I’ve always liked New Year’s resolutions. I cannot say that I’ve been good at keeping them, but I like setting them. It’s the whole “diet starts Monday” clause, but taken to the next level since there’s no “Monday” around the corner. After our self-indulgence over the holidays, we’re ready for change and remembering to now write 2014 everywhere is a good reminder.
In previous years, my struggles to keep my resolutions derive from the newness. The goals I set were simply too ambitious. The changes were extreme. As much as I would like to say I am self-disciplined enough to make several changes at once, I’m just not. This year, I’ve taken five things I already do on occasion, but would like to become more consistent.
Speak and Read German
Oh, German, you little devil you. Upon finishing my required Spanish requisites sophomore year of college, I settled with the fact that I would never speak a foreign language. Three years later, I’m sitting in Germany needing a completely different language. While I am way ahead in German after 2 1/2 years than I ever was in 7 years of school Spanish, I am still miles (or should I say kilometers) from fluency.
My German goal is diving back into the German crime novel, Des Spielers Tod, which was written for English-speakers learning German, and just speaking German. I do speak German, but the second I am at a loss for words I switch to English. It’s time to force myself out of the English comfort zone.
Stretch and Improve Flexibility
Limber has never been used to describe me, and while I don’t think it ever will be, it is time for me to improve my flexibility. I will do this while watching whatever Netflix choice I’ve made for the day.
Winter is not doing my skin any favors. I’ve already made all the necessary purchases: day and night face lotions, body lotion, and hand cream to carry in my purse. Now I just need to fight the chilly temperatures in my room and lather up when I get out of the shower.
52 Week Savings Plan
Currently, my money is much like that episode of “New Girl” with Nick’s brown paper bag of money. I cannot remember my German pin number because I normally do everything in cash and I’ve been too lazy to deal with it. This money challenge is SO doable and sets aside a fun chunk of cash for the end of the year.
Mail Birthday Cards
I think mail is one of the most exciting things to receive these days and I really love sending German birthday cards to friends and family in the USA. I do it every now and then, and this now and then depends on whether I have stamps or not. This year, I bought a set of stamps so I have no excuse not to send birthday wishes.
What do you resolve for 2014?