I would never wish the past away, but 2011 was a bit of a rough one for me. I’m looking forward to celebrating a fresh start this weekend and bringing in 2012 with a bing, bang, boom — preferably a boom.

Annnnnd . . . while we’re on the topic of celebrations, what are your plans for new years eve? I’ll be traveling out of town to the great state of Ohio to spend it with some old university buddies and a few others.

Does anyone have resolutions? I’m usually HORRIBLE at sticking to them. On second thought, “horrible” doesn’t even do my repetitive resolution-breaking pattern justice. In fact, for the last few years I passed on even putting thought into making a new years resolution to break.

This year, I decided to give it a go once again in hopes of not bombing it like I always do.

Ugh — I’m so bad at this. But, maybe posting about it will inspire someone else who will actually find success with their resolutions.

So, here we go . . . my new year resolutions for 2012. I feel like I need a drum roll or something?

I. 30 things to stop doing to myself. Typically, I’m not one for the motivational, self-help article because they usually just make me feel like I’m doing everything wrong (which I probably am). With that said, I found a few tid-bits of advice in this one that make it worth the read.

II. Go outside. I desperately need to start making time for all things outdoors. I’m a definite workaholic and arguably a hermit. If I’m not careful, I might end up becoming a hoarder or something crazy like that. No offense to all my hoarders out there. If I lived closer to a flea market, I’d be scaling miscellaneous items I don’t need to get around my house, too.

III. Embrace and be proud that my work is rooted in the arts. At the end of the day, I create, and that’s something to feel good great about.

IV. As cheese ball as it sounds, after reading this article, I consciously want to make an effort to live life to its fullest. I’m done making excuses and whining about why today isn’t a good day. In the grand scheme of things, our time here is short and I think everyone forgets that all too often.

V. In 2012, I will surround myself more with the people I love. My friends (kick ass) and family (they kick ass, too) are an essential part of my life equation and I just haven’t been seeing enough of them lately.

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