Monday, January 9, 2012

20 New Year's Resolutions for 20-Somethings

I found another great article about resolutions to update my previous post on this topic. This article is from Thought Catalog (article by Jessie Rosen) and has 20 introspective, yet reasonable resolutions for people in their 20-somethings (people such as myself). Here's the list - again I have bolded my favorites and added notes:

  1. Before you status update, Tweet, Tumble or Instagram, pause and say to yourself, “is it entirely necessary that I share this morsel of thought with my entire social network?”and if the answer is not, “yes, I absolutely must,” then step away from the Internet. (Stop with the information overload. This isn't a journal for you to pour your heart out in 140 characters, get a real journal. And also, FYI to a lot of people I know - your future employers will be looking at "unbecoming" photos of you and they might not "LOL" like your friends. Once it's on the internet, it never really goes away.)
  2. Know which candidate you’re going to vote for in the upcoming presidential election, and know why.
  3. Enough with the 14-day juice cleanses. If you want to lose a little weight quickly, eat less and exercise like crazy. If you want to lose a lot of weight slowly, do whatever Jennifer Hudson did.
  4. If you really like the person you’re hooking up with and would like them to be your boyfriend/ girlfriend, find a way to tell them, and hope for the best. If you don’t and wouldn’t, stop. (A.k.a. don't be a skank. Nobody respects or likes a skank.)
  5. Find a way to save approximately 300 dollars and spend it on a flight to see a friend or family member who lives far away.
  6. Please stop liking the Kardashians, all of them. It’s not helping anyone, least of all the Kardashians.
  7. Spend less than or equal to the money you earn each month.
  8. Wear clothes that fit you, especially to work.
  9. Call someone on the phone at least once a week, and speak to him or her for at least ten minutes.
  10. Start preparing now to get over the fact that Facebook is probably going to change again in six months. You’re not going to deactivate your account. You don’t know how. (I don't understand why Facebook changing becomes a WWIII situation. It's a website. They change. Move on.)
  11. Wait 30 seconds before you look up a fact you can’t remember on your phone, and try to remember it using your brain. This is what the olden days were like.
  12. Replace one terrible reality show you’re currently watching with one wonderful scripted show currently available on television.  Swap suggestion: Real Housewives of Anywhere for HBO’s Enlightened. (Seriously people stop encouraging the Housewives and others like them and watch something that makes you think) 
  13. Try that food you think you don’t like but have never actually tried, unless it’s brussels sprouts. They really don’t need any more attention.
  14. Cut one person out of your life who you truly do not like and add one person who you truly do. Note: not on Facebook, on Earth.
  15. If you’re still blacking out regularly, you should stop. (Seriously, it's not cute. Don't use the excuse, "but it's college, it doesn't count." Um, why does it not count? Have you found a pause button on real life that I haven't heard about? If so, fill me in.)
  16. Volunteer once over the next 90 days.  You’ll feel really good about it, and probably end up volunteering again over the next 275.
  17.  Tell someone who you love that you love them on a more regular basis. To their face, not in a text.
  18. Back up your entire online life onto an external hard drive, especially your photos.
  19. Crap or get off the pot. This applies to whatever thing you’re not doing that you should just sack up and do already.
  20.  And in the eternal words of Tom Haverford, “TREAT YO SELF!”

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