Friday, January 16, 2009

My Resolutions

You thought I forgot, didn't ya? Really, what I've done is cut myself short by 16 days. I have two weeks less time than everyone else to get my resolutions done. Planned it like that. I don't do anything the easy way.

Here's what I came up with.

1a. Read more. I love to read, but the last couple of years I haven't read nearly as much as I wanted to. Ideally, I'd like to go to bed an hour earlier each night so I can read. This will most definitely be challenging for me. Maybe I'll choose one night a week to be a reading-only night.

1b. Read the books I have before buying new ones. I am a compulsive book-buyer.

2. Work on time-management. This just spills over into every area of my life. And this may or may not be attainable. But I can try.

3. Go to the market at Pepper Place. I know. It's absurd that I've never been. But making it a resolution ensures that I will in 2009.

4. Stick to a budget. Take my lunch to work more. Plan better grocery trips. These all work together.

5. Declutter. Declutter my house. Declutter my car. Declutter my life. I have lofty goals.

6a. Eat alone at a restaurant bar. This will be hard for me, but I'm determined to do it.

6b. Go to the movies by myself. See above.

7. Try new restaurants in Birmingham. I love eating out, love good food. I won't get too crazy (see #4), I just need to try some great places that I've been dying to experience.

Wish me luck!


Natalie said...

Good Luck! The reading resolution, should be one of mine too, but I'm just trying to handle the one I've got which more or less is... "be less bitchy"...

Katie B said...

What's the reasoning behind the restaurant bar thing?

Anonymous said...

I've got the going to the movies alone down pat (you're sitting in the dark, no one really cares that you're alone) but the eating out alone is harder. Especially hard if you don't have a book to read. When I travel alone for work, I always eat at restaurant bars. I've actually gotten some good contacts that way, believe it or not. Once in Rehoboth Beach, the bartender said you have to meet my wife, she designed a hotel one town over. It turned out to be awesome.
P.S. Let me know if you ever want to go to the movies alone and I'll go alone, too. We can sit together. Oh, wait...

r.m. said...

Hey Steph, I read A LOT and recently, after nearly 4 years in Atlanta, joined the Fulton County Library. So far, so great. I read books I'd probably never read otherwise because I don't have to buy them. If after reading a book I decide that I must have it, then I can purchase. But already, I've saved oodles. Just a thought!