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On resolutions and such

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I normally don’t make resolutions for the new year. If I don’t successfully complete them, it just seems like I’m setting myself up for failure. Also, I think maybe the last time I made a resolution it was to eat less Taco Bell. This was most likely circa 15 years ago.

I still like Taco Bell, but times have changed. So this year, I’m opting to start blogging again. In 2013 I started a new job while continuing to work for my old employer during weeknights and weekends. I continued to volunteer with One Tail at a Time and joined their Board of Directors. Something had to give. So yesterday when I recycled my old planner and opened my new one (yes, I’m still someone who pencils tasks in a weekly planner and not into my iPhone), I decided my 2014 goal would be to write down and share my adventures here in this space once again.

Just over a week ago, I had to say goodbye to one of my oldest pals, the pup I grew up with. Frasier would have been 15 today, and while I know it was his time to go, it was a traumatic and heartbreaking experience that I still can’t stop thinking about. So dear pal, 2014 is for writing things down more. Because sometimes you have to say good-bye.

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Resolutions. Sort of.

I’m generally not the type to make New Year’s resolutions. New Year’s Eve is, after all, one of my least favorite holidays. But when I came across this list of resolutions specifically for 20-somethings from Thought Catalog, I couldn’t help but be intrigued. A few that especially caught my eye:

1. Know which candidate you’re going to vote for in the upcoming presidential election, and know why.
2. Find a way to save approximately 300 dollars and spend it on a flight to see a friend or family member who lives far away.
3. Spend less than or equal to the money you earn each month.
4. Call someone on the phone at least once a week, and speak to him or her for at least ten minutes.
5. Volunteer once over the next 90 days. You’ll feel really good about it, and probably end up volunteering again over the next 275.
6. Tell someone who you love that you love them on a more regular basis. To their face, not in a text.
7. Back up your entire online life onto an external hard drive, especially your photos.
8. Crap or get off the pot. This applies to whatever thing you’re not doing that you should just sack up and do already.

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