Thursday, December 31, 2009

Farewell, 2009!

Well, somehow, it's the last day of 2009 already. How did that get here so fast?? I'm not usually one for making New Year's seems like such an arbitrary way to change one's life, and everyone knows that no one keeps them, anyway! But this year, I'm finding myself unhappy with a few aspects of my life and self, so I think I might break my usual pattern and try this whole resolution jazz!

So, over the next year, I have three main resolutions...I hate that word, actually...let's call them goals instead, shall we? So three main goals.

New Year's Goal the First: Purchase and wear more vintage/thrifted clothing and accessories. It is often (though not always) cheaper, you are certainly more assured of having unique items in your closet, and it's greener! Reduce, reuse, recycle, and all that!

New Year's Goal the Second: Spend less money on frivolous things. Now, in some ways, this is related to the first goal. Instead of contemplating spending hundreds of dollars on a pair of boots or shoes that I don't really need, maybe I could spend less on something more useful? And while I've always been one to enjoy the aesthetics of controlled clutter and knick-knacks, I've come to see the beauty of simplicity as well, and it's something I think I need more of. So do I really need that new tsotchke? Very likely, the answer is no!

New Year's Goal the Third: Get into shape! I'm tempted, here, to write something like "lose 30 lbs," but that's not really what it's all about. Yes, I have gained a lot of weight (about 30 lbs, ha) over the last few years. Yes, I hate seeing my jiggly belly in the mirror. But really, I don't need to "lose weight," per se, so much as I need to tone up and get healthy! My husband and I are lazy-butts who spend way too much time on the couch and way too little time doing anything active. And that's what really needs to change. If I lose weight while I'm shaping up, so much the better!

And that's it! Not so difficult to achieve, really! I just have to spend more time in the clothing sections of thrift stores and less time in the junk sections; and I have to get off the couch and swim a few laps a week. Not too hard, is it?