So last year I made a ton of New Year’s Resolutions. It’s now officially a year later (ok, maybe a few days added in there too - but I swear, I’m a much busier person these days). I’m going to now revisit them and review each one and see if I passed or failed. Time for some awkward personal reflection on my page, I say. I know it’s exactly why everyone comes to Tumblr.
[Write more. Type Less] I need to get back into the physical act of hand writing instead of being so dependent on computers. I spend enough time around computers already. This also means I need to start carrying a small sketchbook. For random thoughts I need to jot down. And to get me back into the habit of sketching. FAIL. Do I even know how to hand write anything anymore? Because I just tried and I literally misspelled words. Not misspelled exactly, but forgot to put letters in. Example - Ugrade = Upgrade. But my brain knew exactly what I was saying and I can guarantee I wouldn’t have misspelled it on the computer. And my hand writing now looks the way a drunk person speaks.
[Call more. Text Less] This one is pretty self explanatory. PASS. I spent the first months of my job almost completely on the phone. I feel that is good enough because I have never had to talk on the phone more in my entire life.
[Wear more ties] Not for work, but for everyday life. PASS. Although I did this resolution for one reason only. So I’d finally man up and buy me that grey knit tie I’ve been wanting since 2010. And guess who still hasn’t bought the tie?
[Be a superficial asshole] Because life is just more fun that way. SPECTACULAR FAIL. In fact, I spent a good part of the year trying to become the best possible person I could be for a tiny Serbian woman. And what did that get me? Other than looking like a complete twat - NOTHING.
[Complain less] Especially on Twitter. PASS. For the most part. But who am I to complain? Ha. HA!
[Buy less movies & videogames]. I need to only buy them if I absolutely know they will be viewed or played often. I have a bad habit of impulse buying these without knowing anything about them. FAILED AT THE FINISH LINE. I was doing so well and went a little crazy in December buying this useless stuff. I returned a lot of it, but I still have a lot of video games I will NEVER have time to play.
[Less impulsive buying] And save the money for more important expensive items. PASS. I finally saved up enough money to buy the top of the line macbook pro and get a xbox colorwared. Too bad I bought those items for someone else. Don’t worry, the fact that she wasn’t grateful at all for them made everything feel so much worse (slaps forehead with hand).
[Read more classics] There’s nothing wrong with the Terminator Trial by Fire book I bought today. But why not read some of the best ORIGINAL sci fi? PASS. I did well for the first 6 or so months. But I really don’t have time to sit and read anymore. I don’t have time to ever just sit and do much these days. But I’m not really “complaining”.
[Find the Austin Brit music scene] And become a part of it. PASS. I was able to meet some great local djs and even got to see London’s Dbridge thanks to my hero, AlleyCat. I want to make this a priority once I get my new place up and running and some money in the bank. BUT on the other hand, I feel I have brought the scene to Georgetown. I have massively spread the word of dubstep and drum & bass to this area. My nickname has even become “Dub”, haha.
[Consolidate, consolidate, consolidate] I need to streamline my life. Starting with my keys and wallet. Next I’m going to go to my storage bin and clear anything I really don’t need or absolutely love. HIGH MARKS PASS. Earlier in the year I had to sell or get rid of most everything I owned to make ends meet. I think I’m ok with that happening, but I feel myself spreading out again and I don’t like it.
[Take more photos] I had to buy the top of the line point and shoot S90 canon camera for work. Why not really use it? FAIL. But I don’t really care.
[Hang out with people I barely know] I feel like I am too set in my own ways and habits lately. Time to change things up. This also leads to… PASS. I went from being an unemployed architectural intern to an employed project engineer this year. Two completely different worlds. I went from drinking green chai tea to hanging out with people that are obsessed with hunting and only listen to country music. If anything, it’s solidified and helped me know who I am and that I’m perfect just the way I am. And that I now feel I can hang with just about anyone.
[More awkward situations] Because that usually adds up to more fun and stories in the end. PASS. See above remarks.
[Upgrade my vocabulary] Despite contrary belief, the profession of Architecture kills most people’s grammar and vocabulary. I need to get back in the habit of using better words. Plus I need to get ready for grad school admission tests. PASS. I have the word of the day notification on my dictionary.com app. That’s something, right? Who cares if I even look at it or not. I probably picked up a few words. Maybe.
[Do more architecture related volunteer work] Solely to pad my resume. But you never know… I might learn something. PASS. I ended up being the youngest person by far to help run a scholarship fund event that I got to talk about during my interview for my current job. So that play obviously worked. Although if I get invited back, I may go back this year.
[Sleep more on weekdays] Instead of only getting 4-6 hours of sleep a night. HA! That’s all I’m going to say.
[Sleep less on weekends] Force a better social life. FAIL. All I do is sleep on the weekends to make up for the sleep I didn’t get throughout the week. And that’s a mighty big IF to having the weekend to sleep.
[Adopt a tailor] Every real man needs one. FAIL. But this is really a resolution I want to try again in 2012.
[Find more people who read comics] Because they can’t only exist inside the world of Tumblr. FAIL. Cool comic book people only exist in Tumblr. It’s a fact.