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Resolutions are a balancing act. If you aim too high, you can fall off a promise to yourself very, very quickly. If you disregard change, you can stay stagnant. For this article, we asked some members of LEOs staff and some community members to share their New Years resolutions, or, just simply, what they want to accomplish this year.
Erica RuckerLEO A&E Editor New Year .
Yes, I want world peace and the end of food insecurity and itchy assholes for all racist dirtbags but most of all, I think I want to be present not for the above, but for myself.
It is tough as a person with intense anxiety and likely some latent trauma waiting to jump out and kick me in the face to be fully present in my daily life. I have moments where Im really tuned in and comfortable, but sometimes when Im in the midst of living this new modern paradigm of mothering, working and dodging the pandemonium that COVID has become, I just check out. Physically, Im doing my job, talking to my kid, making dinners and saying the sparse mmhmm to my husband on the occasions that we have a conversation, but mentally, Im either drawing a complete blank or dissociating myself to a life where there is no COVID, no obligations and the ability to catch a plane to somewhere far away is just a matter of buying the ticket.
OK, you too?
I know that Im not the only one. Its a thing, a survival tactic in the midst of living through trauma. This pandemic has fucked us all up. Were so much weirder than we were in January 2020.
Now hear me out: its not all bad, the weirdness or even the dissociation. Weve figured out a few things that capitalism tried to hide from us, and now we can demand the working conditions we want and need (dont sleep on this one), do the jobs at home better than in an office and have the time to let our little brains wander away from the present where sickness is the only thing we seem to talk about. So, I guess my resolution is to be kind to myself, make space for my brain to take a leave of absence and just roll with this new year, hoping for many more years to come.
Daniel PfalzgrafOwner of Wheelhouse Art These past couple of years have been nothing if not inspiring for improving our lives and living situations. In 2020, I focused on taking care of my body better. 2021 was about focusing on my professional life, finally fulfilling a personal dream to own my own gallery. On New Years of 2022, we reached our one-year anniversary with WheelHouse Art. Business was great, and we were able to accomplish more than expected in a years time. Now that we have business operations set up and chugging along, my resolution for 2022 is to do more to empower, support and grow value. My first resolution is to work with my staff so they can take over several jobs that I am currently doing so their roles grow and I can focus on more of the things to continue growing the business. My second resolution is to learn more of the work the staff does here that I havent done much of. I want to support them better by stepping in to help if someone needs time off without feeling like things will fall to pieces while they are away. Lastly, I want to spend more time marketing Louisville and Kentucky artists outside of our area. I want to build more value for artists and the collectors that have supported them.
Carolyn BrownLEO Staff Writer / Photographer Before I worked for LEO, even as an intern, I was always deeply tied to the world of live entertainment. Photographing shows or, really, working around them in any capacity has always been one of the things that makes me happiest.
But, of course, live entertainment took a forced hiatus in 2020, and none of us knew how long the pause would be. At the start of 2021, I was prepared to spend another long year without concerts.
But last year, I saw 40 of them.
At venues large and small, in crowds of 20 and 20,000, I saw 54 artists perform. Many of the groups were new to me; some of them I only knew of because of ads on Instagram.
(By the way: bands, please send me your demos. My inbox is always open.)
My sheltered teenage selfs need to be A Concertgoing Person was part of the impetus for all of this show-seeing. Now that Im able to drive myself places and buy my own tickets, I do, as often as possible. Its rare anymore that I spend a weekend fully at home and, yes, I always mask up.
My resolution for 2022 is to beat last years record: I want to go to even more concerts and discover as many new musicians and songs as I can.