January 3, 2011 by Natalie
I am still getting shit about the year when I resolved to do a one-armed push-up by the end of the year. My current push-ups can be generously called “modified” and solidly two-armed. The flaws in my plan were as obvious as they were commonplace: my lack of upper body strength and lack of any compelling reason to gain any. The classic formula is to identify an area of perceived weakness, throw some will-power and discipline at it, and see if it makes you a better person.
Exercise more. Get up earlier. Go Twinkie-free in 2011. I’m a sucker for self-improvement and fresh starts, but this time we are going to take a more direct shot:
- Find something that already brings you joy.
- Focus on cultivating that one thing more often.
My first coup was the purchase of a 1.5 pint ice cream maker. Over the past year, I have developed a fierce love of coconut milk ice cream. The minimum effective dose is fairly benign – a pint a week. And it makes me ridiculously happy. But the extravagant cost of $6/pint was getting in the way of enjoying it unabashedly. So, I carefully compared coconut ice cream recipes and methods. I conducted a comprehensive search for the ideal ice cream maker. I did the math. At a pint a week, my new cuisinart ice 20 will pay for itself in four months. BAM. Resolved! By the end of the year, my return on investment will be measured by the creamy delicious bowlful.
What are you going to do to grab 2011 by the happies? Whether you find more opportunities to ride your bike or read more spy novels, I think that this year we have more to gain by proving to ourselves that we can follow through on living the lives we already love than we could ever gain by fussing over the weak spots.