As we quickly approach 2013, there are quite a few different discussions and mixed feelings. Some people take time to reflect on all of the things that happened in their lives over the course of a year. Some people wonder what the new year will bring. Many people try to take control of their upcoming year by setting goals for themselves. That’s right, it’s time for New Year’s Resolutions.
According to the University of Scranton Journal of Clinical Psychology, which released a study this month, 38% of Americans “absolutely never” make New Year’s resolutions. Or, as Susan said when I asked my friends what their resolutions are, “My resolution every New Year is to make no resolutions.” 45% of us do make resolutions, however.
New Year’s resolutions tend to be along the same lines. According to the same study, the top ten New Year’s resolutions include many of the things you would expect, such as losing weight, quitting smoking, saving money and spending more time with family. Fitness is a big item on people’s list of New Year’s resolutions. Both Richard and Grymm included “lose weight” on their list of resolutions for the upcoming year and our readers, Tony and Kevin, also want to get in shape. Kevin’s reason for wanting to get in shape? “I have plans on being The Punisher for Halloween.” No wonder “Lose Weight” is the number one New Year’s resolution.
With our hard-hit economy, there are more people than ever whose resolutions revolve around finding work. Both Perry and CreepKnight want to find steady jobs, or as Perry put it, “Full-time work. The End.”
Of course, some people like to have fun with their resolutions. Dan Shatto told me his resolution for the new year is to “eat every burger of the month at Slater’s 50/50.”
As for myself? I’ve put together a rather eclectic set of goals for the upcoming year.
1. Read at least one non-fiction novel. I tend to read a lot of sci-fi and fantasy (and even then, a large swath of the books I read are Star Trek novels) and not much else. Sure, I read a marketing book this past year for my job and paged through the patterns in two crochet books I received as holiday gifts, but those don’t really count. I love watching The Daily Show and Jon Stewart often has many guests who have published non-fiction books that seem like they would be very interesting to read. I’m always afraid I’ll get bored with non-fiction but this year, I’m going to make it a point to try to find an interesting non-fiction book to read that doesn’t involve crochet or work-related educational stuff.
2. Work on my home-improvement projects. When we moved to the DC Metro area this past August, we moved into a house where everything was white. The carpets, the walls, the curtains. Everything. There’s not much to be done about the horrible carpet (which wasn’t really white when we moved in, but more a set of stains comprised of who-knows-what) due to our restricted budget, but I’ve changed out many of the curtains and now I’d like to paint some of the walls and refinish the cabinets in the kitchen.
3. Re-budget our budget. I used to be a notorious penny-pincher with very good budgeting skills. I’ve let that slip over the past few years and married life has meant having to budget for two people instead of just one. So, Dan and I decided that we’re going to sit down and hash out a budget to stick to for the new year. We’ll probably use Mint, as I’ve used it in the past with great success. The goal behind this resolution is not only to save money and curb spending, but to save up enough money so that we can finally go on that honeymoon to Paris that we wanted to go on after we were married earlier this year, but couldn’t because we had to spend our honeymoon money on moving cross-country.
My husband, Dan, also has a really great New Year’s resolution:
“The other day I was watching an episode of The Dog Whisperer at 1 AM, and it was all about how this woman’s natural stress was negatively affecting everything else in her life, including her dog. I think my stress affects my life in a similar way… it’s needless and it just makes everything worse. I had a lot of things go right in my life in 2012, from getting married to moving to starting law school, but this also added a lot of stress to my life. My goal for 2013 is to better manage my stress and not let it affect the people I love.”
According to the same University of Scranton study mentioned above, 75% of people manage to maintain their resolutions through the first week of the new year; but only 46% are able to keep them after six months. What will the new year bring? And will we keep our resolutions? Only time will tell.
What are your New Year’s resolutions for 2013?