March 22, 2017 (Noginsk)
Welcome to my new blog. With it, I hope to be better connected to family and friends.
The New Year is a good time to reflect on the old and look forward to the new. After a month of Xmas themed lessons and tracing some old steps in Prague I’ve reflected plenty. 2016 was a good year, but too busy and turning 40 has given me a sense of urgency I’m unaccustomed to, but somehow appreciate.
I’ve heard that you shouldn’t have too many resolutions, but I’m bucking the trend a little. I don’t think I have too many, because I can visualize them coming to fruition at year’s end. See it, plan it, be it.
Communicate better. I think this may be the hardest to maintain, certainly to quantify. Alas, I’m starting with a blog. I hope to write monthly, but you know. It pains me to think how I’m losing touch with so many good people. I hope to avoid the awkward long-time-no-see conversations. The symbol of a good friendship is picking up right where conversation left off, and the next time I see you, I hope it will feel like we haven’t skipped a beat.
I can’t say that I like writing, but what’s on tap? What will I write about in upcoming blogs? What do I know? I’ll probably write about running a language school in a small town east of Moscow and other interests between here and Wausau, Wisconsin. 5 hours a week
Start learning Russian, again. If I knew better, I’d feel a lot more ashamed. People tell me how great my pronunciation is and how well I’m improving until they find out I’ve been in country for 8 years. As a language teacher of 13 years I know where my Russian is, mid-elementary. In 2017 I want to be a solid pre-intermediate. 7-10 hours a week
Run a better school. I don’t want this to be the blog that people turn to when they have trouble sleeping, so I’m not going into details. 2-3 hours a week
Get fit. I’m 40 with a hefty beer belly. It’s time to stop looking like pregnant Justin. I want the wrestler back. I need exercise and good food. If I’m going to exercise I have to put core first because of my rubbish back. Then it’s lifting, cardio, a fresh mix of sport and cross-training. I’m 232 pounds (106kg) and my goal is 200 pounds (90kg) by next Merry Christmas. 10 hours a week
Read the shit out of books. I read voraciously from age 16 – 30. Now I read a book a year. I want to consume 12 good books. 2-3 hours a week, but more on holiday
There they are, 5 resolutions for 2017. Wish me luck and stay tuned for more news about Justinian and the Cool School.