11 “resolutions” for ’11

I just read a great post by Fat Bridesmaid about 29 things she wants to do before she turns 29. 26 things for me to do before I turn 26 in May is a little ambitious, so instead I’ll do 11 things I want to do before the end of 2011. The New Year always feels so promising, and today, on the first day of the new year, I look out at the year ahead of me with a clean slate. ┬áSo what do I want to do? Let’s see – what’s been my resolution almost every damn year of my life? Sigh. Lose Weight!

  1. Lose weight. 30 pounds would be great, but in general, to be a healthier, happier me with less “fluffiness”.
  2. Get in shape. Matt and I were talking this morning about how LONG it takes to get in shape, and how quickly you go out of shape. I want to go up stairs without huffing puffing.
  3. Blog regularly. As a full-time writer, it can be hard to go home and WRITE. But writing is my true passion, and I need to dedicate time to it. I’ll follow my inspiration, and hopefully, this blog will turn into a regularly-updated, well-followed and well-loved blog.
  4. Pay off my credit card debt. In a month, I’ll pay off one card, and then I’ll be left with one that currently has a $6,000 balance. I’m not using it anymore and negotiated down the interest, so this year, I want to be able to kick debt’s ass.
  5. Continue working hard in grad school. I managed to swing a 4.0 this semester, and it definitely wasn’t easy. There were moments when I was close to tears, but I pulled it off.
  6. Learn to make TOM KHA GAI. (Chicken Coconut Soup). This is my favorite part of Thai food, and I have tried to make and I have FAILED so. many. times. This year, I want to master it!
  7. Worry less. I’m a chronic “What if?” type person, and I need to let that go. I can’t tell you how many hours in my life I’ve wasted worrying about things that never happened. So my new worry mantra will turn from “What if?” to “So what?”.
  8. Cut my hair. I have curly, thick hair, and I have never been able to rock a new ‘do out of sheer laziness and/or fear. I’d love to try something shorter and sassier.
  9. See my family more. All of my family lives in Northern California, and the drive (6/7 hours) and cost and time sometimes make it difficult to get up there a lot. But this year I want to try and go up a few more times. Moments with my family are always precious to me, because I miss them.
  10. Teach Leo not to sit on the counters or tabletops. One of our cats just turned two years old and is truly in his “terrible twos”. He knocks shit off of tables just for fun, and this morning broke a christmas ornament. He barfed on the kitchen table two days ago, and has an annoying habit of hopping up on the countertop when I’m trying to make dinner. Not to mention this annoying, whiny meow he does over and over again when we won’t let him outside – and he uses the table as his podium to protest about what bad parents we are. Training started today – every time he jumps up on the table or water, he gets sprayed with water. Bad kitty!

    Leo the Brat Cat

  11. Keep my car clean(ish). I bought a new car in 2010, and have been doing a good job at keeping it clean. My previous car was a bit of a crapshoot – when I sold it I pulled out a tupperware container that was seriously green from mold. Whoops. I’m going to try to keep it as hair/dust/dirt free as possible.

5 thoughts on “11 “resolutions” for ’11

  1. Question- how did you negotiate down your CC’s interest? I have a card with about the same balance that I’m not using and would LOVE to have a lower interest rate! Any hints would be helpful!

    • The first thing is to call and ask sweetly – if they say no, then you call and say you’re closing the account. They’ll usually do anything to keep your credit line open, hoping you’re charging up a storm. If they won’t do anything (and one of my cards wouldn’t, cough cough CITI BANK) then you can go through a private debt management service, I am using credability.org – they cut my interest rate from 26% to 9! Good luck!

  2. Question- how did you negotiate down your CC’s interest? I have a card with about the same balance that I’m not using and would LOVE to have a lower interest rate! Any hints would be helpful!

    • The first thing is to call and ask sweetly – if they say no, then you call and say you’re closing the account. They’ll usually do anything to keep your credit line open, hoping you’re charging up a storm. If they won’t do anything (and one of my cards wouldn’t, cough cough CITI BANK) then you can go through a private debt management service, I am using credability.org – they cut my interest rate from 26% to 9! Good luck!

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