I have a fairly terrible track record when it comes to actually keeping my New Years resolutions. But it is considered customary to make them, on the grounds that, allegedly, we could all stand some measure of self-improvement, so here goes:
- I vow, from necessity, to live more frugally this year. This means that I will keep detailed track of all sources of income and expense; I will take advantage of every tax break and scholarship for which I qualify; I will eat out only once per month, cook a meat dish only one per week, and lay-off on the snackfood altogether. I will buy clothes only second hand, and buy no more than one book every two weeks. At the beginning of each week, I will withdraw a certain amount of money, and that has to be enough to last until the end of the week.
- Relatedly, I hope to earn at least one hundred dollars a week through tutoring, every week. In practice, this will probably necessitate advertising outside of high schools (something I have been loathe to do out of distaste for high school students, but money is money).
- I will engage in half an hour vigourous aerobic exercise each day (not including bike riding)
- I will see a psych(ologist/iatrist) about my anxiety issues.
- I will write at least 400 words every day. I will publish something that is not a scientific paper by the end of the year, come hell or high water.
- I will work eight hours a day (except on Weekends) nothing more and nothing less. I will complete my Master’s degree by the end of 2012, come hell or high water.
- Finally, I’m afraid that something must be done about my transgenderism. I’m loathe to put this on the list, as I can’t help but feel that, in doing so, I am in some sense commiting myself to action (and I am, as I have noted in the past, still very much afraid), but the fact of the matter is: I want to be female. And so, without setting any sort of definitive schedule for myself, it would be very nice if I could be living fulltime and transitioning by the end of the year.