I’m not a fan of New Year’s resolutions because I think they put too much pressure on us to be perfect versions of ourselves, which I think is an impossibility. But I got in the spirit the other night of what I prefer to think of as promises to ourselves, and came up with a few I thought I could keep. Some are uniquely mine but others may resonate with you, too.
- Keep the faith. In the face of a Trump presidency this is going to be the hardest resolution but the most important.
- Spend more time with friends.
- Practice forgiveness—especially towards yourself.
- Exercise. Getting up and down from your recliner a few times a night doesn’t count.
- Eat better. A diet of Lean Cuisines for dinners doesn’t do the trick if you have junk food snacks every afternoon.
- Push yourself harder at work. Really, really a lot more so you can continue to pay the rent.
- Get more freelance editing gigs. Editing makes you feel great and puts you in that excellent state of flow. Plus the extra bread is helpful.
- Get your creative mojo working again!
- Dress for work on workdays. You invented Pajama Day as a Sunday tradition--stop turning every day into Pajama Day (a peril of working at home).
- Stop being such a hermit. Take a class, join a club. Go to more cultural events. Meet new people.
- Have fun!
Happy New Year!