New Year’s is my favorite holiday of the year, which is strange because I was always grounded for it when I was in high school. But I’ve changed since then, and I now celebrate the holiday classily with friends. The real reason I like the holiday, though, is because it is truly a holiday for everyone, i.e. it’s not religious, it doesn’t revolve around one person and it’s relatable worldwide. It also doesn’t require a costly trip home to be with family, as it is completely appropriate to spend New Year’s Eve with your friends if you so choose. It’s a win-win all around, and it is also ridiculously exciting; I really like it when I get to celebrate both the beginning and end of something at the same time. The holiday is powerful, important and potentially life changing. Plus, I get to drink lots of champagne and wear a fancy outfit.
Despite my love for the holiday and all it encompasses, I’ve never been one to have a definitive New Year’s resolution. It’s not because I don’t like them, I simply just hate being told what to do when it comes to things like chores and exercising, even if I’m the one doing the telling. So, rather than write about one big resolution, I’ve decided to list a few goals that are reasonable, doable and guaranteed to better my life and me as a person.
1. Read two books a month.
My bookshelf is disgustingly packed with books I’ve never read, but have been meaning to read for years. 2012 is going to be the year that I put a dent in my never-ending reading list, which will be good practice for the year I decide to conquer Rory Gilmore’s reading list.
2. Run a marathon.
My sister ran a marathon a few weeks ago, and it obviously inspired me to run one as well because we all know that everything must be equal between siblings. This goal entails getting in better shape, but if “getting in shape” were my resolution I know it would never happen.
3. Start saving my money.
I’ve never been able to save money because I’ve always lived paycheck-to-paycheck, but this year is going to be different. I’m getting older, and thus need a safety net made out of cold, hard cash. Before I can do this, however, I have to pay off my credit card bill. Alas, another tricky goal that is really a commonly failed resolution. Whatevs. I have faith in my abilities to trick myself.
4. Keep in better touch with my long-distance friends.
Some of these friends have children now, and others have moved to other countries. This means their lives are more interesting than mine, and keeping in touch with them on a regular basis will serve as both a relationship-saver and a form of entertainment.
5. Spend less time on the Internet.
If HelloGiggles didn’t exist, this would be a lot easier. And CuteOverload. If CuteOverload didn’t exist this would be much, much easier. And Facebook. And Gmail. And Tumblr. And LinkedIn. And Pinterest. And this incredible website.
6. Substitute coffee with green tea.
Green tea is the perfect caffeinated drink, and I’m a sucker for anything that has caffeine because I’m perpetually sleepy. I’m told that green tea can prevent you from getting sick and help you lose belly fat, not to mention I have three boxes of the stuff in my cupboard. If only Coffee-mate wasn’t so damn delicious, then this goal wouldn’t be so intimidating. Wish me luck, I’m seriously going to need it.
7. Keep my room clean. (How old am I? 10?)
I have a really bad habit of throwing my clothes around my room when I’m trying to put an outfit together. What makes it worse is that my cats think my piles of black shirts, black leggings and black sweaters are perfect places to sleep. This makes the clothes too furry to wear, which results in them staying on my floor forever. If I can accomplish this goal, I can accomplish anything.
8. Write a book.
Whether this book is short or long, for adults or for children, it must be written. I have a kazillion book ideas floating around in my head and I seriously need to get them out, otherwise I might go crazy.
Interestingly enough, I didn’t feel that it was appropriate to add “get a job” to my list of goals for 2012. I think this is because I’ve realized that having a job doesn’t make me a better or more fulfilled person (even though it could depending on the job I get in the future, because I will get one, right?). I’ll get a job when I get a job, and that won’t happen until the right job reveals itself to me and welcomes me into its open arms. Though it will be a dream come true when I get one, it’s not completely in my control, and thus it’s not a goal for me to “accomplish” this upcoming year.
Here’s to not losing my mind in 2012, and to developing some self-discipline. I feel like I’ve been running wild since I graduated and, even though I’m just about 23 years old, it’s time to start the process of really becoming an adult that can truly take care of herself, and that others can fully depend on.
Image by Kelsey Perry