The new year has begun, and what better time to evaluate the things I do (or don’t do) and why? Last year around this time I resolved to start running, and i did. My resolutions for 2012 are smaller; those little goals are the ones that are easy to sweep under the rug– but not this year!
- Test all of the un-tested samples in my perfume cabinet (this will keep me busy for at least six months!)
- Write reviews of the perfumes from resolution #1, even for perfumes that don’t inspire (thank goodness for the “things I hate” category!)
- And the big one— Research and write a new category: “beauty in Austin”. Perfume shopping, salons, acupuncturists, manicurists… And more. A city-guide to looking, feeling, and smelling good in Austin, Texas. It’s my civic duty!
- Buy the perfumes on my Full-bottle list, in the order they reside on the list. No more line-skipping! That means, no matter how good Nostalgie is (and by golly, it’s good), I will not purchase it until I’ve got Opus IV in my paws.
- Remove remaining albatrosses from the collection. It’s been pared down significantly, yet there remain a few. These ones will be hard, because they’re perfumes I really, really like, but just don’t find the time to wear. And I need to make space in the cabinet for perfumes I love AND wear. A fine example: Parfums Del Rae Coup de Foudre. Beautiful! Too bad I’ve worn it fewer than five times in the last year!
Resolutions as a reader of blogs
- Comment when I read. I do a lot of reading, yet very little commenting. I resolve to let the blog owner know that I am reading (without forcing them to dig through their site-meter stats for my URL) by commenting on every post, even if it just means scrawling my name at the bottom of the comments field. It’s important to show support of my fellow bloggers, and saying “I’m here and I’m reading!” is important.
- Be generous with my fellow bloggers. Most of us aren’t independently wealthy, and many of the reviews we write come from care packages from one another (and not perfume companies). It’s important to keep this tradition going, because it keeps us truly independent. It’s been too long since I sent a fellow blogger a care package, and I aim to amend that. On a regular basis!
- Practice mindfulness in eating. For a thin person, I have some terrible eating habits which I justify by saying, “it’s okay, I run.” well, running isn’t the cure-all for bad habits, and I need to treat my body like the aging temple it is. More carrots, less cake. My skin and my thighs will thank me, no doubt.
- Clean out my closet. If my clothes were perfume bottles, they’d have been though many more culling periods than they have. I’ve got a closet full of stuff I’ve had for years, yet never wear. A red and black wool skirt with velvet trim? Two sizes too big, and in a color scheme that’s appropriate only in the days leading up to Christmas. I’ve been schlepping it around for years, and it needs to go. Along with all it’s closet-crowding pals.
Want to read more New Year’s Resolutions? Check out the Monday Question at Olfactoria’s Travels.