Happy January feMAILs! We asked the Girl Gang to give us their New Year's resolutions. Check them out below!
M E L I S S A
I'm moving out!
R A N D I
Be mindful in the little moments.
L I N D S E Y
Be a fucking adult.
J E N N A
Kick my career's ass. In a good way.
T A R Y N
My New Years resolution is to become my own best friend. Enjoy my own company and my own adventures. I didn't realize how much I enjoyed doing solo activities with a good playlist as my companion. I'd like more good days like that.
L I N D S A Y
Listen to a full album everyday that I haven't heard before.
J E S S I C A
Win the Lottery.
L A U R E N
Always put laundry away right when it comes out, and go to the gym two to three times a week.
E M M A
Read everyday. Even though I know that once school and work gets going again I won't have time to read for an hour everyday, I do have time to read for at least 20 min before bed. It is important for me to do this since not only does it count as "me time" or "self care," but it also helps me turn my brain off from what is going on in the "real" world (something which in our current political environment seems more important than usual).
Write more. By spending at least 30min/day writing on topics not specifically connected to my graduate work I want to improve my writing skills and find exactly what my "voice" is like and how it seeks to express itself. Not only will this eventually improve my dissertation overall, but it will also help me think through my ideas and thoughts more carefully and clearly.
Do at least 3 things to further my career. This year I want to take a more active role in my future professional life. Whether this is by finding another way to volunteer time on campus (I want to be an college administrator so any type of engagement within higher education offices is beneficial), reaching out to a new mentor, or working on a committee, does not matter. I just want to put myself out "there" more.
Be an activist. Participate in events where I can make my opinions known regarding issues that matter to me; women's rights, diversity in higher education, etc. I feel strongly that I need to do more this year to show support to individuals and communities that are threatened by our new White House administration.
Realize and acknowledge my privilege. There are so many ways in which my life and the way I present to the world afford me privilege. This year I'm going to be more aware of this in the way I engage with others, and further, I want to continue to educate myself on the topic. Perhaps there are ways in which I am granted privilege that I'm not even aware of yet.