I Asked Around The Office For Everyone’s New Year’s Resolutions

I Asked Around The Office For Everyone’s New Year’s Resolutions

Hello and welcome to 2018. If you're a person alive in the world today you are probably across the concept of a New Year's resolution.

Regardless, let me refresh your memory. It’s that thing a lot of people do as the new calendar year dawns on the proverbial and, at one point, more literal horizon, where they resolve to make themselves and/or their lives better (ideally) next year. In your world of resolutions it might not even be the calendar year, it might be the lunar new year, the financial year (hi, tax dorks), or even something you save for your own personal end of year (I’m talking about birthdays, friends).

Almost entirely because I’m nosy and partially because I make decisions for myself by first researching other approaches, I asked around the FYA office to find out how others approach New Year’s resolutions — whether they’re all for it, totally against it, or firmly on the fence — in case you too want to make some. You can read them at your leisure below. Great. Go forth!

 

Name and what you do at FYA:

Brigid Canny – I am YLab’s Digital Content Consultant. I build media and digital things for the internet.

What’s your stance on New Year’s Resolutions?

I like goals more than resolutions. My Mum (shoutout Cath Canny) works in behaviour change so she has always insisted that goals be SMART goals (specific, time bound, etc., etc.) so I try and make them quite clear. I also adopt a couple of themes for the year that are more vague but help me grow in some way.

Do you have a resolution or goal for 2018? If yes, what is it?

My 2018 resolutions include:

  • 100 lots of exercise (this can be whatever I feel like from hiking to lifting).
  • Growing my hair to my clavicles.
  • Making a VR piece about vision impairment and blindness (I am vision impaired hence the inspo).
  • Getting out of the city every month.

My themes are:

  • be brave
  • let go of perfectionism
  • make things.

 

Name and what you do at FYA:

Dean Delia – General Manager of Community Engagement

What’s your stance on New Year’s Resolutions? 

I get why people do it — locking in a milestone to reflect and reset can be powerful. I don’t really do New Year’s resolutions but do often take a step back and look at my life and where I can improve. But hey, if New Year’s resolutions work for you, more power to ya.

Do you have a resolution or goal for 2018? If yes, what is it? 
I just got Netflix (I know, late to the party), so my goal is to still maintain a social life while binging on quality viewing.

 

Name and what you do at FYA:
Nina Roxburgh – I am the Public Affairs Coordinator at FYA

What’s your stance on New Year’s Resolutions?

I’m a fan of making more loose/casual New Year’s Resolutions since I’ve never kept one under the pretext of “this year I have to…”

Do you have a resolution or goal for 2018? If yes, what is it?

I have two rough goals. One is a regular goal of mine which is to read more books. My second is ​about making sure the things I spend my time doing are helping to develop my cultural knowledge and involvement. Like ditching Netflix and social media, and using my time to go to concerts, performances (ballet, plays, comedy, music) and exploring things I know nothing about. For example my friend has a poetry group. I know absolutely nothing about poetry so I’m going to go along and see why people are so interested in this thing.

I’m also playing with the idea of my word for the year being FABULOUS. I just want to be more engaged with things that are fabulous and show a better side of humanity.

Name and what you do at FYA:

Sam Danby – Content Producer. I fill the internet with all things FYA.

What’s your stance on New Year’s Resolutions?

Love ‘em. They’re very fun and make me feel fab about the possibilities of the year.

Do you have a resolution or goal for 2018? If yes, what is it?

I have many! I had a moment of excitement for the year ahead at breakfast last week and jotted them down in my phone:

  • Move into a new place then make it a beautiful space and a joy to live in.
  • Have lots of guests come stay in the spare room and be a very good host.
  • Finish my Masters degree.
  • Ride my bike from Melbourne to Sydney.
  • Go overseas at least once.

 

Name and what you do at FYA:

Aun Ngo – I manage the FYA Hub, our co-working space for young social entrepreneurs

What’s your stance on New Year’s Resolutions?

I think the start of every new year is a perfect time to assess where you are at. Reflect on the year that has passed; celebrate wins, learn from losses, and appreciate the opportunity to get another year to do it all over again.

Do you have a resolution or goal for 2018? If yes, what is it?

I would like to be more present in 2018 — mentally being where I am physically.

 

Name and what you do at FYA:

Lucy Waddington – Digital Coordinator at FYA

What’s your stance on New Year’s Resolutions?

I love a good New Year’s resolution! In the lead up to the end of the year, I really enjoy asking people about their goals for the next one. I feel like you can really learn a lot about who someone is as a person when you talk about big-picture plans and aspirations. Resolutions are the perfect way to shake off any unfinished business from the year before and make a commitment to start (or stop) doing things that maybe didn’t serve you. It’s an exciting time and makes me feel really empowered stepping into a new year.

Do you have a resolution or goal for 2018? If yes, what is it?

I have a few! The first one is to learn how to drive and get my licence. I’m sick of being the one person on a road trip who can’t contribute anything more than a brilliant playlist and plenty of snacks. I always feel really guilty taking a nap while someone else is a slave to the steering wheel. Plus, being able to drive will give me a whole new sense of freedom and enable me to do so many more things independently.

My other major goal is to return to music and movement in 2018, as I feel like these are two things that have always made me feel great in my life but have been pushed out by other stuff like work and study. Now that I’ve settled into a job I love and have a pretty consistent schedule, I’ll be back in dance classes a few times a week and signing up to sing in a contemporary choir.