For those of you who know me, or who have read my book, Next Year I’ll be Perfect, you know that I like to make resolutions. New Year’s Day, my birthday, and even Arbor Day are all opportunities to take stock of my life, see where I am and where I want to go.
In my book, the main character Sarah Bennett creates a list of goals she wants to accomplish that revolve around personal relationships and professional success.
All very serious.
Since I’m not in a terrifically serious mood today, but can’t let the day pass without a list of resolutions, I decided to go in a different direction from Sarah.
Laura Kilmartin’s Resolutions for 2013:
In 2013, I will:
- Analyze and attempt to understand the British obsession with Rowan Atkinson.
- Write letters to my local radio stations asking that they take “All I Want to Do is Have Some Fun” by Sheryl Crow (aka the world’s most annoying song) off their playlists.
- Learn to make Julia Child’s Beef Bourguignon, blog about it, write a book, sell the movie rights, and… Oh, never mind. That’s been done. Seriously, though, that Beef Bourguignon looks amazing and I really do want to learn to make it.
- Figure out a way to get on Barbara Walter’s “Most Fascinating People of 2013” list. (On a related note, become fascinating.)
- Befriend someone in the UK who will be willing to e-mail me illegal downloads and spoilers when Sherlock airs there next year.
- Pop the dent out of my car that I got three years ago when I tried to blow through a pile of snow at the end of my driveway that had (unbeknownst to me) solidified into a mass resembling concrete due to a combination of ice, salt and sand. Three years of disbelieving looks when I say “I got the dent when I hit a pile of snow” is more than enough.
And, since it turns out that I truly am neurotic enough that I can’t let the day pass without memorializing my real New Year’s Resolutions, I’ve also included them below. I think they’re pretty good and hope you’ll join me:
- Read a little and write a little every day
- Make healthy choices when possible
- Treat myself at least as kindly as I treat other people
- Celebrate small victories
- More importantly, learn to recognize small victories