My New Year’s Resolutions

I figure, if I make them publicly, I’ll have slightly more motivation to keep them. In the end, it won’t likely matter, because let’s face it — you aren’t the boss of me. (Well, not true, a few of you might actually be the boss of me. Your powers are limited to the ability of adding a new resolution to my list that looks something like “get a job” though…)

Anyway, in no particular order, here’s what I hope to do in 2010:

1) Finish the project I’m horribly behind on.

Unfortunately, it’s a time sensitive project, and the time has long since passed the sensitive zone. The people I’m working with on this project are incredibly wonderful to work with, and beyond understanding when it comes to my crazy schedule — but I gotta be honest, they deserve better. I’d like to get this particular resolution done in January.

2) Learn to use a Linux video editor.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a zealot when it comes to Linux. I’m really not. Here’s the deal though, I’d really like to make the videos I do for Linux Journal on a Linux machine. It just seems like the right thing to do. My lack of motivation for switching has been because I can already edit video really efficiently on OSX, and it took me a long time to learn Final Cut. Still, I’d like to use Linux as my primary system, so this is a goal. (Kris Occhipinti has been a huge motivation on this front. Thanks Kris.)

3) Change the way I eat.

Note: This is not a, “Lose Weight” resolution. This is an, “Eat Better” resolution. There are two major problems with my current eating lifestyle: Quantity & Quality. Once I finish resolution #1, hopefully I can take some of that time to actually cook food. I still eat at restaurants way too often.

4) Exercise.

I’ll be honest, this is the least likely resolution I’ll be able to accomplish. Donna convinced me to go into the local gym every morning and work out with her for a month. Since I’ll have to pay for the membership, I’ll do my best to accomplish it. Perhaps walking on a treadmill next to Donna will make it less horrifying. Man, I really hate exercise…

5) Write a Book.

I don’t care if it’s a little all year, or a cram session in November (NaNoWriMo), I really want to write a book. I’m not sure if I’ll start with fiction or technology — but I must write a book. Really.

So that’s it. It’s a lot, but I purposefully didn’t put anything on there I don’t think I can accomplish. If all you’re lacking for your New Year’s Resolutions is the commitment to make them, feel free to do so in the comment section. If you slip up, we’ll know. Well, ok, only if you tell us. But still, feel free to commit below. :)

Happy New Year’s!!!!

6 Comments

  1. If you get a handle on video editing in Linux I hope you’ll share your knowledge with us. That’s something I’d like to get into, too. My exercise advice: adopt a stray dog and go for lots of walks!

  2. Shawn Powers says:

    Bite your tongue! We have 4 dogs living with us now… Adopting one would be, well, CRAZY TALK. :D

  3. mary hickman says:

    Well those are all great goals hope you get to them all. Oh a good tip i learned about exercise when you are watching tv at night to something other then go get a snack on commercials like sit ups or walking in place if you make it a family thing its easier

  4. Metalx1000 says:

    I hope I can help you with your switch to Linux Video Editing. To tell the truth, up until about 7 or 8 months ago I was still using Windows for video editing. But, I’m free of that now. Linux has some Great tools. I starting to really like Kdenlive and Cinelerra. The only problem is many of them are unstable. So, just remember, save often :)

  5. Topher says:

    When you figure out the editing thing, let me know. I just want to crop commercials.

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