I know what you’re thinking. Haha Tom, you’re not going to keep your resolutions (just like the rest of us). Gyms will be filled up on Monday and emptied by February. I get it. But these are more than just resolutions for me; they’re life-changers. I want to be a better person.
So… here they are:
1) Brain Bench Presses
I want to give my brain a workout by reading more, solving challenging puzzles, speed reading, and learning how to remember. Let me elaborate on the last point. I’ve never been a good test taker, yet I consider myself pretty smart. I figured out a few years ago that I do not learn very well. Further, I do not remember things well. There is a strong connection between the two. There are methods that are out there to help us learn, retain, and recall information. I want to read books, practice techniques, and challenge myself.
2) Eat it, love it, and forget about it
While I already made a pact with some friends to lose 20 lbs by August, I do not want to focus on the number. I want to be healthy. I need to eat healthier, smaller portions and eat out less. It has been so easy for me to come home from work, grab some fast food, and call it a night. I will plan my meals well ahead of time, do some morning prep, and cook when I get home. I will sprinkle in some other techniques as well such as eating a gronola bar when I’m hungry, etc…
If there’s one eye-opener I’ve experienced these past few years, it’s been the difficulty in maintaining a healthy and active friendship. Friends are important to me and I’ve come to realize that reading status updates and sending the occassional FB message isn’t good enough. I want to make a stronger effort to visit my closest friends and strenghen our friendship in the process.
Step two of this resolution is to meet people in my area and make more friends. It’s incredibly difficult to meet someone when you don’t know anyone at all. It’s a personal challenge of mine to meet at least three new friends in Canton/Plymouth/Northville.
4) Stand up, sit down, and enjoy
I love stand up comedy. I love to laugh and I love making people laugh. The latter can sometimes be a struggle. I will focus on becoming more comical. After I am comfortable enough, I will perform stand up comedy at AT LEAST six open mic nights in various areas around Metro Detroit.
This sounds kind of odd for me, but I want to spend more time AWAY from technology. I want to get back to the simple things in life, such as reading, writing, and enjoying the outdoors. I will replace one hour of development or otherwise “tech time” per day with reading, writing, or an outdoor activity.
6) Back to school
I want to go back to school. I haven’t decided the subject or anything to that matter, but I will go back get my Graduate Degree, starting this year.