With less than 12 hours to go in 2012, I’m finally writing this post. I’ve been thinking about how to sum up this year for about a month now. It’s been an intense and busy year! The easiest way to describe the highlights of this year: with pictures.
I’m looking forward to visiting Iquique in March or April to lead a workshop for the students of MEC-U. I made this semi-ridiculous video to welcome everyone to the program.
I could add so many more: my parents’ visit to Chile in May, several fun trips to the beach, what I’ve been cooking and reading and thinking about.
But in the interest of space and honesty, I’d like to move on to what hasn’t been so good this year.
Doing way too many things at the same time.
For much of the year, I had four simultaneous part-time jobs, and was studying creativity and innovation, writing articles for several publications, and launching this free course on How to Create Your International Career. I could hardly sleep. My immune system basically shut down. I got sick midway through the semester, with a fever that turned into a cough that turned into bronchitis. I was ill for about a month altogether. I got behind on grading and preparation, and I couldn’t think about more than a week at a time.
I was pretty miserable and probably not a lot of fun to be around. I don’t want to live in an exhausted, coughing haze.
So yes, now and in 2013, I am scaling back my commitments and choosing projects more carefully.
I will be teaching a different course at the same university starting in March, and I really really want to write this book and get it out into the world before I turn 30 in January of 2014. So far I have a rough outline and lots of pages of transcribed interviews that I’ve fit into the outline. (Thank you Frann for helping me get to to this point.)
I’m sure there will be lots of opportunities to get involved with other projects, and perhaps I will take a few on, but my new mantra is…
My core desired feeling is to be healthy. To live with energy and enthusiasm. To get plenty of sleep and plenty of exercise. To be present. To do one thing at a time.
I don’t want to be a crazy Type-A overachiever who needs to do everything all at the same time, believing that busy = successful (thank you Michelle Ward for pinpointing this underlying automatic commitment.)
I’ve already started to make dramatic changes in my diet (green juice! little coffee.)
Thank you all for reading this blog, for supporting me through this crazy and wonderful year.
I wish you health, happiness, and joy in 2013.
Much love from Chile,