Ok, I'm stealing an idea. I like the thought of having 12 resolutions for 2012, but I'd also like to admit I wasn't the first to think that thought. I can also say that I'm only two sentences in to a commitment of sorts and that seems like A. risky business and B. logically, just a heck of a lot to keep track of...hmm.
Oh well, I'm going to go for it anyway. And I'm not even sure these are resolutions so much as overall hopes and goals which I hope to make more attainable by writing them down and telling someone...like you! :)
1. Less time talking, more time doing. Not in the Chatty Cathy kind of way, but more like making moments count and completing steps that will take me closer to what I say I want.
2. Read more, finish the books I've started. My apartment is once again home to random piles of books that I have every intention to read. Some of them are now vital pieces of furniture (thank you, LSAT study guides) or cute little additions to side tables (thank you, Matty, for letting me steal your quote books), but if I haven't read them already their titles have probably made a comfortable home on my to-do list. A message to "Shoo, Jimmy Choo" and "Cannery Row"-- I WILL give you the attention you deserve this year.
3 . Go to bed early-ER. This one is tough. Here I am with a big girl job but not quite ready to let go of my college kid sleep schedule. My nana always said, 'the hours before midnight are worth the most', and 2012 is the year to find out how it feels to be rich on rest.
4. No more soda!! Another tough one. And I had a Diet Pepsi today. Damn. But I'm trying! I no longer rely on soda to start my day, nor do I plan my next fix to forgo crazy headaches. It feels SO good.
5. More time with my nearest and dearest frenemy, the treadmill. Boy, do I dislike most moments I spend with you. Gurrrll, do I love eating Ben & Jerry's Milk & Cookies. Enough said.
6. Purge the closet. Gotta get the old 8th grade stuff out and bring in the new. Why do women have such issues with this? Every time I decide I've come up with a brilliant rule (If you haven't worn it in the last year, for the love of God, give it away to someone who can use it and love it.) I randomly wear that teal v-neck under a blazer and it works just fine. Vicious cycle.
7. Keep up the journaling. I've been great about this so far. My super cute boyfriend gave me a beautiful journal from Papyrus, one of my favorite stores, so that has been extra incentive.
8. Water, water, water! Whew, that's a lot of water. But I've been working on this one and it's amazing how all those health magazines and healthy people and healthy everything who swear by absurd amounts of water are...right. :-/ You feel better, you look better, you are better. The absurd amount of bathroom visits are the only sub-par side effect.
9. Cook more at home...new recipes, more veggies. Working on this. Also want to include pics on the blogs so NO ONE will be jealous of my mad cooking skills. Maybe next year's goal can be to change that. Sigh.
10. Apply to Law School. Ahh..this one is in limbo and I'm hesitant to even include it. The jury is still out. Yes I'm aware of the looming deadlines.
11. Get on top of my finances. Not the most fun one on the list but really, really important. I've come a long way in the last year and I'm going to keep it up. For other young women out there, I highly recommend the book, mentioned above, "Shoo, Jimmy Choo". Clearly I haven't finished it yet but I love it so far. Thanks to my good Christy Millweard for telling me about it!
12. Use more minutes. This is a big one...and I'd never thought I'd say it, but I'd like to spend more time on the phone in 2012. I've never been a phone talker and I spend much of my day dialing and dialing hoping the person who picks up will be in the mood to help me. But it's an investment in my relationships with the people who matter most...and though there's often a lot of mileage between us, I want them to know I'm only a phone call away (cliche alert!). If you can relate, here's a great article that touches on the subject.
Alright, I'm pretty sure that's more than anyone really wants to read about another person's resolutions, but hey, I guess that's what this thing is for.
I hope you enjoy. If you've got any feedback I'd love to hear it. And if you made any resolutions, I hope they're going well.
Happy New Year and thanks for reading!