Well, it’s been an interesting start to the new year. While I always feel that a new year must be better than the old one, if only by virtue of my having more experience and therefore a better understanding of how to make the most out of the life in front of me, there are some very specific things I wish to accomplish during 2008.

I should point out that these are not resolutions. I don’t make them. I resolved many years ago to stop making New Years resolutions as I feel that they, like diets, are too goal-oriented. If you go on a diet, you lose some weight, but you either become frustrated and give up, or you reach your goal then stop because you’ve reached your goal, only to put on weight again. If most people don’t accomplish their New Years resolutions, why should I jump on that bandwagon? That’s like traveling back in time to 1929 just to invest all of my money in the stock market.

Rather, there are things I want to do better, and I’ve decided that by the end of this year I’ll have made progress on them.

The first is my financial situation. I’m sick of living paycheck to paycheck. I’m sick of always worrying. I’m sick of debt. So, I’ve started concentrating on wealth. While I really want to be a teacher, I know that my true profession, the thing that I was born and put on this world to do, is International Jetsetting Playboy Philanthropist. There was no major that quite covered this in college, so I settled on English with a heavy focus on the Humanities in order to get the culture I need, but really what I need is a private plane (I’d be willing to share with another International Jetsetting Playboy/girl Philanthropist) and plenty of disposable income. Given that I’m a firm believer in the Law of Attraction, I’ve started concentrating on bringing this to me, and I’ll be well on my way in the next couple of months, and taking off for wonderful and exotic locals by the end of the year. This is a fact. And when I can do that, my first trips will be to visit various people around the country whom I otherwise only get to see once or twice a year, often at cons, or whom I haven’t seen for many years, like my family in Jersey. If you’d like to be on that list, feel free to comment. If you’d specifically not like to be on that list, feel free to comment. Please people, comment.

The second is that 2007 was the Year of Health for Kaoru. I lost a lot of weight and I continue to do so. Now it’s time to concentrate on fine-tuning my body into something more like I’ve always wanted. That being said, I’ve never been the “huge biceps, huge pecks, could you please widen the door for me” type. I think it’s over the top. Still, I don’t think it’s unreasonable to want to be finely sculpted. And I will be by the next con I attend. Now, that could be ICC, which is a lot of time, but if it’s one of the more regional cons or the possible proposed thing we’re working on here in the Southeast for Lost, then I have to get to work.

Most importantly, I’m working on my image. For the longest time I couldn’t stand being a nice guy. It was like a disease, and I railed against it in what I realize now is one of the most cliche ways. I’m just going to have to face facts that I am nice, that I care about people and try to make others happy in one way or another. Sometimes that means offering up my dubiously-labeled sage advice. Sometimes that means listening. Sometimes that means making jokes or wryly commenting on the world around us. Whatever it is, I no longer believe that this can be a hindrance to my desire to also be known as sexy, hawt, or otherwise physically irresistible. The end of 2007 proved to me that these traits are not mutually exclusive, so now I’d really like to make sure the word gets out about that. %) Seriously, I don’t think it’s unreasonable to believe myself to be both nice and hot, so there’s no reason I shouldn’t be. Jokes aside, it’s not as important to know that others feel this way, but I need to make sure that I believe this.

The last thing I need to make sure I do more in 2008 is bitch on my LJ so that some of you actually might comment. %)