And we’ve only just begun
This will be our year
Took a long time to come…”
– The Zombies, “This Will Be Our Year”
This video really got me. YouTube user mitm2002 made a short video from his parents’ Super 8 footage and set it to one of my top three most beloved New Year-related songs, The Zombies’ “This Will Be Our Year.” So good.
Anyway. Today is December 29, 2010, which means I am just two and a half short days from saying good riddance to this – pardon the profanity – completely shittastic year. To be fair, 2010 wasn’t totally awful. There were certainly some ups, particularly in terms of my career, and I have some priceless memories with close friends. And, all in all, it looks like 2010 isn’t ending on a sour note (fingers crossed). But there was much heartache, stress, familial trouble, financial trouble, sleeplessness, et. al., and I’m hoping to close this chapter cleanly.
Regardless, I am incredibly excited for the new year. It’s, in so many ways, a fresh start, and, even more toe-curlingly thrilling, it’s one of those pivotal big years for me. There’s my dreamy winter internship, my 21st birthday, a potential big move, another unbelievable internship (perhaps two?!) and graduation! And I know that everyone says this, every year, but this year – This will be my year.
I’ve never made a list of New Year’s Resolutions before – and I’ve certainly never followed the unspoken ones I’ve made – but for 2011, I’ve composed a list of 21 things I aim to do to make my life happier, healthier and more successful. You really ought to see the physical list. I went all out. It’s colorful and covered with doodles and snide comments. I’ll hang that one on my wall and reproduce it (boringly) below.
Two quick notes – I made the list 21 items long in celebration of my big birthday, and I wrote it in third person. Sue me.
Happy 2011 to you and yours. I hope this year brings untold joy and success.
After the jump, The Girl with the Dunce Cap’s 2011 New Year’s Resolutions.
Coco’s 2011 New Year’s Resolutions
- Start the year off with a bang! This one should be pretty easy to check off. Milwaukee – Bebe, Craig Finn and the Hold Steady
- Learn the definition of “deadline.” Follow those pesky little things. I have a problem with punctuality. So long, lateness!
- Eat better. That means smaller portions, less caffeine and NO late night meals. Veggie tales!
- Schedule time to go to the gym. It’s time you feel AND look healthier. I’m a regular after-school special.
- Only do the things you actually want to do. No more commitments that make you miserable.
- Make sleep a bigger part of the equation.
- Maximize your time. People-watching counts as a worthwhile activity.
- Monitor your spending. Also, consolidate.
- Save! New York New York New York
- Learn to love yourself again.
- Read for pleasure! Even if it’s only the occasional magazine article.
- Maintain old friendships and forge new ones.
- Put yourself out there. This is the one where I forgive myself for subscribing to OkCupid.
- Apply for everything. No paying job is too small.
- Throw yourself a celebration party every once in a while. Party hats optional.
- Buy clothes that actually fit. Snarky comment: “Limited Too’s gotta go.” What does that even mean? I haven’t worn Limited Too since at least high school.
- Take total advantage of the city. Make her a bad girl. CLLAW? Why yes!
- Write. Blog. Christie. Short stories. Freelance.
- GRADUATE!!! Yes, that is worthy of three exclamation points.
- Don’t sweat the small stuff so much. Breathing exercises or Futurama-induced laughter. I plan to watch “Mars University” whenever any sort of emotion gets out of hand.
- Devour life! Okay, this one sounds like the ultimate cheese-fest, but it was something I picked up from Bust and clung to. This is my year, this is my jam.
I’m honestly so relieved to be entering 2011, and I anticipate only the best. I’m not naive, though. I now it won’t be perfect. But it sure will be great.
And, for good measure, another of my favorite New Year-related songs (with a similar title, no less!):
Semisonic, “This Will Be My Year”