New Year's Resolutions That Might Actually Work

sparklersHappy New Year! We hope everyone had a good break and got some actual time to relax during the very-well-timed holidays.

Looking back at our list of 2012 New Year's resolutions, we did pretty well. Meet a friend for lunch each month--check. Learn a new skill--check. Visit the library, drink more water and ask for what we want. Check, check and check. And we have a bottle of champagne chilling in the 'fridge -- just in case there's good news!

Of course, we didn't get to everything on the list, but that's okay. New year, new resolutions. And while 2012 was about keeping it simple and doable, we thought that 2013 should be about spending more time with family and friends and adding more fun to our day-to-day lives. Here's our combined list.

1. Expand our vocabulary by using words such as kerfuffle, whatchamacallit, gobsmacked, bloviate, flummox, gobbledygook, and rigamarole. January is now covered. At least one of us also vows to stop all use of "LOL," immediately.

2. Spend 10 minutes a day being thankful. That can mean actually writing a thank-you card, expressing our appreciation via email, or acknowledging our good fortune on Facebook or Twitter. Sitting and being thankful silently does not count. We have to actually do something about it.

3. Go to the gym for 30 to 40 minutes at least three times a week. Seriously. (For the record: Only one of us is even considering trying this).

4. Take a day off from using the computer at least three times a month.

5. Declare email bankruptcy when we go on vacation.

6. Learn how to tie at least five kinds of knots, because it's one of those useful skills that we always meant to do. This list has 10.

7. Miss more bedtimes. Too often, our life is all about work, our children, and nothing else. We need to bring back this archaic concept called a social life. This starts by buying tickets to a concert for a date night with our spouses. (Done.) If we've already spent the money, we figure the odds are good we'll actually leave the house.

8. Change the default font in Microsoft Word from Times New Roman to Constantia, Cambria, or, well, anything else. Easy. Plus, change is good.

9. Watch "Call The Midwife," about life in London's West End in the 1950s.

10. Be pickier about our friends. We have very little time to go out. The people we most want to see are as insanely busy as we are. Sometimes we accept a social invitation not because we're aching to see a particular person, but because we just want to get out. If the idea is just to go out and chat (rather than doing something fun or new), we want to make more of an effort to schedule time with the people we really want to see, and spend less time with people we like but will plainly never be close to.

11. Read Doris Kearns Goodwin's Team of Rivals. Finally.

12. Send a postcard to at least one friend each month for no other reason than to say hello.

13. Visit one of the museums on our list of undiscovered museums.

14. Drink eight cups of water a day, or at least come close.

15. Connie's special resolution: Take music lessons. Learn how to play more than Heart and Soul on the upright piano I bought on Craig's List last year.

16. Kimberly's special resolution: Quit. I am not a good quitter. I have more stick-to-it-ive-ness than a roll of duct tape on a bender. In psychology, this is called grit, and it is supposed to be a wonderful thing. In real life, it's often called banging your head against a wall, and it's often not so good. If something isn't working, I want to get better at recognizing that fact and throwing in the towel, without feeling bad about it. In other words: I vow not to be surprised -- or disappointed -- if my resolutions peter out some time around March. -- Kimberly Weisul and Connie Guglielmo



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