It’s the big blackout.

So I’ve hemmed and hawed over whether or not I really wanted to come up with a resolution for the new year. I’m not the type to have them since I believe it shouldn’t take the start of a new year to better yourself. Why deprive myself the pleasure of messing up all year? But I made a resolution last year that I actually stuck to and so I wanted to try to continue that streak. Though I guess doing something once isn’t a streak, but whatever.

Last year, my goal was to be nicer. Being known as the “cold bitch” at work was getting old even though it came in handy at times. I kid. Well, not really. Ok, I’m not the warmest person at first (I’d say I was…intense), but you’d be surprised how nice I am to real friends and family. And straight up, which is what netted me the nickname. So anyway I vowed to be nicer to people up front and it has helped me gain many new friendships. Interesting how that works.

So this year I was hoping to do something a little more difficult. Not that it was an easy task to be a nicer person. Old habits die hard and all. But I was hoping to challenge myself a bit more and I think I’ve figured out what it is I want to do. I’ll be incredibly proud of myself if I’m able to accomplish this goal. I’ll probably be a better person for it. And I’ll actually (hopefully) be able to model responsible behaviors to Nugget when the time comes.

So, here it is. Drumroll, please. Once I tell the internet universe there’s no holding back. No taking it back. I’ll either do it or be a complete and utter failure. And, by the way, there’s one caveat: I’m doing this in quarters, three months at a time. Before you call me a chump right off, I’ll just say that I chose to do it that way so that I wouldn’t quit and be completely discouraged should I buckle under a sale sign.

And so for the first quarter of 2011, I will not purchase any new clothing or shoes.

Now, there have to be a few exceptions:

Undergarments don’t count. Don’t worry, I won’t run out and buy $400 worth of La Perla.

Clothes and shoes for Nugget don’t count.

And any purchases already made are made. Done. I’m not returning them.

But if there happens to be some sort of future purchase made that breaks my resolution, I guess I’ll have to admit it for all to read on the webiverse. I’ll even include a photo so you can make fun of me.

So, here we go. I think The Man will thank me. His wallet will thank me. And I’m sure I’ll thank me in the future too. Sigh.

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