Wednesday, January 1, 2014

A Woman in her Thirties Resolves

I don't know what it is, but I'm noticing a lot more New Year's Resolutions this year than in years past.  As a fan of lists, goals, and overall improvement, I love making New Year's Resolutions.  Here are mine:

1. Focus on the positive

I've been inhabiting some darkish space lately.  Not dark-dark, but a little blue.  A woman in her thirties knows that there is only one person on the planet who can pull her out of Blue-ville, and that is herself.  So I'm doing the 365 Grateful project this year on Instagram, to help keep me focused on the little wonderful things.

Like these guys, and more:

2.  Embrace my glasses

For the last few years, thanks to pregnancy, stay-at-home mom comfort, and general laziness, I have been wearing my glasses a lot more frequently than I used to. I always subconsciously associated wearing my glasses with not taking care of myself and feeling generally crappy about the way I looked. This last year I discovered Zenni Optical and bought these glasses for $10:

And have decided that glasses are awesome because they keep my eyes happier than contacts.  So I'm going to buy lots of glasses because dude- $10 is AMAZING!- and rock the you-know-what out of them.

3.  Eat more donuts

And speaking of keeping myself happy, this little pearl of wisdom came from a friend's daughter last night.  I'm not a huge donut fan, but I do like chocolate.  So I'm going to eat more chocolate, because chocolate is really great.  And so is ice cream, so I'm going to eat more of that, too.

4.  Finish book #2

I think part of the reason I've been a little blue lately is because my book is in a strange calm-before-the-storm phase.  The launch is set for March, and the final manuscript is done.  The waiting time between finishing the book and 'launching' the book is a really yucky time, full of anxiety and worry and self-doubt.  So I'm going to do what I've always done to process the world, and that is write.  I'm 13 pages into book two, and I'm re-realizing how therapeutic the writing process is for me.

5.  Be Nice... me.  I actually think I'm a pretty nice person to most people, but man. I'm horrible to myself.  I put myself down when I can't nail the side-crow in yoga, I put myself down when I try (and fail) to style my hair, and I torture myself with the comments of other people.  It's really a terrible quality, so I'm going to try to stop doing that.

And I really think that eating chocolate while doing all of this is going to help.  Happy New Year, bloggie friends!


  1. Great List! 365grateful sounds like an awesome project. I think I'll copy you. On all of these. Thank you for saving me time!

  2. Kirbyface is writing a book?! That would be awesome! I love your list...especially the being nice to yourself one. We would never say to others what we say to ourselves, much less think it! I might copy that one!

  3. I am so jealous that you have a bridge that can hold your rockin' glasses up! And also that your eyesight is good enough that you can buy glasses from Zenni Optical and they don't look like Coke bottles on steroids.

    Looking forward to reading book #2! Yay!!!

  4. HELLO-- looking forward to reading book #1! Wth? I am happy to hear about the doughnuts though, and ice cream. Cheers to that. :) Love these resolutions.

  5. Can't wait to read Book #1.
    So with you on the be nicer to me thing. Easy to say. HARD to do. XO