A hopeful 2019 preview

On the new year’s edition of Pod Save America, Ana Marie Cox used the language of “intentions” rather than “resolutions” to describe changes we’d like to make in the new year, so as to avoid risk of failure and discouragement. That’s how I understand this list: the intentions underlying a series of changes I want to make in 2019.

(Item 0, by the way, is to keep doing what’s working, such as succeeding at my job, enjoying great media and culture, and managing my money properly.)

  1. Improve my social life: I intend to make more friends, spend more time interacting with current friends, and get better at interacting with people I don’t know.
  2. Create more: I intend to do more writing, shell scripts and maybe larger software projects, and dumb photo art.
  3. I intend to continue to train my developer and sysadmin skills, by way of (2) when possible.
  4. Finally I intend to improve my fitness: I’m about 75% of the way to what I’d like. I exercise a few times per week and my diet’s fine. The last stretch to get where I like will take some more work, but it’s a good way to get away from screens.

Happy New Year!