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Resolutions update: January

We are twenty-two days into January. Most (of my) resolutions die by now, so here’s an update on Where have I been? What do I want?

Beauty: My nails are growing, but I had to trim them down (!) because they got in the way of the guitar strings. Like 10,000 spoons when all you need is a knife. Face and floss are good. My face has stopped breaking out and flaking off at the same time, which is a relief. I’m chalking that up to all of the moisturizers I’m using. Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost Face Mask once a week helps too.

Tip: run the unopened foil packet under warm water so that you’re not slapping ice-cold goop onto your face in the dead of winter.

Food: Doing well at eating the lunch I bring. This was last week’s lunch:

spinach, carrot, onion, tomato, hard boiled egg and Italian dressing.

I wasn’t sick of it by Friday, so I’ll duplicate that this week. I’m nailing the water goal, too. One bottle at home, one at work.

Fitness: The bad: I’m 4 days behind on Yoga with Adriene – the first time in 4 years I fell behind – but I’m still plugging away. It’s been so cold OR rainy lately that I can’t make myself get outside to walk. Some of the yoga workouts are less than a half-hour, making it hard to close my exercise rings every day.

but my battery’s almost 100%!

The good: I’m closing the move rings, so my Watch overlord suggested I up my move calories to 330 from 300. I accept.

Spirit: I’m leaving my desk for 20-30 minutes every day at lunch. TNP has a television in our common area that is always on CNN. I can’t deal with that, so I go downstairs to the building’s cafeteria to eat. Guitar practice has stabilized at 4x/week instead of 5. I’m blogging, too!

Dry January: Still dry.

No-Spend January: I, uh, bought a new desk. And girl scout cookies (2 a night with my evening coffee). And a blazer from NY&Co that was 75% off. All three bring me joy, Marie Kondo. And a bday present for Nephew B that I couldn’t pass up. And an order from Grounds & Hounds Coffee.

What about you? Which resolutions have you nailed and failed?

On organization

Happy New Year!

My New Year Resolution list is short, since I usually fail anyway:

1) To be a more active in-person friend. I love my home and my routine, and as I get older I’m more and more reluctant to go out. But I miss my friends.

2) Learn to juggle. A carryover from 2013.

3) Bring my body up to code. Keep regular dental appointments, eat better, move more.

4) Stay organized.

I’m doing MUCH better with organization. For example, I pulled open my top desk drawer last month to look for rubber bands. It looked like this:

A lovely sight!

A lovely sight!

One of my coworkers said “Oh my gosh that drawer is so organized!”

I had to laugh. It’s VERY organized. My desk at work is super organized (and I’d almost say optimized) so I can bang out the work. It might look jumbly, but that’s mostly because of my carnival of stuff on the cube walls.

So I ended up explaining my complicated relationship with organization, which is took me many years to perfect.

I’m a lazy person. I hate cleaning. I hate tidying. Left to my own devices, I’m sloppy and disorganized and forgetful.

Because I am so disorganized by nature, I NEED to be extremely organized or else within 2 weeks I’d look like I’d belong on the cubicle version of Hoarders. This is true at home, too. The Unf*ck your Habitat tumblr and app has been a great help to me; teaching me to break down housework tasks into 20 minute chunks. Cleaning up as I go helped me during the big cookie crush of 2013. It took me 10 years to figure that one out.

By the way, if you’re on a job interview and get asked your greatest weakness and your greatest strength, this is my (true!) answer that you may steal and use. This interview answer is gold.

“I’d say that organization is both greatest strength AND my greatest weakness. To put it another way, BECAUSE I’m naturally a little disorganized, I work twice as hard to become organized as I can. I keep lists, I make reminders, I develop a clear and efficient file structure, both on my computer and with actual folders for printed items. I know firsthand that clutter causes problems in the workplace.”

If I still cared about ad revenue and building an audience, I’d say “How are you staying organized in 2014? Share your tips below!” Instead, I’ll wish you luck on your New Year Resolutions. 🙂

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