Monday, December 27, 2010

only a week until new year, that's when i'll make a new start

As 2010 is winding down, we are given the chance to reflect on the goals we made for ourselves this past year and evaluate whether or not we made any progress. Even if we've failed or forgotten a lot of our resolutions, we are given the chance to start anew when the stroke of midnight comes on December 31st. With the new year comes renewed promise - we are given 365 days to make some magic happen.
I personally do not want to let 2011 slip by as quickly as 2010 did. I want to do something significant, truly make this the defining year in my life where things began to happen for me. (No pressure or anything, eh?)
Without further ado, here are my list of resolutions for 2011:
  1. Say Yes - I've never seen the Jim Carrey movie (despite the dear Zooey Deschanel being in it) but there is some good in saying 'Yes Man' to things that come your way. 
  2. Put the sources of things on the blog - work on citing song lyrics, quotes, and pictures as best I can. I know how annoying it is when I stumble across a site that is using my collages (there was a site out there that actually lifted my writing as well - it really irked me) without any credit. 
  3. Edit my vocabulary - eliminate curse words, 'like,' and 'uh/umm' from my vernacular. I want to sound like I am living in a glammy 1940s screwball comedy, not a Kevin Smith film.
  4. Write in my Moleskine every day - even just a short sentence or two. How can I write my memoirs one day without some reference to when the great events happened in my life? One of my favorite recent rom-coms, Love and Other Disasters, had the most delightful exchange that I think is so marvelously appropriate: "I'm sorry I'm late - I was in the middle of an absolutely gripping book. I couldn't put it down." "What books is that?" "My memoirs, darling. I've decided to publish."   
  5. Release my inner free spirit - I want to act more like the girl I know I am on the inside but I'm too afraid to let come out. I want to stop caring what other people think, let go of all my hang-ups regarding judgment, failure, and fear. I want to live life out loud!
  6. Find a signature scent - a repeat from last year. I have found some lovely scents (Mûre et Musc by L'Artisan Parfumeur; Kate Moss' original scent; Tom Ford Black Orchid) but I am still on the lookout for one that I cannot bear to part with. 
  7. Learn more about classical music and art history - it's been about four years since I took a course on the history of art and music, and I definitely want to revisit some of my favorite artists
  8. Find a mantra - discover or invent a phrase that I can repeat often and hold close to my soul. 
  9. Have confidence - smile more, walk tall and strong, and improve my posture. No more shuffling around looking at the floor!
  10. Adopt the Dita Von Teese approach to life - "I advocate glamour. Every day. Every minute." I'm nowhere close to being the beauty that Dita is, nor do I dress myself in the bombshell apparel that she sports (though I've thought about it - I certainly have more of the body for those retro cuts than the bohemian garb I so love but better suits the thin, tall, lanky gals). Still, I think that glamour can be applied to any lifestyle - not just the burlesque-at-heart, but photographers (think Meryl in Out of Africa or Faye Dunaway as Laura Mars), substitute teachers (perhaps a lovely Donna Reed-inspired circle skirt with crinoline and cherry red lips), and even university students like me (Ali MacGraw in Love Story maybe). 
  11. Be better to my body - your body is your temple, so they say and I need to treat mine a little better. As important as it is to feed the soul, it is equally as important to feed the body with good things that can actually improve the way I feel, the amount of energy I have, and how productive I am (sans caffeine). I want to try cutting out dairy and processed white sugar, as well as exercise more regularly. 
  12. Do these random things - brush up on my French speaking skills; take dance lessons; have media black-out days once a month; meet new people; do something I've always been too afraid to do (karaoke, skydiving, etc.); change my hairstyle; drink more water every day; learn the names of flowers; wear nice undergarments daily; practice yoga more regularly; keep a poetry journal; wear scarves, hats, and driving gloves with outfits; learn to walk in my frighteningly tall Jeffrey Campbell Lita's; learn how to do finger waves and other retro hairstyles

And in the spirit of Resolution #2...
Title: from "A Cold, Cold Christmas" (Stephen Colbert) 


honeyboney said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

sry i never properly responded to your lovely long comment! i really appreciate reading your view on things... and as you suggested i´ll write you an e-mail soon... as soon as i find the time for phrasing my thought in a fooreign language to a marvelous writer such as yourself.
if i don´t come around to doing that until new years: happy new year. good luck with your resolutions! they sound like you have a great year ahead of you!

i feel the same way about bohemian style and dita van teese glamour. i´m a hippie trapped in a bombshell body :D thought long and hard many times about changing my style to a more marilyn look, but then i walk by a wildly patterned kaftan and all i wanna do is hang around a shisha looking like straight after a trip to india :D

lots of love!

Melissa said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

GIRL LET'S WEAR OUR LITA'S TOGETHER! they aren't that hard to walk in once you just DO IT!

Dana said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I have been a fan of your blog for a while now, and I love your list of resolutions. I want 2011 to be my defining year too and damn it I'm finally going to learn how to play the guitar! Keep up the good work in 2011

P.S. - I got Miss Dior Cherie for Christmas and it's pretty amazing :)

JessM said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Man do I relate to the part about having a marilyn figure but wanting a patti boyd figure...
I got all excited when I read Wonderful Tonight and saw that me and Patti are both 5'7... but then I saw that she apparently weighed like 105 lbs. I'm 130lbs and would have to starve to get that tiny...
But man I love mod mini dresses anyways...haha

Dolly Rocker Girl said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

honeyboney -
I'm so glad that you got my response. It's always quite difficult to have real dialogue with people on blogs because you always end up having to comment back and forth, and sometimes things gets lost and stuff.
I would love to hear from you! I love getting email (I'm weird haha). And thank you for calling me a "marvelous" writer - I love that word. And I never really think of myself as a good writer, but it really boosts my confidence when other people compliment my writing.
"... Then I walk by a wildly patterned kaftan and all I wanna do is hang around a shisha looking like straight after a trip to india." - Perfectly said honeyboney!

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Melissa -
But those shoes are so scary!! You're so good at wearing heels (I loved those ones you wore last night) - I suck at any height whatsoever. My feet die in 3 inches

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Dana -
Thanks for checking out DRG! And you totally reminded me of another resolution for the new year: learn two songs on the guitar. I am monumentally terrible at the guitar, but I would really like to strum out at least a few melodies.
I am curious to try Miss Dior Cherie - the commercials are quite wonderful. And if I feel even an ounce like I'm in a Sophia Coppola film while wearing it, then I'm more than sold!

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JessM -
We are exactly the same height (and had the same experience while reading Wonderful Tonight). It was a major buzzkill to realize that while it is physically possible to reach such Pattie Boyd perfection, it would require losing about forty pounds.
I just wish that the bodycon pieces could excite me as much as mod & hippie stuff does. It's not necessarily a matter of effort that turns me off - I spend a good amount of time doing my makeup, styling my hair, choosing my outfit... but I'm just not that glam gal. I love make up and all of that, but I'd rather do Jean Shrimpton or Twiggy eye makeup than Elizabeth Taylor-inspired ruby red lipstick.

Morgan Rose said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

hey, just stumbled across your blog by chance, love it <3! and talking of signature scents, I recently had the same problem but then I tried YSL Parisienne, it smells so good, like blackberrys

Much love M

p.s please stop by sometime
Bathbombs and Sequins

Dolly Rocker Girl said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Thanks Morgan for checking out DRG!
I've been curious about Parisienne ever since those ads with Kate Moss in the bustier dress and pink rose came out a while back (what can I say - advertising truly works on me!) I will definitely try it out the next time I go to Sephora.