I’m not big on resolutions, but so many people I respect are making them, that I thought, “What the hell? I’ll make some resolutions!” When I worked in public relations, I learned that the greatest number of ideas a human mind can handle at one time is three. Everything our agency presented was in chunks of three. Here, then, is my resolutions chunk for 2014.
One fast food trip per week. The kids and I love our fast food and my son is only too eager to push for a daily dose of fat, sugar and pink slime. This year, I’m sticking to my one trip a week rule. Better for them, better for me, better for the budget, which makes it better for Dad.
Two phone calls to actual people each week. I have social anxiety; I have it so bad that it will take me days to work up the courage to call someone I don’t know. It even takes an embarrassing amount of self-cheerleading to call good friends and family. It’s so easy for me to sit in my electronic cottage, interacting virtually. This year, I will call two people—call them—not just email them. I’ll even commit to making at least one of them a contact for Crazy Good Parent. Good for me, good for CGP
Three runs per week. (There’s a weekly theme going here.) I hated running until I was told I have osteopeonia (or however you spell that pre-osteoporosis condition.) I was a swimmer. While I still like swimming, it does nothing to build bone mass and, frankly, doing laps is more boring than playing Hot Wheels for an hour. So, I made myself run. Now, I can’t live sanely without it. This year, I will get those three runs in, even if they are just half-hour hamster trips on the dreadtreadmill.
I’m hoping sharing my resolve publicly will help me stick with the plan. How about you? Have you made any resolutions? Care to share?