Happy 2010: Resolution #1

Happy New Year! I’ve got a good feeling about 2010. There’s just something so balanced and wholesome about the sound of it… so balanced and wholesome that I’ve decided to make a few tentative New Year’s resolutions for the first time in many moons. I realize “tentative resolution” may sound like an oxymoron, but I fear commitment and “resolution” has a finality that scares me. I say keep ’em tentative; much better to write in pencil than in permanent marker.


I have only three rules for these quasi-reso-whatevers:

1. They must be fun.
2. They must be flexible.
3. They must not inspire guilt.

That is all. In other words, I will only aim for goals that make me happy, I will change my fickle mind any time I like and I will not starve myself to lose 30 pounds by bikini season (HA, it’s always bikini season here so that’s just silly).

Resolution #1: Get Scuba Certified

I’ve talked about this one for a long time, and I’m both exhilarated and apprehensive about the idea of exploring the depths of the big bad ocean.

Pros: seeing incredible marine life, reefs and even shipwrecks. Cons: The movie “Open Water.” Since I refused to see “Open Water” under any circumstances, the pros win.

All reservations aside, there is absolutely no better time to take the plunge (tee hee). I live in Hawaii, which is surrounded by some of the most beautiful dive spots in the world, and the Marine Corps Base 15 minutes away is offering a winter special for $159 per person. It would be crazy not to do it. Brian and I paid our fees today, and we start classes Monday. You’re mine, ocean.

What are your fun goals for 2010? More of mine to come…


1 tracey { 01.20.10 at 6:09 am }

my resolution is to stop at more of the roadside stands around the island.

2 tracey { 01.20.10 at 6:09 am }

and i don’t hate the photo in this post.

3 Gillian { 01.20.10 at 12:28 pm }

Oooh, that’s a really good one. The last time we did that on the North Shore, we were rewarded with $1 coconuts that we filled with rum. A good sign.

And I don’t hate the Gill and Tracey show either.

4 Lauren { 01.20.10 at 2:32 pm }

I’ve made 2010 the year of getting back to childhood delights. Signed up for a hoola hooping and flow class, and buying roller skates! Going to attempt roller derby this summer. Also, being more creative! Writing a book with some cool friends I know that are awesome.

5 Angie { 01.20.10 at 2:33 pm }

My New Year’s resolutions?

Resolution 1: Guatamala Spanish immersion adventure…

Resolution2: Write a book with two ridiculously fun friends..

God, where am I going to find these people?….

6 Parisa { 01.20.10 at 2:36 pm }

Good luck with scuba diving–that sounds amazing! It’s definitely something I’m way to chicken to do, it’s cool that you’re so brave. I’ve decided to take all the lessons of “What Not To Wear” to heart and start dressing better in the new year/decade. So far, it’s been fun and guilt-free (and I just found this awesome pair of silver pointy-toed flats that I’m overly excited about :P).
Also, I’ve started to look for airfares in August, since I have like 4 weeks off or something similarly lengthy. I’ll let you know…

7 Gillian { 01.20.10 at 7:09 pm }

Lauren, love all those things. Rollerskating and hula hooping are two of my favorite activities (and not to brag, but I’m actually really good at both).

Angie, I’m not familiar with any of those things. They sound super lame, so I don’t think you’ll get any takers.

Parisa, I’m still a little freaked out so don’t be too impressed till I actually do it. I think it’ll be pretty sweet, though. I like your “What Not to Wear” idea– I would like to branch out a little from my sundress and Reefs uniform as well. Your shoes sound super cute. And yay for visiting this summer! Stay for awhile.

8 Melia { 01.21.10 at 3:19 pm }

I like your guidelines for New Year’s Resolutions. Not inspiring guilt is a big one! As per usual, I have a bunch of goals I’m always working on, but I’m letting these “Three P’s” guide the way I live this year.

1. Be Present – I daydream a lot, even when in conversation or watching something on TV (ahem, football) and would rather be focused on whatever it is I’m doing at the moment.

2. Plan. Not that I don’t already, but I’d like to manage my workload better so I can avoid the alternating periods of procrastination and scrambling to meet deadlines.

3. Prioritize. Throughout the day, assess what I’m doing and ask myself if this is the best use of my time right now. Oftentimes I’ll do what’s easiest rather than what’s most important at the moment.

Good luck with scuba! So exciting, even though you know me — snorkeling pushes my limits quite enough. From what I’ve heard, though, it’s easier to breathe through a regulator than through a snorkel.

9 Gillian { 01.25.10 at 6:18 pm }

I love your “Three P’s,” Melia! Prioritize would be an excellent one for me as well. I constantly do tasks that are less annoying than the one with the most pressing deadline.

Our first scuba class is tonight, but we don’t get in the pool until tomorrow. Nervous but excited!

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