See what I did there, with the title, it’s like that song by the Beatles.  Right, I hate the Beatles (yes, I’m the one), hmm…

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I take my New Year’s resolutions very seriously, and this year I thought long and hard about the resounding feeling I wanted to bring with me into 2011.

Usually I take this opportunity to prepare for achievement, I’m kind of a sucker for accomplishment, but this year I’m focusing my efforts on enjoyment.  I am dubbing 2011 The Year of Living Simply, and my resolutions are meant to reflect that.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about personal improvement, but I think I have finally learned the lesson that some of the best things in life are the things you don’t need to work for.  Instead, just the opposite, sometimes it’s just as important to put off for tomorrow what can be done today.

Now, with out further adieu, The Kim Challenge  2011 Resolutions:

  1. Quit the Gym. Yes, you read that correctly.  Do you want a paper bag to breathe into?  Let me clarify, I am not giving up exercise.  I love exercise and it is a very important part of my life.  But, since I started running outside and taking yoga classes at a studio I have learned that some of the best workouts are the ones you can’t find in the confines of a YMCA.  This year will be an experiment of sorts—I’m not sure I’m ready to give up the gym for the rest of my life, but a year of runs in the park, downward dogging at the studio, and taking full advantage of the hundreds of DVDs in my possession may be refreshing.  Added bonus: Almost $800 a year in my pocket.
  2. Ban the Bookstore. This year I purged my home of hundreds of books.  I love books.  I read at least a book a week, but I hate clutter.  Not only is this a waste of space, it’s also a waste of trees and money.  I recently learned the wonders of the New York Public Library, and let me tell you I AM IN LOVE!  This system is made of magic.  If you want a book all you have to do is order it online and it will be delivered to your closest branch.  Books for free, what will they think of next?
  3. Cut back on Convenience Foods. I noticed this year that there are lots of foods that I buy that are super easy to make.  Crackers. Yogurt.  Apple sauce.  Veggie burgers.  The possibilities know no bounds. I even have a pet resolution to make my own soft pretzels in 2011.  I don’t like the idea of eating processed foods, and even when most of the options I buy in these forms are organic, they’re still often times processed-organic.  I’m taking back my pantry!
  4. Prioritize my Personal Life. This is probably the most important of my resolutions for 2011.  It means work less, more sleep, and a focus on creating a more fulfilling life, not just career.  So, in 2011, I’m cutting out the gigs that don’t fulfill me and instead filling that void with hobbies, friends, family, vacations, and building up a steady stream of fulfilling freelance work.  I have worked very hard at building up my professional life, now I want to put some of that same elbow grease toward building my life-life.

And as a special twist resolution, this year I want to return to my roots in webshows.  I think this gets filed under “hobbies.”  This time I’ll be without the full production crew and magical editors at my disposal during The Daily Special/Pretty Imperfect, now it’s  just me and a camera and some scattershot attempts at editing.  This one may take a bit of time to negotiate, but keep your eyes out for The Kim Challenge show.

I’m pretty psyched for all things 2011.  What are you resolving for this year?