So here it is. I am sure many of you have written your first blog post of 2011. I wanted to make sure I post mine today too, while it’s still January 1st.
Here are my resolutions for 2011.
1) To read more than 2 books in a month.
My original resolution was to read a book a week, and it came from Julien’s post. I love reading but “I don’t have time” and “English is not first language” have forever been my excuses for not reading enough.
In 2009, I read 35 books and 90% of them were in Japanese. I can read a Japanese book in a day, but if it’s in English, I often take about a month to finish. Last year, I probably read about only 4-5 books.
So I decided to try one book a week challenge, and I even told Russel about it on New Year’s Eve…but I’ve modified it last minute. I was already stressed about the challenge and I thought I’d rather set an achievable goal. So, I will read 2 books a month, and if I can read more, that is a bonus.
2) To not to make excuses.
This is pretty straight forward, right? Last year, I went though some big changes in my life, and that was an excellent excuse for not doing something. I am sick and tired of that. This year, I am moving forward.
3) Listen to more podcast. Learn more.
My friend Victoria posted this on Twitter; “NY resolution: Walk every day & listen to an awesome podcast, no matter where I am in the world. Starting w this list:http://bit.ly/h7guMb”
What an awesome idea!!
I’ve never been much of a podcast person. But since I moved closer to downtown, I started to walk everywhere, and when I do, I listen to music on my iPod. So, I recently downloaded all the episodes of my favourite podcast, Grammar Girl and started to listen to it and I am LOVING this new habit. Actually learning something new every day is amazing. Thanks Vicky.
That’s all I have as resolutions, but Chris Brogan just posted that he’d set 3 words of the year and I like the idea too. I also happened to watch Dan Pink‘s video today with his question “What is your sentence?”, which is another great question. They both gave me something to ponder about and I’m grateful for them.
Also, few days ago my coach suggested I watch a TED talk by Brene Brown; Power of Vulnerability, and I just about fell in love with her.
It’s a great talk, worth sharing so I will post it here.
I might add “Embrace vulnerability” on my list too.