High Hopes

Ever since the calendar turned over and 2013 became 2014 I’ve been thinking about writing some kind of New Year’s resolution blog post. After fiddling with the format in my head, trying to decide on three or four smart resolutions and perusing a few resolution blog on the blogosphere, I think I got it.

2013 wasn’t a bad year overall. I remained healthy (which for me is a big plus in itself), obtained my PR diploma, returned to the workforce after what seemed like forever, went on my first vacation in over three years and met some of the greatest people I’ve ever known. So, what’s 2014 going to hold? If I can stick to it these four things at least …

1. Write more – I’m really disappointed in how I’ve let this blog slip and how I’ve also fallen behind in my other blog that I use to try and keep my sports obsession in check. Being busy and finding it hard to come up with topics and ideas shouldn’t be an excuse. Everyone’s busy and has writer’s block occasionally, but they likely don’t routinely go months between blog post, or post once a week instead of every couple of days as originally planned. When I was in New York in early December I bought a book at the New York Public Library called 642 Things to Write About and I’ve barely cracked it open let alone completed one of the writing exercises from it. That’s going to change.

2. Read more – When I first started my job back in August I had this figured out. I had just over half hour in the mornings waiting in the parking lot during which I could read. I went through half a dozen books pretty quickly before my schedule changed and that time was lost. Now I need to get it back. I’ve got a steadily growing pile of books on my bedside table that needs to start shrinking. I think Ian Rankin’s Saints of the Shadow Bible should be the first to get dusted off. Any recommendations to add to the pile to get me even more motivated?

3. Find the right path – That may seem like a vague one and maybe it is but it works better that way I think. My current job is guaranteed to last until April 27. That’s when my current contract runs out and my chances of having extended are completely out of my hands. It depends on finances and budgets much more than my performance. Because of this I’ve been searching for work that will last beyond my April deadline for a few months now. That includes five jobs applications I’ve completed in the last three weeks alone. I’m applying for almost anything that might be a fit right now, but I’m still holding out hope that something really good will come along. What was it I heard last night… “find your way back to where you want to be.” A few of the jobs I’ve applied for might just fit that mould, or at least be a good stopping point on the way there.

4. Open up – If you know me, you likely know I’m in introvert. If you don’t know me I might be the quiet guy in the corner at that party or get together you were just at. That’s something I’ve mentioned before in this blog and something I need to continue to work on. At one point I could have likely counted the number of people that know me well on one hand, but that number has grown slightly over the last year or so. Those great people I mentioned earlier on, that would be them. Hopefully some of them are reading this and I think they’ll know who they are. I still need to work on it though, not only for my personal life, but for my professional life as well. Networking is much easier when you’re not always the quiet guy stuck in the background.

Happy New Year everyone. May 2014 be your best year yet.

Give me help, give me strength
Give a soul a night of fearless sleep
Give me love, give me peace
Don’t you know these days you pay for everything
Got high hopes

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