Happy New Year, everyone! And welcome to my first 2012 post!
I've been making New Year Resolutions for as long as I can remember. I typically make a list of about 10 or so vague statements that pretty much say the same thing over and over again. "I want to be nicer to people." "I want to eat healthier." "Blahblahblah-I-want-to-make-myself-feel-like-a-better-person." But I never accomplish anything on my list. I try. For like a week. And then I get bored. Why? Because I never give myself any concrete goals. So, this year, for a little bit of a change, I decided to do something a little different. I came up with 12 goals. Some easily achievable, some not. But I plan on keeping track of what I accomplish; mostly so that I can hold myself accountable.
Alright, check it out (in no particular order):
1 make a stop motion movie.
Stop motion animation is absolutely amazing. It takes an immense amount of patience and skill. After watching Coraline, and coming to terms with the fact that I will never be able make something so intricate, I decided that I would eventually like to try my hand at stop motion animation.
2 stretch my ears to 2g.
My ears are currently at an 8g. I actually just stretched today. At this rate I should be at a 2g by the beginning of June-ish. But I have the cutest plugs for when I'm at a 4g. So, since I might want to keep those in for a little bit, it might push back stretching up to a 2g for a while. We'll see!
3 figure out and stick to a blog post schedule.
Being in school really cuts into my blog time. But I kind of blame myself because I make time for other things and not for my writing, even though my writing is super important to me. So, in order to make myself a little happier, I want to stick to a regular blog schedule.
4 take more pictures.
No, this is not my inner-hipster coming out. But I've always wanted to take millions of pictures to save really good memories. Rich and I barely have any pictures together and it makes me really, really sad. But neither one of us ever stops to think about taking pictures. I want to cut that out and do my best to capture the moments that truly matter.
5 talk to people
I'm very good at keeping to myself and not opening up to everyone. Rich gets worried when he notices that I'm upset, but I refuse to talk about it. I think it's time for me to stop that. People honestly care about me and my well being. I don't want to shut the important individuals out anymore.
6 watch 10 Johnny Depp movies.
I've really been lagging on my "Mad About Depp" posts. This goal might be all I need to step it up and get to reviewing that wonderful man's filmography.
7 dye my hair really really red
Dyeing my hair dark red was a big step for me. Rich had to practically drag me to the store and force me to buy the dye. But after it was done, I didn't regret it at all. I do, however, want to dye my hair again. And this time, I want it to be bright red. I've already gotten over my fear. Now I'm going all the way!
8 try hummus (among other odd foods).
This one was kind of Rich's idea. I asked him what hummus was and he told me that it's mashed chick peas, or something like that. Being that I'm trying to be a foodie, I should definitely be eating more interesting foods. So, I figured that there is no time like the present to try some things that I've never heard of.
9 go to Philly
This is another one courtesy of Rich. He really wants to go see Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I've been saying no (mostly on principle) for a few months now. But I'm finally getting used to being on my own and going places on my own. And I kind of want to go out of state for a nice day of adventure seeking with my love.
10 go see the tree in Rockefeller center.
Not to watch it be lit. That would be way too crowded. And I have class on Wednesdays. But I want to take a Saturday next December to go see all the magical decorations in NYC.
11 save $600.
After working for an entire semester, I realize how difficult it is to save money. Of the $1,000 I made, I only saved about $300. Keep in mind, I bought necessary items (and Christmas presents) with most of my money. But still. It's a little ridiculous for me to spend like $400. So, I want to take next year to save way more than I spend and budget my money like a BOSS.
Last, but certainly not least, I want to give back. I told myself that I would volunteer last semester, but that did not happen. I always found some excuse to do something else. I refuse to do that this year. Even if I volunteer like one hour a week, it's better than nothing at all.
And that's my list! I don't want to come across as an optimist, but I honestly think that I can do this. Plus, I'll have help and support from people I care about. I can't wait to spend another year on Wordpress documenting anything and everything I can!
I hope everyone's NYE was amazing!