Let's begin with a haiku, shall we?
Yoga, kale, more sleep, less booze.
None kept past midmonth.
I've never been able to keep a resolution, at least not a big one like saving $5,000 or running a marathon or writing for five hours every day. So for 2016, I’ve come up with a baker’s dozen of mini-resolutions. These are small feats that I feel will enrich my life but not take so much time and effort that I become overwhelmed and give up. No hard core, every single day, crazy-making, dread-driven tasks. Instead, just little life enhancers.
1. Choose one go-to karaoke jam, learn all the words, and choreograph some fresh moves to go with it. Right now, I’m leaning toward “You Can Call Me Al” by Paul Simon.
2. Date more. Don't judge, I'm not stepping out on Frank. Quite the opposite. I'm going to make the same effort I did when we were dating. You know, flirt like I don't have a ring. Look at him through lover’s eyes. Plan surprises. Gussie up, just for him, on occasion. Laugh at his jokes instead of rolling my eyes. Go to the movies, share popcorn, and then hold greasy, buttered hands. Maybe do other things with greasy, buttered hands.
3. Reclaim the splits, and then not be afraid to haul them out as an ice breaker at parties.
4. Read outside my comfort zone. Peruse graphic novels and comic books, especially “Batman” so I can join my husband with his “Gotham” obsession.
5. Love my liver. After twenty-five years of living like a frat boy on spring break, it's time to give my liver a vacation. Before you look out the window to witness the flying pigs, let me just clarify, I'm not going to stop imbibing. I'm just going to focus on conscientious consumption. Drink less, but enjoy every sip more.
6. Turn on some tunes, crank up the volume, and dance my ass off…often...and just because.
7. Put that kettle to use and drink a spot of tea. No fancy loose leaf picked by a Peruvian shaman and then steeped in some diamond-inlaid infuser necessary, pre-bagged will do just fine.
8. Master the art of the guilt-free "no." I want to say “no” like a toddler does—loud, proud, with a foot stomp and no remorse.
9. Get a globe and figure out exactly where shit is happening in our world. Also, a globe is a good reminder that we all share one precious planet.
10. Finish “The Queen of Hawthorn Holler”...for real this time. It is time to give this novel wings, push it from the nest, and let it either fly or crash to the ground.
11. Become really competent and comfortable using power tools so I can create driftwood art and build a desk and chainsaw carve a Sasquatch sculpture.
12. Post a You Tube video, and resist the urge to read any of the comments made about it.
13. Blog on a regular basis.
See, I’ve already got a good start on #13. I think this is going to work. 2016...indeed.
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