Some New Year’s resolutions for 2012


I’ve been gone a while!  Here are some of my New Year’s resolutions for 2012.

  • Read more.

For a person who knows so much, I don’t read many books that are not assigned.  Sure, I read a lot of Catholic Answers, Wikipedia, and other websites, but I don’t really read many actual, made of paper, bound books (other than reference books) very often.  Most people think I have like ten books being read at the same time.  But no.  The only book I’m kinda sorta reading now is Rediscovering Catholicism, by Matthew Kelly, an Aussie.  A future blog post shall probably detail my reading goals specifically.

  • Pray more.

My prayer life is terrible, and I’m really embarrassed about it.  I don’t pray nearly as often as I should.  My resolution specifically applies to the Divine Office, prayers before and after meals, the Rosary, and, most importantly, private, personal prayer between God and me.

  • Eat less.

Don’t misinterpret this.  I am not, have never been, and do not plan to ever be anorexic or bulimic.  Just clearing that up.  It’s just that I overeat occasionally, and I want to stop overeating, and to eat in moderation.  It’s more of a health thing, and is also connected to the next resolution.

  • Exercise more.

I don’t really play sports.  Except for skiing, which you don’t really play, per se.  But I want to be physically fit.  You’ve probably noticed the conundrum here.  That means I have to exercise.  Specifically, I love running.  I would do track and field but I have way too much on my plate as it is.  Therefore, I must run on my own.  It’s not going so well at the moment, but that’s why it’s a resolution!

  • Write more.

If I’m ever going to receive a doctorate in anything, I will have to write a dissertation.  And that means I will have to be good at writing.  This shall be made easier by the fact that next semester I have a class called Speaking, Writing, and Research.

  • Compose music more.

Or should I say, make more arrangements and engravings.  Right now I’m working on writing organ preludes to Introits from the Graduale Romanum and to hymns.  It’s a work in progress.  I need to learn more music theory and use my creative side, which is not always used.

  • Sing more.

People who know me will say, Wait, but you sing all the time!  Well, that is true, but it’s not enough for me.  I want to join some choirs and be in more festivals and such, like the one I was in last weekend (probably there will be a post on that later, too).

  • Blog more.

If you can’t tell from the archives, I seriously need to step up the blogging!  It’s pretty self–explanatory.

  • Go to church more.

Not only to Masses, but to prayer services, concerts, conferences, colloquia, and other things.  Included in this is a retreat.  This will be greatly assisted by the next resolution!

  • Get driver’s license.

Included in this is getting an automobile and the means to support said automobile.  At the moment, my mother (or, occasionally, my father) has to drive me everywhere.  Since I do a lot of things, this is somewhat of a strain on her.  I cannot wait for the day I can drive, because that would be quite a load off her shoulders.

That involves getting teacher recommendations, doing community service, and keeping my GPA at ninety–one percent or above.  The Anabasis Chapter is simply the chapter at my school.

  • Increase GPA.

By a lot.  My goal is to give the valediction at graduation, which means I have to surpass all my very intelligent contemporaries.  And there are a lot of them in my way.  Namely, six.  Since increasing my GPA is far easier and less of a crime and a sin than the alternative (killing the aforementioned six), that is what I shall have to do.

This, like most lists of New Year’s resolutions, is very liberal in that it is quite lengthy.