Why I Don't Make New Year's Resolutions January 02 2012

I never make New Year's resolutions. One because I prefer just to continually focus on self-improvement throughout the year and two because at the end of the year I hate looking over all of the things I said I would accomplish and then didn't because I was too busy doing important stuff like watching reruns of Iron Chef and repinning stuff I'll never make or own on Pinterest. Also, my New Year's resolutions always end up being impractical things like "Buy a pony" or "Move to Afghanistan and become a ski instructor." I have nowhere to keep a pony, I can barely ski, and my Arabic is terrible.

So this year, I'm not going to start anything new. I'm not going to promise myself that this is the year I'm going to win a Nobel Peace Prize or that I'm finally going to get the lead role of Annie on Broadway. I'm going to just keep doing stuff I already do, but I'm going to do it better.

Drink Good Wine
Done. That was easy. We're off to a good start already.

Don't Smoke
I've never smoked so doing good on this one too. Keep up the good work!

Pin at least 50 things a Day on Pinterest
I'm definitely going to exceed this one. (This list is going great. I'm already feeling like an overachiever.)

Get Lost More
Right now, I get hopelessly lost almost every time I leave my house. Guess I'll need to amp things up a bit.

Drop iPhone at Least Once a Day
Yesterday, it flew out of my pocket while I was playing on the swings in a nearby playground. It's going to be difficult to top that one this year, but I'll try.

Run Fewer Marathons
I didn't run any this year.

Eat More Donuts
The only donuts I regret are the ones I don't eat.

Be More of a Spectacle
Considering that just yesterday I carried a desk a mile through Berkeley because it wouldn't fit in the car, this year is going to be hard to top.

Perfect the "I Just Rolled Out of Bed" Look
I'm so close on this one. The only thing that could get me closer is wearing my pajamas to work.

Watch More Funny Animal Videos
Have you seen this one? BBC Walk on the Wild Side

Travel to New Countries
Check. Perry and I are going to Uganda for the Women's Microfinance Initiative graduation ceremony in January. Perry has no idea what he's gotten himself into. Brave soul agreeing to travel with me. I'll probably accidentally get us signed up for a marathon up the highest peak in Uganda.

Be Less Adventurous
I know you're thinking you read that wrong, but since being adventurous has gotten me spontaneously signed up for a marathon in Morocco, seen me hitchhiking through the Sinai, inspired an overnight stay on a roundabout in Haifa, and gotten me roped into a cycling trip with a bunch of sports-mad French triathletes, I'm thinking maybe I need to tone it down a little.


On the other hand...there is that ultra race in Kenya that I'd like to do...