Watching one full season of The Bachelor and baking chocolate chip cookies at least once. These were my made-up resolutions when asked on New Year’s Eve what I would aspire to in the year 2011. Being the one with the video phone, I forced everyone at the party to answer this question truthfully but when the lens turned, I gave a joke answer. Watching The Bachelor and baking chocolate chip cookies are not rare occurances in my life. These are things I know I will do and therefore can not disappoint myself. Hence why I don’t make resolutions: so as not to fall short.
Kinda like the country of Denmark. They have been deemed the happiest country in the world because the individuals who live there don’t–in general–set the bar very high for themselves, resulting in less chance for failure and more chance for happiness.
I’m aware this is no way to live. But sometimes I do anyways. However, after watching the footage of my announcement that watching The Bachelor and baking chocolate chips cookies would be my big accomplishments of 2011, I decided that was pathetic.
I also realized my success rate at giving things up rather than taking things on is high (recall when I gave up caffein), so I’ve decided to raise the bar a little above TV and baking. In 2011 I’m going to give up one significant time suck in my life: Facebook*. I’m hoping this will do a few things for my year:
-free up time to do things like read the books that have been staring at me from my bookshelf for months
-keep me less informed about people I don’t even know
-force me to communicate with friends via more direct and intentional modes of communication like email and phone calls
That last one’s a biggie and the main reason I’m cutting myself off.
So here’s to a year of less virtual gossip and more actual communicating. 2011 will be good.
*deactivation to go into effect around 10:00 pm on Jan. 3.