new year's resolutions for the real world.

many years ago i decided to stop playing cruel jokes on myself by making myself think i could actually kick old habits and start living a life you'd read about in good housekeeping magazine. don't get me wrong, i'd like to live on organic vegetables, wake up at 6am to bake fresh bread and work in my garden, followed by a 10 mile jog, all while wearing freshly ironed clothes, but the reality is: i won't! so to keep things honest, or even to keep from setting the bar too high, i've created a list of resolutions with which i'm happy to comply. i pledge to:

1. eat as many french fries as i want and never feel guilty about it.
2. go thrifting and buy things i don't need because, hey, you can't beat the price!
3. continue making jewelry and not worry when people think i don't have a "real" job.
4. continue correcting the most obvious grammatical errors.
5. wear my pajamas all day long.
6. make my bed only after i change the sheets.
7. always be honest, even if it means disagreeing.
8. anthropomorphize animals.
9. dream of living in san francisco.
10. use humor in serious situations.

have you made any new year's resolutions? are you good about sticking with them? and, in honor of national bird day (thanks, anna, for letting me know), here's my heart and soul...

34 comments:

  1. Ha we so need to meet!!! I kept my resolution simple .. buy milk from my farmers' market milk man ... it is raw milk and boy did that make my mom, sister and a couple friends freak out ... whatever the milk I was getting before can also be questionable. Any who, you are so witty and real ... I love that about your posts!!! XO!

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  2. amen to this! i am still working on my intentions. i keep erasing them because i want to be realistic this year and not disappoint myself by setting unattainable goals. so here's to pj's and french fries!!!! and my #9 is dreaming about moving back to chicago.......

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  3. great list! flojo looks beautiful as always! happy national bird day!

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  4. You go girl! (I NEVER make my bed...ever. What's the point?) You make total sense and I'm digging it. Mine is pretty simple...I don't make new year's resolutions.

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  5. I'm a little late on the resolution making and am yet decided if i should or not. I was thinking about committing more to my blog, i have been neglecting it alot lately and feel sad that i haven't put the time or energy into it. If i have one resolution that is it, blogspot attention needed asap! :-)

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  6. 1.I just ate some Fries last night for the first time in a long time and it. was. AWESOME!

    2. As long as you are being thrifty...

    3. I struggle with that conversation too, but like you, I have learned to let go.

    4. Alan always corrects me...while he was visiting I got talking really fast and said "so much more better" WOW. I need to slow down and use my brain. It's a funny joke now.

    5. I'm happy I'm not the only one wearing pjs all day. I usually change around 5 for the first time. Sometimes I uses make-up! When it warms up, I work in my shirt, undies and tube socks. Basically, I look like an old person that's lost their mind.

    6. ditto

    7. good luck

    8. and we love you for it!

    9. I dream of Spain, but I don't know Spainish :(

    10. I'd rather laugh than cry or feel uncomfortable.

    overall, get your butt to TX so we can all goof off.

    xo
    k

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  7. Your resolutions are so doable.
    The best one is to use humor during serious situations.
    More people should do that! The world would be a better place.
    Typing In My Pjs,
    C

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  8. let's all have a year of not making beds. love the birdie! so cute!

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  9. Those are great resolutions. I don't ever make any because I'd rather make a real change in my life instead of just plan to.

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  10. These resolutions are the greatest!

    <3 Sarah
    theantiquepearl.blogspot.com

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  11. This is the absolute perfect list of goals. My main goal is to be a healthy version of my present self and so far I am going pretty well for only 6 days in :-)

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  12. anthropomorphize animals.. I love it. I do that in my daily life as well. Your resolutions are great, love :)

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  13. Thanks for keeping it real Danielle! Your list is SO refreshing! I have a goal very similar to your #9 - but replace San Fran with London! :) I absolutely hate making the bed and it drives my husband crazy that i don't if I wake up after him! haha Flojo is such a beautiful bird! Love that pic! Happy National Bird Day to you and Flojo!

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  14. this is by far the best new years post i've seen! i totally agree with you, just because the date of the year changed, doesn't mean all of our normal habits will!

