I am writing this blog post from my balcony right now. It is a strange feeling when considering the fact that it is January in New York. What makes it even stranger is that just yesterday I left my home with snow on the ground, while today I wore a light jacket in lieu of a coat.
It is frequent that we hear about global warming. I believe I have been hearing about it since I was a little girl in elementary school. And now that it is finally here, that our world is changing all around us, it stirs up particular feelings in myself: feelings of responsibility.
It is clear to me that environmentalism is a feminist issue. The first religions believed in the earth as a woman and that mentality has brought its way down throughout the ages. When the introduction of male dominance inserted itself into our culture, the idea that Earth could be property, just as Woman could, was also established.
And now it is time that we take a step back. We shall begin to view the earth as the living entity that she is. A woman so powerful she sustains us all. And it is time we create a respectful and loving relationship with her and take away from our minds the idea that we can possibly own her. For as she is proving to us right now, as the warm wind blows my hair off my shoulders, it is she who owns us.
The feature image was taken on a road trip in Albania
It is practically required for us to write down resolutions for each upcoming year. The idea is that a new year establishes a brand new start for us to become a new, better, us. However, how often do we actually keep those resolutions? This is my list of 16 revolutions for 2016:
- Keep My Resolutions. The very first resolution on my list is to actually keep them. Now, this does not mean that I will not mess up. It simply means that I will get myself back on track when I do. But mostly, this resolution has nothing to do with the context of the resolutions that I aim to keep. Rather, the consistency that will require from me in order to do so. It is doing the same thing over and over and remaining consistent that is the key to success. And this year, I wish to master that skill.
- Read 20 World Books. If you have read about my mission to read the world, then you know what I am talking about. If not, here’s the short recap: I plan to read a book from every country in the world in order to gain multiple point of views from people and cultures drastically different from my own. I have just begun this mission and wish to read at least 20 books from different countries in the upcoming year.
- Make Consistent Weekly Blog Posts. This resolution is similar to the first in that I am working at honing my skill of constistency. This blog is still infantile: only a month old! And I recently read that most people quit blogs within the first three months. My goal is to keep with it. I plan to post at least one post a week for a year before deciding whether blogging is for me or not.
- Save Money for Travel. Traveling the world is always something that is on my mind. I cannot tell you how many hours I spend reading travel blogs and looking up new places to visit. This year I plan to actually save up the money for it. However, because generic goals are bad goals because they are usually never completed, one needs to be specific in order to actually accomplish them. Therefore, I plan to save $5,000 of travel money throughout all of next year.
- Go On an Adventure. Which brings me to my next resolution. This year I resolve to actually go on a trip. But not to a place that I am familiar with. Instead, I want to travel somewhere that is so drastically different from what I am familiar to. The options I am currently thinking of? Mexico. Peru. Iceland.
- Learn the Alphabet in Sign Language. I am thinking of writing a whole blog post on the importance and benefits of learning sign language, so I will not hash it out here. That being said, learning the alphabet in sign language is a bare minimum that can at least give you the ability to communicate (albeit not the most proficient and quick!).
- Drop 20 pounds. Okay, okay. I get it. Lose weight is probably the most common new year resolution in existence. And everyone makes it. And very few actually follow through. I do not support the lost of weight for beauty purposes simply because I do not believe there is a such thing as an “ugly” body. I do, however, support maintaining a healthy body and believe that what a healthy body weight is will differ for each person. Unfortunately, I am currently not at my healthy body weight. At ALL. I know this because my health is starting to get affected negatively because of it. That is why I am making the resolution to drop 20 pounds throughout the next year. I hope to accomplish this resolution through morning runs, healthy eating, and (hopefully!) signing up for swimming classes.
- Perfect A Recipe. I have no idea how to cook. Or bake. Or sauté. Or sashay. Or frankly anything for that matter. And jokes aside, I need to step up my game, asap. This year I will pick one recipe and perfect it. I will do it over and over and over again until I know how to make it like I know the back of my hand. That way, if I ever need to make something for dinner, I already have an option up my sleeve and won’t look like a total mess.
- Learn to Drive. Now this one is just sad. I have had my learners permit for years now and still have not managed to get my license. Truth is, I simply do not like driving. Simple as that. But reality is, it’s a convenient thing to know. It’s like risking death by drowning because you never bothered to learn how to swim. Foolish. So this year, let’s get this unfortunate necessity out of the way, shall we?
- Keep A Plant Alive. A few months ago, I got an Aloe Vera plant and a succulent. And you know what? They’re dead. We’re talking SUCCULENTS! They require practically no care at all. And I killed them! Here I am preaching about Mother Earth and Nature to anyone who will listen and I killed a succulent. So for the new year, I will get myself a new child and keep it alive this time!
- Clean and Rearrange My Book Shelves. This seems like such a small goal that it shouldn’t even be on a New Year Resolutions list. But I have procrastinated this goal for 6 months now. Yes, you read that correctly. I guess with this resolution, it is more along the lines of: STOP PROCRASTINATING! 🙂 But let’s start with the book shelves for now…
- Backup My Computer. And iphone. And life basically. I am probably the biggest culprit when it comes to this. I never back anything up and end up losing it all when things crash. And my technology crashes a lot. Maybe this will encourage me to pay more attention to all the little details in life.
- Write Letters. As a little girl, I loved writing letters. In third grade, each student was given a pen pal (a student from another school) that we wrote letters to back and forth throughout the school year. My mother also helped us write letters back and forth to my cousins who lived in Europe all the time throughout my childhood. And recently, I found a letter I wrote to my older myself years ago. But with the increase of technology – nobody writes letters anymore. As children, our happiness comes from the inside, pure and free of societies expectations and oppressions. This year, I want to go back to something that made me happy as a kid: writing letters.
- Enjoy the Snow. The Earth is on fire. Temperatures are heating up. Glaciers are melting. The lives of many species are being threatened. That is why when the snow finally comes down in New York, I resolve to not complain once! I will try to enjoy the cold weather as much as possible. And when it becomes to be a pain, I will remind myself that I am experiencing a natural phenomenon that generations after me may never even get the pleasure to experience.
- Complete a 1,000-piece puzzle. I can not even tell you how many times I have bought one of these puzzles and never finished. It’s been years since I have even attempted completing a 1,000-piece puzzle. And honestly, there are a lot of chapters in my past that are still open. I believe that finally completely a puzzle, something that has been left unfinished, may perhaps allow me to close the entire chapter of my past and relieve myself from it. Thus allowing me to move forward with my life. Plus, puzzles are always fun.
- Talk to The Stars. Reflection is perhaps one of the most important things for the path of success and personal happiness. Often people say to keep a gratitude journal in which you write all the things you are thankful for. But sitting down and actually writing takes up time that I am sometimes just too lazy to do. This means I skip out on reflecting on my life. That is why this year I resolve to each night look outside my window and talk to the stars. I do not wish to restrict what it is I will say: it can be stating a list of things I need to get done the next day, tell a story of something good that happened that day, stating a few things I am thankful for, talking out loud my insecurities, and frankly, anything I want to get off my mind. And I hope the stars will listen.