Resolutions – Let’s toast!
So this is possibly one of the more personal posts you’ll see on this blog, but it will circle back to beer, I promise! I’ve had a seriously intense year, between personal crises, moving, changing jobs, and wrecking the Gexx-mobile in the middle of all of that. I am so glad that I met amazing people on this journey, like Bear.
This year, I want to get my life to a point where I don’t feel as frenetic, powerless, and stressed like I spent this last year. In my new (albeit temporary) home, I’ve gained quite a few friends, thanks to home-brewing. It makes for an engaging introductory conversation topic, and other home-brewers love finding their own folk. Also, as I’m trying to rebuild my career and it is stressing me the heck out, I don’t really like to talk about it, so “I brew my own beer” is an appropriate distraction and conversation topic change. Also, home-brewing and exploring local breweries has evolved into a wonderful side project where I can build a new social media community and unwind from my other attempt at professional growth.
This leads up to that this next year, I want to strengthen these Good Things that I have started, and I want to develop my interests and skills.
1) A person once posted on Facebook (the modern salon) “A friend is someone who will always be there for you, no excuses, no lies, and no broken promises.” I strive to be that kind of friend, and I only want to spend that time and effort on someone else who will do the same. I’ve found myself a community full of those types of people, but I am tired of discovering that I still spend too much time on those who are not healthy to be around. This year I resolve to not exhaust myself on toxic people and to surround myself with awesome people.
2) Until we started this blog, the only writing I did this last year was extremely technical “Tab A into slot B” and “Subject A experienced X results” type stuff. I notice that my casual prose writing here is far from polished and often quite painful in its plodding dryness and proclivity towards [please don’t faint] passive voice. Some of the Music To Quaff By entries are horrendously awkward, but please bear with me. This year I resolve to make my writing more lively and graceful through practice on this blog.
3) Among beer drinkers, I’ve found a most interesting large population of runners. This has motivated me to get out and get back to running. Bear and I have started to attend local Hashing runs, and we’ve met some interesting people. This year, I resolve to run/walk/hike/bike/locamote a total of 500 miles.
4) I get stressed out by possessions. I think of how they need upkeep, how will I find the time, what resources were used in making them, whether they’re sustainable, how am I going to move them, and who will get upset if I get rid of them. One of the easiest ways to stress me out is to give me a gift that isn’t something I can eat/drink or mentioned that I needed/wanted, and even then I sometimes panic. Since moving, I decided to experiment with only unpacking what I deemed were necessities and seeing how this effected my quality of life. I’ve only unpacked a very select set of kitchen gear, clothes, about 20 books, stereo/cds, computer, and my musical instruments. 98% of my books, and innumerable other… things … have remained packed and I haven’t missed them. This year, I resolve that the next time I move will be with a *small* Uhaul truck, and I will get rid of all the extraneous possessions that prevent that.
5) Two things that I didn’t bring with me and do miss are a couch and brewing equipment. I didn’t have space for the couch and I couldn’t retrieve my brew-gear from the person who had it before I moved. This year I resolve to try to reacquire both of those *things* … and still succeed at resolution #4.
6) Along with writing, I have one final ::ahem:: report to finish writing that I have been stressing over. This thing needs to get done. So I resolve that I’ll work a little on this report each day and get the danged thing done.
7) The traditional money one. I’ll spare you the details.
9) I have two all-grain recipes that I have been sitting on for the last year but haven’t been able to make. One is a saison and the other is a clone. I resolve to brew both of these beer recipes by the end of the year.
10) I resolve to continue to drink good beer!
So thanks to all of our readers for sticking with us, and we hope to continue to impress you with the next year!