So people may think that New Years resolutions are pointless...but if you know me, I LOVEEEE setting goals! They give me motivation to get shit done aaaand reminds me of the ownership and agency that I have in my own life. As I write this, I acknowledge my holistic approach to my life in that I am constantly building my overall wellbeing academically, professionally, personally, and socially in conjunction with the growth of my MIND, BODY, and SOUL.
Academics: I am now an MA candidate...which means that all I need to do is do my interviews and WRITE, WRITE, and WRITE! BUT...easier said than done. I will hold myself more accountable to become a Master of Arts in Asian American Studies by cultivating a lifestyle that will nurture productivity. This means calling up folks in the cohort to set times to write my thesis. Being proactive in finding the resources to help me on my way. Also believing in myself that I am a SCHOLAR and owning that shit! With that said, I will at least present a paper at at least ONE conference in 2011 (I hope to present at AAAS conference in 2012). After finishing my thesis and graduating, I would like to take a 2-3 year break from Academia before I start applying for PhD programs. For now I think in the mid-year I should at least do my research on GREs and what the different programs I would be interested in: Sociology, Cultural Anthropology, Cultural Studies/Culture and Theory Studies....we'll see. In the Long Term...I want to become a professor at a university to research of course but to also teach =]
Professionally: It makes sense that I address my professional life after my academic one because they in a way should go hand in hand right? Well, to be honest, for now I only see myself just moving back to Southern California (I miss LA!) I've had my fun in SF, but I feel more than ever compelled to call Southern California my HOME, and thats big for me for those who don't know. But that still doesn't answer the question about my career after grad school. So here it is, I simply will just try my luck in finding a job in any sector FOR NOW. I have prospects in working for the UC or other institutions of higher education OR something in the non-profit sector, BUT I'm open...I'm young and I shouldn't limit myself right? I know it is hard times, so a job is a job and I know that I still have my PhD in the back of my mind as a Long Term goal of mine. ALSO, at the beginning of 2011 I would like to actually take bartending classes...people have told me that I don't need to take them, but I finally have come to the conclusion "why not?" at least I'll pick up new skills NOT having to do with academia, education, activism, and the non-profit sector. Sooo we'll see...maybe this will be another career opportunity for me...it can pay the bills while I get my PhD right?!
Socially: I am 24, and I'm going to be 25 next September! Quarter of a century old!...but hey, I'm still in my youth right? =] Let me just say since college I seriously can say that I LOVE! my life. I have met the most amazing people who I can honestly say are my LIFE LONG FRIENDS. We have had sooo many memories and adventures together from being roommates, drinking buddies, wing mans, road trip partners, etc, and ETC...it has been sooo amazing and it only get better from here right?! In 2011, I hope to still be connected to these friendships (from the Bay, LA, and even SD) even though I know I will be coming back to SoCal (either SD and more so LA). I really do feel my social world and self thrives back down here in SoCal...I love LA. I miss this town and I feel that I can possibly settle down in this wonderful city. When I think about my life from 25 to 35, I would love to have Los Angeles as my setting. I went to college here, met most of my life long friends here, and I just feel that this is it. I know that some folks are planning on going off to other cities in their young adult lives, but I think personally LA and SoCal in general is for me =]. I even hope to do my PhD here in SoCal. So here is to that!
Physical Health and Fitness: As some of you know, I see that my body is my temple. Your body is and should be the most easiest and one of the most important priorities you should tend to. Sleep well, eat well, and DO well. The past few years after college has been the best for me physically. The gym is like my 2nd home (literally...and some of you all know I am sure). I recently had one of my best friends, DJ aka Daniel Joseph @tennashuss, consult me on supplements and it has been very effective in helping me reach my fitness and body goals. YES! I can totally be where I want to be with my body...and this is for no one else, BUT myself...but for sure the attention is always good =] For 2011, I'll be continuing the supplements and my diet of low-mid carbs (whole wheat and brownnnnnnssss!!!) and high protein, yummmy! Like I said in 2008...I hope to reach this soon =]
yes yes...this is still my goal and I'm well on my way...don't hate! ;]
Personally: To keep it short, always with "Loving Kindness" as a student, friend, son, brother, partner (if and when of course), and etc. Live. Love. Laugh. Learn. Grow. =]