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Happy New Year! It’s 2012! WOW.

Welcome to 2012, everyone! 新年明けましておめでとうございます!一日です!

Now, let’s get down to business. 2011, for all intents and purposes, was an all around bust. Some things got done, others didn’t… but I can’t really speak of anything notable taking place. Some of my friends were very fortunate and had some nice moments during the year, but on the whole, many agree that we’re glad to see a new year. So am I.

I’m going to play 2012 a little differently. There’s a lot to be done, both work-wise & play-wise. It’s time to do something differently and to do things that are in my best interest. Seems like a no-brainer, that I should have been doing that all along, but sometimes you get caught up in the hoopla of things and forget to take a step back, recognize that something isn’t working here, then doing something about it. In that sense… thank HEAVEN for events like New Years!

I already did a little “house cleaning”. As I’ve gotten older, my patience has declined year on year to the point where I can honestly say I have no room for BS anymore. The people in my life are either with me or not, they either support me or not. It’s very simple. I’ve resolved that this year, I’m going to lean on my friends a bit more than I have in the past to support me in the things I want to accomplish. That’s what a friend is supposed to be. People tend to lose sight of who is really a friend, an acquaintance or simply someone you know. If you’re on my Facebook, I know you, have met you and consider you at the minimum an acquaintance worthy of seeing my more personal information. Twitter is a free-for-all forum: anyone can be a follower and it isn’t as restrictive, which is fine by me. Social media has bastardized this fundamental understanding of relationships between individuals, but damn it all, I’m bringing it back to reality for my own purposes. When I call someone “friend”, it is mean with every level of truth behind it; it is 110%. I don’t screw around with that sort of thing.

For those in my life that have been a constant source of support and inspiration over the years, I love them dearly & wish the world for them.

That said, I’ve got a lot on my plate & I’m ready to begin. Among others, here’s the list:

– Japanese conversation classes (already purchased in bulk & ready to start!)
Tadoku goals (beat 2011 numbers – new goal for the year is 2000 pages read!)
– Destress!! Life is too short to have high blood pressure!
– Work hard but efficiently. No more 12 hour days.
– Complete & publish my book
– Lose some weight (yeah yeah, hush peanut gallery)
– Save money for Japan…

Yes, Japan is still on the table. It’s not going anywhere.

And so, it’s Day 1 of 365. Let’s go make every single day count.