I know, I know, it's like the 17th or something. But let me explain. For the love of God why won't you let me EXPLAIN!! Dramatic much? Well, you can't really start on the first because you're recovering from New Year's Eve. Then, I'm off the whole week so being that I'm on vacation and all, I really can't be expected to start then, right? Then of course there's the stress of going back to work. The first week is soo difficult. Not to mention that I've come down with some chest cold/congestion kind of thing, so that's messing with my mojo. Although, in my defense, I did start some of these. I was doing good too, damn cold. Damn splinter. Damn
excuses circumstances! Eh, I really haven't done these for the past few years. No point really, either I wouldn't take them seriously or it just wasn't a priority. I mean, most people don't follow through. Right? Well, anyway, here goes nothing. I'm going to try this time. For reals. So, those of you that still read, and still consider yourself to be my friends...feel free to gently nudge me when I'm not following through. Nudge me or pick me up and kick my ass down the street, either or.
Easier said than done, right? I'm always inspired by Shaun of the Dead. If you've seen it, you probably know what I'm talking about. He decides to sort his life out, at the worst time possible. Anyway, I guess if I accomplish, or work on these following resolutions, I'll be on my way. Of course we all have the same questions, fears, concerns. What am I going to do with my life? How will I leave my mark? What makes me happy? What's important to me? Etc. There's a lot involved and I'm sure I won't sort it all out this year, but I hope that I least start down that path. I'm not getting any younger, and while we should probably never stop evolving or changing ourselves for the better, we all reach a point where we have to start going in the right direction. If I'm going in that direction now, I hope to be by the end of the year.
Cliche, I know. I'm also not trying to go on an insane diet, but again, I'm getting older and I need to be take better care of myself. I've got a food journal which I'm trying to use, there are things online that help keep track of your meals and I did see a nutritionist last year. I've just got to follow through on this one.
3) Photo a day, for real this time
I've got my photojournal circadian_shots and I was good about for a while. I've been doing pretty well this year so far, just haven't uploaded them, but I've got to pick a date, maybe Friday, and make sure I stick to one a day from then on. This shouldn't be as hard as some of the others, but then again...I am Gil.
4) Take photography more seriously
I love photography. I'm also lazy. I want to take a class or two. I want to learn how to develop film and use an actual blackroom before digital photography makes it obsolete. I'm getting a $1000+ very soon and I don't want it to go to waste.
5) Finances more seriously
Speaking of thousands of dollars. I've got to be more careful with my finances. I've got the Nitro to consider now, and I'd like to make some more changes this year. I started being more responsible last year, checked my credit scores, cleaned up some of my credit cards. I guess I just need to stay the course and look ahead a bit more.
6) Write more
Writers write. Writers write. Writers write. In theory, I'm a writer. I haven't written a new screenplay in years, I haven't done much writing other than blogging/journal writing. I need to work on my scripts, on my blog, on other things. What the hell am I waiting for?
7) Self-promote aka "Pimp myself out"
My blog Fenyx Rising, my website GilNoriega.com, and my various other corners of the web. MySpace, MySpace Blog, 43 Things, Friendster, Last.fm, Xbox LIVE, and Fenyx Rising: Redux. At some point I'm going to start condensing some of these, most likely I'll stop posting on Redux and I rarely use Friendster. However, they're still all ways of keeping in touch at the moment, so pick your poison. Link to them, bookmark 'em, subscribe, RSS, friend me, do it to it.
8) Work out more
Another cliche one. However, I've actually been doing this one. Well, up until I got sick. I'm feeling better, I went to the doc and I should be back on the field in no time. This Nike+ stuff has actually been a great help. I'm competing against my brother, challenging people in groups, accomplishing goals, getting medals. It's like a video game accomplishment system, but only it's for realz!!! Seriously though, it's nice to push yourself, jogging/running your fastest mile, hearing Lance Armstrong give you props for your longest workout. I'm looking forward to using it even more. I'm also going to eventually start lifting some more, it'll be easier once the kids at work are doing it.
9) Reconnect with people/don't take things and people for granted
This is one that I've been mulling around for a while now. There are more than a few relationships that I've let wither away. Sometimes it's not my fault, sometimes it is. I was just considering putting out the old olive branch, mass emailing, texting, or calling a bunch of people. Give them all one last chance. Maybe I'll get some positive responses, maybe I won't. At least I can move on. I've also got to do a better job of keeping up with the few friends I still have. Returning calls, messages, emails. It gets tough, between work, working out, spending time with my significant other and the fam. Hmm...I might have to rethink that mass message, heh.
10) Stop trying to make everyone happy
Nice guys finish last. I've been led to believe that. Now, I'm not saying that I'm a doormat per se, but I really don't know how to say NO sometimes. I don't know if it's because of my religious beliefs, karma, Catholic guilt, or the fact that I'm genuinely a nice guy, I can't say. I just have a hard time abandoning people, leaving them behind, saying no, basically being an asshole. I can hold a grudge, I can stand up for myself, but there have been times when I should have said no...and I didn't. It usually just makes more work for me, or makes for some minor inconvienences. Still though, there are times when it would just make life easier, if I didn't try to make everyone happy. It's just not possible.
11) Work on my 43 Things
I'm new to this site and so far it seems pretty cool. There are "sister" sites which let you keep lists of things and people, they just seem like a cool way to keep track of people to do, and things to see..err...people to see and things to do. Yeah.
12) Don't fuck things up with my Honeybee
Last, but certainly not least, I'm going to do my best not to fuck things up with my girlfriend. I'm not going to "overGil" situations. (as Stine likes to call it) Not going to obsess about things. Most of all I should shut up so I don't jinx it. Think before I act and/or speak. Heh. Seriously though, even though our paths didn't go from A to B, I'm glad (and lucky as hell) that they've finally converged. In the short time that we've been together she's already managed to change my world-view, my outlook on life, and a couple of other things. Somehow I've become the guy I've always hated. The "lovey-dovey" dork that annoys everyone. And you know what...I'm glad. :P
Damn, I guess that's about it. This was one long entry, I'm glad it's finally out there. Now comes the hard part.