Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Ready for 2011

I'm a big fan of fresh starts. Being the Non-Type A that I am, I tend to live my life in a state of controlled chaos at all times. In some ways, it's a good thing... I'm almost always up for trying new things and I think that a lot of my creativity comes from the absence of self-inflicted regimens. However, I'll be the first to admit that lacking that structure does have a tendency to blow up in my face from time-to-time.

A new year means fresh starts and, along with it, that pesky "r-word" we all love to hate: resolutions.

As a lover of fresh starts, I like the idea of resolutions, but don't find myself ever making hard and fast rules (i.e. go to gym 3x per week). I'm more of the "work out more" or "make better financial decisions" type of resolutionist. I know the first principle of goal making is to make them specific and quantifiable, but I need my plans to have a little more flexibility to them.

I read a blog post a few days ago that has been stuck in the back of brain ever since. It was about choosing a word (or phrase) that you want to represent your year. So instead of saying "go to the gym 3x per week" maybe you make your word "active". The great thing about "active", for example, is that it can mean so much more than just sweating it out at the gym. It can be joining a crossfit group or running and playing outside with your children. It seeks to achieve the goal without the restraints of a gym. In my opinion, it's a much more positive way to set a goal for yourself and is so much more conducive to a non-regimented lifestyle.

So, drumroll please... I have decided that my word for 2011 will be "ready".

I know. Kind of an odd choice, but hear me out...

I love my life. I love the spontaneity, the adventures, and the passion with which I live it. I would never want any of that to change, however it would be nice if I could keep all of that but maybe cut the chaos back a tad. Ready can have so many meanings and I love that.

From the big things...
  • Being financially stable and ready for unexpected hits like replacing the air conditioner in my car.
  • Always being ready and prepared for all meetings and client interactions.
  • Paying attention to details like parking tickets, so I'm ready if say I were to hypothetically get pulled over for speeding. (I'm so bad about this type of thing, but luckily have always had nice officers that remind me that I have an outstanding ticket instead of hauling my butt to the slammer.)
To the little things... 
  • Making sure I'm ready to hop in the car and go wherever I need to by filling my gas tank up before I run out*. 
  • Readily having $$ at my fingertips. For me this means always knowing where my debit card is and having an emergency $20 stashed in my car and at home.
  • Budgeting properly so I'm not only prepared for 'blah' things like car repairs, but also ready for fun opportunities like last minute trips with friends.
*I have run out of gas 4-5 times in the last year and a half or so. One week I ran out twice in the same week.

And even the superficial things...
  • Always getting ready head-to-toe before leaving the house. This is a big one for me. I typically do my makeup at the office right before a meeting. Sometimes I don't even put it on all day. This has bit me in the ass on multiple occasions... one disastrous morning** sticks out in particular.
  • Having emergency makeup stashed in my car, just in case the aforementioned doesn't happen.
  • Being ready for bikini season before summer is halfway over this year.
  • Getting ready for bed every night by taking my contacts out and washing my face so I'm not blind and wrinkly when I'm old. {and brushing my teeth, obviously- that one is a given!}
**One of my most embarrassing moments involved running into an ex the morning after a particularly fun wedding. The girls and I were post-gaming the wedding over pizza bagels at Einstein's when he walked in dressed for church with his new girlfriend. I was in my pj's, wearing the jewelry from the night before with hair sticking up everywhere and mascara smeared all over my face. My friends said my face went white when I saw him walking in, and they were laughing at me so hard they were crying. Erika's exact words to me when he walked off were "Natty, you're a beautiful girl, but I don't think you could possibly look any worse than you do right now". Never. Again.

For me being ready is sort of all-encompassing. From working out, to budgeting, to having my hair blown out in case of a last-minute girls night or date- I think it is a good theme for the year. And as counter-intuitive as it may seem, being prepared and ready actually lends itself to taking further advantage of spontaneous opportunities.  If you have cash in the bank and a closet full of clean clothes, it makes throwing stuff in a bag and heading to Vegas on a whim all that much easier, right? 

So there is my version of a New Years Resolution. Feel free to join in the fun if you'd like. It's actually kind of interesting to think about where you are in your life and what one word would sum up the direction you would like your year to head. Other words I've seen are "savor", "acceptance", "relax", and "accomplish". As strange a choice as it may seem, I feel like ready is the right word for me.

What would your word for 2011 be?


Wayne Walker said...


Lu said...

My friend sent me a link to your blog because ironically enough, my nickname is Lulu and my hubby's is Moose! I've loved reading your blog ever since, and just started my own! Happy New Year, from the other Lulu and Moose!