I thought the world was supposed to end last year so I wasn't going to make new years resolutions but I’m having a hard time finding good blog fodder so I thought I’d use the very banal way out and list some of my new years resolutions (a work in progress):
1: Be a better friend. As previously stated, I’m an introvert. I fiercely protect my alone time. Sometimes I take it to an extreme and I won’t see friends for weeks. It’s not that I don’t care, it’s that I just like being alone and I honestly don’t even realize how much time has passed since I last saw someone.
2: Be a better family member. Some family members just suck – that’s a given. I’m not talking about them. I’m talking about making sure I see family who are still in the area, who I feel close to, and calling those who live far away more often. Call my niece more, too.
3: Be a better girlfriend. Express what I need and don’t assume my bf knows just because I think he should. Try and love more unconditionally and not let things feel so volatile all the time. Don’t take things so personally.
4: Less internet time at home. At work, I’m at my computer most of the day so that can’t be helped but when I’m home, I need not to be checking email, facebook,
porn what have you.
5: Better time management. Sitting down and writing a paper is brutal and guess what? Most of my graduate program is nothing but papers. I gotta be better at making myself write, you know, before I compulsively clean and organize everything in my apartment because god knows I can’t POSSIBLY write a paper if my closet is disorganized and my storage closet isn't in order.
6: Strengthen my body – namely, my back. I’m out of shape. I’m not going to sit here and kid myself and say I’m going to be in the best shape of my life this year (although bluemoon inspires me so much), though it would be nice, I’m starting small. I just want to get stronger and hopefully that will help mitigate some of my back pain and I won’t feel so much like a grandma.
7: Save more money. This is a constant. I’ve been doing much better the last couple months. Just need to keep that up.
8: Get more sleep during the week and not sleep until 11 on the weekends. I’d at least like to be up by 10 (don’t judge me. I’m such a sleeper).
9: Don’t beat myself up so much. Lately, I’ve been really hard on myself – more so than usual.
10: Make some new friends. I feel like I have very few good friends – probably my fault – but, in my defense, it’s difficult to meet nice girls in DC who I feel I can relate to – besides people my grandmas age.
11: Read more non-school books.
12: Swear less. I have a mouth like a truck driver sometimes. Not attractive. Funny? Yes.
13: Travel more. I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to go overseas again.
In conclusion, I plan on making 2013 my bitch (I mean, female dog).
Things I did right in 2012 (in no particular order):
1: Excellent oral hygiene. I floss almost every day which can make a huge difference in your overall health.
2: Saved some money – spent a lot – but did save some, too.
3: Got into grad school and have done well so far.
4: Did my best to keep the "ick" out. Wouldn’t engage with people who were being assholes. Would it bother me? Yes. But they never knew and I feel like that's half the battle.
5: Had surgery to fix my sinus issues. I’m glad it’s behind me. I hope it vastly improves my quality of life.
6: Stayed on-top of doctors appts. If anything, I probably go too often. My vagina thanks me for my due diligence. You’re welcome, vagina.
7: Ate a little better – especially at the end of the year. Made sure to get lots of fruits and veggies.
8: Started blogging. While the writing has been therapeutic, reading what you all write has been thought-provoking and has provided much entertainment. I found a group of girls I feel I can relate to – even if it’s just on the internet – one of which has become a good friend in real life <3
9: I still tell it like it is – for better or worse.
10: Went to Europe! I got to see a whole other part of the world and, in some ways, I feel like it changed my life. It definitely enhanced my relationship with my boyfriend and we have many good memories from those two weeks - that alone was worth the trip.
I hope 2013 is happy and healthy for you and yours. Make it your female dog.