Here I sit, on January 1st, and find myself again thinking about what I want to accomplish in the New Year. 2011 was a year of great change, great excitement, and great stress – but all in all, it was a pretty good ride. When I sat in this chair on January 1st last year, I put together a list of 15 things I wanted to accomplish in 2011 (you can read it here.) I didn’t get to them all, but I’m proud to say I was able to cross 10 of them off the list. In particular, I’m proud to say that I lost a total of 65 pounds last year, was able to do another interview with a NY Times Best Selling author, saw Rock of Ages twice more (both with Constantine), and tried my best to be a better father, husband, brother, and son.
So what does that leave for 2012? I’m glad you asked. It’s going to be another exciting year (I hope), as long as those pesky Mayans are wrong. I have lots more change coming my way, but also have lots more opportunity to try new things and embark on new adventures. Just as last year, I’m going to put it all out there and trust you to hold me accountable for my success or failure. Who knows, I might even remember to give a mid-year update this year. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. So, without further adieu, here’s my list for 2012.
- I’m not going to put a number on the amount of books I want to read this year. Instead, I’ll just say that I want to read as many good and entertaining books as I can. More importantly, however, is that I want to post reviews for EVERY book I read this year on the site. It’s gotten too easy for me to find excuses not to write every day. That ends now.
- At least once a month, call a friend. Not because I need something – just to say hello and find out how they are doing. Life’s too short and friends are too few.
- Eat more organic and/or local foods. The more I read, the more I worry about what’s being put on the table by Big Agriculture.
- Spend more time telling my kids the things I wish I had known at their ages. I know they won’t listen to me, but I’ll feel better about it later when I can tell them – “I told you so.”
- Celebrate Festivus the whole year round by participating in the “Airing of Grievances” on a regular basis.
- Learn to balance the need for humility with the need for decisiveness. It’s a thin tightrope to walk, but the right balance will lead to success.
- Spend a few days in New York City. Lunch at Hale and Hearty Soup, a show on Broadway, and a brownie from The Bread Company Café – that’s a good way to spend a day. New York is a wonderful city, full of life and energy. I could never live there – but it’s a great place to visit.
- Wake up.
- Share the following movies with my son – “Lord of the Rings”, “Teen Wolf”, and “Jurassic Park”. That’s right – I said “Teen Wolf” (he’s not ready for “Grease 2” just yet…). Don’t pretend like you don’t watch it every time it’s on TBS.
- Organize the clutter that is my “stuff” once we get moved. I would have said “de-clutter”, but I’m going for things that are actually doable on this list – not things akin to parting the Red Sea.
- Only buy real Ketchup from now on. I don’t know how they use cats in the manufacture of Catsup, but I rather doubt that it is a humane or particularly sanitary process.
- Watch less TV and spend more time playing games with my family. The last two weeks have been great – we’ve all learned that Spicy Farkle isn’t just something you deal with after an exceptionally robust Mexican meal.
- Do something crazy. Not – “I’m-shocked-he-seemed-like-such-a-nice-guy-film-at-11” crazy, but – “Wow-I-can’t-believe-I-did-that-and-why-didn’t-I-ever-do-it-before” crazy.
- Maybe, think about perhaps considering the possibility of potentially starting to exercise. I realize that losing weight is not the same as being in shape. I also realize that I really HATE to exercise – so we’ll just put this one in the “tentative” column for now.
- Let my wife know more often that I appreciate everything she does each day. She’s the glue that holds our family together.
So there you have it, my “To Do” list for 2012. Hopefully I can get better than ten crossed off the list this year. It should be a fun ride – I’m glad you’re along for the journey.
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