The other day on Tumblr, I saw a post that accurately sums up my feelings on New Year’s Resolutions. Here’s a link to the original source, which I highly recommend checking out.
Anyway, it got me thinking. Every year for the past, oh, twenty or so years, my New Year’s Resolution has always been “lose weight.” Everyone’s is. Even some years I didn’t particularly feel like losing weight, or didn’t even need to lose any weight, I made that my resolution, and then I sat back and did nothing because tee hee, no one actually sticks to that.
This year, I’m like, fuck it. This is the year I make some resolutions that are fun and which interest me enough to stick to:
- This is the year that I knit the 4th Doctor’s scarf. I’ve always wanted that scarf, but until a few years ago, I never knew how to knit. And you can’t reasonably ask another person to knit you a twelve foot long scarf. I’m going to use the instructions at wittylittleknitter.com and www.doctorwhoscarf.com to do the job. If any of you are knitting the Doctor’s scarf in the New Year, let us know in the comments. If there are enough of us, I’ll do “report your progress” posts.
- Spend more time doing fun stuff. I work. A lot. I know I’m always on Twitter and Tumblr, but that’s actually while I’m working. I’m a strange creature. Sometimes I write a sentence, then hit Tumblr, then go back to the writing. Sometimes I write in day long chunks. In June of 2013, on a writing retreat, I wrote 10k in one day, and ended up in the emergency room the next morning with the worst muscle tension headache of my life. I don’t want to do that again. And I’m tired of feeling stressed out if my family and their needs take me away from writing. I wrote 400k in 2013. That’s not how it’s supposed to be. In 2014, I’m going to shift my priorities and stop writing like I’m trying to keep a ship from sinking.
- Give myself permission to have a less than perfect house. If I want to play video games instead of loading the dishwasher, that’s fine. I’m going to stop worrying about the state of my house, so long as it’s not overtly gross, because I’m not a servant. If my family doesn’t like it, they can chip right in and pick up after themselves. Besides, no one ever stops by when the house is clean, anyway. Only when it’s been utterly destroyed in a single hour because the kids decided to eat popcorn while playing with Legos on laundry day.
- Wear a bikini. This isn’t a weight loss goal, because I don’t intend to lose weight to achieve it. I’m going to wear a bikini this year. Anyone who has an issue with a fat woman in a bikini can look the other way.
Those are my resolutions. What are yours?