On January 8th, 2012, I sat at a table at P.F. Chang’s across from a guy I’d met a few days prior. We were chatting, getting to know each other a bit. At one point during the dinner, he asked me, “What’s your New Year’s Resolution?”
I was a deer caught in the headlights. Every year, I commit to the whole “I’m gonna eat healthy this year!” “I’m gonna join a gym!” “I’m gonna be more organized in school!” “I’m gonna raise my GPA!” – the typical resolutions. But on January 8th, I had 5 months left of college. Which meant only five months left of the college lifestyle. Which meant that being healthier, not going out as much, raising my GPA, and other resolutions I could have made just probably wouldn’t happen. I needed to soak up what was left of college, get away with living that lifestyle while I still could. Which gave me an idea.
“I don’t really have one,” I said. It felt like it was only halfway through the year, after all, with a full semester left ahead of me. “I’ll have one after I’m done with college. It’ll be like… a half-year resolution!” Brilliant, eh? I told him I’d make the resolutions on June 1st. Not technically halfway through the year, but it would be a few weeks after graduation, I’d be settling into my summer routine. A good time to start, I thought.
And like the blink of an eye, here we are. June 1st already. Five months has come and gone. (And I haven’t spoken to that guy in a while. He wasn’t exactly Mr. Right.) I’m keeping the promise I made to myself, and so today, I’ll be making a few half-year resolutions.
1. Explore New York City.
I’ve always loved Manhattan, but I feel like your twenties are really when the city treats you best. I’ve had my share of city nights during the summers when I’m home from school, or at winter break. But now that I’m here for good, I have all the time in the world to explore. I’ll also be interning in midtown, which means I’ll be in the city at a minimum three times a week. I’m also PUMPED for Autumn in New York (not that I want the summer to rush away, I just won’t mind too much when the leaves start to change). I haven’t experienced real fall weather since I was 17, literally. I can’t wait to see how beautiful NYC is with the colorful leaves, the autumn clothes, and the cool air. I’ll probably visit Central Park weekly and just lay in the grass and stare at the leaves. And Instagram like a zillion pics a day, knowing me.
2. Make life a little easier for the roomies.
I know it must get a little rough around the house for the roomies (Mom & Dad – that’s how I’ll refer to them from now on, so make a note). Kimmy still lives home, and her friends come by, which sometimes makes the house a little messy. Plus, just everyday living, with work, meetings, etc., can leave little time for cleaning and straightening around the house. I figure since I’m the best roommate/daughter ever, I can make a resolution to help out around the house as much as I can. At the very least, I don’t think my roommates should ever have to clean up after me. It’s hard when another roommate moves in – that’s another person’s mess to worry about. So doing my own dishes, laundry, and cleaning will be helpful. And picking up in common living areas, walking the dog, stuff like that I can handle I think. (Your welcome, Mom and Dad.)
3. Read more books.
I’m ashamed at how little I read anymore. I used to be such a bookworm in high school, consuming anything with two covers and pages in-between. With the exception of The Hunger Games and a really stupid Nicholas Sparks novel I read recently, I really haven’t been doing much reading the past few years (that wasn’t required for classes…cause I always did my reading for classes…). I’m pretty sure after summer ends and my friends all go back to grad school/law school/5th year of college/start their full-time jobs, I’ll have some extra time on my hands. And I’d love to spend it reading.
4. Play the piano again.
My bookshelf wasn’t the only thing acquiring dust the past four years. The piano hasn’t been tuned since probably 2006, which means it sounds pretty crappy right now. But I have to say, I miss it. And my family does. Or at least I think they do? Like I said, lots of time, lots of free hours, and I’m all caught up on most of my TV shows so I need something else to occupy myself with. I used to be pretty good, too, on the ebony and ivory. Let’s see if I can bring it back!
5. Make moves for real, grown-up life.
Being realistic, I should eventually start to think about full-time work and being a real person. So this year, I’ll explore my options for employment. I plan to meet some people, talk to family and friends, and look online for what’s out there. Go on interviews, revamp my resume, buy lots of blazers – you know, grown-up stuff. I have some time and I don’t want to rush away being young. I’m happy my summer will consist of an part-time internship and waitressing on the side so I still have time to hang out with friends, go to the beach, and have some fun. But through the rest of the year, I should slowly but surely start taking those steps.
And of course…
6. Get in fantastic shape.
Okay, I had to include this one. Now that I’m not in college and not partying as much, I’m gonna have more time to hit the gym (and less time at the bars means less empty calories ;] ). Also, I’m paying for my own gym membership now. Can’t let that money go to waste! LA Fitness, here I come!!
You don’t need to watch a big, lit-up ball drop down a pole in Times Square to decide to do something with your life. And so the Half-Year Resolutions are in. If I remember, come December 31st, 2012, I can see how I did. Assuming the world didn’t end yet. Fingers crossed! Wish me luck, friends. And Happy Half-Year…or something like that.