O Me of Little Faith

O Me of Little Faith

Buenos Dias, 2008

I don’t ever make New Year’s resolutions, mostly for the same reason I don’t make cookies: because I doubt I’ll be satisfied with them. It’s good to set goals, of course, and occasionally I’ll accomplish them (that’s how I got into swimming in 2006, because I challenged myself to swim 50 miles, cumulatively, during that calendar year…I totaled around 60). But things always change and goals get modified and there’s always a bit of dissatisfaction involved. Oh, well. I need some goals, and I need to make it public, so that’s what I’m doing.

Here, then, are my goals for 2008. Call them resolutions if you want. But be aware that you’re just using a longer, fancier word when a shorter word will probably suffice, and that’s bad writing.


In 2008, I plan to do (at least) these 15 things…

  1. Write three books (no details yet, but I’m pretty close to being contractually obligated to fulfill this goal, so I can say with some assuredness that it’ll probably happen).
  2. Maintain this blog on an almost-daily basis, especially so you can follow along as I write the new books.
  3. Also maintain this blog, so that I can remember, in vivid detail, the stuff we do. I greatly dislike not being able to remember when-we-did-this and what-we-did-then and what- was-that-funny-thing-that-happened? Hopefully a digital scrapbook will help.
  4. Take more photographs.
  5. Take better photographs.
  6. Read more books. This is hard when I’m writing, as I have very little unassociated free time. I read a lot when I’m working on a book, but most of it is for the purpose of research. So it’s work. Not fun reading, or reading for knowledge, or reading to be challenged. I need to do more of that, if only to become a better writer.
  7. Produce more art.
  8. Sell some shirts.
  9. Go on at least one backpacking trip.
  10. Stay in the exercise habit, but keep the means of exercise fresh.
  11. Drive as little as possible, even in the winter.
  12. Be outside more.
  13. Maintain a regular Sabbath, especially from book-writing. This will be hard, because there’s a lot of time on Sunday to be spent writing. But it’s good to stop creating one day a week. Real good.
  14. Flyfish as often as possible.
  15. Get the other business thing rolling.

Those are my resolutions. What are yours?

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Kyle Chowning

posted January 2, 2008 at 10:51 pm

Jason…keep up the blog. I just found you and am thrilled that you’re blogging (or have been blogging). New Years Resolutions? * Read. Read. Read* Romance the wife like we’re dating* live intentionallyThose are my three top priorities…not necessarily in that order.

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posted January 3, 2008 at 7:29 am

I’m with you on the resolutions thing — I love New Year as a symbolic “clean slate” sort of thing, but I’ve always believed that if you’re going to do something, well, to steal from Nike, “Just Do It.”That being said, I’m going to second Kyle’s goals (except I’m going to romance my wife, not his, that would be awkward on so many levels) — and I’ll add “try to spend more time with my kids” on the list.Oh, and I hope to learn some Hebrew — I’ve been meeting with a local Rabbi lately to study Torah and I want to get a better handle on the Hebrew language.May 2008 bring many blessings and much adventure.By the way, Jason, let us know when those three books are ready for purchase — I can’t wait to read them.

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