Wednesday, December 3, 2008

New Years Resolutions:

It's that time of year where everyone is trying to figure out what exactly it was they promised they'd do differently this year and most likely failed at.

I'm not generally the type of person who makes New Years Resolutions. Mostly because A) Most resolutions are broken within the first month, and B) Why wait til New Years to change something that needs changing?

For the past 5 or so years, my "New Years Resolution" has been "not to make a resolution".

This year, New Years just happens to coincide with my brain going, "Hey! There's a lot about me that I'm not currently happy with." So I guess, this time, you win, Resolution. I will make you this year. A short list of things that need fixin'...

1) Skin problems. I've probably never mentioned it here because it's something I find highly embarrassing, but I have some kind of weird skin problem that drives me absolutely mad. I can't wear black (or any dark, solid colors, really) without looking like I have massive amounts of dandruff. Only it's NOT dandruff. Before I started Cosmetology school back in 2003, I went to a dermatologist for it and the products they gave me were able to clear up about half of it (I had it on my face at the time as well) but they did nothing for the biggest problem area-- the back of my neck, under my hair. I've literally tried every product on the market, and probably half of the products in the pharmacy.

The other day, I was finally able to make an appointment for mid-January with a highly recommended dermatologist in my area (after being told for over two years that they weren't accepting new patients!). So I hope that soon this will be a thing of the past!

2) Weight. Or, more specifically, spare tire. My thighs used to be what drove me nuts, but not anymore. I get a small discount off a gym membership through my job, and I decided that if I passed my National Certification Exam (which I did) my present to myself would be a gym membership. However, with the economy being what it is, and my BILLS being as massive as they are, this has not been something I could do as immediately as I had hoped. I still plan on doing it, though.

2b) Eating better. I've already kind of started this one (I had a bowl of oatmeal and two salads yesterday), the trick is just keeping it up.

3) Smoking. The problem here is that I don't really WANT to stop, but I know that I should. I was jumping on the bed with Jay the other day (and no, that's not a euphemism, we were actually jumping on the bed) and I was winded after not even a minute. Smoking will also impede my exercise regimen once I start it. So, I guess I'm not going to say that I should QUIT smoking, but I'm going to try to cut way down.

Everything else, I think is going according to plan. I'm working hard in school (taking 5 classes next semester, and hopefully I can take some over the summer. With a little luck, I'll graduate soon, and once that happens I will find myself with an entirely new set of resolutions AND decisions!)

What do you think? After finishing a 2- year college, what should I do? Look for a new job that better utilizes my skills, or move on to a four year college? What did you choose to do? Do you feel you've made the right decision?

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