A very belated happy new year. We rang in the new year outside of Philadelphia, in our friends’ new ginormous farmhouse with several of Chris’s college friends. I’ve got photos upon photos that I’ve failed to share on the blog, but they’ll have to continue to wait. That last time I attempted to import some work photos, an error message informed me that I’ve exceeded my computer’s memory. After a little bit of delving into the issue (read: after asking Chris what was wrong), I realized that my photo library takes up over half of my computer space. Disorganization has led to no more room to upload…and thus the explanation for this boring, picture-less post. However, the organization of said disorganized photo library brings me to my number one resolution for 2012. I’d been feeling so down and out through November and December that I spent most of the month of December in great anticipation of January 1st and the ability to put those resolutions into action. Though against all logic, I felt as though I couldn’t start enacting them early, and continued through the month of December in my scattered, boggled ways. I’m happy to report that I’ve behaved myself and followed to an impressive degree most of my resolutions over the first two weeks of the year. They are:
1) Simplify. Although a vast resolution, Chris and I are making every effort to apply this to all aspects of our lives. Less clutter, less garbage, less stuff to weigh us down. This resolution encompasses resolution #2, but I want to specify #2 anyhow, as a reminder for myself.
2) GET ORGANIZED. The well-put-together, anal-retentive facade is just that…a facade. The trunk of my car and the closets throughout the house will show you that I’m anything but organized…as will my photo library. I’m always trying to do 500+things at once, and through the overambitious lifestyle was born the disorganized one. I’m trying to declutter, make sense of everything, and follow through with maintaining the organization. There will be several posts on this one.
3) Find happiness. I’ve become so consumed in dwelling on what I don’t have, what I wish I were doing, and where I wish I could be, that I’ve lost the ability to recognize the immediate things that make and keep me happy. I’ve also become self-loathing, and rather than motivating myself to find new avenues of happiness I’ve found myself more often than not slipping into a lazy pity party for one. I’m over this stage, and moving on.
4) Stop putting things off. When I don’t want to do something, I’m excellent at finding convincing excuses as to why that thing should wait until tomorrow. Things like calling people back, finishing house tasks that go without gratification, and more than anything—confrontation. If I don’t like it, I won’t do it, and I’ll give you a million and one reasons why I can’t do it…none of them true.
In the past two weeks I started reading for pleasure, painted half of the trim in the house and even a pair of closet doors, completed all of my Christmas returns, dropped off my dry-cleaning, and returned some of the numerous phone calls I’ve been putting off. It’s a start. I’ve been a lot more motivated to use the two hours before and after work than I ever have been (you know, those two hours that you tell yourself “aren’t enough time to complete anything important” even though the list of important things each take less than ten minutes?). I’m looking forward to 2012…I was so done with 2011.
I’m off to begin the painful task of photo library organization. I’m hoping to be back by next week with a post containing pictures…which means I’ve accomplished said task.