Open Letter to Myself on New Year’s Day, 2017

To Shelby,

You know as well as I that we(?) hate the “New year, new me” mumbo-jumbo blah-blah-blah. It’s a cliche and it’s not one that really stands, right? 2016 was by no means the worst year of your life, and it while it wasn’t always the easiest, you/I/we are feeling rather ambivalent about 2017. There’s no way to know what’s in store, and you are not a particular fan of resolutions, but here are things that I think we should work on for our own good.

DO WELL IN SCHOOL. You seriously cannot afford to not do well in grad school. If you don’t do well, even if the class is bullshit, I will find a way to kick your ass. And you will hate yourself. And you’ll cry over your student loan debt because you won’t be able to pay it off in a timely manner. Make school your priority. Please.

SAVE MONEY. You’re already pretty good at this, but you could do better. You don’t necessarily have to live like a cheapskate, because life would be no fun, but if you go every other month only spending what you have to on bills and groceries, etc., that would be great. You have insurance payments coming up and you want to make a year-end contribution to your Roth. Save as much as you can.

STOP EATING WHEN YOU’RE BORED. This one totally will not stick, but if you make it a week without bored-eating, I will… make you cookies. But seriously. There are 1000 other things you could be doing if you’re bored: go for a run, study, write a letter, ANYTHING but eating just because you’re bored. Even if you don’t completely quit eating when you’re bored, at least quit some of the time. It doesn’t even have to be 50% of the time. It can be like 15.

TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF, STUPID. Resume running outside when the snow melts. In the meantime, do your muscle and joint exercises to build strength. Maybe give Blogilates a try or something. Go to bed at a reasonable hour. Eat things that are green, orange, and purple. Don’t go crazy on the sugar. Know when to take a break. Know when your break is over.


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