Sunday, January 1, 2012

Resolutions for 2012

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Side note: if you don't love Calvin and Hobbes (pictured above), you must be kinda dead inside. When I was a kid, I used to work at the high school library with an incredibly nice librarian named Mr. Woolverton. He loved/loves Calvin and Hobbes comics, and he officially got me hooked on them. Thanks to him, I am the proud owner of about 5 C&H books, and they keep me laughing when skies are gray (did you catch that "You Are My Sunshine" reference? I'm just full of wit, aren't I?)

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Usually, I don't even bother with resolutions because they end up broken by the end of the first week of the year. But I'm going to give it another try this year. I'm going to try to "fool-proof" my list by making my resolutions just tiny little baby steps instead of plunging leaps (like going to the gym 6 days a week...chyeah-right! Pass me a cookie!) So, without further ado....

Resolutions for 2012:
  1. Participate in "date night" at least once per month with J. We said we'd do this after we got married, but our busy schedules (and often, our skinny wallets) have given us excuses not to do it as often as we wanted to. But really, 12 dates in an entire year is not that many! We can do this! I already have several date ideas from Pinterest (don't act like you didn't see that reference coming), and we got at least two restaurant gift cards for Christmas ("Chicka-chicka-yeah!" -- McLovin), so what's stopping us?
  2. Make at least 5 things from my boards on Pinterest. I keep pinning and pinning without ever actually doing anything...it's ridiculous! Five is an incredibly low number compared to all the DIY stuff I have pinned, but...it's a start, especially considering the facts that I've cooled down on Pinterest quite a bit in the last few months and I always seem to be running at 2359035 mph to do my long list of errands/chores/work/general nonsense.
  3. Save at least $10/month with coupons. I know that isn't a large goal, but I hardly ever cut  coupons (I use promo codes for almost everything I purchase online, but I use no actual coupons in any store), so I feel it's a reasonable goal. Actually, to say that I want to save $10/month with coupons is probably setting myself up for failure. Because of our extensive meal planning, I usually make one large grocery trip per 4-6 weeks. Those are the trips where I should be whipping out the coupons. Anyway, saving $120 in a year can contribute to those date nights I was talking about in #1... ;) The next step will be to increase the amount to $20/month.
  4. Do some cardio for at least 30 minutes on at least 3 days per week. Every once in a while, I'll get on a workout kick and will run jog in slow-mo 5 or 6 days a week. But since I really don't like to run, I always get burned out on that routine rather quickly. Maybe if I just set the bar at 3 times per week, I can actually stay with it for awhile... Anyway, the cardio can be dancing like a maniac in my living room (probably giving a free Bon Jovi concert to the neighbors), for all I care...I just need to get off my kiester (keister? keester? How do you spell that?!).
  5. Take more pictures. I used to be a picture fiend (as was every high school and college girl at that time), but have since settled down a bit. These days, I hardly take any pictures at all! I have a nice little point-and-shoot, but I pretty much always leave it to gather dust in my room. However, since I have an adequate camera on my iPhone, and said iPhone is pretty much in my hand 24 hours a day, I really have no excuse. Must. Take. More. Pictures!
  6. Revamp my resume. In this recession and with the competition I have here, I'm going to need to make my resume look fabulous in order to draw attention to get some interviews this year. My resume will include a paper version (with a little color), a QR code to a resume website (built by yours-truly), and possibly a picture (still debating on that one; there are pros and cons, but, apparently, it's the new thing to do).  
  7. Buy a house. It probably isn't fair for me to list this as a resolution, since it's looking inevitable for this year, but...it's my blog and I post what I want. :) I think it's completely within my rights to lob an easy, underhanded pitch to myself so that I can knock it outta the park every once in a while, don't you?
  8. Write a book. If you don't already know, I love to write. I wrote a children's book a few years ago, and actually had a shot at getting it published, but didn't want to spend the money to make it happen. Another thing about me is that I really enjoy being sarcastic (what? You couldn't tell?), but that's a difficult thing to weave into a children's book. So I'd like to write an actual novel. I recently read Mindy Kaling's Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) book, loved it, and decided I need to write something similar. I'd also like to write a killer mystery someday (pun intended).
  9. Get a "real" job. While there are major perks to my current position, there is one glaringly obvious con: lack of moo-lah. I feel like I went to school for two degrees and now I'm putting them to "good use" by being a substitute and cleaning up after my husband. I'd like to teach, but I suppose if God has other plans for me (writer?! interior designer?! digital print-maker?!  chocolate tester?! professional nap-taker?!), I'll go where He leads. I guess a more appropriate resolution would be to "earn more money," but that makes me sound pretentious, so I'm going to call it something else. Again, my blog = my rules. ;)
I wanted to create 12 resolutions (for the year 2012), but I can only think of 9. And although most of them are pretty small goals, I at least feel confident that they are do-able! :)


What are your New Year's Resolutions?

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