In this my 40th year, I am focused on a theme of Connection. As a remote worker, it’s easy to feel lonely, adrift in the world. As an only child and an only grandchild, I have to make an extra effort to establish and nourish my social network. I want to establish slower, more authentic connections with people.

It is also easy for me to become overwhelmed and swept away by things, so I am making an effort to be more connected to my own mind and body and to honor the signals that I easily miss when things get hectic. I am making an effort to be more in tune with my emotions and develop more capable coping mechanisms that don’t involve food. I am trying to find the right balance of determination and grace in pushing myself toward maintaining my workout routines alongside my other obligations and desires.

My reading habits over the last year or so also have been about understanding my own brain, being more connected to what the meat computer between my ears is doing and how it’s affecting me. Books such as Sleights of Mind, Why Buddhism Is True, Why We Sleep, The Power of Habit, and How Emotions Are Made shed light on this, and I continue to seek out books in this vein.