At the start of every new year, I’m always skeptical about setting a resolution. The type A personality in me is like, “Yay! Another goal, another list!” but then there is the part I feel is within all of us that is afraid to fail.
Here are the three New Year’s resolutions I’m going to do my best to stick to in 2016. As for last year’s resolutions, I think I did pretty well with them. How about you?
- Be brave.
I often get asked about how my Japanese is coming and I’m always honest about it: very, very, very slowly. The main reason, I feel, is that I get shy about using it. Tokyo can be relatively easily to navigate without much Japanese, which is why it’s so easy to just get into a habit of pointing to things and pantomiming instead of trying to use the native language.
- Be adventurous.
Not knowing how much time we have left in Japan (more info on that to come next month), I know I need to really take advantage of all there is to see, do and learn here. Well, as much as I can, anyway. I’ve decided I’m going to try a new class, seminar, etc. each month to expose myself more to all elements of the culture. I’ll be sure to share my experiences here.
- Be grateful.
I’m very fortunate to have the life I do and it’s by far time to start giving back more. I want to make a contribution to a different charity each month to help support the people, animals, places and causes that need it most.