New Year’s Resolutions

res·o·lu·tion: noun \re-zə-ˈlü-shən\
something that is resolved.

Well that clears things up now, doesn’t it?

The last few years, I have failed to set resolutions, or goals, because I’m too afraid of failing at them. I have this terrible fear of failure. But I think I’m also pretty terrified of succeeding.

This year, I’m setting some goals. Real goals. I am going to post them on my front door, on my bathroom mirror, on the refrigerator, above my monitor at work. I am going to improve my life. Not because another year is passing me by and I’m getting old, but because there’s this cute little kiddo who deserves everything in the world, and with my life the way it is now, I don’t think he’s getting it.

oh how I love you, little monster

Goals for 2011
(in no particular order)

1. Go back to school. In the next month I should be making a decision between a couple of options I have. But this is the year that I’m going to go after a degree that will really take me somewhere in life. Or at least bring me a bigger paycheck.

2. Exercise more. Or at least take more walks with the kiddo. I have a hand-me-down bike from my mom now, and a seat for the back, so that might help. Once the snow goes away.

3. Work on Post-Its. As in, work on rewriting my story from NaNoWriMo.
3b. Participate in NaNoWriMo again.

4. Quit worrying about what my apartment looks like. I’m thankful I have a place to live. (Besides, if I cleaned just a little bit more, it wouldn’t be so bad. Not that I have company…)
4b. Host a party. Not a birthday party for the kiddo. A dinner party of sorts.

5. Send cards. Birthday cards, holiday cards, thank you cards, cards just because. Buy a whole crap ton of random cards and send them out at the appropriate time.

6. Call my parents. I really don’t ever call anybody, but I could at least pick up the phone once or twice a month to chat with mom and dad.

7. Write more. I tell myself to do this all the time. This year, I’m making it a priority. Well, depending on what my school load will be like. The kiddo should take priority over the writing thing.

8. Read more. At least two books per month (which shouldn’t be hard). And at least two books a week with the kiddo.

9. Wake up earlier. Have breakfast with the kiddo before he’s off to day care and I’m off to work.

10. Save money. You can afford at least $10 a week, right?

PS. For quite a few years, mostly during college, I would actually sit down at the end of each year and write a letter to the upcoming year. I will be picking up this habit again. Perhaps I’ll even share it with you. Until then…what goals are you setting for yourself this year?

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