Resolved – Part 3 January 23rd, 2012
- Be more thoughtful. This is something that I used to be very good at as a kid and in my teens and early twenties. Then when I was 27 I took a job that required me to travel three to four days each week. At the same time I enrolled in an MBA program that was almost exclusively night classes. My bandwidth was at capacity. As soon as I finished my MBA I got pregnant with IEP and with motherhood my spare time continued to diminish. And one of the things that has been negatively impacted by all of these other obligations is my thoughtfulness toward other people. So, this year I want to do more that falls into this category. I want to make small but thoughtful gestures that let other people know that I care about them.
- Read more. I’ve been veryspecific about my reading goals in past years. In 2010 it was to read more nonfiction and I knocked it out of the park. Last year it was to read classic works of fiction I’d never read and I struck out majorly, not making it through a single classic. (Again, I blame pregnancy. I’d get into bed at 9:30 and facing a choice between sleep and Tolstoy, sleep won every time.) So this year my goal is to read, period. I’d like to work some classics into the mix, specifically A Tale of Two Cities. But I’d also like to mix in some modern fiction (perhaps the second and third titles in the Stieg Larsson trilogy), and some nonfiction (Moneyball and Kitchen Confidential are on the docket). I’d like to average more than a book a month, and am shooting for at least 15 total.
- Get out of my workout rut. I spend way too much time on the elliptical machine. I usually run about one day a week. And I do weights three days a week, rotating between arms, legs, and core. But that’s not enough variety. I would like to work swimming and rowing into my regular workout routine, as well as shaking up things in my strength training routine.
- Learn to use Photoshop. I got Photoshop Elements for Christmas a year ago. I can use it for some basic exposure corrections and cropping, but it is capable of much more than I know how to do. I’d like to learn to create layers and use opacity, to download and run actions, and figure out what other key features I’m overlooking.
- Send birthday cards. This is a repeat from last year. This is such an easy thing to do, and I’m woefully bad about it. It dovetails with being more thoughtful, but this is a very specific thing that I want to do a better job of. This shouldn’t be a difficult one.
- Grow an herb garden. Another 2011 repeat. I was in the midst of first trimester misery (that’s the last time I play the pregnancy card, I promise) when it should have been planted, and by the time I got my head above water again we were about to leave on vacation and by the time we got home it was really too hot for seedlings to survive. This year I’m committed. I will grow parsley, chives, basil, and thyme.
And there we have it. I’m trying to harken back to 2010′s list a bit by choosing goals that are attainable, but still challenging. I think this list meets those criteria. I will be back with bigger thoughts on Wednesday, but wanted to get these resolutions into the archives before any more time passed. I enjoyed my time off from blogging, but I’m also looking forward to getting back into the swing of thinking Ten Dollar Thoughts. I hope you’ll join me.