Last year, I came up with four resolutions: I will have a year of Big, Fun, Scary Adventures (thanks goes to the NaNoWriMo forum for this), I will be more myself, I will get healthier, and I will stop wasting so much of my time worrying about silly things. I think I accomplished some of the first one and the second, though I could have accomplished more. I touched on the third and failed epically at the fourth most of the time. This year, I’m going to try to be more specific about the things I want to accomplish so that I can evaluate my progress at the end of the year.
In 2010, I Will…
1. Get Healthier
I know I poked fun at all those people who go on temporary only-mayo-and-lettuce diets at the beginning of a New Year, but don’t call me a hypocrite yet; I’m still not up for that. I am, however, up for becoming more healthy physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Part One: Skin Care Regime
Here’s a secret: my complexion doesn’t always suck. Yes! It’s hard to believe, right? But using facial cleanser, toner, and moisturizer on a regular basis usually keeps me looking…well, not like a porcelain skinned wondergirl, but also not like mountain range has been slapped onto my face. So I want to try to get into a morning routine with that via the Habit 21 project. According to the community on livejournal, some research suggests it takes around 21 days of repeated activity to make or break a habit. If you can do something (or not) for 21 days, you can probably keep it going. I started today in trying out this method for a view of my resolutions. If it works, I’ll blog about it around January 22nd.
Part Two: Slacking on Soda
College brought two new developments in my life, one good and one not so good. The good thing is that in my dorm room, while I do try to keep juice or lemonade and milk on hand, 99% of the time, I’m drinking bottled water. This isn’t really surprising, since water has always been my drink of choice. The bad thing is that when I’m eating in D-Hall or staying at home, water is for bathing and not much else. I have consumed more soda at home in the past few weeks than I drank through most of July and August. So, as of yesterday, I’m on a 21-day soda detox. I haven’t decided how I want to go about drinking it after the detox period, assuming I drink it at all, but I will be cutting down.
Part Three: Spiritual Journal
To me, spiritual well-being is a part of overall health. I started a journal for it last semester, but I haven’t kept up with it very well. I’m going to try to be better about that and mostly just attempt to get my thoughts going in general, whether it’s through this blog or talking to other people. I’m also going to look for online sermons and maybe set a regular “church-going” time for myself each week.
2. Get More Organized
In my writing, I am very character-focused, so it stands to reason that I like details. Forget not seeing the forest for the trees; I prefer to look at the leaf. In life, though, I can get caught up in the big sweep of plans. It scares me half to death to think of all I have to do to get the career I eventually want, and when I ponder that for too long, I’m too paralyzed to even imagine next semester. I’m also a cluttered person, which amounts to losing important papers that I need and never seeing things like, oh, say, the top of my desk. In 2010, this really, really needs to stop.
Part One: Chop It Up
My biggest issue with any project I undertake is thinking in long term. It’s good to be able to envision how something will affect me in the future. It’s bad to avoid doing anything until the last minute because I’m too focused on the enormity of the project. This year, I’m going to work on breaking things into parts and working on one part at a time, so that instead of thinking about the dissertation I’ll eventually have to do in graduate school, I can sit down and finish a worksheet for an introductory psych class.
Part Two: Stop Procrastinating
Problem? I need to clean my room. My whole room. The room I’ve lived in since elementary school that still has clothes in the drawers from that time. I need to put things away and organize and vacuum and wipe everything down and change my sheets and oh, wow, I’m thirsty…maybe I’ll just get a drink and then read for a couple of minutes and…
Solution? Shut up, make a checklist, and get to work.
3. Be(come) More Myself
I did it last year, and I want to do it again this year. I’m always hiding parts of myself from various people in my life, but college has brought a lot of freedom I haven’t had before. It’s no good knowing who I am if I can never show that person to anyone else.
Part One: Go Out
I am terrible, terrible, terrible about meeting people and doing things. Fortunately, working with children doesn’t give you the opportunity to be stoic. I’m going to work on being as friendly with my “grown-up friends” as I can be with the kids. I’m also going to start saying “yes!” way more often when someone asks me to go somewhere or do something with them. Why not? If it’s boring or I don’t like it, I’ll never have to do it again.
Part Two: School Clubs/Organizations
At the beginning of the school year, I joined a few clubs that I was very happy with, went to meetings, met some people who looked interested, had a good discussion or so…and then slowly dropped away from it all in favor of being a creature of solitude. Time to get back into that.
Part Three: Check Off More of My 101 List
There are things on that list I really want to do. There are things on that list that have a lot to do with becoming the person I want to be. I don’t have all that long to get them done in 2011, so I need to knock off as many as I can in 2010. I also need to finish writing the list this year.
It doesn’t matter if someone doesn’t care about me; I have plenty of people who love me. It doesn’t matter if someone breaks plans or promises; I can make new plans. It doesn’t matter if I don’t like a particular class; I have my Psych degree to look forward to, and I need to get everything that’s in the way of that over with as soon as possible, so that means doing the work and doing it well. It doesn’t matter what someone thinks of me if they don’t know me unless I’m applying for a job or a school. It’s not a big deal if the machine in D-Hall gives me pink-tinted water instead of lemonade. It’s time to focus on what really matters in my life.
I’m not sure, but perhaps this was from PostSecret?