I am looking for a New Year’s resolution. As a person who never even manages to stay awake to see the ball drop, I have to be realistic. So far, my search for inspiration has shown that realistic is not the name of the game. It appears, only radical, seemingly stress -inducing change will do.

Julie and Julia: 365 days, 524 recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen sounds good with all that food, but having recently burned myself again getting cookies out of the oven, a resolution to spend every day cooking sounds too dangerous. Even needing such a goal may mean your cooking is more likely to appear in The Year of Eating Dangerously: A Global Adventure in Search of Culinary Extremes. Maybe I could just forget the cooking part and simply aim to buy and eat locally as in Plenty: One Man, One Woman, and a Raucous Year of Eating Locally.

Simply doing nothing by skipping the shopping all together might be more up my alley. Both Not Buying It: My Year Without Shopping and Give it up: My Year of Learning to Live Better with Less could be inspiring as long as “giving it up” doesn’t extend to toothpaste or milk chocolate brownies. Such deprivation would be nothing compared to having to stone adulterers and not wear clothing with mixed fibers as the author attempts in The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible.

Perhaps my lack of direction implies a need for an all-over makeover. Living Oprah: My One-Year Experiment to Walk the Walk of the Queen of Talk would certainly cover all the bases—health, wealth and what to do about my inability to read and enjoy any of her book club selections.  Why stop at Oprah when I could observe the effects of combining Canfield’s “Chicken Soup” philosophy with management guru Steven Covey and exercise legend Richard Simmons in Helping Me Help Myself: One Skeptic, Ten Self-Help Gurus, and  a Year on the Brink of the Comfort Zone.

Guilt aside, in the end, a New Year’s resolution is about finding validation.  I’m a librarian surrounded by information and books all with the potential to amuse, educate and inspire any given person. Thus, I resolve to begin the year with So Many Books, So Little Time: A Year of Passionate Reading and see where it takes me.

What are you resolving to do—or not do—this year?

8 Responses

  • Leah Posted January 11th, 2010

    Oo, I read “The Year of Living Biblically.” Very funny.

  • anonymous Posted January 11th, 2010

    My new year’s resolution is to be able to touch my toes by December. Don’t laugh. I’m serious. I’ve already been stretching everyday for six months. I’m pretty sure I’m getting closer.

  • admin Posted January 12th, 2010

    I was really inspired by the Julie and Julia movie, almost enough to check out “The Joy of Cooking” and give it a try…but my real resolution is to be as fiscally reseponsible as possible (tough for me since I’m a spender)–and do you realize how much it costs to make to make 500+ French recipes? So I’ve decided to master beef bourguignon and call it good…or bad, I suppose.

  • faj Posted January 14th, 2010

    I have actually made a resolution this year for the first time in ages – to get back into my quilting. So I took a class last Saturday to make a new one and I hope to be inspired to go back and finish the 8 or 9 that I have started in years past. Reading Jennifer Chiaverini’s books always makes me want to quilt so I’m going to check out the latest “A Quilter’s Holiday” and try to sew as much as I can before the spring gardening bug hits.

  • Annie Posted January 14th, 2010

    Instead of the tried and true “I’m going to lose weight” resolution that usually is foiled by mid-February, I’m going to try something different. I’m going to attempt to look at the glass half-full more often and try to stop being pessimistic. Since its more a behavioral change, it might take a little while to really take effect I’m hopeful that things will be looking up!

  • MEL Posted January 14th, 2010

    My new year’s resolution is to finally sit down and start planning my wedding! I’ve found a slew of helpful books at my local library– from magazines like Brides and Martha Stewart Weddings to books and DVDs. My current fave is Denise and Alan Fields’ “Bridal Bargains: Secrets to Throwing a Fantastic Wedding on a Realistic Budget.”

  • Monica Posted January 14th, 2010

    My new years resolution is to finally finish up my Masters degree program. Although, I’m not looking forward to the student loans I’m going to have to pay back, It will be nice to have that diploma on my wall. I’m currently on track to graduate in March…wish me luck!!!

  • erica Posted February 11th, 2010

    I am relieved to see someone else admit that they don’t like Oprah’s book club selections. They are so depressing!