I usually make multiple resolutions in order to be able to keep at least one. Case in point, this year I have seven. For 2012 (I can’t even remember what all I resolved, I didn’t do a very good job at recording them) I did want to lose weight. Technically I did keep that one, I was down 10 pounds or so at weigh in on New Year’s day. However I don’t know whether to count it or not because A) It wasn’t as much as I had intended (but since it wasn’t a quantifiable goal I still made it) or B) It didn’t inspire the healthier lifestyle until the last quarter of the year. That’s me, starting a diet right before the holidays. I’m a rock star.
On the whole though I did technically meet that goal. Hopefully I do better this year, I want to meet 50% of my goals. If I had to guess, I think juggling will fail. If for no reason other than I shouldn’t pursue the ability to throw clubs in the air. I can almost guarantee that I’m going to get hit, painfully, in the head. Looking forward to it. I’m not sure why I’m so optimistic about this year’s goals. I’ve failed 99% of the time before. We’ll see how it goes.
So far I’ve kept the everyday ones! I also engaged in ‘active living’ yesterday so that one is on track as well. 1 day down, 364 to go. Check out other success stories at DP’s prompt page.
I feel that New Year’s resolutions fail partially because the person making them resolves to do something thing that isn’t in their nature, it’s a vague resolution, or both. For example ‘I resolve to work out for an hour everyday’ or ‘I resolve to be healthier’. The first is doomed to fail because it can be quite an undertaking to go from never working out to committing to 7 hours each week. The second is so nondescript that the sheer ‘nothing to go on’ – ness of it would make it broken in about a week.
With that in mind my buddy Allie and I set out to make some resolutions. As we brained stormed we tried to focus on various parts of our lives. In the social we discussed perhaps adding ‘date more’ or ‘put yourself out their more’ (for me). Those were nixed though. For starters they go against my nature (as much of a social creature as I am, I don’t really have the confidence to go out to a random place by myself and strike up a conversation with some random person). Then there is the vagueness of the addition of ‘more’, going just once would be ‘more’ but wouldn’t really change me like resolutions are challenged to do. Thirdly they would rely on outside force to do something I try to avoid when making my resolutions.
In the end we both agreed we had to make quantifiable resolutions if we wanted any hope of meeting them. Although a couple of mine go against my nature (and one relies on outsiders) in the end I’m fairly happy with the list we came up with. Without further ado the list numbered in no particular order:
- Read three non-fiction books (I pretty much only read fiction, it’d be nice to diversify a bit).
- Participate in 150 minutes of active living a week.
- Learn to juggle three balls (eventually I want to be able to juggle pins. I have these old juggling pins as decorations in my guest room and they call to me).
- Write for fifteen minutes every day (blogging alone will guarantee that but I would like to journal ‘more’ too. Especially since my memory is particularly sieve-like).
- Go on ten day-ventures (originally when I started this blog I had aspirations of exploring Iowa, well this is the year it begins).
- Set a budget and stick to it (my only non-quantifiable one, but hopefully the money I’m able to set aside as a result will be quantity enough).
- Win a volleyball game. (This is a bit of a cheat since I am on a team of nine but hopefully, hopefully this one will be met in January. My volleyball team (the bruised lemons) has gone down a level so we’ll actually be playing people at our skill level. However since we got dangerously close to winning one of our tournament games I think this resolution is quite attainable despite having to rely on others).
There you have it, my seven quantifiable resolutions for the New Year. Written, quite fittingly, on the back of a napkin. In an attempt of accountability I kept my buddies and she kept mine (she kindly sent me a pic of it though). Other resolutions that crossed my mind were learn guitar (which I am going to try but I’m terrible at keeping time and I’m teaching myself to play Hendrix style. Always brilliant, that’s me), learn Italian, or cook three ‘proper’ meals each week.
I was somewhere I never would have imagined. I rang in the new year with quite a random group of people. I had planned to do something with my friend and her husband. However what we were going to do was up for debate. Would we hangout at my place or go to Des Moines and partake in one of the bigger parties?
We ended up going over to a guy’s house we had known in high school. Also in attendance were a couple buddies of mine from high school and college and the first guys wife. We rang in the New Year playing board and card games (even got my friend’s husband to play a couple games of cribbage). After the games were done we somehow got onto youtube and started watching lots of random stuff. That meant that at the stroke of midnight we were watching ‘Twilight: A Bad Lip Reading’. I’m not sure what that means for my new year, but I’m excited to find out! As we passed around the bottle of Moscato I couldn’t imagine planning a better way to bring in the New Year for myself, sometimes randomness works out, that’s certainly my MO.
Thanks DP for asking!