calvin-hobbes-new-years-resolutions-572x433Calvin and Hobbes ~ Bill Watterson

I (usually) avoid New Year’s Resolutions. However, this past year brought tremendous change (both good and not-so-good). The biggest change: I’m done with stupid. With that in mind, in 2015 I resolve to:

Be Less Negative and Avoid Negative People

negative film roll redI wouldn’t call myself a killjoy, but I’ve been told I have a tendency to suck the life out of the room by criticizing everything: books, movies, opinions – you name it. What I view as offering my opinion or starting a conversation others see as insufferable arrogance or a superiority complex. I’m sorry; I didn’t realize I was projecting that attitude. But now that I know, I’ll try to do better.

As humans, we tend to reflect the people we hang around with (or follow on social media). That means I might have to unfollow or mute some people; I’ll reserve unfriending (both online and in person) or deleting (definitely not in person as I’m not a Cyberman) for those rare, extreme cases.

Live A Healthier Lifestyle

IMG_0432Confession Time: I haven’t run at all since my last marathon . . . in November of 2013. That’s going to change. My wife has been encouraging me to run, and she’s right: I’m a much more pleasant person to be around when I’m not stressed and annoyed with literally everything. She’s also been instrumental in our eating healthier thanks to her own life change back in June. But, that’s a different story that’s not mine to share. I think she posted some of it on her blog.

Lighten Up

I suppose this goes back to being a less negative person, but I tend to take things way too seriously. Most of the people in my life tend to be spontaneous

Hey! We’ve nothing to do; want to go take random pictures downtown?

Me Downtown v2whereas I’m the kind of person who plans everything out – sometimes to the minute.

I said we needed to leave at 8:30. It is now 8:31.

Are you trying to make me have a bad day?!

Yes, I have actually said this. Unfortunately.

Manage Time Better

widget gearsI’m not easily distracted. However, I don’t always make the best choices in what I focus on. Most things are fine in moderation, but I’ve been known to spend hours on social media or binge watch Netflix. Disclaimer: Yes, I watched the entire season of House of Cards the day it was released. Both times. It’s even worse if I find a show I haven’t watched before but has multiple seasons [cough]Warehouse 13[cough].

However, I want to spend my time more profitably. I guess this brings me to some sub-resolutions:

Listen to More Music / Podcasts

Der Ring Cover Art

I love classical music, but it’s been quite some time since I simply made time to listen without any distractions (like grading papers or writing blog posts). I will make more time to listen to the things I enjoy: namely, German opera. My current iTunes balance is just $15 short of being able to purchase the 1990/1991 recording of Der Ring des Nibelungen.

I could say the same with my podcasts: Good Mythical Morning, Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, Serial, Science Friday, Stuff You Missed in History Class, Stuff You Should Know, Ask Me Another, A Prairie Home Companion, and I’ve subscribed to NPR’s new release: Invisibilia. I listen to them while I’m doing other things and fail to enjoy them for themselves. That’s going to change.

Podcasts Dec 2014Write More / Contribute More

notebookI want to publish at least one blog post per week and write about something important at least once a month. I’ve generally avoided more difficult subjects fearing I’d anger someone. But I’ve come to realize that I’d anger someone no matter what I said. Some things cannot be left unsaid.

I want to write something lengthy. NaNoWriMo, anyone?

I also want to get out and contribute to others’ blogs. Too often I leave a “like” or some trite comment. I want to have conversations with meaning. Practically, this means I’ll also have to

Read More

LeatherBooksI’ll read more blogs and tackle my TBR. Since life is too short for bad or uninteresting books, I’ll also do something I’ve never done before: willingly give up on a book. I even made a shelf on goodreads for “abandoned/DNF” books. Radical, I know. For the record, my goodreads goal for new books read in 2015 is 78. I may even post some reviews here!


In the end, what I’m really striving for in 2015 is something we all want:

Be A Better Person

How we get there is up to us.

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