“That’s the most cliché blog post, like, ever,” was my sister’s response when she heard me say I wanted to write about New Year’s resolutions. Yes, it’s cliché; thousands of people do the same thing every year. But A) this is also a space for me to organize my own thoughts, and B) maybe, just maybe, someone will stumble upon this post, be inspired, and decide to implement some of my resolutions into their own life. It’s 2015; anything can happen.
Here are some ways I’ll attempt to get my life together this year. May you find them entertaining and informative.
Things to do more of:
1. Blogging. Yeah.
2. Reviewing books. Because that’s supposed to be good for my career aspirations or something.
4. Reading great writers. Because you emulate what you absorb.
5. Getting rid of things I don’t use. Does anyone else get a strange high from doing this? As I move to smaller and smaller spaces, I’m increasingly obsessed with reducing my possessions. Hello, Goodwill.
6. Writing letters. I do this now, but not enough. Dead serious: If you want letters, send me your address. And if you haven’t responded to one of mine, I have a great suggestion for your 2015 resolution list…
7. Emoting. Sometimes it’s difficult for me to communicate to the great people in my life how much they mean to me. I love all of you, always. Along with this, I’d like to do a better job staying in touch with people.
Things to do less of:
1. Over-scheduling. I can go a bit iCal crazy, and it’s bad for my sanity. If you see me running harried through the streets, remind me to space out social engagements and interviews, and that managing my time is equivalent to managing my stress.
2. Staring at glowing screens. I do this on the daily for my internship(s). When I’m off, I want to do it less.
3. Mincing words. I’d rather be blunt, bold, and go after exactly what I want.
4. Being body conscious. It’s unproductive and depressing and there’s not much I can do to change who’s in the mirror.
Things to start:
1. A personal newsletter. It’s called “Keynotes,” and in it I gather great writing from the corners of the Internet and deliver it to your inbox every month. You should totally resolve to subscribe.
2. Yoga. City living is stressful, and every once in a while it’s nice to concentrate on nothing but your breath for an hour. Failing this, dance classes will do.
3. Meal planning. As it is, the grab-n-go lifestyle isn’t really working for me. If anyone has any healthy meal planning tips, please share!
4. Responding to emails within 24 hours. This almost never happens. I am the worst.
Full disclosure: This title was inspired by Ann Friedman’s New Year newsletter because she is the greatest at titles.