New Year’s “Resolutions”

I hesitate to call these new years resolutions because that term has become pretty synonymous with dieting/exercise/weight loss crap. New Year’s aspirations perhaps?

1. Go to bed earlier. Get more sleep at night and nap less during the day. Being a nanny means that I have to get up early and get to work early but that I get to nap during the day when the babies are sleeping. So I end up staying up later than I should at night and counting on napping to get through the day. When I start school this summer (knock on wood) I will be forced to change this sleep pattern so might as well start now.

2. Apply to school. (And get in). The application requires that I write a personal statement that included my educational history, my educational and career goals, any formative cultural/travel experiences, and any emotional hardships I have endured. In 750-1000 words. Ha.

3. Drink less beer.

4. Watch less tv that I don’t enjoy.

5. Read more novels. See more live music. Go to the movies more often.

6. Cook a wider variety of foods. This isn’t an ED thing, just a laziness thing.

7. Tell my boyfriend (J) I love him more often. My family isn’t big into talking about emotions. I don’t think I had said ‘I love you” more than a handful of times before I was a teenager and starting making a point of telling my little sister I loved her. I still wince internally when I say it. Usually when J says he loves me I just kind of mumble “you too” in response which is totally lame.

8. Keep the apartment tidier. We are both giant slobs and by the end of the week the apartment looks like a cyclone came through it and its gross and makes it not a very relaxing environment. We let it build up so much that it is an overwhelming task to tackle the mess instead of just doing a bit each night.

9. Make some friends. I have been in Seattle for nearly a year and a half now and still have very few friends and no really close ones. Making friends does not come naturally to me. J can go into any group of people and find a common interest and make conversation and like instantly have friends which is so utterly foreign to me. I wish it came easier but I need to acknowledge that it doesn’t and be more proactive about it.

10. Do a better job of keeping in touch with my friends who are far away.

11. Start volunteering at the Seattle Animal Shelter.

12. Find a way to practice my Spanish before it completely disappears. Going to visit my little sister on her semester abroad in Costa Rica sounds like a pretty good option.

Whoa. So looks like I’ve got my work cut out for me for the year ahead. And that doesn’t even include specifically recovery related goals. I think those deserve a post of their own.

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2 thoughts on “New Year’s “Resolutions”

  1. You DO have a number of goals set out for yourself! All healthy and good. I like the idea of “doing a bit each night” to keep your apartment tidier. Doing a bit each day of all the things we want to improve our lives is a good idea. Good luck with all of this!

  2. Ooh, that is a slightly intimidating number of goals! I need to work on #6 as well, and like you it’s not an ED thing, just a can’t-be-arsed thing. I would totally live on baked potatoes and sandwiches if I didn’t have some understanding of the dangers of malnutrition 😛

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