At the beginning of the year I set forth a number of objectives for the year, rather than another set of resolutions. These directives are a hard and fast set of tasks I'd like to accomplish or issues I'd like to resolve before the end of the year. It seems like the first day of the fourth month of the year might be a great place to check back in on these.
Here's how I'm doing:
Realize parenting potential
I feel really good about where we are with Edie. She celebrated her first birthday on Wednesday and had an amazing first year checkup at the pediatrician's office yesterday. She is by all accounts a beautiful, well adjusted, and amazing child. Next up - getting her into a good school this fall.
I'm doing OK on this but could be doing better. I'm pushing hard at the Museum but need to wrap a few very large projects before Memorial Day. In addition I'm moving forward with Dept. of Changes, and am launching a new collaboration at the next installment of Avant Garden on April 16th (more on that soon, I promise). I don't know, looking at what I just wrote I am getting a lot done. I just hope the execution is there and these things come out as planned.
Total and abject failure. I didn't have enough time or willpower to get this one done. Maybe I'll try again next year. Probably not.
Build a creative hive at home
This is actually going very well. The front and side yards are in good shape and I'm starting to work on the other big issues as well.
Lift heavy things, ride bikes, run
Good news: just this week I've already ridden my bike over 20 miles. Bad news: this week is the first time I've done that all year. It's really all good news though, I'm waking up at 5:30 or 6 every morning to ride, which is the big breakthrough I've been needing to make all along.
Construct a personal cuisine
I'm starting to push a little bit on this front but I'm nowhere near where I'd like to be. I'm cooking once or twice a week whereas I should be cooking 5 or 6 times a week. I'm getting closer though.
Emphasize the real, minimize the virtual
I'm doing well on the real part but no so well on the virtual. I need to spend less time on social media but I find it more and more addictive and an essential part of my personal and professional life. It's hard to know what to do here. Maybe I'll try to reduce to just certain days of the week. I need to reduce it for the sake of my workflow, productivity and wellness.
Watch more films, read better books, attend more exhibits, listen to great music
This is going great! I've been watching tons of great cinema and I've read over 7 books so far this year. My current musical interest is rooted in the classic Americana sounds of country, western, Cajun, and bluegrass music - which is pretty refreshing. All in all I'm happy with my current media consumption.
Kill this blog
I'm not there yet, but it's coming. I'm going to write something here every day in April, including a farewell letter with links to where I'll be in the future on the last day of the month. Moving on will be exciting and a little sad.