The Making of a Happy New Year
New Year’s Resolutions, am I right?
Happy January everyone. Weird how it’s 2019. Are we seriously this old?
In the spirit of the new year, I am taking it upon myself to do some self-improvement. 2018 was fine, I mean I graduated from college and found a job somehow, so that was cool. But this year, I am trying to take my life more seriously.
By this, I mean that, if I’m being honest with myself, I half-way things. On paper, it doesn’t seem like it. I got As and Bs in college, I went to class (usually) and I’ve always had a job. But I often find myself looking for the easiest way out. How do I hit this requirement with the least possible amount of work? My college courses trained me in perfecting the delicate art of writing 10-page essays in 12 hours. But while this balancing act worked for me in college, I’m quickly realizing it’s not going to work for me in my career, wherever I end up working.
I used to pride myself on my ability to slack and still get the A. When I would see other students diligently working on a project for week, a project that I started two days before the deadline, I would cringe. What a waste of time, I thought. I was thankful for being smarter than them and not needing to work as hard or care as much. But it’s really not something to be proud of; now, it only makes me wonder where I could go if I put my 100% effort into something.
My aspirations of travel writing and accumulating wealth and fame will never be realized if I continue on this path of mediocrity. So how do I start changing my half-ass college bum mindset? New Year’s Resolutions.
I set three resolutions for myself this year. And I’m holding myself accountable to them as much as possible. On January 1, I went out and bought a physical calendar to hang on my door on which I can mark my progress on my resolutions. This way, if I don’t follow through, my failure will be glaring right in my face.
My first resolution is to exercise/lose weight. Yep, I know, original right? There’s a reason gym’s are crazy busy this time of year. But as someone who has never been on a regular workout routine, it feels really good to do something like this.
When I was at school, I walked all over campus every day. But now that I have an office job, some days the bulk of my exercise is walking to and from my car. I missed the physical activity, I even missed sweating.
I also think that exercise is an excellent way to discipline myself. If I can stick to working out – an activity I am not used to and truly hate – I can stick to working hard in other areas of my life. This is my first step in not being a fat lazy slob. As far as my diet goes… well, maybe I’ll discuss that in a future blog.
My second resolution is to read books. I want to read at least 10 pages of a book every day. I began reading late 2018. Before then, I hadn’t read a non-school required book in, well, ever. But reading feels good now that I’ve started – it’s a nice break from Youtube, Reddit and video games. Reading can teach you all kind of things, and I love learning new things, especially things with no practical value. Right now I’m reading a nonfiction history book chronicling Lawrence of Arabia and the Middle Eastern theater of World War I. It’s the kind of thing that has always fascinated me, but I never bothered to actually pick up a book.
The great thing about reading is that it teaches you to write. All great writers attribute their inspirations to other writers. How am I ever supposed to write well if I don’t read what other better writers have created before me?
Finally, my last resolution is to keep up with this blog. My goal is to post a new blog at least once a week. When I feel more comfortable with it, I will post more, but I will start with weekly posts. I wish to hone my writing skills while possibly gain some attention as I do it. The more I write, and the more I read, I am confident that my skills as a writer will only get better.
So stick around, because we’re only going up from here!
Thank you so much for reading, and good luck on your own New Year’s Resolutions.
My name is Alec Slovenec, and I graduated with my bachelor's degree in multimedia journalism last year from Kent State University. I have a few years of writing experience, and I would love to share my talents with the Euclid Observer. Writing for the Observer would be an excellent way for me to improve and practice my skills as a writer and journalist. I recently started posting weekly blogs on my Wordpress, and I would love to get them published. I have lived in the Northeast Ohio are my entire life, so connecting with a local paper would be a great fit for me. Thank you so much for this opportunity!