This year marks my first stab at seriously blogging, which is absolutely exciting for me! Five months into the year, I started this blog which was a knee-jerk reaction to the food blogs I had been reading throughout the years, in addition to my charismatic circle of inspiring and hard-working internet friends. I feel like this outlet is right up my alley. I love creating posts, sharing photos, sharing recipes and bringing the METAL to you, my few yet faithful readers! This also feeds my inner nerd by maintaining the WordPress on my own server, and allows me to dream up ideas to make the blogging process easier, though WordPress certainly makes it EXTREMELY easy, right out of the box.
Now that I’ve got some kind of rhythm down with creating posts, I thought it would be fun to join the ranks of the bloggers out there who are doing a year-end recap. It seems that people are very opinionated when it comes to the notion of New Year resolutions. Some question the point of it all, and others have had their lists in place for some time now. I fall into the latter group.
“Resolution” as defined by Merriam-Webster states that a resolution is “a formal expression of opinion, will, or intent voted by an official body or assembled group”. In the case of the New Year’s resolution, the official body, and assembled group is ourselves. It is a formal expression of our own intent or will for the approaching new year.
I would venture to say that “the list” is a good thing. Making lists allow us to concretize things we want to accomplish in such grand schemes as our lives, down to day-to-day mundane tasks. I don’t wait for the New Year to list goals that I want to achieve, whether they be large or small. In fact, I was reminiscing the other day that if I were to drop dead suddenly, the thing that you’d most likely find on my body is some sort of list scribbled on a scrap of paper. I know that’s a morbid thought at best, but it’s true! I feel like it allows me to keep my head in the game of life, giving me some kind of path, albeit sometimes scattered, rather than aimlessly bobbling around with no notion of a path at all. Items on the list may or may not get resolved, but at least the idea of where I want to go, or what I want to do is right there if I lack direction.
Enough with philosophy of list-making! Find my list below:
- Organize, organize, organize! When I had made my first resolutions, they consisted of “organize office”, “organize art room”, “organize kitchen”. I decided that it would probably be good to generalize these a bit, and simply go for more overall organization in my life.
- More blog posting! As a result of being more organized, I feel like this will take care of itself.
- Make a will.
- Seek and learn about new technologies. I’m a programmer, and I don’t nearly keep on the up and up with what’s going on in my tech community. I’m stuck in the friggin’ dark ages here, and it simply will not do!
- Surround myself with love. I’ve already started this really, but I want to take it to the next level. I want to eradicate the negativity that finds its way into my life, and fill it with love and things that make me feel good. Dealing with negative things or situations in my life for fear that I’ll hurt someone else’s feelings has got to stop. If I don’t take care of me, then I can’t be the best I can be. I’m reminded of that insightful saying, “If you don’t love yourself, you cannot love others. You will not be able to love others. If you have no compassion for yourself then you are not able of developing compassion for others.”
- Get a full night’s sleep during the weekdays (excluding concert nights of course!)
That about sums it up! Angel and I wish you all a spectacular New Year filled with love and happiness!
What are your New Year’s resolutions?