I decided to spend this New Years alone because I wanted to get a jump start on my personal plans for the next year. I know that 2011 will be a year of a lot of personal development, maybe even more than this year.
For me, this year is all about happiness. As some who has struggled with depression for years (that’s a whole different post), 2010 was the first year that I spent more time feeling happy or ok than depressed. This was especially surprising because this has also been the year that I put myself out there with more men than before (and more often than not, it ended in heartbreak. lots of heartbreak). Anyway, a lot of this happiness is a direct result of an intentional change in the way I think. This year, I made a point to think more positively, to visualize what I want, and to put it out into the universe (yes, I live by The Secret and now, The Power).
In addition to happiness, this year is also about love and gratitude. Something I’ve been doing is writing love letters to my friends, basically telling them how much I love them and that they are appreciated. This year I plan on spending more time with my family. They are my biggest cheerleaders, they are always happy to hear from me and forgive me for all my faults – mainly my flakiness. This year I also plan on working on my relationship with my father. It is significantly better than it was just a few years ago, but I know he wants to talk more and spend more time.
2011 is already looking promising. I finally get to go to Paris, although it’s for a conference, I know I’ll be able to sneak a lot of sight seeing into this trip. (note to self: reread Black Girl in Paris) Also my mom is coming so it’s exciting to start checking things off her bucket list.
I’ve got a better grip on silkscreening so the t-shirts are coming along smoothly. It’s actually pretty easy to get custom orders and I already have a design that will sell pretty well. It’s pretty incredible how supportive my friends are about this, very humbling.
And finally, I plan on putting a huge dent in my dissertation. My presentation for Paris is a chapter from my dissertation. I have a few people that I can interview for my qualitative section of my dissertation. And essentially when I finish the boys quantitative section, it will be pretty easy to do the girls section. The tutorial I took last semester provided me with a lot of the theory section. I’m really starting to think I can actually finish this by 2013. #holla
Happy New Year.