My 2012 New Year’s Resolutions
After graduating college in May and starting my first job in June, it became increasingly apparent that I was transforming into a real person. For me, the transformation began when I transferred the title of a vehicle and became the official owner of my car. Then I started budgeting, paying for car insurance, not having an excuse to not buy my friends gifts for the holidays, etc.
Right now, I feel like I’m in a position in which my responsibilities to external factors are increasing and my opportunities to take risks are decreasing. I decided on the following resolutions for 2012 to take advantage of this position and improve my quality of life further down the road:
I will start investing.
I’m pretty ashamed to admit this, but I don’t know how to invest. My dad currently manages my stock portfolio. Not that he’s doing a bad job or anything, but I feel like I should (and actively want to) take control of my personal finances. Fortunately, there are plenty of resources out there (namely Quora and my friends in finance) to help me start off on the right path.
I will not eat deep-fried food on weekdays.
I’m fully aware that genetics will only get me so far if I want to be/look fit and healthy further down the road, so I chose this resolution to help me develop better eating habits. I’m also aware of the fact that I really love deep-fried food, so I’m only restricting myself on weekdays for the sake of being realistic (and deliciousness).
I will learn a new skill and become proficient at it.
I haven’t decided which skill I want to learn yet, but it will probably be something along the lines of learning a new programming language, how to play the guitar, or something to do with electrical engineering (like creating a light installation that pulses to the beat of a song). The purpose of this resolution is to help me stay sharp and expand my skill-set.
Here are some of my lower-priority resolutions:
I will use swear words less often.
I will cook dinner at least two nights a week.
I will read a new book each month.
Let me know what you think of my resolutions, and I would love to hear what you have in store for 2012. Happy Holidays!