What are your New Year's Resolutions?

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I was talking about this with someone recently that long lasting changes are usually as a result of some major event or catastrophe which is why resolutions never seem to work out. There is no real impetus behind them. Granted I just took Schumpeter's concept of creative destruction and applied it to real life, but it makes sense, at least to me.

Also, I saw this thing on FB that I think would be pretty awesome. Instead of resolutions, start with an empty jar and as you go through the year you write down good things that happen and drop them in the jar. That way at the end of 2013 (December 31st if you like) you can sit down and go through them. That way you focus on the positives and not the negatives.
Originally Posted by kayb
I have found this to be true. I lost a lot of weight after a big breakup and haven't regained too much, and it's weight I probably wouldn't have lost without the shock.

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To continue my fitness goals. My cousin and I have been motivating each other to work out at least four times a week for a month. I want to be able to do one pull up before the end of the year.

To make more friends, the kind you can hang out with just because.

To get out of debt and save enough to buy a new car. I start a new job in January that I like so I know I'll be able to save for this.

To be kinder to myself and not let friends and family take advantage of me.

All of my resolutions are longterm goals that I've been working toward for a while. I'm a goal-oriented person so I usually accomplish my resolutions.
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I was talking about this with someone recently that long lasting changes are usually as a result of some major event or catastrophe which is why resolutions never seem to work out. There is no real impetus behind them. Granted I just took Schumpeter's concept of creative destruction and applied it to real life, but it makes sense, at least to me.

Also, I saw this thing on FB that I think would be pretty awesome. Instead of resolutions, start with an empty jar and as you go through the year you write down good things that happen and drop them in the jar. That way at the end of 2013 (December 31st if you like) you can sit down and go through them. That way you focus on the positives and not the negatives.
Originally Posted by kayb
I have found this to be true. I lost a lot of weight after a big breakup and haven't regained too much, and it's weight I probably wouldn't have lost without the shock.
Originally Posted by claudine19
And that's exactly how/why I lost mine.
I ain't thirsty. There's plenty of fish in the sea, but I don't want all of them, can I have some standards? Or do we just have to settle, for someone's who meh and will do.
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I need to upgrade my style/wardrobe. Even though I'm still a student, I'm 22 and its about time I start dressing more mature. Screen tees, university paraphernalia, hoodies, ugg boots and exercise leggings are not hot. They can't be my life forever. Since I'm jobless and can't really afford my taste I'm going to have to start small. Resisting the urge to purchase cheap t shirts is a good first step.


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I wanted to slap one of my classmates the other day. She was in the library wearing one of those off the shoulder shirts with her bra straps showing. I thought, "you're a graduate student, dress like one!" I then proceed to ask her if she couldn't wear some clothes.

Kudos for wanted to dress more mature, or at least look put together.
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I ain't thirsty. There's plenty of fish in the sea, but I don't want all of them, can I have some standards? Or do we just have to settle, for someone's who meh and will do.
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I haven't set New Years Resolutions in years because I wind up reacting to the the novelty of the new year wearing off as an (almost subconscious) excuse to abandon them. I stick to stuff better if the sole impetus is just knowing that I need to make the change.
BUT, I was reading a 'get to know the new reporter' feature on a local TV news website and one of the things she shared:

13 in 2013 -- all things I want to experience, learn or achieve.
I really like that idea. And we're living in a period of time where that approach is manageable, at least for a few more years I wouldn't even try if this was 2063.

So I think I'll do a list like that and keep it conveniently doable and interesting.

She has two things on her list so far (yoga and website building). I'm going to write 13 out but keep the list open to change, so success will be that 13 new things were explored, whatever they may have been.
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I need to upgrade my style/wardrobe. Even though I'm still a student, I'm 22 and its about time I start dressing more mature. Screen tees, university paraphernalia, hoodies, ugg boots and exercise leggings are not hot. They can't be my life forever. Since I'm jobless and can't really afford my taste I'm going to have to start small. Resisting the urge to purchase cheap t shirts is a good first step.


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Originally Posted by CocoT
Don't feel obligated to rush into that change. I don't think 22 is too old for that style at all. Especially for everyday casual wear.

