‘Tis that time of year again, when we look back on the past 12 months to see if we’ve accomplished our resolutions.
I didn’t. My one resolution was to take a cooking class of some sort, and I just never got around to it. I accomplished one of my goals, though! I wanted to meet with a financial planner to discuss our finances and debt reduction, and we did.
I did do a lot more cooking, though, and trying out recipes and techniques that I’d never encountered before. Maybe I can count my self-education (with cookbooks and the Food Network, naturally) toward my resolution. Anyone?
This year, I have to step it up. There’s a lot going on, what with us getting married and at least 3 other weddings we’ve been invited to, keeping our finances straight, and the general craziness of everyday life. Here’s what I’d like to resolve:
- Be active (gym, running, Wii Fit, really intense cleaning session, whatever) for 30 minutes twice a week. Minimum. More is better, but at least twice. This will probably get easier when there’s more sunlight and nice weather, but I am definitely counting days of skiing.
- Organize myself. I have a tendency to drop my stuff on the kitchen table when I get home from work, and I thrive in piles. To the observer, they look like a mess, but I know exactly where everything is. But I need to file bills away and put folded laundry away on a more regular basis.
- Write letters. No one gets nice letters anymore, and that’s no fun. All the mail we get is junk or bills. I want to write at least one letter a month to send to a friend. We have a friend stationed in Iraq and a friend stationed in Afghanistan, so they’ll definitely be prime candidates for letter-writing.
- Pay off a damn credit card. I’ve wanted to do this the past few years, but this year, I’m really going to do it. I was thrown off last year by my layoff, and wound up having to use my credit card, to my chagrin. Not this year. It might not be frozen in a block of ice, but I’m not using it anymore. Finito. I’d love to have one paid off by June and the other by December, so let’s see how it goes.
- Be nice. People have noticed I have a generally angry personality (especially at work… oops) but I want to change that. I’m going to try to be nicer on the train in particular. This might be more of an exercise in zen emotion control, but I’m going to try. And maybe I’ll swear less. But only maybe, since most of it’s in my internal monologue anyway (I think). Optimism will be key here.
What are your resolutions?