Thursday, January 19, 2012

New Year's Resolutions That Make Sense

We may be 19 days late on the "New Year's Resolution" post, but it's never too late to set goals.

This morning (and I'm writing this on Wednesday morning), Erin and I went for a treadmill run in our condo's mini-gym, and it jogged (pun...) my memory about some New Year's Resolutions that one of Erin's friends told us over dinner the other night. The blog post she was referring to was called "New Year's Resolutions for 20-somethings," and we think it makes a lot of sense and can make our marriage better. Shout out to the author Jessie Rosen. Here's the list, and we've included our 2-cents after some of them:

  1. Before you status update, Tweet, Tumble or Instagram, pause and say to yourself, “is it entirely necessary that I share this morsel of thought with my entire social network?”and if the answer is not, “yes, I absolutely must,” then step away from the Internet. Following this resolution can also make our blog better.
  2. Know which candidate you’re going to vote for in the upcoming presidential election, and know why. I still need to register as a Colorado voter, but this is a good one — especially for Erin.
  3. Enough with the 14-day juice cleanses. If you want to lose a little weight quickly, eat less and exercise like crazy. If you want to lose a lot of weight slowly, do whatever Jennifer Hudson did.
  4. If you really like the person you’re hooking up with and would like them to be your boyfriend/ girlfriend, find a way to tell them, and hope for the best. If you don’t and wouldn’t, stop.
  5. Find a way to save approximately 300 dollars and spend it on a flight to see a friend or family member who lives far away. Come February, I will have been away from home the longest I've ever been. The last time it's been that long was when I interned in Washington, D.C. for a summer. This is a GREAT resolution.
  6. Please stop liking the Kardashians, all of them. It’s not helping anyone, least of all the Kardashians. Andrew: YAYYYY! Erin: ...
  7. Spend less than or equal to the money you earn each month. Always helpful.
  8. Wear clothes that fit you, especially to work. Easy enough.
  9. Call someone on the phone at least once a week, and speak to him or her for at least ten minutes. Out of all of these, I like this one the best. I have hundreds of contacts in my phone — why let them go to waste?
  10. Start preparing now to get over the fact that Facebook is probably going to change again in six months. You’re not going to deactivate your account. You don’t know how. I actually really like the Timeline
  11. Wait 30 seconds before you look up a fact you can’t remember on your phone, and try to remember it using your brain. This is what the olden days were like. I'm very guilty at this. Technology is designed to make us smarter and more efficient, but sometimes it handicaps our brain.
  12. Replace one terrible reality show you’re currently watching with one wonderful scripted show currently available on television.  Swap suggestion: Real Housewives of Anywhere for HBO’s Enlightened. Well, I guess no more Teen Mom 2..
  13. Try that food you think you don’t like but have never actually tried, unless it’s brussels sprouts. They really don’t need any more attention. This one will take some thought.
  14. Cut one person out of your life who you truly do not like and add one person who you truly do. Note: not on Facebook, on Earth. Another toughie.
  15. If you’re still blacking out regularly, you should stop. Luckily, this has never been a problem.
  16. Volunteer once over the next 90 days.  You’ll feel really good about it, and probably end up volunteering again over the next 275. We have a lot of philanthropy and volunteer opportunities at work — definitely doable.
  17.  Tell someone who you love that you love them on a more regular basis. To their face, not in a text. Every morning, afternoon and at night!
  18. Back up your entire online life onto an external hard drive, especially your photos. We're working on this right now. My family back in Michigan has crates and crates filled with photos — it's pretty cool that Erin and I will have a hard drive or two, no bigger than the size of our hands.
  19. Crap or get off the pot. This applies to whatever thing you’re not doing that you should just sack up and do already. Amen.
  20.  And in the eternal words of Tom Haverford, “TREAT YO SELF!”