New Year, New You: Goals for 2019! #ELGLResolutions

Posted on December 31, 2018

New Year with Christian

It’s January 1! In this post, I look forward to a new year filled with opportunities and excitement. The biggest question, I am sure many of you have been asked today is, what is your New Year’s Resolution?!?!

For me, a few come to mind:

  • When I have to write a date, I have a terrible habit of writing the previous year. If you receive a report or email from me during the month of January, there is a great chance it will say 2018. I need to remember 2019! 2019! 2019! 2019! My goal will be to write the correct year, 2018 🙂 .
  • I can be incredibly shy in person, especially when I don’t know anyone around me. The exception to this rule is when I am participating in karaoke after 5 p.m. Conferences can make me retreat quite a bit. It does not come natural for me to walk up to strangers at a conference and make conversation. I usually find a table and sit in silence until some random opportunity for conversation presents itself. It will be my goal, at #ELGL19 in Durham, to try to meet as many new people as possible. If you see me help me out; come over and say hi!

  • I always wanted to get a master’s degree. My original goal was to get it done before I turned 30. When I was 29, I realized I had not applied to school and I would not make my goal. I revised my goal to apply to graduate school before 30. When I was accepted into graduate school, I decided to get my master’s degree by age 31. This June, if all goes as planned, I will receive my MPA with an emphasis on Government and Policy.
  • I will write my Morning Buzz posts on or before the day they are due. Since it is January 1, and you are reading this, so far so good!
  • I will become a better storyteller. I‘m not the biggest fan of telling personal stories. I can be dry, technical and boring sometimes.
  • I will make time for fun. If my SnapChat, Instagram or Twitter ever get dry and super boring, I need to do better! 🙂
  • I will continue to ride around on my electric Razor scooter and fly my drone; so long as they are both still legal.
  • I will play at least one epic game of Monopoly or Risk. Until the end…or at least until I win/lose the game.
  • I will go camping a few times this year.
  • I will go to at least one music festival (preferably EDM)!
  • I will keep my eyes open for new opportunities to grow, learn and prosper.
  • I will be nice to people. Even when I don’t feel like it :-).
  • I will meaningfully contribute to local government. Whether it be big or small.
  • And last but not least, I will remain optimistic.

What are your New Year’s Resolutions? Let me know with #ELGLResolutions

I would love to hear your thoughts in public, private or anonymous. #MorningBuzz


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