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2011 Pre-Resolutions

December 1, 2010

Every few years I think about making a New Year’s resolution, but I never really commit to it. I just think about it every once in a while and it rests in the back of my mind where I reserve space for things like knock knock jokes and movie trivia. But at The Rejectionist they’re kicking off their second annual pre-resolve dry run.

Here’s how it works: You pick a resolution or three and give them a dry run during the month of December to see if you can keep it up when January 1 comes around. They explain that December is really the best month to test something new, because if you can do it during this hectic month, then getting started in January should be a piece of cake. Besides, why wait until January 1 if you want to change something? So I’ve put together a few resolutions that I’m going to try during the month of December and then choose the best one for my Official New Year’s Resolution 2011.

Write Every Day for 40 Minutes:

I’m committing to writing for 40 minutes every single day. You may be thinking to yourself, “Forty minutes? I spend that much time writing emails—big deal.” Well, let me tell you something, Debbie Downer. These 40 minutes will not be email, but rather straight from the imagination and deep recesses of my brain. We’re talking original content, not seen on any network television channel, ever. I’ll also be doing it on the weekends, while most people are doing excellent things like catching up on their DVR or cleaning gutters. The life of an aspiring author is so hard.

I Will Create 10 Things to List on Etsy:

I am a slacker who gets easily distracted by pretty things on the Internet. Like this and this and this. No more excuses, though! I will get my Internet-loving butt off the chair and make some stuff! Like bags and prints and stuff to hang on walls! Ten is a small number, but these things take time and experimentation, so we’ll see how it goes. If this works out, I’ll slowly up the ante each month next year.

I Will Stop Getting Angry at Jewelry Commercials:

I don’t have anything against jewelry; I wear jewelry and think it’s pretty, although my preferences are more along the lines of $8 earrings from Target. But I really, really dislike jewelry commercials. This is especially true of the holiday commercials in which they tell men that if they really love their significant other, they’ll buy them something expensive and sparkly. I could start ranting right now, but that would go against my resolution. Therefore, I will work on this habit and learn to ignore these advertisements. It’s their job to get people to buy stuff, and if they use manipulation to do so, I shouldn’t let that put me in a bad mood. Life’s too short and full of good things to let cheesy commercials make me upset.

Have you started thinking about changes you’d like to make in 2011?

6 Comments leave one →
  1. the rejectionist permalink
    December 1, 2010 2:15 pm

    Hooray! Good luck!!

  2. December 1, 2010 6:58 pm

    I approve.

    and OMG I hate jewelry commercials too!!! a) a lot of crappy designs and b) crass commercialism.

    • dtdorrin permalink*
      December 1, 2010 10:26 pm

      Yes! Crass commercialism is the perfect way to describe it! Ugh–so gross.

  3. Your Mama permalink
    December 1, 2010 7:39 pm

    My resolution is to not obsess over the details and having everything planned to the “T”. This is one resolution but a huge hard one.

  4. December 2, 2010 9:13 am

    Nice – more serenity is always a good thing.

    I’ve just discovered Etsy—see you there!

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