By Fareeha Qay­oom

This year has been tough for me. Per­son­ally. Pro­fes­sion­ally. Spir­i­tu­ally. Finan­cially. Cre­atively.

Per­son­ally – my mom died.

Pro­fes­sion­ally – I work for a pub­lic uni­ver­sity. There is a giant brick wall between the deci­sion mak­ers and the imple­menters. You need six months to move from point A to point B. Noth­ing gets done this way. I need to learn to de-stress and let go. It’s out of my con­trol.

Spir­i­tu­ally — I think I have grown spir­i­tu­ally and I am a stronger and a bet­ter per­son.

Finan­cially – no sav­ings. Paid extra taxes. No hope of recoup­ing my losses. The gov­ern­ment is like a giant pit. You can throw good money after the bad but you don’t get any of it back.

Cre­atively – my cre­ativ­ity died this year. It might have been a com­bi­na­tion of stres­sors. Suf­fice it to say, cre­ativ­ity needs room to breathe. It’s like a ten­der seed. It needs a con­ducive envi­ron­ment to grow. Crit­i­cism, clut­ter, and depres­sion, can kill it stone dead. Mine was any­thing but. So I dreamed about unclut­tered space, min­i­mal­ist lifestyle and sim­plic­ity. Hope­fully, next year I can take action instead of just dream­ing…

Decem­ber is the month we take stock and build on the suc­cesses and fail­ures of the past. We also cre­ate new res­o­lu­tions. Well, I don’t have any new res­o­lu­tions.  I have only old.

  • Re-discover my cre­ativ­ity.
  • Sim­plify my life.
  • Make good deci­sions in the com­ing year.
  • Cut down on self-entertainment. Con­cen­trate on self-education.
  • Make space for myself.
  • Do use­ful and pro­duc­tive things.
  • Thank God.


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