Creating resolutions for a New Year is a tradition for many. Apparently going on and on about why you don’t make a New Year’s resolution is also becoming a tradition, but this post isn’t about that.
I like to set practical resolutions. These resolutions are completely doable and usually improve my life in some small way that isn’t easily seen by others. I decided to share my goals with you, Dear Reader, via this blog. Now, it’s time to reflect upon the resolutions I set at the beginning of the year.
In 2015 I resolved:
1. To use less toilet paper.
I achieved my goal and helped the environment at the same time. I am not the least bit ashamed to admit that the commercial below often ran in my head throughout 2015.
2. To lose my temper less while operating a motor vehicle.
I’m not going to lie, I’m pretty proud of myself with this one. I’m not completely cured, but I’m a much happier driver than I was before 2015.
To reach my goal, I decided to leave a little early for meetings and events. I’m often late for things (see resolution #5) which puts me in a constant state of anxiety when I drive. Leaving a little early helped me be less angry about having to stop at a stop light, get less mad because I had to slow down because of a pokey driver, and it decreased my need to constantly switch lanes so that I get from point A to point B in the fastest way possible. Furthermore, I decided not to engage my road rage aka The Fury… for the most part. That was my mantra, “Do not engage”. Driver cut me off? Do not engage. Drive didn’t give me a thank you wave when I was nice enough to let the driver merge? Do not engage. Driver drove besides me too long? Slow down or speed up but do not engage. Driver decided not to use the spacious turning lane but hold up traffic whilst turning? Do not engage. Driver did not use turn signal? Do not engage. Driver was tailgating me? Do not engage. Driver honked horn at me? Roll eyes/sigh heavy but do engage. Driver tried to bully his (or her) way in front of me because he waited until the last minute to get in the correct lane? Don’t let him in then do not engage.
Deep breathing and making myself smile also helped. Honestly, I can’t remember the last time I blared my horn or yelled less than delightful words while driving, and The Fury reared its ugly head like two or three times in 2015. That is a huge accomplishment for me!
3. To follow directions more.
I just didn’t do as well as I expected. Skimming directions and/or emails are always my downfall. I wasted a lot of time having to redo something because I didn’t read the directions in the first place, or I thought I knew better when I actually didn’t. Now I know what a fool I’ve been, I’ll do better year.
4. To keep my purse tidier.
5. To reinvent my punctuality image.
My resolution to be a less angry driver actually helped me improve my punctuality. I’d get to social or family gatherings and people would say, “What? You’re on time? Hahahaha.”, “We thought you’d be the last one here, hahaha!”, and “I can’t believe it. You’re only like 10 minutes late instead of 30. Hahahaha*!”
I showed them all in 2015! The creme de la creme was when a group text was sent the day before our annual Friendsmas dinner.
A Friend’s Text: “We are meeting at 7 which means Renae and Damon (another chronically late friend) will be there at 8. lol”
Responses included memes and LOLs.
Damon’s Response: Forget** y’all. We been doing better. (sic)
Another Friend’s Text: That’s true. You two have done better… but I bet y’all be late tomorrow! Bwahaha.
Responses included memes and LOLs.
Damon and I were on time for our Friendsmas dinner, we made fun of those who were late, and we were finally acknowledged for our punctuality improvement. Unfortunately, my family and friends are not convinced I that will keep this up (We all know that Damon won’t). I intend to do so just to spite them.
*My goal was to reinvent my punctuality image not to be on time for everything.
** A kinder word than the word he typed.
What practical accomplishments in 2015 are you proud of?