me with friends, New Years Eve 2009
In honor of 2009, I've decided to finally start a blog. And what better place to start than with a few New Year's resolutions? Here's what I've got so far... feel free to make suggestions!
1. Eat five fruits a week. I'm serious - I am not a big fruit fan. But as a scientist, I am pretty sure they are like the healthiest thing out there. I don't count tomatos as fruit - I eat a ton of those already.
2. Shower for pleasure more. I don't necessarily need to shower every day out here in Northern California, since it's so dry. But I enjoy it, and showering relaxes me and refocuses my attention.
3. Exercise twice a week. I generally play basketball on Fridays, but I'm getting kind of paunch in the jowl, so it's time to step it up a notch. Plus, it's social and fun and gets me out of the lab.
4. Enjoy the present moment. After several years in a lab, it's easy for work to become routine and for time to slip away. It's also easy to think ahead to the results. I want to be more conscious of my experiences and enjoy them more.
5. Find a postdoc. I have enjoyed my time in graduate school, but intellectually I'm itching to move on.
6. Avoid flame wars. I have strong opinions on religious and political issues, so it's easy to get into fights. But the elections are over and I don't want to waste time and energy arguing (especially with loved ones).
7. Communicate more with friends and family. It's hard when so many people in my life live so far away. I need to establish routines of communication. Maybe this blog will help.
8. Think, love, explore, accomplish, enjoy. These are general goals that I keep from year to year.
I make different resolutions every year, and these seemed like the biggies this time around. I'm astounded at how much I've grown and changed in 2008 alone. Life is truly a vast and amazing experience. It can only be appreciated when you look back at the trail and see how far you've come.