*Tap Tap* Is this thing on?
So I have decided to dust off the blog and start a new. New theme, new year, new outlook. And what better way to start a re-envisioning than with what my One Word (#oneword2013) will be. For those of you that don’t know, many people around the Twitterverse take the last few weeks of the previous year and first few days of the new year finding out what one word will be their theme for the rest of the year (for tips on how to select your own word, check out Becca Obergefell’s, @OberBecca, post about it here).
I always find it hard to just pick one word to define what your goals will be for an entire day, let alone a whole year, but this concept resonates with me. After thinking about it, I have decided on the word Improve. Seems like a pretty easy concept, improve, but I like it because it can really encompass my entire life, not just professional, or personal, or any other silo-ed part of my life, but a real holistic view of who I am and who I want to be.
It really began with that last thought, thinking about who I want to be. Before I did that, however, I needed to see who I was. I like to think that I am a good husband (still learning though, only two months in), a decent professional, and I am trying to be a good daddy to our new rescue border collie mix named Philly. There are a few things that I know I can do better (notice that my last post on this was from last March). And there is a third group of identities that I flat out suck at. Instead of trying to set the new years resolutions to focus on the sucking ones, I think I can improve all aspects of my life. A few ways I plan on doing this:
- The most obvious thing I am working on this year is being healthy/well. Last August, I took the position of an Engagement Center Director at Michigan State, and I convene the health and wellness aspect of the neighborhoods initiative. Spending part of every day thinking about the wellness of an entire campus of students made me realize that I am not putting enough time into my own wellness. With that in mind, I have signed up with Coach Ed Cabellon (@edcabellon) and Team Beach Body (the P90X people) to complete the Shakeology and Power90 In Home Bootcamp. Last year brought me many health concerns, which I will discuss in future posts I am sure, and this is going to be my attempt to get back that power and spark I need to be the healthy man my family/friends/colleagues deserve. (If you want to pledge to be healthy as well, check out Coach Ed’s #oneword2013 post here and sign his pledge)
- I will regularly update this site and my blog. I really enjoy writing here, and hope you enjoy reading. I don’t know if I can commit to #52in52 like Becca, but I am prepared to commit to #26in52 this year, which is at least one post every other week. If I am starting to slip on that, please call me on it, and if you would like some mutual accountability between us, send me a message.
- I will at least, possibly, maybe, definitely, sorta set a timeline for obtaining my PhD. This concept scares the hell out of me, but if I want to improve myself as a professional and as a life-long learner, I need to start thinking about those two letters in front and the three letters behind my name (Dr and PhD if you are playing the home game). If anyone has some strategies on how to tip toe into this area, please let me know.
Will it be hard, sure. Will I stumble, definitely. But ultimately, I want to be able to sit at my desk on January 4, 2014 and say, I really did work to improve this past year, and maybe I didn’t accomplish it all, but I can safely say I am a better person/professional/colleague/friend/husband/athlete than I was a year ago.
Will you join me in vowing to improve this year? What are a few areas that you want to focus on, and how can I/the community support you through it?
(Want to add your own #oneword2013 or see what others are adding? Check out this list and thank you to Niki Rudolph, @NikiRudolph, for compiling the list again!)