Category One: Lather, rinse, repeat. These are resolutions from last year, perhaps slightly modified.
#1: The classic 'get fit and lose weight'. The goal here is the same as always: 244lb.
#2: Visit my primary care doctor twice, my dentist at least twice.
#3: Scan every worthy piece of artwork in my assorted sketchbooks, mine and others, and get them posted. Still so much good art that needs to make it out of piles and into digital form.
#4: Eliminate one, if not two, characters from my online repertoire. I still have too many.
#5: Do things more resulting in long-term benefits, especially as regards friends and family, over quick and simple short-term things. Delayed gratification.
#6: Enter the hard phase of "Stuff-reduction". EBay off at least 50% of my Transformers collection. Reduce, through Ebay, gifts, or charitable donation, my comic book collection to 50% its current size. Eliminate video games I will never play, likely through charitable donation.
Category Two: Focus is not just a car from Ford. These are resolutions which will put me where I want to be, hopefully, before the end of 2007.
#7: Save $500 a month. This is the big, hard, tough one. It will require a lot of cutbacks in my spending, minimize my vacation abilities, and eliminate some of my regular activities. But it is necessary; If I cannot put aside $500 a month while living <i>rent-free with Mom</i>, how will I afford an equity-creating place of my own, or to share rent with someone? I have already started a tinytiny bit of this ($200 down, $20 a month in a Share certificate earning 5.35%APR) and need to carry on, put money into 3-month CDs, etc.
#8: Eliminate obstacles to my love life. #4 is part of it, #1 is part of it. I will be focusing on doing one or two things a month, every month, which will increase my availability, minimize my distraction, and hopefully make me a.. better relationship choice. I will communicate those things clearly and transparently, so that the removal of these obstacles is seen, and I will take advice and incorporate it into scheduling.
#9: Get Mom set for me to leave the house. This includes purchasing of a new computer for my use and setting her up with the former one, performing all necessary cleaning chores possible, tossing junk out of the basement and attic discreetly. etc.
Category Three: 'Takin' what they're givin' cause I'm working for a livin'. The work resolutions.
#10: Increase my career path by studying one book or magazine every month that is cooking-related, to make myself a better chef; or, seek out an alternate career and prepare one thing a month in study for that.
#11: Update my resume. 6 years since I've touched it, so much that needs to change.
Category Four: ?
#12: Well, this one's the tricksy. These resolutions are things I see in myself that need improving, but no one ever sees themselves perfectly. That's why I'm sending this out to folks who know me. What should #12 be? What do you see in my life and situations that I should start, should give up, should increase or diminish? Comments are screened, so feel free to be forthright, even blunt. I'll take advice under good and thorough consideration.