As the year winds down I have been thinking about the end of the decade, the last year and the year ahead.

I asked Emily what her New Years’ resolutions were this year. Hers are very specific and obtainable. Things she would like to accomplish and knowing her she will. I used to have similar resolutions such as reading more books and/or every year the promise to lose a bit of weight but I have done all of those things.

This year, I told her that I was thinking a bit more existential. I am thinking about where my life is and what is it I want to do, feel and engage in this year. Perhaps it is age. Whatever the reason my thoughts are swirling around my mental state. What do I want to spend time on? Do I want to spend time on anything?

These last few years I have realized a lot of things about myself which has been a gift to me. If I was asked what is the changes you expect to see in the next decade I would say that the world of medicine is going to change so dramatically just like technology has changed the way we live. If I was younger, I’d jump in on that bandwagon but I am moving into a different time of my life.

I am going to spend time riding the waves in my head and make 2020 a time to just letting things happen. Giving myself more space and perhaps just filling it with a book or a walk or baking a cake. Who knows. No plans just a clear head knowing that the world is my oyster.

Comments (Archived):

  1. Jenna Abdou

    Happy New Year Joanne!!

  2. Erin

    I joined this guy’s “5 am club”, which essentially means I’ve committed to getting up 2 hours earlier than usual and doing something productive before the rest of the world gets up. Ughghgh. https://www.financialsamura…Should be interesting!

    1. awaldstein

      I work, usually write from 5-7 every morning with samthecat on my lap. Best time of the day.Then i get on calls with Asia or Europe.Great habit.

      1. Erin

        So good!

      2. AMT Editorial Staff

        Ditto. Up by 4:30a. Get so much done before kids get up around 6:30a. First few minutes are sometimes a downer, but I do some burpees and situps straight away. 10 minutes later, I’m good to go.

    2. LE

      If you are getting up 2 hours earlier are you going to sleep 2 hours earlier? Or?

      1. Erin


    3. Tereza

      Respect. I could never wake up at 5a on a regular basis.

    4. Susan Rubinsky

      Ha! I just posted yesterday about why getting up early is not necessary for success. It doesn’t matter when you do the work you want to do, just that you do it. Best of luck!

      1. Erin

        It’ll be an experiment for one year. Because of new years’ revelries, my sleeping schedule is out of whack so I’ve succeeded once and slept through my alarm once. I did have one summer where I went to bed at 7 every night, and woke up at 3. I blogged and exercised every morning, and I got really fit that summer. It was indeed pretty productive. We’ll see what happens this year.

        1. Susan Rubinsky

          I’m not a morning person, so I’d never do it. The most fit I ever was was five years ago when I cycled a minimum of 14 miles a day almost every day. But I did it in the afternoon, LOL. I also tend to write and do creative things at night, sometimes staying up until 2 or 3 am. My Mom is the same way — everyone knows not to call her until noon. My grandmother also was like that.

          1. Erin

            Yeah I wish I knew if I was a night person or if I’m just undisciplined about going to bed on time. Cycling 14 miles a day- pretty impressive!! I live in Canada and I always have the same excuse for not running in the winter- I don’t have cleats. Today, I’m going to go buy cleats!

          2. Susan Rubinsky

            I’m in Connecticut so I sometimes spin in Winter if it gets really frigid out but I cancelled my gym membership last week. I figured that I could buy a used spin bike for what I was paying annually and then I could spin whenever I want which is ideal for me because the gym closes at 9 PM. Once I get a spin bike, I will be able to spin at night which is ideal for me.

          3. Erin

            Cycling is Sagittarian I hear. :). (the legs)

          4. Susan Rubinsky

            LOL. The Festival of Sagittarius!

  3. Steven Kane

    Amen. (And Happy New Year!)

  4. Sierra Choi

    I would love to read, The Adventures of Gotham Gal in 2020…perhaps a possible future project?

    1. Susan Rubinsky

      Wouldn’t it be cool as a comic book series?

  5. Tereza

    I spent a lot of 2018-2019 doing a lot of hard thinking about who I am and what I want to spend the next ten years doing (one other reason is I’ll turn 50 this year). Been building a lot of foundation and aligning and realigning with what’s important. So to me 2020 will be about building professional and personal legacy, in a way also aligned with this phase of my kids’ lives. And spent a lot of time thinking hard about who I want to be in business with. This year is about taking my enterprise sales skills to the next level and positioning for corporate boards. The stuff I can ultimately ride off into the sunset on. I hope it works! ?

    1. Gotham Gal

      I like it!

    1. Gotham Gal

      Begin again. I love that.