It’s safe to say that if you’re a human between the ages of 18 to 65 with a Facebook account, your friends’ New Years Resolutions have been popping up on your news feed from the moment the ball dropped.
Some hope to cut back on their vino intake, others are trying to become more domestic, and, if you’re like me, tons of your pals are eager to get healthier and slimmer by hitting the gym in 2014.
But not without some other asshole complaining about it… Keep reading »
The new year has officially begun, which means that self-improvement starts today, right now! That’s where it gets tricky — putting all your lofty ambitions in action. Endeavoring to eliminate kettle cooked potato chips from your diet is hard, especially when your office manager keeps them fully stocked at all times. But at least you know what you generally need to do to make it happen: come to work early and set the chip cupboard on fire. But what if you’re aspiring for a bigger, trickier change? You might need to stop being hung up on that guy that you’ve been obsessing about for the last eight years or figure out why you’re so ashamed that you apologize every time you sneeze. What does this kind of self-improvement entail? Sometimes the first step is research. These books will help you dip a toe into the unique and complex issues you’re hoping to dive headfirst into this year. Godspeed! Keep reading »
If you already sprained your ankle on the treadmill and treated yourself to a fresh pack of cigarettes to numb the pain, you might want to consider taking a page, literally, from Woody Guthrie. His illustrated list of “New Year’s Rulin’s” for 1942 includes goals both delightfully mundane (“take bath”; “dance better”) and potentially world-changing (“beat fascism”). My personal favorite has to be “dream good.” Totally writing that in big letters on the wall of my office. Check out the full list after the jump… Keep reading »
“I do not currently have a scale, because as I’ve said before, getting on a scale is like asking Dick Cheney to give you a sense of your own self-worth… I can still get my jeans on, for one reason: I wear forgiving pants. The world is too hard as it is, without letting your pants have an opinion on how you are doing. I struggle with enough self-esteem issues without letting my jeans get in on the act.
So please join me in not starting a diet January 1st.
It’s really okay, though, to have (or pray for) an awakening around your body. It’s okay to stop hitting the snooze button, and pay attention to what makes you feel great about yourself, one meal at a time. It’s an inside job. If you are not okay with yourself at 185, you will not be okay at 150, or even 135. The self-respect and serenity you long for is not out there. It’s within. I hate that. I resent that more than I can say. But it’s true.”
– Anne Lamott, one of my favorite writers, just posted a refreshingly honest and inspiring manifesto against new year’s dieting on her Facebook page. Read the whole thing here. And if you do decide to abandon your diet resolutions (hear, hear!), don’t worry, we’ve got a list of 101 alternative resolutions, none of which require a gym membership, measuring tape, or moratorium on carbs. [Facebook]
New Year’s resolutions are always painfully predictable. Lose weight. Quit smoking. Learn French. Stop making snarky remarks behind your mother-in-law’s back. These kinds of resolutions are not only cliche, they’re difficult — if not impossible — to follow through on. They’re probably going to make you feel crappy when you give up on them in February, if you even remember them by then. We thought it was time to infuse the New Year’s Resolutions game with a touch of reality and attainability. Here are 101 resolution ideas that might not change your life, but will definitely improve it. And the best part is: they’re all actually doable. No expensive gym membership required. Keep reading »
New year’s resolutions are so passé. Why waste money on an expensive gym membership or bog yourself down with a long list of lofty goals at the start of a fresh new year? We’d like to propose a much simpler–but still quite difficult–way to push your boundaries in 2013: the Zodiac Challenge. We’ve chosen one simple thing for each sign to try this year. It’s just one thing, and you have the whole year to do it, but beware–your challenge might be much tougher than you think, and we’re not bending any rules or pulling any punches with this one! Ready to find out your sign’s challenge for the year? Read on… Keep reading »