New Year, 2017: My New Leadership Goals for Myself

Your 2017 Resolution and Blog Update Post

Leadership isn’t all that people think it is. It’s how you follow as well. My book for this year regarding this topic is this:

The Myth of the Strong Leader: Political Leadership in the Modern Age

This year, I’ll be following a flow, not only politically as locally another election looms on the horizon but in the everyday, almost mundane, things, such as clipping coupons. Saving money, eating healthier, getting more exercise, and actually keeping medical appointments, are all tied to my Umbrella Resolution for this New Year: Leading a happier and more mentally sound life, chock full of personal development and progress. In this article I’ll be discussing some of the tips, tricks, and goals, I have set for myself (and so far have been consistently following).

To keep myself in check with these goals I’ve been doing more than only keeping a journal, I’ve been creating Accomplishment Lists in a notebook and in my office. In addition to this, there’s my To-Do Lists in a notebook that rarely gets opened. This all helps me focus on the tasks at hand and engage in deeper work, without all the stress of feeling like a failure.

Maintaining Healthy Relationships in 2017, Including You

Starting early in my life, I’ve had an issue with many types of relationships, from myself, to parents, to friendships, it lead down a very bad habit. After a few years of awareness and concentration on correcting this, I’ve followed some steps that made me a leader to others. By coming out, and beginning my transition from male-to-female, I began a process of deep self-discovery and healing. Three years ago that included accepting a vegan-transfeminist-lesbian lifestyle, but this year is far from that first step of bodily protection.

Me, Myself, and Idealism: Guidance Over Goals

2017, as 2016 had some great bodily developments for me (breasts, face, hair, and body fat), will more of an out-of-body-experience. The focus now is maintaining my health for my future and current confidence, while being far more cognizant of my self perceived by others. This includes a couple of techniques.

The first, is a diet of abstaining from anything that isn’t vegan before six in the evening. The idea came to me while listening to podcasts about healthy eating and urban gardening. The Vegan Before Six (VB6) diet, is something by the New York Times Food Columnists Mark Bittman, that I’m trying out in tandem with more exercise.

Almost every morning, I’ll wake up, put on some good tunes, and begin my new cardio routine, the second piece to my personal development. I’ll occasionally have an idea what I’m doing, based off of YouTube dance cardio videos, but I’ll combine the dance with yoga and give myself an hour of this practice about 5 days a week. After this, I feel amazingly refreshed because I often combine the yoga-dance with confidence-building posing.

Combining these two features in my physical life with my spiritual life is the Minor Goal I have set for this year. I’m meditating more on my monthly horoscopes from the Chronogram, and on my place in the world during these moments, as well as being sure to separate my moments, by doing what I’m calling the “Mister Rogers“, and changing my clothes and initial emotions going into different situations. This was partially inspired by my friend who gave me guff about staying in my work clothes long after leaving work (thanks btw Joey).

So Close, Yet So Far Away: REACH OUT!

This year isn’t only about me, me, me. We’re going to talk more, comment more, hangout more. From friends to family, The time is there and so are the means, but there’s more to this than being present.

I’m “talking more chances” this year. Not only will we chill and do fun things, but we’re going to get to know each other like I’ve never allowed before, because I’m going to talk a lot more about important things more than ever before . This includes not only using FORD (also FORMessage and FOREducation), but asking the difficult emotional questions on taboo topics such as religion, abortion, politics, and the like, the why’s, and the how’s. I know this might get annoying, but it’ll help make us that much closer when we get into conversations that aren’t easy.

Taking this into a less familiar field, networking is another goal for growth for me this year, because it’s been long over due that I took my career in both hands. I’m a writer, a philosopher, and dreamer, and these things can come together in journalism and public service, but I know that there isn’t anyone who will make these dreams come true with me. It’s something I’ll have to cultivate, comprising also of calling on others for when their expertise is needed as we all move forward.

Looking Ahead to the New Year: First Focus

As the New Year comes into full swing I’m looking at staying focused on a few topics here, as well as YPJIS, as I return to posting consistently and reporting after the holidays. The topics I’ll be focusing most on is mostly local representative democracy, but my interests are far wider than that. So here’s a List of Things to Expect in 2017 as I continue with writing progress:

  • Local and New York State Startups, and Entrepreneurship in the Hudson Valley
  • Art, Criticism, and Creator Interviews
  • Local, State, and National Policy, Political Parties, and Political Actors
  • Economics and Globalism under a Trump Administration
  • Event Reporting and Other Journalistic Activities

Featured Image by Dafne Cholet

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