Resolutions are a tricky business…on one hand, a year is just a year, right? If you want to change your life, why not do it in the middle of June? Why wait around until January first to think about the changes and improvements you want to see in yourself? That being said, there is just something so refreshing about looking at a calendar and seeing “1/1.” The road ahead suddenly seems so expansive and open to possibility–so why not?
2013 was a year of really intense growth and change for me. I really can’t even remember what I resolved to do–everything happened so fast on its own! Now, though, I feel like I’m in a settled place and ready to tackle tons of new challenges.
1.) Study Animation Full-Time
I’ve been attending NYU for the past two years, sort of bumbling about, trying to cobble together a writing-centric major that I was completely clueless and un-enthusiastic about. It feels goofy to talk about this, because I really did have a “and the heavens parted and my life’s meaning was laid before my very eyes!” moment, but after taking an animation course this past semester, my goals have completely shifted and I know the animation industry is where I belong. NYU doesn’t offer an animation major, so I am currently working to formulate my own course of study. Unfortunately, it feels like a very against-the-grain fight. Because of this, I am also applying to the School of Visual Arts, where a comprehensive animation program is offered. Whatever happens, I couldn’t be more excited to start off the year with my heart set on something I haven’t felt this much passion for…ever!
2.) Create at Least Two Short Films
Regardless of where I end up academically, I plan on being as productive as possible. I’m already working alongside a few other animators/zine-makers on a few projects, but I have so many ideas for endeavors of my own. I’m going to spend January planning and preparing and then split the rest of the year up into two major projects. Stay tuned!
3.) Go Vegan
I have been a vegetarian since I was nine years old and the prospect of ever going back makes my stomach turn (Literally! I momentarily considered eating meat when I lived in Italy and the sight of chicken on my plate made me dizzy!). Recently, though, I’ve been noticing how much more vibrant I feel when I accidentally go a few days without any sort of animal by-product. From an animal rights perspective, going vegan is something very important to me that I can no longer ignore, and so I plan on taking the time to educate myself and make it happen. I feel like this is all very privileged Gwyneth Paltrow-style talk, though…let’s move on before I start hallucinating about kale.
4.) Make New Friends
Making friends in New York City is the most difficult thing I’ve ever done. Everyone, myself included, is too busy orbiting around in their own little world to ever pause and meet somebody new. Yet, it’s so easy to get down on yourself when you’re sitting at home alone, not wanting to hang out with the same two people for yet another night of Chipotle-related hijinks. I plan on making meeting new people an active pursuit this year, not a “wait around and see what happens” deal-io. Just how creepy will people think I am? We are soon to find out!
5.) Plan a Magical Trip
The first half of 2013 was filled with all sorts of global adventures. After the summer, with work, school, large doses of ennui…my wanderlust had seemed to run dry. But, the other day I found myself looking through my pictures of Iceland and I was filled with the most incredible urge to be back there–or, anywhere, really. Now that I’m feeling a little more stable in my vision and goals for myself, I suddenly can’t wait to explore the world with fresh eyes. Right now, I think I may go back to Iceland in the late summer, but until then I plan on brewing all kinds of ridiculous travel-related fantasies.
And what about YOU? What are your plans and goals for the upcoming year?