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  15. kind of obsessed with this list. it is awesome. and honestly, i hope you're serious about correcting grammar. it gives me anxiety attacks when people confuse "your" and "you're" and "there", "their", and "they're". ahhh!

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  16. haha love all of these resolutions - keeping it real!

    My only resolution so far is to "drag my sorry arse to the gym even if I don't feel like going". Six days in and I haven't broken it yet. I've already lasted a lot longer than I thought I would. Woo!

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  17. Oh so very real! And I totally hate when people think having your own online business must be easy. They don't know how hard it is to self-motivate yourself while keeping up with your shop, blog & other social networks, advertising, and etc.

    Anyway, your little birdie's so cute - lol I think I tell you that on all my comments!

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  18. hope you had a fabulous bird day!
    your resolutions are refreshing, and so true. I haven't made resolutions in forever but your list inspired me to make 2.
    - I will continue to eat chocolate for breakfast and not let anyone make me feel bad about it.
    - every sunday is and will always be skanky sunday. thank God for dry shampoo.

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  19. This is the best resolution list I've seen this year in blog land. Thanks for your honesty! I'm now adding "continue drinking milk straight from the carton" to my resolutions :)

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  20. i love this list! and anthropomorphize, good word!! ;)

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  21. Danielle, I love your New Year's resolutions and this post. It made my day! :)

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  22. HEAR HEAR!!! or is it HERE HERE!!
    xo
    B

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  23. i think i could easily do resolution #1 with you :) and you know i have #2 DOWN PAT ;) man oh man i'm going to miss our dates at estate specialists!

    #3- remember, they're just jealous!
    #5- i don't think i've gotten out of the pajamas my mother-in-law gave me for christmas SINCE moving. ha i'm in them now ;) while eating gas station chips... i can feel the weight already... sigh.
    #9-Southwest flies from El Paso to San Fran so next time you go, let me know ASAP so i can meet up with you!!! i HAVE to see the city you love and Claire. I miss you girl fiance so we have to plan soon please! :)

    my resolutions: find a job in our new city, work out with this time off, explore our new city. Now wether i stick to the working out one... well check back with me in a few days HA!


    Happy National Bird Day!!! xoxo

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  24. You. Are. Awesome!!! I missed your blogging butt. & I agree w/ Kelly on that last big...I'll meet yah 1/2 way! <3

    I will NEVER give up fries.

    & the only reason it's SO easy for me to eat local is because SoCal is so close knit.

    Oh & about the PJs...I would if I could but I cant so I wont. (say it with rhythm)

    xo

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  25. I love your resolution list. Especially the pajamas one and the anthropomorphizing one. By the way, I think you need to read The Art of Racing in the Rain, like, yesterday. It's a must for any dog lover!

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  26. This is a great list of resolutions. I need to get real like you... I make a list every year of what my "best self" would look like, and then never end up living up to it. Oh well, my intentions are good!

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  27. wow! flojo your parrot is adorable and so bright!!
    amber xx

    www.amberandhilary.blogspot.com

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  28. Love it! These are my kind of resolution's. I make a point of never doing them as I too set myself up for disappointment. The only one I actually did was, wear more dresses and skirt's, and craft more often and follow my gut when it come to a craft.

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  29. I recently started following your blog...just wanted to say that this is an amazing list of resolutions! Not only are they realistic, but you shouldn't feel bad about any of them. I stay in PJs all day when I can! :)

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  30. you are the cutest and these are the best resolutions i've seen this year. genius!

    i kept mine simple this year. just the hair one really, which is good, because that's about all i can handle :).

    i'm with you on the thrifting for things i don't need! ha!

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  31. I'm loving your resolutions and LOVE LOVE LOVE the picture of your bird shaped heart xxx

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  32. Um, I'm seriously loving your 2011 list, particularly your use of "anthropomorphize" (what a fantastic word).

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  33. That's so cool, every one should have some goals and aims for his or her near future, because these goals motivate him to put his maximum efforts to get results. Very nice and interesting post dear.

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