January 1, 2018–the start of a new year. I’m not a believer in resolutions, but I do have some goals that I would like to achieve in year ahead. One of those goals is to do more of the type of writing that I enjoy: personal essays, reported pieces, and commentary. Another is to be more focused on taking care of myself, something I’ve been pushing aside for awhile. No, you won’t see me signing up for a gym membership anytime soon–I would never go. My plan is simply to be kinder to myself, and to others, and to face obstacles that arise this year with greater resiliency and less stress/worry/frustration.