Have I mentioned how much I love making New Year's resolutions? I LOVE MAKING NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS. Sometimes my resolutions overlap with my bucket list, which as you know by now, I am slightly obsessed with. I think this is all a symptom of my larger list-making obsession. I make resolutions for the regular new year, for Persian New Year/Norooz (March) and on an ongoing basis with friends; any excuse, really. I'm the kind of person who would put "Make new year's resolutions" on my list.
I used to put my resolutions up on my refrigerator, but one year I had "Learn to knit baby blankets" on my list because so many girlfriends were having kids and I thought they would make cute gifts. Note to self: this is not appropriate decor when a date is over. I had a little explaining to do. So now I'm keeping it between me and my blog (and you, I guess).
In past years, resolutions have included travel, going out more, drinking more water & wine than soda (I should probably revive that one), stepping it up with the fitness, keeping in better touch with people, making more girlfriends in my city, etc. I've been pretty good about holding myself to them in the past and I hope the pattern will continue this year, but I also hope I will pick more interesting resolutions. The key is really picking things you'll actually do. As I like to point out, certain things are just never gonna happen. I'm not going to give up being sarcastic or quit coffee. I'm not going to magically remember to include attachments when I send emails. So why set myself up for failure?
This year's list is working out nicely so far, although there aren't too many surprises yet:
1) Do more yoga.
Specifically, to learn to do a proper headstand in yoga without collapsing, knocking the wind out of me (and possibly the person next to me)
2) Don't eat standing up.
This is a symptom of my life, which is led largely on the run, like a refugee from the law but much less interesting. So either I need to become that interesting, or I need to sit down and properly get to enjoy my meals.
3) Do fiftyfifty.me.
50 books, 50 movies, all new to me, to be torn through this year. This is the resolution I am by far most excited about. I'm all signed up- are you? I tend to read a lot every year and in the back of my mind aim for 50 books, but haven't ever been able to nail it. Movies, however, are a whole other story. I've only started to become a movie fan in the past few years, and devote little to no time to it. Subresolution: to finish reading Milan Kundera's bibliography. He's my favorite writer by far, and I've saved a few of his books to read on a rainy day (or if ever in the hospital in traction, etc. And yes, I save books for this.) On the off chance the world ends in 2012, I need to probably get to the last few of these ;)
4) Go new places.
This is always on my list. Last year landed me in Nashville and Colombia, two of my favorite vacations, for example. I'm excited to see what opportunities come up this year. New Orleans is definitely in the cards, but I'm worried you'll never be able to tear me out of a jazz bar once I'm seated. I am trying to find a way to get over to Africa, specifically to Senegal. I haven't been to some of the beautiful parks in California. Stuff like that. I don't know where this year will take me, but I've found that actually promising yourself to try new venues leads you to, you know, actually do it. I'm open to suggestions if you have 'em!
5) Find somewhere new to volunteer.
Step it up. I do volunteer communications work with Real Medicine Foundation and I support mAss Kickers Foundation, but I miss hands-on experience working with clients and seeing the first-hand effects of volunteering. So some of that. Perhaps this will be the year I become a Big Sister and formally pass my 80s music knowledge to the next generation?
6) Respond to emails within 24 hours.
This is beyond impossible, but it's nice to have goals! I heard this from an executive I work with - and he really does keep to it. Granted, his emails are to the extent of "Thanks" "Sounds good", etc. and I tend to write War and Peace: The Sequel in my emails, but I'd like to get back to people while the content of their emails is still relevant.
7) Use the phone more, email less.
Remember back when we had personal contact? Yeah, that.
8) Entertain in the home more.
I'm constantly out, which is fun but not totally personal and, sure, expensive. I love it but I think this year I'll try to mix it up and make use of my place more- cook dinners, gather friends, just lounge around and make it even more homey. Homie?
9) Travel guy.
I didn't even know this was a resolution for me, but we were babbling about resolutions when we hiked to the waterfall in Colombia and this one came tumbling out of my mouth. Apparently (says my subconscious?) I want to be with a guy I am excited to travel with, and to go ahead and travel with him. Traveling well together is obviously a great way to assess how you guys fare generally, but I love travel and I realize it's something I need someone else to be into- exploring places, going beyond your limits. From his love of travel I would apparently be able to draw sweeping generalizations about his understanding of his place in the world. Ok, but if we're being honest, there's also the little fact that there are places I want to go that would be a lot of fun with my girlfriends, but a male bodyguard would be nice and/or necessary (for one thing). Plus, as great of a time as we have, I have to stop accidentally going on romantic-destination vacations with my best girlfriends. See also: Mexico, Paris, Greece, cruises, the Caribbean. I mean, seriously.
10) Develop a new talent.
Obviously I don't know what this one is gonna be, but knowing me it will be a little off the wall. Archery, anyone?
11) Write more.
And here we are.