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01 January 2010 @ 11:27 pm
The Christening  

The Future is acceptably futuristic to me, primarily because most of my wishes for What The Future Will Look Like involved small personal computers that fit in a pocket, and I have an iphone. No tricorder yet, but getting there. So, so far, 2010, no complaints.

I'm so impressed by everyone else's goals for the year that I've been reading today! I'm even more impressed by those of you who remember your resolutions from last year. I think mine was Floss my teeth every day, and that went really well for about a month, as I recall.

2009, on the whole, was a great development year for me. I made big leaps forward in mental and physical health, established myself in my career, lived by myself for the first time, and maintained a healthy, loving relationship. The last two months were a bit of a shock and awe campaign of suck and regression, but the majority of the year was solid, aside from the teeth-flossing. I chose to neglect my social and creative sides, underestimated the chronicness of my chronic illness, and learned better. Onward to 2010!

Now, the fun part! I'm going to post my resolutions, and my mission statement (copied below for personal reference), in my apartment. I might make them decorative and pretty.

Resolutions for 2010:

1. Do 100 new things before the end of the year. These don't have to be momentous, but they do have to be reasonable. Eating at a specific new restaurant is acceptable, existential commentary on how every single breath is new doesn't count.
1.a. Journal them here to keep track, and to write more.

2. Finish Second Chances. You heard me.

3. Collect all 12 re-released Beatles albums, one a month. Having all the Beatles albums is a lifelong goal that seemed so impossible when I was nine and it took months to save up for a cassette version of "Help!" I still thought it was impossible, for some reason, until Das Boy pointed out that I'm a grown-up who can afford $15/month on a new CD. Eeee!

4. Knit - and finish! - 12 projects this year.
4.a. Alternate option, since I really couldn't decide: Complete a major knitting project that really challenges my skill level.

Resolutions I am not officially making, but should strongly consider nonetheless:

1. Stop driving to work and spending a bazillion dollars on parking. Yes, it's cold and dark at 6 in the morning waiting for the train. Deal.

2. Stop consuming, or seriously limit, caffeine and refined sugar. That way lies madness.

3. Continue my mental health plan. (I am going to do this, I just don't like having non-specific resolutions, and the last thing I need if I stop doing my mental health plan is an additional guilt trip while I'm spiraling into unmedicated oblivion.)

4. Floss my damned teeth.

Mission Statement:

I want to be an artist. (So make art, every single chance I get.)

I want to be loved. (So love myself, whether or not anyone else is there.)

I want to feel connected. (So go places, and connect.)

I want to be united within myself, working to make positive and healthy life choices. (So honestly acknowledge each fractured piece, and make good choices anyway.)

I want to be strong. (So be flexible, and exercise and test mental and emotional muscles as much as physical ones.)

I want to contribute to the world. (So be present, and start.)
feel: determineddetermined
☮ + ♡ + ☺: actor - th & jf; caldwell?hihoplastic on January 2nd, 2010 09:59 am (UTC)
This is so pretty. I wish all the best for you in 2010! I predict you'll not only keep your resolutions, but exceed them! And I highly approve of this 'writing more' plan. Truestory.

MAX/Lightrail! It is so totally your friend. Make friends with the MAX! (...and the creepy 6am dudes).

I think I will steal your caffeine/floss resolutions. They are very relevant.

...she says, while waiting for water to boil for coffee. Oops.

*hugs you!*
Little Red: mana mana - infinitemonkeysmylittleredgirl on January 2nd, 2010 10:03 am (UTC)
MAX!!!! Oh, I loves it. I take it often, just not often enough. And my facebook has a regular status update feature called "freaks on a train." Because. Wow.

People tend to be less creepy at 6am, though, in my experience. They're too tired to really skeev out on you. It's ridiculous at night, though, and I get plenty of weirdos in the afternoon commute.

