Adios 2010. We had some fond memories, but don't let the door hit your bum on the way out. I really won't miss you. HELLO 2011! We're going to be best friends, I just know it.
I was originally going to write one post per resolution, but I've changed my mind. I've decided I'm not going to have big, complicated goals this year. I hope my resolutions will have a noticeable impact on me by the end of the year, but they're going to be easy to follow. Some may seem silly, but I'm hoping to turn these little things into habits. I BELIEVE in myself.
1. Put on lipstick and mascara every morning. There's two things my picture-a-day project has taught me. The first is that I look better with my hair down. The second is that I really need to wear at least a little make-up, otherwise I'm completely bland and plain.
For YEARS when I got ready in the morning, I'd put my clothes on, pull my hair back, and head out the door. Rarely would I look in the mirror. I didn't care. But this picture project I started out of the blue and have somehow miraculously stuck with has changed my perception of myself. I have to see myself every day. I don't know why I used to look past my reflection in the mirror. Well, I do. I didn't like what I saw and but I didn't have the desire to change it, so why be disappointed on a daily basis. But times they are a-changing.
2. Eat more fresh fruits, vegetables, and grains. Eat less fast food. Drink more water. Self-explanatory, I think. I eat out for lunch almost every day. This needs to stop for both health and fiscal reasons.
3. Start walking. I'm not really the type to go to the gym, but I think I can handle walking. I'd like to be able to work up to running without getting winded. Ideally, I'd like to run a half marathon (13.1 miles) by my half birthday (March 4th). I'm not sure that'll happen, but I'll try. If nothing else, I vow to walk a half marathon. Of course that will be many, many hours of walking. On second thought, how about I play the half marathon thing by ear.
4. Read one book a week. There are so many books I want to read, but I never get around to them. I figure I can read at least one book per week.
5. Write thank-you notes. I've never been good at this. I need to learn to be more courteous and grateful to others.
6. Take more pictures.
7. Stop procrastinating and be on time. I'm a master at putting things off and waiting until the absolute last minute, which usually means I show up 15 minutes late to just about everything. I really dislike this characteristic about myself. I think it's disrespectful to other people to show up late or to not put everything you can into something you've promised to do.
8. Get organized. I have too much stuff for the size of my home. A lot of things need to find a new place to live, either in the trash, Good Will, or in someone else's house.
9. Serve others more.
10. Pay cash for as many of my purchases as possible.
There's my list. It's long, but I think it's doable, and it represents changes I sincerely want to make in my life. ::raises glass:: Here's to a fabulous New Year!