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01 January 2012 @ 09:32 pm
Resolutions By The Dozen: 2012!  
Yay! After 2010's Do 100 New Things resolution (success!) and 2011's "Year of 11" lists (um... partial credit), I was really excited to come up with a fun challenge "resolution" for this year! I mean, there are actual things I really would like / need to improve in my life, but I don't want to start a year off with a drudge list of un-fun things to do for an entire year.

(Okay, I'm doing that for my work resolution, which is "keep my desk clean so everyone things I'm an organized genius" since I've gotten into the habit of keeping stacks of stuff on my desk so people don't think I'm bored. That's not the fun resolution. Moving on!)

I've got two major weaknesses that thwart traditional resolutions: I'm obsessive to the exclusion of everything else... but I lack staying power. (None of this should be a surprise to you.) Having to do something in moderation over a long period of time leads directly to me thinking I suck as a person. But I was thinking this week that maybe, if I frame my life right, instead of banging my head against these obstacles, they could suddenly be awesome traits I could use to my advantage!


You know it's legit when I make a graphic in PaintBrush.

This year, I'm planning to do 12 month-long challenges! (Or "themes," if "challenge" doesn't specifically apply.) November is clearly spoken for already, but I have a lot of ideas for the other 11 months!

Some of the ideas I have are extreme versions of things I would have done a traditional resolution for:

- I need to spend less money, so I'm wondering: if I plan well enough with enough lead time, could I spend an ENTIRE month without buying/spending anything at all? Or maybe just spend money one day per week?
- I want to learn to cook more (which factors into saving money above), so I would home-cook every meal for a month, making X number of new recipes!

Or craft-based:

- Theme month of gift-making (I'd really like to be one of those people with a gift closet for all those times Christmas just SHOWS UP on the calendar unannounced and you're wondering what the heck happened to October and November).
- Learning to sew my own clothes!

Or experiential:

- Going new places X number of times.
- Running X miles over the course of the month.

Or general life-improve-y:

- Pretend (key word! nobody panic!) I'm going off my meds for a month and do all the alternative things that might allow me to eventually actually be meds-free.
- Plan and wear a different awesome outfit every day.

And the best part is: I don't have to declare it until the month is actually upon me, so if I am suddenly like OH MY GOD, BASKET-WEAVING IS LIFE, I can declare May the month of Basket-Weaving on May 1 and go to town.

I was so excited about this idea all last week that I couldn't decide what I wanted to do for January. There are just so many things! But then I remembered that I'm still really obsessed with Sims 3 (which I bought for myself on xmas as a digital download version, because I've been dying to play the copy I already have but haven't had a working optical drive for 1.5 years), and as much as it would be fun to make a resolution to succeed at a legacy challenge or something... look, there's just no way I can justify that as in any way improving my life. But I had to pick something that's Sims-friendly, so I chose this:

I have crocheted a few things in the past but haven't really gotten into it. There's something about it that just screams bad fashion choices in the 1970s.

And then I saw these Victorian/Steampunk Ruffled Spats and now ALL I EVER WANT TO DO is learn to crochet.

I'm starting out with dishcloths to learn stitch patterns, and to use up the random bits of kitchen cotton I purchased a few years ago the last time ALL I EVER WANTED TO DO was learn crochet.

I'm excited you guys! :)

I suppose the real resolution would be to actually blog about these things as I do them. Feel free to remind me! <3 <3 <3
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anranr on January 2nd, 2012 06:49 am (UTC)
I will remind you to post!

I have not made any resolutions yet this year so you're up on me for organising challenges. :)
Little Red: sga - arts & crafts - qwirkymylittleredgirl on January 5th, 2012 02:35 am (UTC)
Thank you thank you! :) I am about to even post an update! I've made it to January 4th! New record? :)
anranr on January 5th, 2012 12:02 pm (UTC)
WOOHOO! You go girl! :)
MegTDJmeg_tdj on January 2nd, 2012 05:22 pm (UTC)
CROCHET!! I'm doing tons of that lately. :D

I'm sort of doing something similar this year myself - setting monthly goals rather than year-long. Year-long goals seem so daunting when there are 12 months stretching out in front of you. Going month by month and even week by week is a lot less stressful. So I'm giving myself a "priority project" each month, but not beating myself up if I need a few extra days for any reason. This month's priority project - read through my time travel novel from NaNo 2010 and get the editing process off the ground. I'll also be reading and crafting and getting back into music, but editing that novel is my #1 priority for the month. So far it's helping to think of it that way.
Little Red: knit - my purlsmylittleredgirl on January 5th, 2012 02:40 am (UTC)
Oh really?? YAY! I'm just now really learning, but am so lucky that I don't have to go through all the really hard parts of learning because on some level the "turning a string of yarn into fabric using metal bits and your hands" translates pretty well between knitting and crochet. So the frustration level is much lower than someone who isn't used to reading different parts of stitches... even though the stitch parts look totally different.

I like your way of putting it as a priority project! I like calling things Challenges because then I don't feel bad about not making it. ("I mean, it was a challenge anyway!") I resist things that I've decided I'm Supposed To Do, but if it's a challenge that feels somehow Brave or Really Hard or Impossible, I get all excited about it and even if I don't make it, I get much farther along than I would have if I was muttering under my breath the whole time.
MegTDJmeg_tdj on January 5th, 2012 05:26 pm (UTC)
I remember the day I mastered crochet after years of knitting. It suddenly occurred to me that I was working with one needle and one stitch at a time as opposed to 2 or more needles juggling umpteen stitches, and I was all "FREEDOM IS MINE!!!" I've never knitted since, heh. Which is probably a bad thing. But MAN did I ever have trouble keeping all my stitches on those knitting needles.
Ravennoradannan on January 2nd, 2012 09:03 pm (UTC)
This is so cool! What a great idea. I might totally have to steal it. :)
Little Red: lazy - stephie squeemylittleredgirl on January 5th, 2012 02:42 am (UTC)
I think Braille is going to totally be one of my month-long obsessions! I just really need to order that slate, because I'm so tactile that the keyboard program makes it un-fun. So I will do the exercises for real on the keyboard because delete button, but then put them on the slate too because FUN.
Samin_parentheses on January 5th, 2012 02:05 pm (UTC)
This is genius! I can't wait to hear about all your projects.
ankareeda: ncc_cuteankareeda on January 8th, 2012 12:45 pm (UTC)
Really cool projects, have fun with it! ♥