2016 resolutions

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Today is going to be a major wake-up call – not because work will be particularly busy, but because the past two weeks have been some of the best I’ve had. For the first time, I got to experience the holidays in a world free of the demands that come with working in television news. Translation: no 24-hour news cycle, no being in the office for the sake of being in the office. Instead, I got to unplug (for the most part) and enjoy both the benefits of time at home in Colorado (video to come), and my first-ever staycation here in Atlanta. I am not exaggerating when I call the whole thing life-changing. 

Anyway, enough about that. Reminiscing about the bliss that was these past few days isn’t helping me jump back in today, so without further ado, here’s a look at some of my personal resolutions for this year. I’m keeping the list to just a few key points this year. It’s a strategy that straddles both the keeping-expectations-low and focusing-on-what-matters lines. Here they are:

· Blog more, obviously.
As much work as it can be, I genuinely enjoy blogging and need to get back to my routine. There will inevitably be nights where I won’t have it in me to write the next day’s post, but I shouldn’t let those instances derail my whole week. Last year, I put so much pressure on myself to post polished, put-together pieces that I ended up not posting much of anything. In 2016, I’m going to do my best and post whenever I can, even if it’s not my best work. You’ll still love me, right?

· Cook more and eat better.
Thanks to Classpass, I’ve kept to a pretty good morning exercise routine. But thanks to my overeating and complete disregard for my diet (I blame a few too many juice cleanses before the wedding), I have nothing to show for it. In 2016, I want to keep up the workout routine and balance it with a healthier diet. Translation: fewer impulse purchases of my favorite Flamin’ Hot Cheetos.

· Be a better friend. 
Thanks again to the wedding, in 2015, I was on the receiving end of some of the best displays of friendship ever seen. This year, I’d like to return the favor and be a better friend. This means doing a better job keeping in touch (I’m terrible about that) and planning more trips to visit these same friends. My dearest friend Megan got engaged on Christmas Day (!), so I’m really looking forward to being her right-hand woman in her planning process, just as she was mine. 

· Make our house a home.
Five months into living in our first house and the furniture situation is still very bare-bones. There’s something really nice about the lack of clutter, but in 2016, I resolve to make some big furniture decisions (I have been sooo indecisive), and get our house feeling more like a home. Some rooms are coming along faster than others and I hope to share a status update soon.

· Improve my Chinese.
Brian and I have been calling 2016 our “Year of the Motherland Trips,” because we’ll be going to both China and Israel in the second half of this year. As such, Brian is trying to learn Chinese (emphasis on try), and while he’s at it, I’d like to try and improve my own reading and writing abilities. Speaking Mandarin has never been much of a problem for me, it’s the other parts where I’m much more rusty. Fun fact: there is no Chinese alphabet, so you either know a word or you don’t. My people don’t make things easy.

Ok, that ought to do it. Surely I can keep on top of these five things, right? How about you? What tops your list this year?

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