I Resolve To...


It’s time again for the age-old tradition of making promises to ourselves that we really never intend to keep. Or we do intend to, but somehow it just isn’t in the cards for us to keep them. Yep. It’s time for New Year’s resolutions. I, for one, have never been much for making resolutions, but I figure, why not? So here’s a list of things I will actively try (but don’t actually promise) to achieve this coming year. Note that “try” is the operative word in that sentence.

1) Spend less money on things I don’t really need.

I once saw this guy on Oprah who called these purchases “the latte factor” and said that by making little changes in what we buy every day, we can save tons of money. So, I’ve been trying to do this and will attempt to continue in 2011. I mean, who actually needs to buy a $3 coffee and a $4 magazine multiple times a month? Also, I’m going to avoid the $1 bins at Target like they’re the plague.

2) Take a little time each day to breathe and relax.

I tend to get super caught up in everything I’m obligated to do during the school year and sometimes forget to take time for myself. Then I go into stress overload. So, I’m resolving to try to take a little time each day to do something I want to do. For example, take a nap, read a book, play a game, or watch TV. All work and no play makes for a very grumpy me. And no one likes a grump-a-saur.

3) Say “No” More

In my effort to make everyone happy, sometimes I take on projects that I really don’t have time for in order to help other people. And generally, I just end up resentful and annoyed. So, I’m resolving to try to limit myself to what I can handle and no more than that. I think this will help me keep Resolution #2.

4) Complain less

I think that’s pretty self-explanatory. I need to complain less, especially about the little things that don’t really matter in the wide scope of things. I’m going to work on being more appreciative and less negative.

Okay. I think four resolutions is plenty enough. And I actually think they’re doable, if I really take the time to work on them. I guess that can be resolution number five—I resolve to try my hardest to keep these resolutions! Now that you’ve heard mine, I’d like to hear what some of your resolutions are and how you plan on keeping them. C’mon, share!