Midyear resolutions

I’ve never really understood why New Year’s resolutions should be just for New Year. For me they’ve just been an excuse to make goals, to take steps toward improving my life a little and to do the things I want to do. As such, I’ve decided that midyear resolutions should also be a thing.
At the beginning of the year I wrote this post, detailing some of the things I want to achieve in 2013. Here’s an update:
Read more books
So far this year I’ve read 16 books. That’s half my target. I haven’t exactly read War and Peaceor anything but I’ve made a conscious effort to read for pleasure and not just for uni. I spent my holiday reading a whole bunch while lying in a hammock in the backyard at my parent’s beach shack. My eyes hurt a bunch now but it was worth it.
Have more adventures
I’ve had some pretty good adventures. Our comedy festival adventure was epic and I still miss the fun I had with those people. EWF was eye-opening. I’ve had some dinner parties and some murder parties and some nights spent watching Doctor Who and eating soup. I’m very aware of how fleeting this niceness is. It won’t be long before some of my friends are a lot further away and impromptu games of board games become rather more difficult.
Get my degree
So far so good.
Get a plan
I don’t have a plan yet. Not really. This time next year I won’t be living in Newcastle, I know that much, but beyond that it’s still a bit sketchy. At the moment it’s looking like we’ll be moving toward Melbourne, something I still have slightly mixed feelings about. It’s complicated and if I think about it too much I tend to get pretty anxious. The idea of stepping out into the big wide world and trying to get a job that I don’t hate is completely terrifying. I have more of a plan that I did when the year started but I’m not sure it’s helping very much.
Take better care of my teeth
I’ve had mixed success on the dentist front. On the one hand, I went to the dentist and they congratulated me on my dental hygiene and told me I was doing an excellent job of flossing. On the other hand, they then did an x-ray and discovered one of my teeth was eating itself from the inside out. I went home and cried about the unfairness of life and then I got a huge filling in my face. It’s a work in progress.  
Do yoga everyday
I started doing yoga every day in February and I was doing pretty well for a while. Then I got laryngitis and that threw me for a while. But I’m going to make a real effort to do that again. Boring but true.
Take time offline
I’m attempting to have 24 internet free hours each week. From midday Friday until midday Saturday I’m going to turn off the wifi and the data on my phone. I’ve done it once already and it was surprisingly easy. It should be easy, that’s why I’m doing it.
PPOM
Next month is August and that means the second annual Potentially Problematic Opinions Month. PPOM is something I created last year because there was some opinions that I wasn’t in the habit of expressing. Stuff I cared about that, for one reason or another, I didn’t often talk about. It was fun, so I decided to make it annual. This year I’m hoping to get other people involved. So if you have both a blog and some opinions, you might be interested. Your Potentially Problematic Opinions could be about anything and I’m happy for people to tailor it to suit their needs and blog. If you’d like more information or have any questions, get in touch.

Further reading

December – home

I spent the first minutes of 2018 on the beach. I’ve never actually spent New Year