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SYW…Make a New Years Resolution and Actually Keep it

As the Holidays are moving past us, the new year is quickly approaching, and people will start making the ever-so daunting list of resolutions for the New Year. Generally regarded as a new beginning, millions of people pledge to lose weight, read more, or clean out the garage. I’ve never personally been a huge participant in this yearly ritual; to me it’s just another new year, another day, nothing really has changed. But recently, I’ve warmed up to the idea. I often find myself reflecting on my life and promising myself to be a better person, or change this or that in the future. I believe that we are constantly changing and evolving as time goes on, making ourselves more ourselves with each reaction to life’s events. To more succinctly put it, I turn to a quote from a book I read my freshman year in high school. A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin.

“As a man’s real power grows and his knowledge widens, ever the way he can follow grows narrower: until at last he chooses nothing, but does only and wholly what he must do…”

Rather than actually construct a list of specific resolutions I’ve promised myself to take a look at my life monthly and reflect on what I wish I could change and focus on how I should do things differently in the future. I’ve often thought, and still do, that how we react to situations is what determines our character; ergo it would be ideal to determine how to react if situations recur in the future. Along with that, I find I feel the general urge to be a better person, blah blah blah. I’ve also decided to focus less on mistakes I’ve made in the past and try to move on. “No regrets” is a phrase commonly coined, yet I think its been used to lightly. Regrets are inevitable, it’s what we do with them that determines whether they control our lives, or we use them to shape who we are. Now to actually do what I’ve decided to.

However, I’m sure many of you will actually make a mental or physical list. So here are my suggestions, that I hope will aid you, and myself.

Resolutions can be big, so make a general one, then divide it into small, manageable goals. For example, if you wanted to read 12 new books in the year, set a goal to read one a month. Likewise, if you wanted to lose a certain amount of weight by the end of the year, divide it up into smaller monthly or quarterly goals.

Once you make a general resolution, think of specific ways you can execute them. If you wanted to be more involved in community service, pick projects from your local community and set up a time you can participate in one or two a month, maybe more depending on your schedule and current level of involvement.

Be realistic. A year may seem like a long time, but for some things it may not be. Change does take time and effort, so if you want to do something make sure you have enough time and energy to wholly devote to that resolution. In my mind, completing one task thoroughly is better than doing 5 tasks half-way.

Set up an accountability system. Chances are there are others around you who want to do the same things as you. If you want to read more, set up a book club to meet once a month. If you want to lose weight, exercise and meet with a partner. Even if your friends and family don’t have the same goals as you, they will likely be fully supportive of you.

Hope you have had a wonderful Holiday Season, and good luck in the new year!


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SYW…See a New Movie

Its beginning to get cold enough outside that outdoor activities are becoming less and less inviting. At least here that’s true. It snowed one day in October, but hasn’t since. Which disappoints me, especially since its almost Christmas and there are no signs of waking up to find a magical white world to greet me Christmas morning. No, its supposed to be partly sunny and 50 degrees. On Christmas. You’ve got to be kidding me. Anywho, its at least cold enough to enjoy curling up with a good movie. So here are a few good ones.

Holiday Movies:


My personal favorite Christmas Movie

Elf is pretty much the best Christmas movie ever. If you haven’t seen it, well then you’re seriously missing out. And it doesn’t get old no matter how many times you watch it. For me, it’s a holiday staple. Christmas time means Elf time. Keep in mind this movie is a comedy, not an emotional movie. Heart-warming? Maybe, but tear-jerking? no. I recommend watching this movie with a group of people, the more the merrier. And we all want a merry Christmas.

It’s A Wonderful Life
A classic

This is a quintessential Holiday movie with a heart-warming, and possibly emotional (possibly) plot with a positive moral. I recommend watching it in black and white, it just seems right that way.

Other Movies:

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
So good. So, so, so good.

If you haven’t seen the first one, go get it, and watch it. Be amazed. Then catch this one in the theaters. Be blown away. Sequels are generally a step down from the first, yet this one matches, and possibly even exceeds the first. I can’t hype this up enough. I saw it a couple of days ago on the big screen with a group of friends. Amazing. Robert Downey Jr. is the perfect fit for Holmes. And the script, just brilliant. The back and forth between Watson and Homes is lives up to its predecessor’s quirky humor. The plot is fast paced, and the details are impeccable and clever. Yet my favorite aspect is probably the cinematography. Stunning. Spectacular. Perfect. I can’t praise it enough. I love every aspect of it. The action sequences are absolutely terrific. So go see it.


If you haven’t seen this one, you’re really behind on things. But as one of my favorites I had to add it in. I’ve seen it probably 5 times, and enjoyed it each and every time. You should probably see it twice, spaced out a bit just to try to comprehend it. Its much easier to stay with the movie the second time. This is most definitely and action and thinking movie, and it is very difficult to keep up, but its amazing.

The Matrix

This one goes along with Inception as a thinking action movie. So, don’t watch it within 2 weeks of watching Inception, because your brain will hurt. I wouldn’t recommend watching the 2nd or 3rd in the series, they will just disappoint.

The Pink Panther: The originals!!

Sure Steve Martin is funny, but he just doesn’t to justice to the role Peter Sellers was made for. They are simply hilarious. The last in the series isn’t as good, because Peter Sellers died in the middle of filming, so the ending is a bit scrambled and hasty. But the others are awesome.

For family friendly animated movies, that can be enjoyed by adults as well, my picks are

Gnomeo and Juliet and Despicable Me. I love both of them. Gnomeo and Juliet is on instant stream Netflix, and check your local Red Box for Despicable Me.

So crawl under a blanket, grab a group of friends, or snuggle up with your other half, and enjoy.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!


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