Happy New Year!
As usual, I have three New Year’s resolutions. Some people don’t find it helpful to make these, but it works for me. I try not to have too many – three seems to be a reasonable amount – because focusing on just a few means I’m more likely to actually accomplish them. Also, posting them here means you guys can hold me accountable!
1. Make sleep a priority
…my parents are probably laughing as they read this, because I’ve spent probably 2/3 of winter break sleeping. BUT IT’S SO QUIET HERE. Also, I’m sick right now. Blahhhhh.
Anyway, I want to want to develop better sleeping habits this year so that I’m the best student that I can be! During the fall semester, I was paranoid about getting bad grades, so I studied a LOT… in fact, so much that I frequently went to bed much later than I should have and ended up finding it hard to function the next morning. Also, sometimes one of my friends would come online and start messaging me, and then we’d spend like an hour chatting back and forth because we hadn’t talked in ages.
Finally, people are LOUD in my dorm. I live in the only dorm designated as a quiet residence hall, but do people pay attention to the “quiet time from 7 PM to 8 AM rule”? Noooooo. They sit out in the hallway at night and talk. And laugh. And YELL.
I’m not expecting the dorm to be, like, so quiet you could hear a pin drop, but it really gets on my nerves when people who live down the hall – or even on another floor – come and sit outside my room and talk at all hours of the night. (I live next door to a guy who’s basically everyone’s friend and who will not shut up, so… yeah. UGH. Lots of people congregate in/around his room.) One of the jobs I applied for would require me to get up at about 6 at least three mornings a week, and I can’t have people causing a ruckus until, I don’t know, 3:30 in the freaking morning each and every day.
Soooooooo, this particular resolution involves A) balancing good study habits with good sleeping habits and B) politely but firmly insisting that other students respect the quiet hours rule. I TRIED to do the latter this past fall, but evidently not often enough.
Also, we’re gonna have a new RA (or resident assistant – basically an upperclassman who lives on the floor with us and is in charge of things) for the spring semester because our old one got fired. (It’s a long story…) Hopefully this one will be more proactive about enforcing the quiet hours, because the old one never did unless I banged on his door at 3 in the morning to get him to actually do part of his job.
Now can you see why I love how quiet and peaceful it is at home? SLEEEEP. ALL OF THE SLEEP. YAY YAY YAY.
2. Get my TBR list under control
Goodreads informs me that my TBR list is 2,263 books long! DSFBDSAFJHKDFHSKF. CLEARLY I NEED TO BECOME BETTER AT MANAGING IT.
So, that’s one of my resolutions… and probably my most important one. I miiiight write up a post about other 2016 reading goals – but then again, I might not. Because the most important reading goal is that I slowly but surely cross books off my TBR list.
I have a really bad habit of going to the library with the intent of getting one book… only to come out with five other books that I’d never even heard of before and NOT the book I meant to get. Or sometimes I DO pick up the book I meant to get, but I get a handful of other books as well and end up reading those instead, while neglecting the book I meant to read.
So, to put it simply, this year will be devoted to whittling down my TBR list into something more manageable. I hope that 2016 will be a better reading year than 2015 was – actually, I hope it’ll be more like 2014, because that was a KICKASS reading year. (203 books, versus 100 in 2015!) Obviously, I’ll continue to add books to my TBR as I discover new and interesting stories to read, but I’m also going to make an effort to read some of the books that have been on my TBR for quite a while.
3. Work up the courage to actually go on dates and stuff
I’M SHY. AND PEOPLE INTIMIDATE ME. But I neeeeed to just suck it up and actually ask a girl out on a date! Last year one of my resolutions was to be more proactive about friendships, and I think that went pretty well. So… this year, I guess I’d like to be more proactive about my crushes?
Right now, if a girl flirts with me, I basically squeak in fright and go hide in my room. I AM A SHY HOBBIT. So I want to do something about that this year! I don’t, like, expect to find the love of my life or anything, but… my current method of dealing with a crush is to ignore it. For example, there’s this girl I have a crush on at school who’s asked me to hang out a few times and I made up some excuse about having a ton of homework to do because, you know, that shy hobbit thing.
I read an article a few months ago about how many LGBTQ+ people in their twenties have no idea how to date because they didn’t in middle/high school. They couldn’t – whether due to homophobia, peer pressure, being in the closet, et cetera. And, well, it reminded me of myself. I mean, it’s not like people date seriously in middle school, but I never even experienced the awkward “telling your crush that you liked them” stage. I have no idea how to do that because I never got the chance to practice.
There’s a lot I missed out on, and I’m trying to catch up because right now I am kind of pathetic. I worked on the whole “too shy/scared to make friends” thing last year, but the thought of talking to my crushes still terrifies me. Right now I go “EEEEEEEEEEE” and scurry away whenever I see them.
I AM A SMALL SHY GAY HOBBIT OK.
Did you make any resolutions or set goals for yourself in 2016? Tell me all about them!
P.S. The titles of my posts on January 1st, 2014 and January 1st, 2015 came from lyrics from U2’s “New Year’s Day,” so I felt like I should continue that tradition today. Hence, the title of this post.