TOTALLY FORGOT TO FLOSS, even after typing this out! Haha. *slinks away to do that*
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anranr on January 2nd, 2010 11:30 am (UTC)
Yay for your mission statement and resolutions! I haven't figured mine out yet, so I'm really proud of you for having yours already. :)
Little Red: peanuts - dark and stormy nightmylittleredgirl on January 2nd, 2010 07:21 pm (UTC)
Hee! I wish I'd taken longer to think about mine, because now I'm having RESOLUTION REMORSE. Why did I say I was going to finish Second Chances? Couldn't I just have said "write more fic"? I feel like a mental slacker for not having the "read 50 books" thing that everyone else seems to have (although mine would totally be more like "read 12," because one a month would be a stretch unless we count books with pictures).
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Little Red: aw - cj/d *hugz* - natushkamylittleredgirl on January 2nd, 2010 07:22 pm (UTC)

I'm glad somebody does I do too!! :-D
Opal: p/c for a long timeoparu on January 2nd, 2010 01:56 pm (UTC)
this is beautiful, optimistic, funny and lovely. (kinda what I expect when I come over here!)

And seriously, when did we become adults who can afford CDs? *shakes head in wonder*

Also, an iPhone is SO close to a tricorder. It just needs to scan.

Clear sailing! Good luck with 2010! (especially the flossing)
Little Red: trek - pc the moment - 2clmylittleredgirl on January 2nd, 2010 07:25 pm (UTC)
this is beautiful, optimistic, funny and lovely. (kinda what I expect when I come over here!)

Awwww!! I think my heart just grew reading that. :) Yay.

I KNOW, when did we become adults with money and why did we not realize it!???

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proverbial_oneproverbial_one on January 2nd, 2010 03:38 pm (UTC)
I love your Mission Statement. I think I remember when you first had to create it, in the middle of the turmoil. I'm glad to see it seems to be helping you.

Your knitting resolution is similar to my cross-stitch one. Do you keep buying additional patterns? That's my problem; so much stash and not enough completions!

Good luck with your plans

Little Red: aw - cj/d *hugz* - natushkamylittleredgirl on January 2nd, 2010 07:51 pm (UTC)
Hi! :)

I don't buy too many patterns! I am a sucker for glossy hardcover knitting books, but I haven't bought any in a year at least. There are SO many free patterns online, that I usually print and use those. I do have yarn stashed in bins, but I haven't bought much of that in the last year either since I haven't been knitting!!! I did a cross-stitch project recently for my boyfriend for xmas, and it was really fun. I designed the font and the pattern myself, though, (it was just text and two little images) and that took for freaking EVER, and came out a bit wonky. I'm lucky it didn't come out totally awful!

Good luck to you too!
ornithoptercatornithoptercat on January 2nd, 2010 06:38 pm (UTC)
So I actually have a "tricorder" app for my android phone. It even taps into actual information about location and stuff! Bet someone has made one for iphones by now too.
Little Redmylittleredgirl on January 2nd, 2010 07:52 pm (UTC)
Oooh!! My sis and her fiance have the tricorder app for their G1... I shall have to check for iphone!
MegTDJ: Katie - Squeemeg_tdj on January 2nd, 2010 07:26 pm (UTC)
Little Red: lazy - stephie squeemylittleredgirl on January 2nd, 2010 07:53 pm (UTC)
What a cute smiley!! LOL.
Trialiatrialia on January 2nd, 2010 09:11 pm (UTC)
*cuddles* Glad to see things are improving for you, darlin'.

Re. other things in previous posts, still enjoying going to the Unitarian church you were talking about? I dearly love mine :)
Little Redmylittleredgirl on January 2nd, 2010 09:13 pm (UTC)
Yep! I dig it. I try to go every week, primarily because some fun young people always have brunch together afterwards. I will do many things for brunch!
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fyca: Read less More TV carofyca on January 2nd, 2010 09:12 pm (UTC)
Very nice! So much more organized than mine, but then, my brain has been going off in ten different ways for about a week now, so focusing is far beyond my abilities.

2010 is going to rock! Just don't run out of floss like I did last year... no better way of falling off the floss wagon.
Little Red: xf - scully baby - carolinamylittleredgirl on January 2nd, 2010 09:26 pm (UTC)
LOVE your icon!

Your goals are so much more massive than mine, though! Fycababy!!! I am holding lots of hope for you. :)
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lavidaessueno on January 3rd, 2010 07:46 pm (UTC)
Hooray for looking forward!

(please to be flossing teeth. I see my 92-year-old grandfather, who still has his own teeth, making popcorn for us at Christmas, and that inspires me every year to take care of my own choppers)