HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN: It’s still January, right? Never too late for champagne. And we haven’t missed it: our new year’s resolutions! (Oh, don’t think you’re gonna get out of here without them.) And keep reading--a quiz is coming up! (You'll find out how well we know each other...)
Here are the most popular resolutions of 2015, according to someplace:
Get a better education
Get a better job
Eat healthy food
Take a trip
Drink less alcohol
So then I went back and looked up the most popular resolutions of 2008. They were:
Get out of debt or save money
Develop a healthy habit
Develop a new skill or talent
Spend more time with family and friends
Join a social network
Break an unhealthy habit
Clear out wardrobe on Ebay
I guess times do change. This was the midst of a recession—look how much higher “get out of debt” is.
But my favorite: Would ANYONE you know resolve to join a social network? Ha. Our resolutions would be to get OFF of them. Right? And when was the last time you thought about EBay? (Am I completely out of it/ Is there still an Ebay?)
So then I went back to our Jungle Red resolutions blog from 2008, And hilariously, one commenter vowed to get off FREECELL. And another praised her new cutting edge iPhone.
Back in 2008, we Reds also listed our resolutions. So now I’ve asked each Red to tell me a 2015 resolution. Just one.
And here they are: But wait—which of us said them?
One of us resolved: “To check email only after I've written at least 100 new words and no more than five times a day.”
This year, the same person said: “Do one thing at a time and try not to keep thinking of what I’ve got to do after..”
Another of us said: “This year I will learn that I don't always have to be perfect--that trying to be perfect comes with a physical price.”
This year she said: “Decluttering!”
Want to try another of us? In 2008, she said: “Try harder to live in the moment.”
This year she said: “Let it go, let it go. Stop worrying about what you can’t control.”
And one more? Who said: “Have more fun with folks I love, quit wasting time on stuff I can't control. “
Hint: This year, she’s in Australia! With folks she loves.
Red Debs has since taken up Reds residence: this year her very luxurious resolution is: “Take more baths. Long, soaking, bath salt/bubbly, relaxing, meditating baths.”
We welcomed new Red Susan this year…and her resolution is one for all of us: “Take a lesson from Miss Edna and enjoy life, Auntie Mame style...”
So two things Dear Reds:
Can you guess the Reds’ resolutions? Who vowed not to check email? Who decided not to be perfect? Who promised to let it go? And who took off for Australia?
And of course—what are YOUR resolutions? Do you think they’ve changed since 2008?