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New Years Resolutions

I won’t go ahead and say I like New Years MORE than Christmas but let’s just say I like the flow of things. The decadence of Christmas and then the week to recuperate and shop :). And then a holiday where we start a new beginning. I love New Years resolutions, I love goals and I love change. I love that there is a whole holiday specifically devoted to a new beginning.

New Years Resolutions have a reputation for having a two or three week shelf life. I’ve learned to not set goals like “exercises daily” because I usually last the typical two weeks. For me, concrete goals like: run a 10k or get a new “look” by March 1 or clean out closet by February 1 work better. The goals I make that are event oriented seem to have a better survival rate than the daily goals.

I start planning my goals in early December, then the week after Christmas I give some of the goals a trial run so I am prepared for January 1. If for some reason I change my goal or don’t accomplish all of them I don’t beat myself up. I go into it knowing I won’t finish all of them. That is why I make a lot of goals.

Here is a short list version of my new years resolutions. {There are more but it feels weird to put up all of them.}

1. Read ten books this year. {this is wussy for an English major but last year I read two books so I’m taking baby steps!}
2. Run 16km race in January {I was already training for this one.}
3. Learn Calligraphy
4. Take a cooking class
5. Take two classes at Center for the Book
6. Hire a cleaning lady.
7. Plan wardrobe every month {I look so much better when I spend a few hours planning outfits.}
8. Remember everybody’s birthday

  1. Anonymous

    December 30, 2006

    Great goals! I am a fellow English Major and I used to have a problem keeping up on my reading until I discovered books on tape and cd at the library. Now you can load up your Shuffle with a great book and listen while you excercise, shop and whatever else. You’ll be amazed at how many titles you get through. Because I listen while I paint now, which is hours a day, I usually finish atleast one book a week. Good luck! 🙂

  2. Anonymous

    January 1, 2007

    My birthday is September 9th.

  3. Katie

    January 1, 2007

    10 books?!?!? That is weak for an English major. I’m an engineer and read at least that much! (wink)

  4. Anonymous

    January 1, 2007

    Not sure how I found you, but thanks for letting me join in. My advice would be to move your cleaning ladies to the top of the list. Once you get them started on your home, you will be open to achieving all the other things on your list.

    Wishing you luck and full accomplishment in 2007!

  5. cruststation

    January 1, 2007

    Good list, I think goals are a better incentive than having resolutions because for some reason I can’t keep to them, or something always falls apart. Maybe they are just over ambitious. Anyhow, wishing you a fantastic New Year and a wonderful start to 2007.

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