New year resolutions!

This winter break, I only took a week-off to go home, visit my family and friends, and eat all those delicious home-cooked meals! Anyway, a new year has arrived and here is my list of academic and personal goals for 2012: 1) improve my scientific writing skills, 2) select my dissertation committee, 3) publish at least two papers, 4) learn a new language, 5) incorporate a workout into my daily schedule, and 6) present my dissertation proposal . Some of these goals are more ambitious than others; however, I consider them to be quite simple. The key thing is to celebrate every step because those little victories are the ones that give you the strength to keep moving forward and closer to your ultimate goal.