New Year’s Resolutions

So, I’m pretty picky about resolutions. A lot of people say things like “be nicer”, “exercise more”, or “be happier”. I feel like these are actually huge cop-outs, though. It’s so easy to say, when next December comes around, that you were nicer or happier without anything to back that up.

I like quantifiable resolutions. Things that I can clearly chart the success or failure rate for. So while someone might say “lose weight”, a better resolution is “lose fifteen pounds”. Someone might say “be nicer” but you could say “volunteer at a charity at least once a month”. These kind of concrete resolutions keep you more grounded and are better at keeping you accountable.

I do have Resolutions for 2016. I hope to accomplish them all, but I also like to keep things realistic. For instance, my resolutions for 2015 were to get a tattoo, read 100 books, and get my real estate license. I got my tattoo, I read 57 books (let’s be honest, 100 is pretty steep), but I lost interest in getting my real estate license, so I abandoned that one. Which is fine. It’s important to be forgiving to yourself when you don’t quite meet the goals you set. Maybe your resolution was to go to the gym three times a week, but you broke your leg and couldn’t go. That’s fine. Maybe you meant to travel more, but your work or school schedule got really crazy and you just weren’t able to. Things happen. We’re people.

So, without further ado, my 2016 New Years Resolutions:

  1. Graduate college
  2. Get settled into a home
  3. Get a Big Girl Job
  4. Get a dog
  5. Read 50 books
  6. Maintain this blog throughout the year (at least one post every two weeks)
  7. Get (and use!) a gym membership

2015- a year in review

  • 57 books read
  • Resigned from my fraternity
  • Turned 21
  • as a result, turned up way too hard a few times and hangover puked my way across Gatlinburg
  • Finished my penultimate semester of college
  • Started work on my so-far untitled novel
  • Worked way too hard at a job I loved (an entire month without a two hour break or a night off)
  • Played a lot of Super Smash Bros
  • Made a feminist quilt
  • Got really into the fiber arts in general
  • Learned to knit
  • Played a bunch of Tumblr Survivor
  • Moved into a new apartment
  • Did a whole bunch of swimming
  • Got a tattoo
  • Nearly caught my oven on fire
  • Quit a job after a week, due to moral reasons
  • Met Meg Cabot and R.L. Stine
  • Survived the SC flooding

That’s all I can really think of right now. 2015 was not an especially productive year, work-wise. But it was a very social year. I made a lot of friends and spent a lot of time hanging out with them. Mostly, though, I am looking forward to the summer of 2016. I will be done with school and able to move on with my life, get a job, get a house, get a dog, et cetera. All the things that I’ve always wanted to be able to do.

My main New Years Resolution is a big one: By the end of 2016, I want to be settled into life as a Full Time Adult in a job that I like (maybe not my dream job, but definitely something stable that I can live with until I find my dream job), in a house that is Not My Parents’, with a dog (and my cat, Cassini, who I am very excited to bring with me).

I have other resolutions (smaller ones that aren’t quite so scary) but I’ll cover those in another post.