Aww New Year’s Resolutions. I have no idea anything I have ever resolved to do, but alas, I will do them anyways. Sigh. Here’s 12 things I want to do in 2012:
1. Put on real pants and leave the house every day.
Yeah, you probably think I should have higher standards for myself but let me remind you that I am in college AND a student athlete. Some days it’s really difficult to not roll out of bed and drag my sweatpant’d self to class. Seeing that I only have 12 months left before full on adulthood, I should probably start making more efforts.
2. Drink more (water, mostly).
Hydration, blah blah blah. I’m a hospitality major so I need to be a wine expert and the only way I’m going to learn more is by drinking more wine, right?
3. Accomplish everything on my New York Bucket List.
Ok, so I haven’t actually made this yet but the idea has been stewing in my head for years. I only have 1 more year in New York, for certain, so I need to get on this. I have done a lot of the major things there are to do in NYC but I still have many more to do. I want to go to a Knicks game, visit the Guggenheim, pick up a crack whore, etc.
4. Blog more often.
I try, but some weeks go by that I feel really uninspired. I want to attempt to blog every day, even if I just post a picture or talk about something that I found elsewhere.
5. Speak like a real adult.
As part of my journey into adulthood, I need to stop abbreviating words. Sometimes I think it’s adorable when I say words like “jelly” instead of “jealous”. Why have none of my friends punched me in the face yet? I also want to stop bastardizing words/phrases like “literally”, “must see”, “best friend”, “love”, “best/worst thing ever”.
Of course, maybe I should take it a step further to learn some more pretentious vocabulary to make my peers feel inferior.
6. Stop saying “sorry” unless I mean it.
Why do we apologize for things that aren’t our fault at all!? Don’t apologize unless you should and you mean it! Add “sorry” to my list of bastardized words ^^^.
7. Keep a budget.
I have no idea if I spent $100 or $1000 a month on food/shampoo/fun. I pay my credit card bill in full every month but I do not pay attention to anything I spend, nor do I make any effort to save money or track what I am spending. I want to start paying attention to what I spend and save within my own reach.
8. Spend $ on experiences, not stuff (unless it’s going to help me in the future).
I made a deal with myself this summer that I could buy whatever clothes I wanted, as long as it was classy. As a result, I spent an absurd percentage of my income on clothing in the last 6 months, but am a lot better dresser. In 2012, I want to spend more money on experiences that I will remember instead of frivolous things I hate, LIKE APPLEBEES.
I started to think about the money I spend doing things I hate every month (like eating at Applebees with my roommates) and instead if I saved that, I could splurge on something awesome. I turn 21 on May 23 so I’ve got my eye on a particular vacation I’d like to take Memorial Day weekend. I’m going to save money (???) the next 5 months so I can go!
9. Cook something new every week.
I love to cook but I don’t do it enough, especially when I am in New York. I want to try to cook more recipes (and potentially blog about them)! I am resolving to cook something new every week (food testers needed).
10. Keep a planner
Sigh, another step towards adulthood. I’m starting to feel boring.
11. Be more spontaneous!
Can I resolve to be more spontaneous or does that ruin the very nature of it? Many of you know that last year I got on an airplane to see a guy I had never met, on a whim, because I felt like I should. And it was completely wonderful. I’ve always tried to spontaneous but I want to find more ways to say YES in 2012.
12. Make sleep a priority.
This should be on everyone’s list but alas, I see you all on twitter at 1am.
Well, there you go. 12 things I want to do better at in 2012. Can’t wait to see how many I can break at once! What did you resolve to do? Leave a comment below or tweet me @MerKenyon!