Okay! Time to improve ourselves for the sole reason that it was time to buy a new calendar!
Let's pause and notice that I spelled calendar correctly without the spell-checker correcting me. It seems like it would be a 50-50 thing, but it's not just that I can't remember how to spell it, it's that I remember how to spell it WRONG.
Here are my resolutions:
1. I am going to use my reusable bags more often. I am already doing pretty well at this, in that Paul does the grocery shopping and he always remembers to use them, so I am using them by proxy. And I just bought (him) a set of 5 reusable produce bags after I saw them on StyleLush. Also, I carry a single reusable bag in my purse, and sometimes I remember to use it, and the number of "sometimes" has been increasing. I'd like to continue to increase.
2. I liked Miss Grace's friend Molly's idea about resolving to pass along good things we hear. As Miss Grace puts it: "The logic is that you ALWAYS hear about it when someone says something nasty about you, so why not make a special effort to make sure people hear about it when someone says something nice about them." So, for example, if someone mentions in an email how awesome they think Jonniker is, I would not just say, "Oh, dude, seriously, I KNOW!," I would also tell Jonniker about it, even if privacy prevented me from telling her who said it. My resolution is to think about this idea and its implications, and maybe try it out.
3. I'm going to try to think longer before buying something. I enjoy bargain shopping, and although this results in happy things like $2 shirts to clothe my many, many children, it sometimes results in twice as many $2 shirts as we need. It's not like this is tearing our finances apart, but it does seem like it might be nice to leave some $2 shirts for other people to find. I'm going to try to AT LEAST think it over before buying it, rather than thinking that "excellent price" plus "we have a use for it" equals "duh, buy it."
4. I'm going to drink champagne more often. That stuff is delicious.
5. I will at least OPEN my Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Workbook for Dummies to the page where I left off. I don't know why I stopped reading it when I was finding it so useful ("I can PREFER that X is the case, but I can't DEMAND it"), but I can't seem to get back to it and it's been MONTHS.
6. I'm going to memorize and think about a quote I just read at Kate's place: "Don't be afraid of failing; be afraid of succeeding at the wrong thing." There are things I sometimes feel pressured to succeed at, but this reminds me that success in and of itself is nothing to strive for or be praised for: it has to be something that was GOOD TO DO.
7. I'm going to throw out the lotion I don't like and replace it with the kind I do like. We are talking about one of those huge bottles that cost $5, so the investment is not worth holding onto year after year.
8. I am going to copy The New Girl's decision to avoid avoidable jackassery.
What did you resolve? I might steal one of yours and add it to my list.
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