I am not one to take on new year’s resolutions because one, I only make it like three weeks into the year with whatever resolution I make and then give up. And two, I just feel like you can make a change at any point in your life and it’s not exclusive to the induction of a new year. However, I have decided that I would refresh my list of goals for this next year. I think the most important aspect about me writing this post is that I am firmly speaking my goals into existence and into the universe. And you know once it is spoken into the universe, everything pretty much just happens. Ok well maybe not as instantaneously but it does help to vocalize and share your goals with others. 2018 for me, will be the year of “living colorfully.” I will continue to uphold this mantra and one way of doing so is sharing my aspirations! I’ve jotted down some goals below and will continue to recite them everyday to remind myself how important they are to me and that I will achieve them!
- always feeling fit
For so many years I’ve been back and forth when it comes to my fitness. In general, I would say that I am a pretty healthy and active person but at the same time I have put pressure on myself to reach my “goal weight.” And to be honest, the numbers game has gotten really old and discouraging. You know that moment when you’ve had a really healthy streak but then your weight hasn’t changed at all? *huge pet peeve* In the past year, however, I have managed to be more consistent with my workouts and attempt to eat healthier. I’ve tried to re-orient the way I look at fitness and my body. Instead of obsessing over the numbers, I chase the feeling of being healthy. More than just looking good, I want to feel, sleep, and work better and all of that is related to how I take care of myself. There are aspects of my body that I would like to improve but for now, I choose to feel healthy first.
- travel (to many, many places)
Oh travel! How I have missed you oh so much! It’s weird because even though I have moved to Ethiopia, I have barely traveled in the last two years that I’ve lived here. I wish I could be writing the opposite but that’s just how things have turned out. But I am not giving up! Instead I have made a list of place that I will travel to this year. And I’m not just looking at the international destinations but places just beyond the city limits of Addis and further. In my head, I consider any chance for me to see a new sight or encounter a new experience as a win. There is a dire thirst that I have to venture out into different places, and this year I’ll be quenching that thirst!
- applying to grad school
One of the bigger goals that I have set out for this year is to find and apply to grad school. For quite some time now, a looming desire to return to school has made its presence. I miss the challenging and stretching environment of academia. I see myself heading back to the states for school but currently I am stuck trying to figure out what that path will be. In my last year as an undergrad, I found my passion in communications and in writing my thesis on black identity but now my interest has grown in the world of business and I’m curious to look into MBA programs. To be honest, I haven’t been too aggressive in researching programs because a part of me wants to first look at positions and people that I admire and study what they do and what paths they took. I know that school will be an investment in time and money and I just want to make sure that I choose a path that I find value in and will ultimately set me up for the next chapter in my life.
- valuing my worth (work)
Currently I am working as a freelancer in various jobs. One thing I always struggle with, and I’m sure a lot of y’all do too, is assessing how I value myself. Most of the time, I dread the point in a business partnership when I present my budget or my expected salary. I always feel intimidated by the person who is on the offering end. When they do make an offer, I always feel like I should be grateful and gullible when they state why they can’t offer me more. This year though, I’m not settling for anything less than what I believe I deserve. I know my skills and capabilities and I won’t let anyone convince me otherwise.
- create more collaborative content via blog & social media
As I am reviving this blog, I am hoping and looking forward to future collaborations with people who vibe with what I’m doing and those that I am inspired by. This is definitely the most exciting part of keeping and maintaining a blog as you get to share ideas through social media and have the potential to reach people all over the world. In the words of Drake:
- produce a photo series and be exhibited
One thing that has been on my to do list for a while, is to create a photo series of something that I am passionate about. When it comes to my photography nowadays, it’s mostly been through my iPhone and to be honest I use it as an outlet to capture my day-to-day experiences in cool ways like the people I spend time with, the places I go, the food I eat and of course sunsets. But I want to move beyond that. I want to take a closer look at a single subject and narrow my lens. I have drafted a couple of ideas that I would like to shoot so I guess y’all will just have to wait and see!
- read more
Reading! This is definitely an area in my life I NEED to expand. First off, let me just start by saying I have been a lazy reader because it has been almost two years and I am still reading Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. It’s not that I’m not interested in the book but I’ve just been lazy. It’s a habit that I have quickly turned around as I am almost done with this book and excited to move on to the ones that I have listed out below so far:
- The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish
- Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
- Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
- Wild Company by Mel and Patricia Zieglar
- Elon Musk by Ashlee Vance
That’s what I have listed out so far but please do recommend other titles to me!
- documenting people’s stories
I miss my Seattle Globalist days because I had the chance to write about various cultural events and stories that inspired me. The best part was just sitting and listening to people who talked about the importance of their cultural identities. As a writer, I love the different and unexpected places that my work could take me. I am passionate about people who share traditions, music, spirituality, food, and language. This year, I will make it a point to continue my natural curiosity to interview and meet people who inspire me and get the chance to document their amazing stories!
These are the goals that I have outlined for myself. Of course, this list will expand and grow into their own subcategories but I am happy and excited to speak out to the world what it is that I want to do this year. I’m also excited at how this will inspire whoever is reading this to set out their own goals and to share their progress and insights along the way. I will most definitely be sharing mine! 2018 is the year of creation!