This year is moving incredibly fast. This is good, in a way, as there are many things this year I’m looking forward to (2 weddings, a trip to my favorite city, a birthday celebration surprise that I think will knock my dear friend’s socks off). In another way, it’s sad and scary: time moves so quickly, and Jacob is getting older, which means, of course, that I am getting older. But I am happy, so what more can I ask for?
- Jacob, Jacob, Jacob, Jacob.
This is a resolution I love. May was a month of huge growth for Jake. He: took the NJ ASK test; got nominated (by me) and tested for the Gifted program at school (jury’s still out); ran his first solid mile for the karate fitness test (12:20, for those who like to know these things); ate sushi; shopped for new clothes; survived a 6-hour canoe run in the Pine Barrens. I adore this kid and the words that come out of his mouth are stunning.
- Continue to write nearly every weekend.
Yes and no. I gave myself a break here, as school startedon May 1, and I have trouble doing both schoolwork and poetry. However, I did write a couple new things in May, and I did make it to Borders a few times for revision sessions, so I am still on track here.
- Send two submissions per month.
Yes! In May I submitted to Borderline and to Painted Bride Quarterly; no news yet.
- Spend more time geocaching.
I have to thank the awesome Ashley for helping me with this one in May, as her birthday celebration included geocaching!
- Participate in Donna’s Poetry Tow Truck exercises.
Not in May. 😦
- Think about finding a new job, or learn to balance work/life more appropriately in this one.
Work/life balance is happening. I am happier.
- Act less on impulse and more out of kindness.
Impulses are interesting. Not all of my initial impulses are terrible, but some of them are unnecessary. I have been trying very hard to say only those things that are absolutely necessary. I have been trying to remember that everyone struggles with kindness and impulse, and that I should give them some leeway. I think it has been helping.
- Weed out the negativity.
Getting easier, for sure.
- Make time to blog twice a week (it stimulates the muses, you know).
Hah. Not in May, I didn’t. But again: school has taken up a large portion of my energy. Also, I think along with the “act less on impulse” resolution, I have started blog entries only to decide later that I shouldn’t write them. It happens.
- Take more pictures.
Yes, I have been doing this. I am still kind of in love with the Hipstamatic and Instagram apps for iPhone; in fact, I entered a Hipstamatic photo in a contest (see here! – my wonderful friend Tapan playing a conch shell), although one day before the contest closes, I’m #55 on the leaderboard, which I think is not close enough to win. Ah, well.
- Stick with kickboxing.
Yes! I sprained my ankle while landing a switch in class, and it was nasty. But I’m back in action! The class format is changing, too, effective tonight: more time on the bags, and then time with partners, which is a lot of fun.
- Lose some weight.
Again: slowly. May was a difficult month, but I’m happy to say I maintained (no gain!).
I feel good about the progress I have made. It looks now like I have completed everything I can to date, and the remaining resolutions will continue through the year.
I’ve spent a lot of time lately thinking about the energy I put out, how others perceive me, how I react to that, and whether or not I care. I’ve also spent a lot of time evaluating relationships, trying to decide what’s healthy and what’s not. I feel like I’m getting smarter about putting out effort and learning who to trust. I’m feeling good about life right now.