A Different Take On Mainstream

MY TEN RESOLUTIONS FOR 2017

              Good morning Children! It is 10:30 AM. I just woke up. And yes, I am hungover. NOT because I  binge drank alcohol last night, but simply because I succumbed to another one of my Kdrama binge watches last night. Which is basically about the same thing. Except one involves alcohol while the other involves subtitled Korean awesomeness. Really, same thing.

          Well, in other news, G-d has given us a brand new legal year. WE HAVEN’T MESSED IT UP YET! (And you see, over here is where I typed up all of my political grievances, but since I don’t want to start a fiery debate from Tartarus down in the comments below, I subsequently erased all said political grievances). Let’s pretend we all agree politically, just for today. Any way, I wanted, just for today, to try one of those resolution posts. I have always scoffed at New Year’s resolutions as I never thought people could actually keep up with them. However, it is also very healthy to set goals for oneself, and even if one could not meet all of his/her goals for the year, it still is quite an excellent thing to even try. AND THUS, I present to you my 10 resolutions for 2017. Lets see if I can even keep a fraction of them.

HEALTH & BODY
1.  I SHALT RESOLVE TO WASH AND MOISTURIZE MY FACE TWICE A DAY. RELIGIOUSLY.  
I admit: I’m not the greatest at this all the time. If I’m really tired, and I come home late, I have been known to simply stumble into my bed with out taking off the guck still stuck to my face. Beauty gurus please don’t kill me. But honestly, it shows on my face. I have broken out more often in the last three months due to my lack of skin care, and it really bites man. I like my clear skin! And thus, I resolve to take good care of the only face G-d gave me. 
2. I SHALT RESOLVE TO BUY AN ACTUAL BLENDER. 
I used to have breakfast smoothies every single morning. It kept me full, it kept me energized, and again, it did wonders for my skin. But then I moved to New York. And for some odd reason, I decided that buying food and toilet paper was more important than buying a blender. No, actually I can see my logic. Never mind. THING IS THO, I REALLY MISS MY BABY! I really miss those frozen banana wonder creations that I made every morning, the fact that I basically ate ice cream for breakfast every day, but in reality, I was actually drinking liquidized spinach. It was great. I’ma go get me one of those this month. See if I don’t! 
3. I SHALT RESOLVE TO EXERCISE EVERY OTHER NIGHT. 
 Back when I lived in LA, I had the greatest schedule for exercising. I’m not going to bore you with the boring details of my schedule, but it allowed me to practice Pilates every other day. And it was fantastic. And then I moved to New York and started working everyday from 7:50, and coming home at 5:20. I literally am bombed every night, and cannot possibly think of exercising. And that is how my beautiful Pilates regiment slipped away into nothingness. Therefore, I must retrain my body to get used to exercising at night, as right now, it only likes exercising in the morning. SO LISTEN UP BODY: YA BETTER GET USED TO IT YOU LAZY CHUNK OF MUSCLE!
4. I SHALT RESOLVE TO START GOING TO BED AT 11:45 PM. 
I know that is actually late, but I’ve been going to bed at Midnight too many nights to count already, and its really taking a toll on my body. There is nothing more to say. I simply need to start going to bed 15 minutes earlier. How I’m going to do that? I know not. But I shall keep you updated. 


ON CULTURING MYSELF

5. I SHALT RESOLVE TO TRAVEL TO ONE FAR OFF COUNTY THIS SUMMER. 
Actually, I really want to visit Seoul, South Korea this summer. And no, not because I want to stalk the Kpop stars. Come on people! I’m from LA! I know how these things work! But really, because the culture over there looks like something really awesome to experience. The fashion is fantastic, the language is awesome, and even though I can’t eat most of the food, as I don’t eat sea food, and I have a lot of other dietary restrictions, I can still look at the food, and get inspiration for my cooking at home. Plus, the skin care over there looks like the mother of Awesome. I need to get me some of that Etude House. Honestly, I love experiencing different cultures, it really is so fascinating to see how other people live– because people simply fascinate me. And I also just really want to visit Hongdae. (University town in Seoul). 
6. I SHALT RESOLVE TO STUDY AND BE FAMILIAR WITH THE BASICS OF THE KOREAN LANGUAGE BY THE END OF THIS YEAR. 
Maybe I’m spoiled, but up until now, I have only ever travelled to countries where I was familiar with the language. I like the fact that I can get around a country and actually converse with the locals. Not only does that give you a wider experience of that country’s day to day culture, but it will simply be easier for you to get around, and connect with the country you are visiting. Also, it will make it harder for people to rip you off as a tourist, because you will actually be able to read receipts and see how much people charge you. But I hear you people, ya’ll are saying yes Batsheva, but learning a bloomin’ language is easier said than done. Yah I get you, but that is why this is on my own personal resolution list. This is something that I have taken upon my self. If you ask me how I intend to pull this off, I actually use the site http://www.howtostudykorean.com. It’s absolutely excellent. The guy actually taught himself Korean, and then created this website to share the method he used. Also, its completely free, G-d bless him. Right now I can recognize simple Korean consonants and vowels, and if I try hard, I can put together simple syllables, like “han” or “so”. Yah.  

BLOGGING SHTUFF  
7. I SHALT RESOLVE TO TRY FOR OVER 30,000 PAGEVIEWS THIS YEAR. 
I recently hit over 1,000 page views this past December, which is a huge deal for me. Furthermore, I also experienced my first sponsored posts and ads this past month. While I know that there are many seasoned bloggers out there who have been dealing with sponsors and ads for a while, working with sponsors personally finally had me realize that nothing is out of my reach. I started this blog out of nothing. Just an empty page with a handful of hopeful words. But over time it has grown to include some wonderful readers, some amazing friends, and even a chance to be paid for my writing. Getting sponsored on your own blog, even if it is just babysitting money for now, is about the biggest compliment a writer can receive; and it is also a proof that absolutely nothing is out of our reach, if we believe in ourselves enough. 
8. I SHALT RESLOVE TO FIND AND GO TO AT LEAST ONE BLOGGERS’ EVENT. 
I have no idea where to find one. If any if y’all know where I can find one, please do let me know. 
9. I SHALT RESOLVE TO AWAKEN MY PINTEREST. 
‘Twas sleeping until now, because Cynical Duchess was too busy paying attention to her Instagram and Twitter to give little Pinterest any attention. But this needs to change. Sometime. 


THE BIGGIE
10. I SHALT RESOLVE TO KEEP MY ROOM AT A LEVEL OF CLEANLINESS WHERE THE FLOOR WILL ACTUALLY BE VISIBLE. 
 ‘Nuff said. 

What are your resolutions for 2017? 
Leave a comment below! 
Love,
Cynical Duchess
PS– Thanks RH for the pics!