Back to life, back to reality.

Happy 2011!

I hope you are all getting back into the swing of life after the holidays. Mondays are a slap in the face under normal circumstances, but they’re so much worse after two weeks of travel and time off. I’m pretty sure I’m already re-exhausted.

Did you all have a fun New Year’s Eve? I have to state that I am usually no fan of that holiday — I’ve literally done everything you can think of to “celebrate,” from throwing a party at my house to paying $300 to stand in a loud, crowded NYC club, to dining out, to sitting on my couch (or even sleeping). It’s always a little bit of a letdown. This year I rang in 2011 with good friends, lots of cheer and a few bottles of wine and champagne — a perfect night, and the best NYE in quite awhile. 2011 sounds like an odd year, and it doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, but I survived my flight home on 1/1/11 in seat 11A, so I took that as a positive harbinger of things to come.

As a carryover of my resistance to NYE, I never made resolutions. Heck, I didn’t plan to keep them, so why set myself up for failure? But a new year brings a fresh start, or at least we’d like to believe it does. In 2010 I developed my culinary bucket list and experienced a few thought-provoking events that made me reevaluate my life and goals. So during downtime in the airport and on my flights this weekend, I actually wrote a real bucket list and some resolutions for 2011. I’ll share some of them with you, since peer pressure might be key to my success. I’m not especially disciplined or goal-oriented, so I tried to be specific and realistic:

  • Finish school. If all goes according to plan, I’ll wrap up this business school ordeal in December … Then what will I do with myself? (I suppose that’s a problem for 2012.)
  • Practice yoga at least two times a week. Or anything else resembling exercise, since I walk half as much as I did in the city and my bones are getting creaky. Twice a week I can (probably) handle. Otherwise I would laugh in the face of generic statements like “lose weight” or “exercise more.”
  • Do more things that scare me. I am usually a decently adventurous person and open to new situations. But I tend towards introversion, and I don’t love entering social events where I don’t know anyone. This year I have the opportunity to travel to a few unsafe, foreign cities on a far-away continent, and no one I know has signed on for the trip. But I’ve already submitted my deposit, so there’s no going back. And I’m feeling excited about it rather than nervous or unsure. Progress.
  • Launch my dad’s website. Dad and I have been talking for more than a year about a new venture, and I think this is the year we’ll get it up and running. Stay tuned.
  • Entertain more/finish work on my house. These are two separate resolutions, but linked in my mind. I’ve got a list of to-dos in my house, to make me feel more sane and the house more complete and lived in. If I manage that, I will be more open to entertaining. I’m not very practiced at hosting, but cooking for others (and not having to leave my house) would be worth it.
  • Give up sugar for one week per month. If you can’t tell, I adore sugar. I like to bake, I like dessert, I work with women who also like to bake, and I wouldn’t mind a sweet tea IV. But I know it doesn’t do a body good, and I’ve cut out sugar for nearly a month before without harming anyone around me. This is one little goal I think I could manage. If I survive, perhaps I’ll keep going.
  • Expand my garden. I loved tending to my tiny garden in 2010, and I have grand plans to grow a few more vegetables this year. I was too late in 2010 and some of my tomatoes never fully developed, so I’ll need to start seedlings soon. I also got my first heirloom seed catalog, which I feel might be the start of a new obsession. Brace yourselves.
  • Visit friends. Poor M. Somehow she’s still speaking to me even though I’ve been promising for two years to come visit. With school and such, I just can’t seem to plan it. But now that I know I can fly in for less than a tank of gas costs, 2011 will be our year. I also have friends on my list in Portland, Ore., and my crew in NYC. I haven’t forgotten you!
  • Send Christmas (and birthday) cards. I always try to herald birthdays, because that’s the only day of the year that can be all about you. (Well, unless you’re a twin.) Even if it’s by text, I try never to forget them, and I keep a list of birthdays in my pocket calendar to help me remember. With school winding down, I hope I can be more on top of actually mailing birthday cards (on time, even). I’d also like to send Christmas cards, of which I haven’t been capable for several years. I’ll have final exams right around the end of December, but I’m going to aim to have my act together as early as possible.
  • Just be. I’m tired by the little voices in my head (wait, you don’t have those?) telling me to Go! and Do! I know I’m an over-thinker, which leads to daydreaming and endless analysis of “what would happen if …” or “what would that be like?” [See commentary after first entry, "Finish school"] Sometimes it exhausts me … and I know deep down that I don’t really need to know right now. I need to just be and see what comes. That just might be the hardest resolution to keep.

So there’s the gist of my goals for 2011. I hope you’ll hold me accountable as the year marches on.

How about you — did you make any resolutions this year?

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2 thoughts on “Back to life, back to reality.

    1. whitney Post author

      Thanks, Lillian! Good luck with your list too. Sometimes it’s nice to sit and ponder the wildest things you could imagine accomplishing in a year. If you need, I will cheer you on!

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