Describe one thing you'd like to achieve by this time next year. Why is this important to you?

The ability to function/be more self-reliant.

I would like to be able to play an instrument well enough to start writing some of my own music. My newfound connection with my emotions is healthy, but my inability to handle them internally is not proving to be, either for me or for my relationships with those who are bearing the brunt of them. Unlike my teenage years, I am not finding writing them down to be the way I want to handle them, and I don't feel like continuing to try to force that will be productive. However, the way I am connecting with music again, I feel like that may be the outlet I need. Maybe now the melody and rhythms need to come first, and then the words will follow? Plus, I need a good excuse to get into a Backstage Music Lesson!!!

I made a significant investment in myself by pursing a dual master’s degree program in the last two years, and it’s important to me to keep the momentum going in pursuit of lifelong learning, formal and informal. If I can manage to enroll in continuing education opportunities and regularly write creatively - all in my free time - I would consider that a great personal achievement.

By this time next year, I would like to fully not use my phone on Shabbat and Chag, and do a better job just checking in with myself and being present in my mind in my body. It's important to me that in a world that is constantly moving, that I take time for me and for those closest to me to reflect and process and question and rejoice and sing and dance and be outside or inside or whatever it is that helps us spiritually refuel.

Move out of the family home. This is important as I am a mature and independent young man who is definitely ready and able to this step.