Now that I have recovered from the 2008 election and have re-settled into married life again, I look at 2009 as the beginning of a new chapter in my life. I will always keep my eye out for political opportunities, but as for now, it is time for me to do some things I have set out to do for some time.
First, I am going to re-learn Spanish. My work at the Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance proved to me that it is essential to improve on my Spanish-speaking skills. If I can master Spanish before the end of the year I may try my hand learning another language, either Arabic, Hebrew or Chinese.
Second, I am going to finish my book. It started out as just written versions of my speeches but I think I want to delve into that a little more and let people know a little more about me. Not a total autobiography but a review about a significant part of my adult life. It won't be a long tome but I hope it will be a good short read that will offer some inspiration.
Third, as I seek out permanent employment in this recession, I will be on the speaking circuit throughout the year. If you would like to book me as a speaker, you can call 601-783-0173 to make the arrangements. I will also do more blog and column writing (look in the Jackson Advocate and the Jackson Free Press). If everything goes right, I also plan to put together a radio talk show before the end of the year. My web site, http://www.erikfleming.org/, will still be up but look for changes as we move from politician mode to concerned citizen of the world.
I hope everyone has a joyous holiday season and I wish that your 2009 will be as rewarding and productive as I intend mine to be.