Jan. 1st, 2016

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So it seemed like a good time to start a new blog. I used to journal all the time over on LJ ([livejournal.com profile] oniugnip), but somehow got out of the habit of that. My friends have almost all trickled away from LJ, and it's kind of sad.

I need an outlet, though, and I want to write about what I'm up to over here. I picked "rwx" intentionally -- I'll talk about what I'm reading, writing, and executing.

2015 was sort of a mixed bag, for me. I had a lot of success professionally -- and I really do love my job -- but felt like I didn't always take care of myself outside of that.

I didn't make a whole lot of progress on my doctoral work, which has been hanging over me for quite some time. It needs to get done.

My running wasn't all that great; I spent the summer injured, and while I've come back from that injury, I haven't been in super race shape.

I've taken some steps to make my social life better -- joined some meetups and played vidja games with people in person a fair bit -- but I still feel like I need better social outlets, both in person and online.

And I haven't had a lot of great intellectual or creative outlets. I need to produce weird side projects and/or art. I need to read more, and to reflect and write about what I'm reading.

Almost all of this will be improved greatly by finishing up my dissertation. I'm taking the month of January off from work (unpaid); I realize I'm extraordinarily fortunate to be able to do this, both from a financial standpoint, and from a job flexibility standpoint. But a month without getting paid is a nontrivial monetary hit, so I have to make this count. I want to get everything close to done, if not completely done. Gotta treat it like a job.

So for January, my goals are: dissertate hard. Talk to people. Read and write a lot. Work out all the dang time.

My life, on paper, is going extraordinarily well. But I've gotta get strong and happy and healthy.

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