New Year Resolutions: Happy New Year!

Posted: December 31, 2011 in Holidays, New Year

Wow! December has flown by hasn’t it? With all the hustle and bustle of Thanksgiving, “Black Friday” (I mean Black November… or whatever the stores were resorting to this year to try to get us to spend money with them), Christmas, and now the new year, I’ve realized that I haven’t posted anything on my blog since Nov. 15, with the exception of a “Happy Thanksgiving” message on Nov. 24.

I normally don’t try to make “New Year Resolutions” because 10 times out of 10, I always fail at them. However, this year I figured what the heck. So, without further ado, here is my list of resolutions (in no particular order) for 2012:

  1. Exercise every day (Not to be confused with exorcising which I try to do every day anyway).
  2. Write every day (I am taking the #WIP500 challenge, which I will write about in another post).
  3. Publish an Amazon best-seller (Heck, a book that sells at all for that matter! LOL!).
  4. Write at least one blog post a week.
  5. Read my Bible every day (See resolution No. 1).
  6. Take time out of every day to read some good fiction novels.
  7. Win the lottery (Okay, this one will be a bit difficult since I don’t actually buy lottery tickets).
  8. Get the “Bat Mobile” out of the “Bat Cave” and cruising on the Texas streets again.
  9. Enjoy $even figure$ (Okay, this probably will be collectable action figures, but I can dream).
  10. Win the lottery.Image source:
  11. Survive more than five seconds before getting shot in the back on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.
  12. Figure out why I keep playing a game that I stink at! #GluttonForPunishment
  13. Join VGA (Video Gamers Anonymous).
  14.  Win the lottery.
  15. Survive the Dec. 21, 2012 Apocalypse (Zombie, Meteor, Alien Invasion, Killer Tomatoes, Etc.)
  16. Have a profitable year after resigning from a career in the newspaper industry to work for myself.
  17. Spend more time with friends and family IN PERSON instead of just online and texting (You know you’ve texted someone in the same house or even the same room, too! Don’t deny it!)
  18.  Win the lottery.
  19. Take a REAL vacation that involves packing bags, buying airline tickets, going through airline security, jetlag, lost luggage, $5.00 bags of peanuts, maxed out credit cards from spending too much money on excursions and souvenirs that’ll end up in a garage sale, (insert needle scratching across record noise). On second thought… Never mind! A No. 2 special at Burger King and a matinee movie at the Cinemark Theater will work just fine for me.
  20. Learn how to make a cheese cake! I LOVE eating cheesecake!
  21. Spend less time watching TV and more time reading and writing.
  22. Dust off my vintage collection of video games (Intellivision and Sega Master System) and beat those high scores. (Probably setting myself for disappointment since I was once good at these games… when I was 12!)
  23. Try to find it in my heart to forgive Netflix for raising my subscription rate 60%. They really do have a great service and I MAY reactive my account this year. Just not right now.
  24. Find cheaper (and legal) alternatives to cable/satellite TV, phone, and Internet (re: Internet… my guinea pigs are on order).
  25.  Buy a lottery ticket.

So, there you have it. Those are my resolutions/goals for 2012. What are your resolutions for 2012? I’d love to read them in the comments.


  1. danniehill says:

    When you win the lottery don’t forget your friends. Great list Rob. A few of mine are on your list and a few I need to add.

    I hope you do write the best seller! You’re a great writer. Have a great year. We’ll be in contact Dec. 22 and have a good laugh.


    • In order to win the lottery I need to take care of Resolution 25. Until then I’ll have to settle for the simple life. Of course, if I win the lottery and the world ends on Dec. 21, 2012, then I’ll have to set up a post-apocalyptic fund in case I survive the impending destruction. Or I can invest it all in a new water bottle and canned beans business.



    • Just reporting in a few days late, Dannie (see Jan. 1 comment) . . . Looks like we survived the Mayan apocalypse after all. I’m thinking of writing a post before the end of the year to report on how I did on this year’s resolutions. It shouldn’t take very long. LOL!


  2. Texting to people in the same house.. that is really out there. I don’t get mobile reception here I can’t text anyone and internet is via satellite .. but I can leave my car keys in the ignition 24/7 – which is good as I would constantly lose them otherwise.

    Writing more every day is one of my goals for 2012. More time for myself. New ways of expressing my work. Travel to the top end. Keep working for the oceans. There are a few more things I could think of…
    Do you have a good cheesecake recipe? I love baked cheesecake.

    Happy New Year Sharky!


    • Wow! Leaving keys in the car here would be like putting a sign on it that reads “Take me!”

      A friend of mine gave me his mother’s recipe. If you DM your email on Twitter, I’ll be happy to email you the recipe.

      Happy New Year, Michelle!