Tuesday, December 29, 2009

In A World That Is Not Making Resolutions, I'm Making Some.

I don't think it's very cool to make resolutions anymore, no one I know is making them, we don't talk about them, and a lot of people at a lot of parties are making a point to let me know that they think making resolutions is passe.
So I'm going to tell you about mine here since I have done and said plenty of incredibly uncool things here already and if you're still reading then you must not mind so much.
First, I think that most people don't want to tell you they are making resolutions because we want other people to think that we are just fine as we are thank you very much.  Having a resolution is like admitting that you have (gasp!) flaws.  Or maybe you're one of those people that "makes resolutions every day".  Maybe you even keep them.  I am not positive that I believe the "resolutions every day" people because making permanent changes to our lives is really hard and if it were as simple as thinking them up every day and then changing forever resolutions wouldn't be as touchy a subject as they are.
So if you are making some resolutions this year, I'd love to hear them.  Here are mine, you can use them too if you want: 
1) Learn to talk about my accomplishments.  a friend of mine recently looked at my LinkedIn profile and announced "you don't know how to brag about yourself."  Since she's a dating coach she launched into a long speech about how men get better jobs because they know how to brag about themselves better and women tend to downplay their accomplishments (gross generalization I know).  I didn't want to believe her but since we had that conversation I have the sneaking suspicion that in my case she's right.  This year I'm going to be proud of what I've done and allow my various profiles to show it.
2) Ask for help when I need it even if I don't know the person that well. 
3) Stop buying things at the last second.  I buy the most ridiculous stuff in the last 10 minutes at the store.  I am the epitome of an impulse buyer.  No more.
4) Get smaller purses.  You have no idea how many things I carry around with me every day.  In no way do I need to haul around a huge bag filled to the brim with things "in case I need them".  There are Walgreens' on ever corner and Target's nearly as numerous.  I have no kids for God's sake why am I carrying around 20 pounds of purse?


Blogger Royce said...

First of all what are you, 45 years old with your giant purses? Do you have a dozen cats too? Seriously

Interesting resolution about talking about your accomplishments. I have a lot of things I want to do to improve myself this year but I have to find a way to articulate them well, so this will be a good exercise for me. I shall report back.

December 29, 2009 at 11:16 AM  
Blogger Dianna_Kay said...

I truly enjoyed reading this post! I agree with everything you said, expect the impulse buying and especially liked the purse part. I too carry an enormous bag and could most likely live out of it for a week if need be.

December 29, 2009 at 2:21 PM  
Blogger Caitlin said...

Royce - purse issues are serious and not to be made light of :)

Dianna - Glad you liked it! Isn't it weird that we are like walking suitcases with those huge purses?

December 30, 2009 at 9:14 AM  
Blogger Natalie | The Bobby Pin said...

My resolutions are similar - simplify and to not be as critical on myself and others (still trying to find ways to make it measurable as that's a "real" goal, right?). I just think those are ways I can perfect myself.

Goalmaking is good, whenever it is! That's why I always make resolutions

January 1, 2010 at 10:23 PM  

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