Resolve to Learn

Every now and then (usually when I get bored), I open my email's spam folder. I scan the messages for anything that looks legit, and then push the button that dumps everything else into the trash. While I didn't catch anything this time, my eye did stop across the most interesting subject line: "Resolve to Learn".

What a great line and way to ring in the new year, I thought to myself. Resolve to learn. Since August, I've been in a stuff purging mode. I have been clearing out the clutter and trying to re-align my priorities and self with all the things that matter to me most. This mode always gets me thinking about the new things: projects, classes, or techniques I'd like to try. I suddenly found myself drifting away from wanting things to thirsting for knowledge.

So, when I read that subject line, naturally it got me thinking and listing all the knowledge-based things I wanted to spend my time (and cash) on in the new year. At the top of the list comes my desire to get tarot certified. I've been wanting to do this for years and I figure 2009 is the time. Next comes a small list of conventions, festivals, and retreats that will feed my literary, artsy, and spiritual lives. Finally, there's some classes and writing groups to participate and maybe teach. Of course, all this is in addition to the goals I have set out for myself this year.

I'm excited that the new year is finally upon us and that there's 364 days to pursuit these new knowledge-focused items. Tell me, what sorts of things do you resolve to learn in 2009?

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The statement is easy...

I resolve to learn to reverse my bad eating habits and lose about 70 pounds.

The uphill battle is about to start :)
"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)

good luck!


Good luck with that! I'm hoping to use my gym membership more this year as well. Here's to a leaner and smarter 2009.


good luck - I'm in the same boat

Good luck Ygor. I'm in a similar boat. I'm fighting sleep apnea and my doctor says there's a good chance if I get down to a healthy weight it will go away. The Wii Fit we bought back in July is helping me get some exercise, I just need to get a little more of that & actually eat healthy.

As for resolving to learn, that is a great goal for the year. In my profession (computer programming) I don't think I have a choice to not learn...

One side note here - I really don't like the idea of New Year's Resolutions. Any time you decide to go for a goal, you should do it. It shouldn't be dependent on the New Year rolling around. I wrote about this once. I think I called it "October resolutions."


Wii Fit


Santa brought me one of those--we have been having a blast and laughing ourselves silly at the ridiculous things we are learning about ourselves. More so with Wii Sports (swinging at a tennis ball three times and missing all three times makes for a pretty funny replay) and Wii Play ("There were Scarecrows? All I saw was the cow's butt!" said my dad) than Wii Fit, though Dad laughed pretty hard when he turned into a snowball with pointy bits in the ski jump.

My resolution is to not make any promises to myself that I can't keep. I am sidestepping the resistance thing I usually bump into by just trying to adopt some more healthy behaviors without making them any kind of goal or resolution. The wii fit is part of that. Just have fun actively, don't make any resolutions about daily exercise, etc.


Not resolutions, but...

I don't make New Year's resolutions. Never have. But three important things are coming up this month.

-- Next week I start taking a college class. I've been wanting to go back to school. I'm hoping to go back full-time this summer or fall, but for now one class is a good start.

-- Monday my DH and I close on a townhouse in a subdivision that has a really nice on-site gym. I'm really looking forward to using the weight machines and the bike. (I use a treadmill right now, but it's kinda boring.) We're moving towards the end of the month, at which point I'll hit the gym regularly.

-- Next week I start volunteering two mornings a week at the homework lab for an adult education program. I'll be helping people work on their reading and writing skills so that they can get their GED.

I'm excited about these things. Hopefully 2009 will work out better than 2008 did... :)

Good luck on all that - and a suggestion

For the boredom of the treadmill or stationary bike (as opposed to the stationery bike which delivers office supplies) set up a TV where you can watch it while exercising. Just stay away from Food Network :D

[edit: dang, I misspelled the second station(a/e)ry]
"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)

forget stationary....

And get out and ride! I used to be an avid cyclist, but two moves, one intercontinental, and 10 years, oh, and four children, and I got out of it. This past summer, though, I bought myself a bike, and am enjoying riding it to work, light shopping and post office runs, etc. It's great to be back in the saddle, and can't help myself recommending it to everybody who wants to get healthy again. ;-) And yes, I'm riding through the winter. brrr... Oh, I had to see the doctor for some respiratory problems, and he was a bit surprised at my pulse rate. I told him I was a bicyclist, and he nodded in appreciation. ;-) I've also lost weight riding, an added bonus.



You reminded me that I'll have storage for a bike at my new place. I've wanted one for the last three years, and haven't ever gotten one because I've lived in small apartments. But shortly my DH and I will move into a place with a locking back porch and I can store a bike there.

I'm so excited. I've missed riding. And I'll be out on the outskirts of town where there's plenty of room to ride and not much traffic. Perfect. Thanks!

If you want some fun ideas

If you want some fun ideas that don't involve endless cardio (cardio's good but most people go overboard) check out this site. It's oriented towards women, but a lot of it is good in general. A little variety goes a long way towards keeping motivated.

Cool site!

I was going to go with weight machines, but looking at that site made me remember that my husband has some dumbbells lying around and I can use those. Free weights are soooo much cooler than machines. :) I used to lift, like ten years ago. It's going to feel good to take it up again.