New Year’s Resolutions for 2017

I normally set up goals for the new year rather than make resolutions. Resolutions sound like something that are bound to be broken. Or something that we are trying to force ourselves to do. Goals are more about development and things that move us forward and make us grow. However, given last year’s ugly environment in the U.S. and around the world, and the realization that business as usual is not an option if we don’t want to end up in Voldemort’s utopia, I actually set up a few resolutions for 2017:

  • To be a lot nicer to people in my surrounding
  • To volunteer for our natural environment
  • To mentor a kid or a teen
  • To be more considerate of our limited natural resources, especially as it concerns food and disposables
  • To finish my book, about which a pre-editor said that possibly the best part of the story was that my protagonist Tora was unusually likable –  I think teens could use a heroine like here in times like this! (A sample to be posted soon.)
  • To work on another small book project that I have had in mind for over years and that seems more relevant than ever. More to come…

Other than that – and more like the goals I usually set – I hope to contribute to positive development in this world through my work, and maybe to give a more nuanced image of the countries that I visit through this blog and Instagram, than what is often portrayed in the media. You can follow me on IG and Twitter on @asagiertz

Did the current climate inspire any of your new year’s resolutions for 2017?

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