2016: Lifestyle Changes, Not Diets

The new year is an arbitrary setting for resolutions, because, you know, time is a meaningless construction and all that existential rot, but that didn't stop me from settling on a few resolutions come January 1st. 

And while I didn’t start 2016 off running when it came to actually tackling my resolutions, because it’s already (somehow) the end of the second week of January, that’s no reason to wait 50 more weeks to get started.

My goals for this year (and onward) are: stay curious, stay moving, and stay kind. Stagnation is the enemy, folks. 

In a more tangible sense, I resolve to:

  • Read 52 books this year
  • Create 52 photos this year
  • Be kind to myself in the immediate and longterm

These goals aren’t diets, they’re lifestyle changes. An attempt to shift my life toward healthy, habitual, rewarding practices. And, okay, maybe that last one isn't the most concrete of goals, but it's a change I want and need to make happen for myself. 

Photo 1/52:

I decided photo #1 deserved to be something completely new for me, so I thought — why not? Let's give the cinemagraph a go.

Hahaha. Haha. Ha. 

Pro tip: take note of important things like, uh, video quality settings when filming. Not letting your tripod shake in the wind would also be good. 

So, yeah. There was a definite learning curve for me on this one. I'm not satisfied with the end result, but that's okay. I want to try again (and soon!), because I know I can do better. I'm not as upset as I thought I'd be, since this little hair-loop-cinemagraph represents the spirit of the 52 project — pushing myself into better through practice, experimentation, and failure. 

Book 1/52:

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

This book has a low page count but is absolutely flawless. I mean, Beyoncé sampled audio from the TED Talk this book is based on in her song Flawless, so you know I'm not exaggerating.  

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