Open Thread: New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year! I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling pretty good about 2011 so far.

This is an open thread. Have you made any New Year’s resolutions you’d like to tell us about?

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  • hourlily

    My New Year’s resolution is to work out at least six hours per week, not including walks.

  • Katie M

    Get all the Doctor Who episodes off my DVR.

    Okay, only (half) joking about that. I need to get a move on with college, take more classes than I have been. My resolution is to get cracking on my degree and become a full-time student :)

  • jim coufal

    I generally treat the whole New Years bag as just another day leading to just another year, except that I realize the years have piled up. In the same vein, if I feel the desire or need to make a resolution I do it, January 1, February, May, November, or whatever. I do resolve to keep posting to my new blog in the hope I get some more readers and commenters.

  • BJ

    Among my more superficial resolutions: do 1 set of 100 pushups; get my golf handicap into single-digit territory; bench press 250; read 50 books this year.

    Among my less superficial resolutions: re-evaluate my charitable giving (I’ve already set monthly contributions to Foundation Beyond Belief).

  • Tommykey

    Mine is to donate blood the maximum number of times.

  • Alex Weaver

    I think I’ll be sticking with 1680×1050 again this year. :P

  • Antigone

    I don’t believe in New Year’s Resolutions, because the day feels very artificial to me. But I believe in a resolution at my birthday, and my last one was “Read a non-fiction book every two weeks”. So far, so good. :)

  • Laura Ross

    My new years resolution is to do something creative every day, such as a blog post, podcast, take a picture, do a drawing, make up a recipe. One of my Facebook friends told me that I should not count arguing on Facebook as something creative.

  • Juan Felipe

    Resolutions: Wake up early (5-6am) every day, workout at least 6 hours a week, eat more healthy, learn German, finish my classes, learn how to cook basic stuff, work on my social skills at least six hours a week.

    Yeah, I know its plenty of stuff… to make things even more challenging, this year I will be moving to a foreign country for the first time in my life, so I have to make the whole “learn a new language and get used to the new lifestyle” thing in addition to working on my goals. This is surely going to be either an epic failure or the most growth-oriented year of my life.

  • Alex Weaver

    Wake up early (5-6am) every day

    Jesus Mythical Christ, WHY? O.O

  • SuperHappyJen

    I’m going to try to go to bed by 11 and wake up at 7. And exercise a little.

  • caffeinelife

    1. Not buy anymore useless garbage (i.e. smartphones, iPad’s etc.)
    2. Enjoy my family
    3. Eat Healthier, Exercise 6 days per week (vs. current 2 or 3).
    4. Find more fulfilling work

  • Nancy

    My daughter (she’s 21) says I should stop making fun of “believers”. For instance, I had lunch with my brother recently and we were reminiscing about our Dad (who passed away in 1992). My brother (practicing Catholic) said he talks to our Dad all the time and sincerely believes Dad is “with him always”. I asked him, “Is he here now? Is he sitting with us? Should I order him a beer?” Another time, I posted a picture of myself on Facebook(on ASH Wednesday…pretty sacred day for Cathoics) with LOL writtten on my forehead with ashes.

    Rather childish of me, I know, but I’ve tried having “meaningful” conversations with him and he refuses to “engage”. So, I feel I’m left w/ “sarcasm” and I use it often.

    So, that will be my resolution for 2011…….”live and let live”. Stop trying to make people feel “stupid” because they are godbots. (Oh no, there I go again…smartass that I am.)

  • Abbie

    I’m learning Spanish, but I started in mid-december so it’s a bit cheap to pretend it’s a New Years resolution.

  • Bill

    I’ve lost 107 pounds over the last 2.5 years. My goal this year is to lose the final 15 and then maintain my loss. Also, I’m doing my first triathlon in September so I need to find a pool and start training for the swimming portion!

  • Venture Free

    My New Year’s Resolution is the same as last years. I will make no other New Year’s Resolutions for at least a year. Strangely I’ve never had any difficulty keeping my resolutions. Go figure.

  • Ebonmuse

    Well, we certainly are a self-improving lot. :) hourlily: Six hours a week not including walks? Count me impressed and envious if you keep that one!

    Since I asked the question, it’s only fair that I answer it: My two major New Year’s resolutions are to keep a food journal – I want to have at least some idea of how many calories I’m consuming, and keeping track will help me cut down on snacking – and to do more aerobic exercise. I want to be able to run a 5K flat-out, without resting or walking, and I’m in good enough shape that there’s no reason I shouldn’t be able to do that.

    And oh yes: Insofar as it’s in my power, I resolve to get my damn book published this year!

  • Katie M

    @Ebon-”Insofar as it’s in my power, I resolve to get my damn book published this year!”

    Woohoo! Go, Ebon :D

  • Adele

    To go back to Nicaragua at least once to visit the family.

  • Zietlos

    I think not committing genocide on any major ethinicities seems like a good resolution.

    Or maybe I can resolve to not break any of my resolutions this year? That is hard for many people… Yeah, not a really resolution person.

  • Cyprien

    This year, I resolve to stop lurking in the shadows and actually post some comments here. Baby steps, I know. Maybe next year it will be coming out of the atheist closet to my fundamentalist family. Who knows :)

  • Clytia

    @ Alex, #6 – that’s the best new year’s resolution i’ve seen so far!