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Normally, I don’t make new year’s resolutions. And, you know, if I do it’s generally something like … I’m going to stop drinking a gallon of Starbucks during the work week (turns out, this is a physical impossibility).
This year, though, I’m making a couple – and I’m taking them seriously. I’m not normally a reflective person, but I really thought these through – and I’m going to stick with them. In fact, in order to ensure I’m not lying straight to your cherub faces via the interwebs, I’m going to provide occasional updates on how these resolutions are going. Let’s get started… in no particular order ..
I resolve to….
1. Read more books: Although I do read, generally it is in the form of online news articles, blogs, twitter, facebook or email. I rarely ever turn off and just read a new book. I only tend to read memoirs (I’m working on branching out in this area too) and my boyfriend just got me “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened” by Jenny Lawson so I’m going to start with that. So far, it’s a hoot. Way better than those Associated Press and CNN.com articles I’ve been reading.
2. Leave my phone in my bag when with friends and family: Have you ever been out with a few, or even a large group of friends and suddenly the conversation stops and everyone is on their iPhone or whatever? I have, and let me tell you, it’s seriously annoying. Sure, I’m 100% guilty of this crime too, but from now on, I’m going to put it away (and encourage those around me to do the same via sarcastic quip). Hey, I came to your apartment, this bar, this restaurant, this coffee shop, to hang out and speak with YOU. The least you can do (and I can do) is give each other our full attention. Curb your addictions, people.
3. Travel more: I love traveling. I know very few people who don’t. But I’m going to make this a priority this year and forgo that extra pair of shoes in order to entertain it. It’s a great big world out there and I’ve only seen about 25% of it.
4. Visit more family and friends near by and far: This is sort of a continuation of resolution #3. I have friends and family scattered all over the US that I promise to visit and never do. Sorry amigos. I’m working on it. I just put this promise on the interwebs! And let me tell you, the internet is FOREVER. Once something is on here, it’s there to stay. So if you’d like a weekend visit, throw me a line. I’ll be there this year.
5. Cook and bake more: I got a magical cupcake and cake book for Christmas and I intend to use it. I’m also going to attempt to cook at least one nice dinner (from scratch) each week. It’s a good skill to have, right?
6. Give back: I have donated money to a lot of causes over the years, but since I was required to actually give time in high school, I haven’t volunteered anywhere. Shameful, I know. But that’s why it’s on this resolution list. Sheltered or otherwise abandoned or abused animals are probably the is nearest and dearest to me (as they say) so I resolve to volunteer my time to help animals in need – and stop giving excuses about how I “just don’t have time” to do everything I want to. I’ll make time. I make time for the gym, I can make time for my animal friends too.
7. Stop working from the snooze station: Maybe you’re guilty of this too (I’m actually writing this entire post from my best right now – for shame!) but I have an inability to shut off at night. I get in bed and immediately start sending emails, reading emails, tweeting, responding to texts – whatever. No more. The snooze station is a sanctuary, not a work place. Maybe I’ll read my book instead, or, you know, sleep.
8. Complain less (even in jest): Sure, most of the time I’m just being sarcastic – it’s just my personality! But, nobody likes a moany bitch. So, I’m going to just stay positive. Can you be positive, sarcastically?
9. Learn how to paint my own nails: Right, okay, I know how to paint my own nails. But I suck royally at it. I’d rather shell out $30 for somebody else to do it for me. This year, I’m going to learn, or at least attempt to learn, to do it well enough that I don’t have to. I’m going to need that money for my travels.
10. Ride again: From age 8 until about age 21 (I am currently 24, in case you were wondering) I was an avid equestrian. I had horses, competed in competitions and spent all of my afternoons after school (and weekend mornings) at the barn. My extremely devoted parents funded this outrageously expensive sport of mine and since I’ve flown the coop I just haven’t had the time (there’s that excuse again) to get down to the barn and ride. Well, this year, I’m going to make time. See you soon, barn friends. I’m dusting off my saddle.
That’s all I’ve got. I think it’s quite enough, don’t you? I’m going to be busy this year. Don’t worry, though. I’ll always have time for you. What are your resolutions this year? And if you’re not making any, tell me why.
Here’s to 2013, may it be better than the rest.