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New Year's Resolutions

Calls to Action

We first published this essay in February 2018 but, with the arrival of the new year, we thought it was a good time to revisit it. Here's to making new resolutions for action in 2020!

I don't usually make New Year's resolutions. I've always felt like my birthday was a better indicator of a new year beginning than the clicking over of the Gregorian calendar. This year though was different. After the horror show that was 2016, followed by the “hold my beer” of 2017, I needed to firmly establish some hope for the 18th year of this millennium. So I made some resolutions.

First off, I'm going to read more. Proper books. Paper ones. I'm going to try and read 25 by year's end. I'm especially aiming to read more books by authors of color and authors who identify as women.

Second, I'm going to drink more water. I know, everyone says that. I firmly believe in the importance of self-care in tough times though so I need to walk my talk. Walking too. I'm going to do more of that.

Third, and most relevant to this website, I'm going to take more action. Not to say that I wasn't active in 2017 because I was. I started volunteering for my local Planned Parenthood. I donated money to organizations like the ACLU and the Southern Poverty Law Center. I even participated in the Women's March on Washington in D.C. last January. However, there is always more to do. And I'm committed to doing it.

This year, I'm going to take some time to really figure out what it is I can offer as an actor in social movements and change efforts. For example, I'd like to think that I'm a strong writer. Perhaps they need someone to help with their social media? Or need bloggers and writers for outreach materials? I'm also a bit of a homebody so, while I'm not as active with things like protest marches (Women's March aside which, as any introvert who was there will likely tell you, was a truly inspiring but also very challenging experience), I am looking for more roles and projects that I can do from my computer at home.

The bottom line is that I'm committed to being more intentionally active in 2018. I'm going to pack my book, grab my water bottle, and walk myself over to the next opportunity. Figuratively speaking. After all, now that I've written it here, I have to follow through. Right?

EB is a proud feminist and occasional writer living in the Pacific Northwest. This is her first essay for Feminists Act!

This is a personal essay. All views and opinions expressed in this essay are those of the author.