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10 New Year’s Resolutions I Might Actually Keep

There’s so much wrong with this picture. 2006 Wendy should have known better.

I’m pretty sure that I’ve never actually made a New Year’s resolution. This is due, mostly, to the fact that I know myself and I know that committing myself to do anything for an entire year is pretty much ridiculous. I’d be setting myself up to fail. But, I decided to come up with a list of New Year’s resolutions that I know for sure that I’ll be able to keep (probably).

2005 Wendy


Stop Using That Picture From 9 Years Ago As My Profile Picture On Social Media



Here’s the thing – I really like that photo. But, if I’m being completely honest with myself, there’s a lot of differences between 23-year-old Wendy and 33-year-old Wendy. I wear glasses all of the time now. I have crows feet. And bangs. And, let’s be honest, I’m not nearly that skinny anymore. It’s time for 2005 Wendy to go back to where she came from.




Stop Thinking I Can Make The Things I See On Pinterest



I should have given up on this a year ago. For real. I have never found a single thing on Pinterest that I have attempted and had success with. Even when people say “this is the easiest recipe in the whole world and no one can screw it up!” it gets screwed up. Maybe, more than anything, I just need to learn how to cook this year.


I can make both of the things in this photo. And not much more.
I can make both of the things in this photo. And not much more.


So, Hey! I Guess I’ll Learn To Cook!



Let me be clear here, it’s not that I don’t know how to cook. I know how to cook a certain number of very easy things. I’ve just never had the time or the patience to figure it all out. Maybe 2016 will be the year that I finally dust off my cookbooks and become a master chef! Or, at least up my cooking repertoire to include more than pasta, macaroni and cheese, and instant mashed potatoes. I got a sweet Kitchenaid mixer for Christmas, so hopefully that will help.


Hans Van IJzendoorn/ThinkStock
Hans Van IJzendoorn/ThinkStock


Drink More Water



This is super easy to do because I drink almost zero water on a daily basis. It’s not that I don’t find it refreshing, but I much prefer my refreshment to come in a carbonated, caffeinated form. Diet Pepsi is my lifeblood. I should probably drink a glass of water every now and again to balance it out.


Alexandru Kacso/ThinkStock
Alexandru Kacso/ThinkStock


Stop Reading The Comments On News Stories



I keep telling myself that I need to do this, and 2016 may be the year that it finally comes to fruition. Seriously, nothing good ever comes from reading the comments on news stories, no matter what side of the issue being discussed you identify with. There will always be those people out there using the veil of internet anonymity to spew ignorance and hate speech. The only way that I can avoid it is to stop reading the comments altogether.




Stop Googling People



I need to face facts – I am never going to find out some sort of sordid information about that new guy my friend is dating by simply typing his name into Google and crossing my fingers. That’s not the way life (or Google) works. I’m much better off Facebook stalking him.




Stop Marking My Territory With Bobby Pins



Otherwise known as, “pick up your damn bobby pins, Wendy!” For real, there are probably about 100 of these things scattered throughout my home and office. It’s a problem that I need to overcome.


This isn't even close to being all of the books I own. The shelves can't contain them all.
This isn’t even close to being all of the books I own. The shelves can’t contain them all.


Read More



This one should be relatively easy. The thing is that I really love reading, I just don’t ever take the time to do it. In 2016, I resolve to stop letting life get in the way and sit down and make time to read regularly. This should be pretty easy as I have a stack of books yet to read that have been suggested to me over the last 12 months. No more binge-watching NetFlix. I finally finish reading the three books I’m currently half-way through instead.


wendy and adam levine


I Will Take More Photos With My Cardboard Cutouts



Because what’s the point of having an Adam Levine, Bruno Mars, or Katy Perry cardboard cutout if you don’t use it for photo ops every so often?


flickr, naixn
flickr, naixn


Take At Least One Photo Every Day



I take a lot of photos, honestly, but I can’t say that I take one every day. It seems like this year some of my favorite photos were ones that I took of random things I saw as I was wandering around the city. In 2016, I resolve to take at least one photo every day. I want to capture the memories (and my actual memory is pretty terrible).


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