Musings

New Years Resolutions + New Projects

It's been a long time since I made enforceable resolutions. You know, like, "go to the gym" or "eat more vegetables." Instead for the last few years I've been making more nebulous ones like, "start caring less about people who don't care about you." Which, while admirable, is certainly not a daily task kind of deal. So this year my two resolutions are a little different, somewhere kind of in the middle of those two extremes:

  1. Hold myself accountable to my habits by using digital habit tracking. And, to go a step further, start making new good habits like exercising more and eating cleaner.
  2. Take the effort to notice something about myself and my life every week, whether it be a habit or a quality or trait.

The second is highly inspired by Dear Data, an analogue data project turned book that I've been recommending literally everyone look into. Two women on different continents set out to visualize pieces of data from their lives to each other every week, and in doing so, they learned as much about themselves as each other.

Taken from Dear Date, artwork by Stefanie Posavec and Giorgia Lupi.

Taken from Dear Date, artwork by Stefanie Posavec and Giorgia Lupi.

As someone who's really good at paying attention to the small details and activities of other people, I thought it might be nice to turn this eye to myself and, in addition, get some practice with my data visualization skills, which have to a degree fallen to the wayside as I've grown up. The project tends to require a pen pal to share visualizations with, but since it's a personal project for me, I'll just be posting the results here each week.

A preview from my project!

A preview from my project!

Hope you join me on this journey, it's going to be a great year. To 2017!