Last year, I wrote this post while drinking some very good wine at the bar at Abe Fisher's while waiting for my family to join me for dinner. It is a little earlier in the day this year, so no drinks to help me get started, but I guess that shows I don't need to drink to help me get started writing.
I have decided this is going to be a tradition. After reviewing my post, I realized that writing down my resolutions did help me be more aware of most of them. I did forget a few. I can also go back and see if I did a decent job of keeping them or at least making progress. I will go back to a word I used - accountability. Resolutions and goals are useless without having someone to be accountable to, even if it is yourself. I think I would add some new words - a plan of action - to help me do even better.
So, here is what I resolve for 2016:
-Being nicer to those closest to me. I will admit that I can be flippant, short, not thoughtful, and take them for granted. This was on my list for this year and I do not think I did a good job of making progress. I am putting alot of thought into how I can be better.
-I am keeping not eating mediocre food on here again. This is the third year for this one. And this is not about going to the most expensive restaurant or the most sought after place to get a coveted reservation, it is about eating good food. I believe food is to be enjoyed and paying for food that is sub par is just not something I want to choose to do. At least if you are going to have a meal with me, you will be well feed.
-I will continue to say yes more often. I read an article about Amy Poehler in June and she lived by this for improv. Saying yes to suggestions keeps my negativity from talking me out of projects, ideas, events that can be great for me! That does not mean I don't assess some of the risks, so don't ask me to jump off a building, but I may be more likely to not stay at home if you ask me to go to a concert on a "school" night or take that speaking engagement. More experiences are better for me to grow as a person. I talk myself out of too many opportunities.
- I need to get back to learning French and now Italian. I was not consistent in 2015 so back on the wagon! I am going to try and find someone who wants to learn with me.
This is a pretty good list and I think I can stick to it.
Here is to a good, exciting, healthy, adventurous, prosperous happy New Year.