20 New Year’s Resolutions Worth Doing

New-Years-Eve-Fireworks-Prague-Czech-RepublicThere are two types of people: Those who make NYR, and those who loudly and proudly proclaim themselves above making NYR. The first group of folks is usually full of hope and aspirations to better themselves for at least 9-10 days. They are the kind of people who have a lot of ideas but sometimes not a lot of follow-through.

The second group is full of bitter people who are above resolutions, or already perfect. They’ll laugh at you for trying, or just try to make you feel stupid. Example: I told a (former) co-worker about my (former) resolution to get fit. She rolled her eyes and said, “Why do you bother? I don’t make resolutions. They are a waste of time.” She laughed before saying, “But, good luck with that.” What an asshole! Am I right? I told her thanks, and wished her good luck. She turned and gave me the raised eyebrow. I smiled and said, “Well, with that attitude I figured you could use it.”

  1. Don’t dream it, be it. Take one thing you really enjoy doing and dedicate the year to it. It could be painting, drawing, biking, yoga, reading, writing, or anything! Decide that you want to be better at something and then just do it.
  2. Spend the day pretending you are undercover. I like to do this every once in a while to break up the monotony of working. Pretending that “Alicia” is my cover makes work a lot more fun.
  3. Talk with a robot voice all day. “Does not compute.”
  4. Let go of blaming people. It’s your life, it didn’t just end up this way.
  5. Be accountable for your own life. If you don’t like something, you have two choices, accept it or change it.
  6. Watch more adorable cat videos on YouTube. A resolution we can all get behind.
  7. Stop trying to fit in. Why would you want to look or act like anyone else? Lame. You are a unique, awesome person. Bring it.
  8. Make your own coffee. If you are trying to lose weight or save money, then do your brew at home.
  9. Make better bad decisions. We all make bad decisions from time to time, this year make sure you make better ones.
  10. Stop thinking everyone else is happier, more successful or better off than you. They’re not.
  11. Tell the truth. Even when it isn’t easy. The folks that matter will appreciate it… eventually.
  12. Before you post a status update, Tweet, or Instagram, stop. Ask yourself these questions: “Is it entirely necessary that I share this meal with the world? Does my entire social network need to see this cat video? Does my frustration at the traffic need to be published for all to read?” If the answer isn’t a resounding “NO!”, then you need an internet spotter.
  13. Replace one TV show with reading a book. Find a show you just watch because it’s on, and spend the equivalent time reading a book. Not the internet.
  14. Use “air quotes” unnecessarily. Yeah, I just “had my dinner”. 
  15. If you are still drinking enough to blackout, get naked on a bar, or forget how you got home – you should stop it.
  16. Resolve to stop being stubborn about everything all of the time. There is more than one way to do something, eat something, sing something, or say something. Your way isn’t the right way for everybody.
  17. Stop hating yourself. I can’t think of a better resolution! Do you have any idea how much happier you’ll be when you tell yourself how smart and good-looking you are rather than how dumb and ugly?
  18. Stop giving attention to people you “hate”. If you really hate Miley Cyrus, then stop helping her get attention. I don’t mind her. I think she’s pretty funny.
  19. Honor your commitments. I don’t care if it’s coffee with the gals, being to work on time, or following through with a personal goal. If you agreed to do something, then do it. Don’t do it late, and don’t do it half-assed.
  20. Anytime you are asked your age this year, answer in months. I’m 479 months old, but I don’t look a day over 450.
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