I know people get tired of the whole resolutions thing, but quite frankly, I think it's a pretty sweet way to remember that there are areas of our lives we'd like to improve. I mean what's wrong with a little self-improvement? Provided it doesn't lead to obsessiveness, because nobody likes that shit. Anyway, I thought I'd share 6 resolutions of mine for 2015. Feel free to share yours with me, because I love hearing what people choose to do for themselves. Yes, that's what (in my opinion) a resolution should be. The choice to do something good for yourself.
1. Floss more. Thanks to the electric toothbrush my mother gave me, I'm now a bit more conscious of my oral hygiene. Still. I need to floss more. Not like on a random Tuesday when I'm bored. Like everyday. I'd say twice a day, but let's shoot for Kate Thomas will floss once a day in 2015. That shouldn't be too impossible. I also plan to bite the bullet, and get Invisalign this year. Simply because I'd like to straighten my upper right incisor that a drunk lesbian accidentally knocked upwards with a Heineken bottle at a Sarah Lawrence house party my sophomore year of college.
2. Get Stronger. Physically. I'm not saying I want to be super thin, but I would like to be super strong! I mean seriously, I feel like right now it is a challenge to simply carry my 11 pound dog around for more than three minutes, and that's just sad. However, I don't want my biceps to look like beef patties. I want to be able to run faster, carry my dog for at minimum five minutes before developing an arm cramp, and I'd like to have a well-defined one pack. Maybe a two pack if I'm feelin' brave.
3. Write More. As a writer, I feel that's an eternal, ever-present goal. If I were a dancer, I'm sure "dance more" would be appropriate. I think we can always be pursuing our passions more, be giving to ourselves, and let ourselves embrace what we're good at as frequently as possible (because that's how we get even better at it). I have a multitude of specific goals that I'd love to accomplish where my writing is concerned in 2015, but I think generally, I need to just keep truckin', keep writing, keep emailing people who don't email back (because they're fancy and maybe one day they will email me back). I should keep trying to take my talent to the next level, because I don't want to give up on something I love simply because it's too hard or is taking longer than I thought or is giving me too many "yikes is this ever gonna happen?" moments of self-doubt. I should just keep writing. More and more and more. Unless my hands get eaten by wild boars, then I'll maybe have to re-evaluate.
4. Focus On My Marriage. I am getting married in 2015, and I could not be more elated and honored to be marrying my best friend. A lot of people get caught up in wedding planning, but let's face it, the wedding is just one glorious day. What you're really getting is one big glorious life with the person you love most on this wacky planet. I really want to take that in, be present, and give my new marriage the attention it deserves. I want to continue to work with my future husband to establish a solid, sincere, communicative and loving foundation that we can build on for the years to come. Essentially, I don't want to have a wedding and shrug. I want to be conscious everyday of the gift of this marriage I'm receiving, because it is an enormous and profound gift.
5. Forsake Routine. Sometimes. Not all the time, because routine can absolutely create healthy, productive structure that helps us thrive. However, occasionally, I can feel myself sinking into my routine too deeply. Getting stuck in that proverbial rut where everything feels sluggish and dull. I want to get better at acknowledging when I feel stagnant, and then subsequently, spring out of that little box I'm bouncing around in. Even if it's only for an hour. Let's say I go to a power barre class or make fondue or write a haiku about Katy Perry. Whatever I need to do to break from the line for a brief second in order to reignite enthusiasm, a spark of creation - I need to just do it.
6. Fear Less. Most human beings are afraid. Of a lot of things. I think that's okay, and truthfully, very normal. I am no exception, but I do want to fear less. Some things I'm blatantly afraid of are: flying (in airplanes not superhero dreams), traveling, disease, not achieving the career I envision, being stuck on a stalled subway train, guns, homeless people that get too close to my face, people disliking my work, people disliking me, and randomly, toxoplasmosis despite that I'm not pregnant, clean my cat's box meticulously, and rarely eat under-cooked meat. I credit that last one to watching too many episodes of "House." I don't expect myself to ever be totally fearless, but I am going to concertedly attempt to fear less with each passing year. So there.
Alright, you beautiful people! I hope my resolutions resonate with you, and you're collecting an achievable list of your own goals. I also hope you drink a lot of champagne tonight and then eat a big sandwich so you don't feel like ass tomorrow. Boo-yah! Here's to a glowing 2015!