakiyume
Jan. 3rd, 2016 01:30 am (UTC)
I may use Duolinguo! My daughter's using it for Spanish. But for right now I'm going to stick with Mango. I like it, so far.
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queenoftheskies
Jan. 3rd, 2016 12:54 am (UTC)
Quite awesome goals! (And I can't wait to read that novel.)
asakiyume
Jan. 3rd, 2016 01:30 am (UTC)
Ehh, well it may be a bit of a wait for the novel :-P
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mnfaure
Jan. 3rd, 2016 08:54 am (UTC)
May the New Year see you realizing all your goals and dreams in a way that fulfills you. :D
asakiyume
Jan. 4th, 2016 03:58 am (UTC)
Thank you ♥ You too.
c_maxx
Jan. 7th, 2016 07:30 am (UTC)
Happy belated New Year, FF!
asakiyume
Jan. 7th, 2016 01:24 pm (UTC)
And to you too!
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