A new year begins tomorrow. I’m taking the opportunity to reflect upon the past year. 2020 was a historic and terrible year in many ways. The COVID-19 pandemic changed life as we know it and demanded many sacrifices. I lost my sabbatical (read my sabbatical posts here).
But 2020 was not entirely a bad year. I took on new hobbies, habits, and challenges. As 2020 comes to an end, I reflected upon what I was able to achieve in 2020.
- I started new research related to the pandemic and critical infrastructure resilience. It has been a creative year.
- I did more media outreach to improve public understanding of risk management.
- I wrote my first op-ed. Actually, I wrote four.
- I was selected as a IISE Fellow and a AAAS Fellow.
- I learned about best practices for inclusive teaching in online environments and updated my teaching materials and improved my pedagogy. I am a better teacher now than I was a year ago.
- I developed a new routine at home that helped my productivity.
- Virtual K12 school at home is not easy for my three kids, but they are doing about as well as anyone can.
- I started new hobbies, including jigsaw puzzles and tennis. I even went to the driving range and (sort of) golfed for the first time.
- I expanded my vegetable garden and was able to grow a lot more than in the past.
- I love being able to cook and bake. Working from home means I can knead bread dough between meetings and cook elaborate and healthy dinners. I have been eating very well.
- Extra quality time with my family has been wonderful.
- I have been able to appreciate the small things all year long.
New Year’s resolutions in 2021
- Less doom scrolling.
- Create more, consume less.
- Continue high levels of public outreach through media appearances and public lectures.
- Fewer zoom meetings. I often did not meet my goal of 4 hours or or less of meetings in 2020.
- Replace one-on-one zoom meetings with phone calls, where I can go on a walk and stretch my legs during the call.
- Write and edit my writing every day, even if only for a few minutes.
- Become a better vegetable gardener. I’m good at growing tomatoes and herbs. I want to learn how to grow more vegetables, including the cool weather vegetables like greens and root vegetables.
- Go on vacation.