I don’t know if this is a sign of the times or if I’m getting older, smarter or what, but last year’s ball drop wasn’t witnessed by my husband or I. I was sitting in bed going through a mountain of magazines, clipping out what I wanted to keep and pitching the rest, while my husband was downstairs in the basement, playing a computer game. We were both drinking water, because we were slightly dehydrated … from the multiple pots of coffee we had drank throughout the day.
I think this was the first New Years that we’ve ever spent at home. We’re not crazy party folks, but we usually have a group of friends that we go out with. Unfortunately for us, the roads were icy last night, so I got to hang out in my jammies and tried to be productive. It was blissful.
I’ve thought more about the goals that I was to achieve in 2011. (Note – I didn’t say resolutions … I just have a plan and I’m trying to stick with it.) So far, I’m still formulating and the goals that I have so far are exceedingly … normal. I guess its more of a roadmap of things that I want to do this year as opposed to how I’m going to better myself. Here goes a little bit of my thinking process:
– I will get over my hatred of using my cell phone. I cannot explain this quirk, but I do not call people. I email folks. I’ve also been known to send handwritten letters in lieu of making phone calls. To this end, I have three guinea pigs that I’m going to be testing this on … my grandma Phyllis and the two friends of mine that I consider to be as close as sisters. I’m going to try to call them weekly and failing that, they will hear my cheerful voice at least monthly. I just need to be a better person on this front and hopefully it will radiate on out to other folks in my life.
The irony? I’m one of the first points of contact at my work place when people call in for sales inquiries. I actually have a pretty decent demeanor on the phone. It just doesn’t extend to my personal life.
– I will travel to Willmar, Minnesota in 2011. I know … why Willmar? It was the first place that I lived in after college and I worked there for three years. During that time, which is now over a decade ago (yeow! Where does time go?) I made friends with an incredible group of co-workers, who I still think of on a regular basis. And it’s been many years since I’ve gone back to visit. And most of my friends have never met my husband. I cannot wait to see these folks again.
– I’m going to plan out and sink money into an emergency fund. Yes, I say that every year, but I’m getting embarrassed at my failure to actually accomplish this.
– I’m going to get rid of more stuff in 2011, instead of holding on to so much crap.
– I’m going to be more mindful when I’m making purchases … I think that about 75% of what I buy is unnecessary and it’s holding me back from financial freedom.
So with that last goal in mind, and because I do love this book enough to buy an extra copy (did that in 2010 … so there) and send it to someone … I’m sponsoring a giveaway on this site. The book is “Not Buying It: My Year Without Shopping” by Judith Levine. I’ll do an actual book review on this on a later post, but the condensed version of her story is this: Judith and her partner decided to go a year without shopping … they made of list of things they could absolutely not live without (beyond the “necessities”, those were Internet access and a newspaper subscription) and this book chronicles the year that they lived. It’s not a perfect book – at one point, Judith kind of cracks in a consignment shop and buys an outfit, but it’s one of those books that is good food for thought.
Here’s the rules … post up what your New Year’s Resolution is and what you’re going to do to accomplish it. It can be losing weight, it can be learning the banjo, it can be paying off debt … The giveaway ends on 12 noon CST, Friday, January 7th. I’ll announce the winner of this book that evening. This giveaway is open to people anywhere … there was one time that I shipped a copy of one of my favorite novels to an old friend in Russia, so I believe in the power of the postal service. 🙂 Tell your friends, send Tweets, do what you gotta …
I hope that everyone has a wonderful New Year.
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