Today on Alphabet City: Jon Paul lays down some challenges for the next year.
There’s no doubt about it. I’m a freak about resolutions. Not that I hate them, mind you. I adore them. Some people say it’s one of my annoying Capricorn tendencies—but it’s something I can’t help. I love making lists, and setting goals. Because my birthday comes the day after the New Year, I get doubly obsessed this time of year with assessing my life and setting priorities.
My resolutions are always a mix of the traditional (lose weight, pay off debt) and the easily achievable (wear purple, learn to tie a bow-tie). I think it’s important to quickly check a few things off the list in order to keep the momentum going. To that end, I’m also a big believer in sharing your list with others so they can help monitor your progress. One year, Angela was particularly annoyed with one of my resolutions that I had posted on our refrigerator.
“Eat more sushi?” she asked incredulously.
“Perfectly reasonable,” I said.
“But for as long as we’ve been friends, you refuse to eat any sushi. “
“That’s what makes it a great resolution. I can taste one piece off your plate and check it off my list!”
Like I said, the easily achievable stuff is important—it’s what gives you motivation to take on the harder stuff.
This year, I’ve decided to treat this blog as one big e-refrigerator—posting up my resolutions for all to see. That way, you can help out (read close—there’s one that requires your participation) and you can also keep me honest. I also post them in a fun way in front of my computer—this year using a page from a fun NYC-entric book my friend Shannon gave me.
And I’ll update you on my progress along the way—just a couple of weeks down, and I’m rocking! Spoken like a true, competitive Capricorn.
JPB 2010 Resolutions
ALPHABET CITY—#1) publish and sell 300 copies. I have no idea if this number is too small, but hey, probably achievable—with your help. Progress Report: waiting for final text layout, and hope to start selling it sometime in February! #2) adapt into a performance piece—that’s right—Alphabet City: The Musical (or maybe Cabaret Show) – I’ve always wanted to do it and do something different…time to make it happen!