"I do think New Year's resolutions can't technically be expected to begin on New Year's Day, don't you? Since, because it's an extension of New Year's Eve, smokers are already on a smoking roll and cannot be expected to stop abruptly on the stroke of midnight with so much nicotine in the system. Also dieting on New Year's Day isn't a good idea as you can't eat rationally but really need to be free to consume whatever is necessary, moment by moment, in order to ease your hangover. I think it would be much more sensible if resolutions began generally on January the second. "
~Helen Fielding, Bridget Jones's Diary
... Okay- so I pushed it a little bit further than the 2nd... say- the 12th? Heck- what difference does it make so long as we`re still close to the beginning of the New Year and have 300+ days to look forward to? I`ve been a little late getting my act together. It`s not because I`ve been particularly occupied, but you know how it goes. The 1st is still technically a holiday. And then school doesn`t really begin until the 5th. And the first week is really only half of a work week since it started on a Tuesday. Anyways- scrap all that! Tomorrow is a Monday, it is a full week, and it is most definitely NOT A HOLIDAY---- so all bad habits are out the door from here on in!
I know we don`t tend to stick to the resolutions that we make for ourselves at the dawn of a New Year, but I`d really like to this year & you just never know! Maybe I`ll take myself by surprise this year. Maybe not. All I know for sure is that a New Year wouldn`t be a New Year if we didn`t at least pretend that we were motivated to make some changes in our lives. So here goes- my 2009 resolutions defined (alas!):
1). Start running.
(This year I`ve learned in my psychology courses that we are in our prime (physically) in our mid 20`s. This being said- I want to get my body into great shape!)
2). Healthy eating leading to losing 10 lbs
(need to shed the 8 lbs I put on while living in the country)
3). Travel to at least 5 countries.
4). Take part in more humanitarian work.
5). Find a hobby. (Yoga?)
6). Spend my money more wisely & save for September.
7). Let my hair down & put myself "out there" more (not so stand offish)
8). Live for the moment & worry less about tomorrow...
9). Be a social drinker & not a binge one.
10). Interact more with nature (especially when traveling)
11). Be a better person (kinder, etc)
12). Smile more.
13). Take more time to write.
14). Learn to apply make-up.