I’m not one for new year’s resolutions, but not wanting to feel left out, here are my current goals for the time ahead. Yes, alright, well these are “goals” as such and they don’t fit that S.M.A.R.T. method crap, but they are things which are in my head at the moment, so take them as they come …
I am aiming to reach a conversational level of proficiency with both Czech and Italian.
Over the years of listening to Italian (and speaking small amounts of it) I have acquired that intrinsic feel for the grammar and structure. Improving my Italian will be a matter of “becoming comfortable” with it and learning more vocabulary, rather than learning any formal rules and the like. The most difficult part for me will be to better understand and separate the various dialectical differences spoken amongst my older family members.
My learning of the Czech language will take a slightly different course. I still need to become more comfortable with the sound and rhythm of the language. Much more vocabulary and significantly more real life conversational practice is required. I also intend to watch more Czech films this year which should be fun.
I have already done a small number of commissions but I don’t want to take on too many of them. There are just so many other styles and things I would like to explore at the same time. I do intend to make a few pieces of “fine furniture” and sell them. Either smaller things like boxes, picture frames and lamps, or larger things like hall tables and cabinets.
There are three things I do want to build this year:
A couple of months ago, I finally found a Masters Degree I was keen to undertake. My interests are a little esoteric so finding a degree which is broad enough to hold my interest has been a challenge. The Masters in Organisational Dynamics seems to cover a number of aspects I am interested in as well as provide enough flexibility to keep it interesting for me. Cognition, psychology, identity of self, learning theory and meditation are all part of it.
Unfortunately they have cancelled the degree for 2011 and will be recommencing it in 2012 under a new banner.
The National Institute of Organisation Dynamics Australia (NIODA) is a spin off of the Organisational Dynamics department at RMIT. They kick off the new degree in 2012 so I need to find something to study and keep my brain going this year. I’ve been toying with the idea of a Psychology (diploma or certificate) so I will see where that takes me in the meantime.
I was born an Australian citizen and have Italian heritage. One day I would like to move to Europe and even live in Italy for a while. To do this easily, I will need to get my Italian citizenship.
Now, for those of you against the whole “dual-citizenship” caper, let me tell you these two things:
- I believe every naturally born Australian should partake in an Australian Oath of Citizenship, or at least have an option to affirm their allegiance when they turn 18.
- I am an Italian citizen and have always been one since I took that first breath after birth.
Italy is one of the few nations who bestow citizenship jure sanguinis (right of blood). So as long as one of my parents was still an Italian citizen (i.e. didn’t renounce their citizenship) when I was born, then I am automatically an Italian citizen. It doesn’t matter than I was born in Australia.
So, I just have to fill in the requisite paperwork and then apply for my EU passport. Easy!
All the other stuff which is currently occupying my thoughts and will hopefully lead somewhere soon …
- Get bike riding again
- Commence and publish online a family history (i.e. of my own family and ancestry)
- Build a deck, pergola, garden beds and tidy up the backyard overall
- Meditate more and meditate regularly