Before I blog on any possible resolutions I’d like to make for the new year, I like to look back at previous blog entries to see how I’ve fared. I realized that I didn’t even write one for 2012. Not only that but in 2011 I wrote that I would no longer make resolutions. How quickly I’ve forgotten. It’s true, I don’t fare well with keeping any of my resolutions. But then again most of us don’t, right?
It’s a little fun to do I suppose. To give ourselves goals to strive for and to try to accomplish them. This past year I’ve improved my health quite a bit, made attempts at eating vegan around March and have lost around 30 or so pounds. Towards the end of this year my good eating habits have gone a bit to the wayside but I still try to recover myself and go back to eating vegan.
What I want to do is improve on my vegan eating efforts of course, find a permanent full-time job with 9-5 hours or something close to it, try to move back into Manhattan (Brooklyn is nice but I’m a Manhattan native and that’s where I belong), and change my TV watching habits. I watch a lot of TV, I know I do and I’m not sure if I can quite curb my quantity. The goal is to improve its quality.
One way I intend to approach this is by no longer checking out new shows. I keep adding on the queue new shows to try them. No more. I have enough shows that I watch that won’t be leaving anytime soon. Plus I have a Netflix account. If I want to try a new show, there is a slew of old great shows that I haven’t watched that I can check out there. In fact, I just started watching “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia”.
Another thing I’m realizing is that I’m liking British shows more and more as expose myself to them. Doctor Who is a given but one of my new favorites is Downton Abbey (which will be premiering on PBS on 1/6/13). The Masterpiece Mystery and Masterpiece Classics are great platforms to get acquainted with British programming. There is also a slew of British shows on Netflix as well.
So those are the goals for 2013. I think the odds are about the same on how well I’ll be able to keep to my vegan diet or be able to curb my TV watching. Though honestly the TV goal may have a slight edge. British television is really good. I won’t really be twisting my arm to watch.
A new year has come and gone and this time I decided not to do any resolutions. I’ve come to the realization that I just never come through on any of them and therefore there is no need for this pressure on my life, only to end up in failure once again.
One of the things that made me come to this realization is that I’ve come to grips with the fact that I’m a consumer and not a producer of content. If my two failed podcasts and my irregular blog entries aren’t evidence of this I don’t know what is.
Take the New Year’s three day holiday weekend I had. Instead of doing anything creative or productive with my time I spent it watching episode after episode of a TV series called Psych (all 5 seasons). Upon watching this marathon of content I saw actress Sarah Shahi, who I’m a fan of, on one of the episodes of Psych and wondered if she was doing anything presently. I discovered she is going to be on a new series on USA network and promptly subscribed to it on Hulu.
Instead of looking forward to doing something creative I just look forward to more stuff to take up my time. Even this blog entry took a backseat to other more recreational tasks. AS I’m finishing this entry I’m watching the NFC divisional playoff match between the Packers and the Falcons.
So to sum up. I look forward to entertaining myself than to doing something creative. Last year wasn’t too bad. It definitely started promising but then dwindled down during the Summer and pretty much came down to a halt in the Fall and Winter. Let’s see if I do better or worse for 2011.
A new year is here and it’s time to once again reflect on the past year and see how close or far we’ve gotten with our resolutions of yesteryear. For my part, I came pretty close to following all of mine. The one resolution that I faltered on was being more health conscious. In my podcast and on this blog, I have tried to learn and pass on information that correlates with the political-societal-economical paradigms that define the world around us. Or at least a fraction of it as there are many points of view and I only have one of many of them.
Of course mental stimulation, when it comes to academic thought, is the least hard thing for me to do as I am a constant scholar on the studies of life. I wholeheartedly enjoy learning new things on just about any topic. It’s the nitty gritty hard-labor of the body that I am deeply flawed in. Because of this, I am once again putting health consciousness and fitness on my resolution agenda for 2009 and limiting it to just that. I will of course continue learning new things as I love to seek out knowledge and to continue to mentally grow as a person. But now is the time for me to really take physical fitness seriously.
At the age of 31, I’m not getting any younger, and of course I’m only going to be more susceptible to aches and illnesses if I continue on with my bad eating habits at my age. Plus it just makes sense that if you live a more sedentary life, your body won’t be as agile or flexible as it used to be when you were younger and more physically active. So here’s to being more healthy for 2009. I’ll let you know how that goes come 2010.