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I'm going to add "publish an article" to this list. I'm not sure if I'll get to it because it's a hell of a lot of work, but I'm going to try.
I ain't thirsty. There's plenty of fish in the sea, but I don't want all of them, can I have some standards? Or do we just have to settle, for someone's who meh and will do.
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i like the jar of positives/successes! going to do that!

i have some things in mind to work towards and like others have suggested, i just go after them when they pop up in life but my big resolution for the year is to LOVE OUT LOUD!!! (see my thread)

this is a neat little book i stumbled on and bought a couple of years ago. it's for anyone wanting to really make changes in their life, now or whenever you desire!
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Love the "good things" jar! And luvmylocs, I just added that book to my amazon cart. It looks really good.

So far mine are:

1. Be consistent with tracking my food on MyFitnessPal; and

2. Complete all 90 days of Jillian Michaels' Body Revolution program.

Seriously, I've had these dvds for months. And I LIKE them. And they are only 30 minutes. Yet somehow, I keep finding excused not to get past week 2.
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^^^ i started tracking my calories in mfp in february and reached 330 days the other day. it's a great feeling. i've also lost 18 lbs!!

good luck!
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I want to meditate more. I used to, but for out of touch about a year ago. I miss it... Soothing and I often come out with a fresh perspective on things.

On a totally related note, exercise more, not to loose weight but as a de-stressor and to increase my endurance.

Get my boss to offer me a kick-butt position when we move to a larger facility in 2014. I can handle what he throws at me.
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I will not get my new cast wet for 14 more days. Good lord. I will not stop wearing the orthopedic boot earlier than I am supposed to. I will not whine about sponge baths. I will rejoice in hot water from a basin, a lovely loofah, and orange and honeysuckle body wash. I will cut my hair very short if I have trouble with it for the next few weeks or so (sponge bath = bad hair).

I read an article on yoga.com about joy is found within, not from what is going on in your life or health: joy in spite of your situation or condition. It really inspired me. I intend to meditate towards joy from within more. Pray more. Give of myself more without having to be asked. Do little things that make other people smile or feel special.
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I'm going to do the jar thing too!
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I wasn't doing it but you guys have convinced me. I'm using a "Honey Do" Jar that I bought back in undergrad.
I ain't thirsty. There's plenty of fish in the sea, but I don't want all of them, can I have some standards? Or do we just have to settle, for someone's who meh and will do.
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I never keep resolutions, hopeless with them but I will:

Read at least one book a month (I have a pile in the bedroom gathering not only dust but, last time I looked, spiders).

Keep in touch with people more and try to be more sociable.

Look for a new job (this has been on my list for more years than I care to remember).

Do a short course in something crafty, like mosaic or leadlighting.

Going to do the jar thing for all the family and keep it a secret from them until the end of the year.
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I wasn't planning to post, because I'm not a fan of the "typical" New Years resolutions that people never seem to keep. But I don think it's as good a time as any to take a look at your life and decide what you want to be different about it. I'm not setting hard and fast rules like "go to the gym 3x per week". Instead, this year, I want to/plan to:

  • Be more social by reaching out to my friends more, and trying to invite acquaintances to do things more often so they hopefully become friends
  • To integrate physical activity better into my lifestyle. Not just going to the gym, but engaging in an active hobby, going for a walk or to some type of outdoor activity on the weekends instead of watching a movie, etc.
  • To be more dedicated to art in my life. I just got my first "real" camera, and I'm going to learn to use it, and commit to taking photos to get at my creative side more.
  • And finally, as a more typical resolution, I'm going to publish at least 2 papers in a peer-reviewed journal from my dissertation that I finished in 2012.


And in reading through these, I realize I only truly have one resolution for 2013: to be less lazy.
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Save £100 a month on top of paying off my credit card. Yay budgeting!

Also get my hair trimmed.
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I never really make New Year's Resolutions, because I know I'll never keep them.

But this year, I think I might make it my goal to get a kick butt internship. Or just a regular internship works too.

ETA: Also, now that I have a job again, I really would like to start putting away money from each pay check. I used to be able to put away $100 from each paycheck, but I've got more expenses now than I did then! That would still be awesome, though...
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