Here’s Looking at You, 2022

This is the last day of my week-long work vacation and besides journaling, I didn’t write shit over the holidays. I should have carved out an hour or so every day, but this time of year is exhausting. That’s my lame excuse and I’m sticking to it.

Anyway, I found this list of writing prompts focusing on New Year resolutions off Scholastic’s website. Since I haven’t uploaded content to this page in over a year, the time is now. Here are the answers to the first 10/31 questions. I’ll get to the others tomorrow and Tuesday.

  1. What are your resolutions for this new year?

I aim to be a patient, kinder person every day but fail when I allow my dumb brain to get in the way.

2. Is it important to make new year’s resolutions?

Yes. Although, I believe people should make and work toward goals often to keep evolving, not just once a year.

3. What was the best thing that happened to you this past year?

For the most part, my loved ones have been safe and healthy.

4. What are you most looking forward to this new year?

Always looking forward to the next big adventure, which in this case, is road tripping from Michigan to Arizona with my grandma.

I miss the hell out of live music and currently have tickets for three concerts; but, as the Omicron variant spreads like a rapid fire along the west coast, planning any event with thousands of attendees is a dice roll.

5. This year will be a year of…

Writing and good books. And hopefully writing a good book!

6. In what ways were your kind to your friends, family, and teachers this past year?

I’m a good listener and sometimes that’s all anyone ever needs.

7. What can you do this new year to be more kind?

As stated previously, patience is a virtue I must learn.

Also, I need to keep in mind how my fiery energy impacts people when I’m in a terrible mood. Just because I feel like a wild beast, doesn’t mean they should too.

8. What can you do this new year to show gratitude for your friends, family, and teachers?

Check on the welfare of the more often and participate in doing random acts of kindness.

9. This new year, I’m grateful for…

My loved ones; Goaty Pie, Koda Joe, and Pickelo; a roof over my head and food in my belly; public libraries; the internet; my job; living in Munising; Lake Superior; my Jeep – Frances McDormand; my book collection; journalism; endless films and shows on streaming devices; music; fresh air; great recipes; road trips; camping excursions; and more.

10. This new year, I can’t wait to…

Make memories to last the rest of my days.


To see Scholastic’s entire list, click here.

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