From disappointing movies to disastrous political fiascos to the endless string of painful celebrity deaths, 2016 was a pretty crap year all around. We may not be able to control all (or any) of those big issues, but we can do little things to help start the new year off on a better note, at least on a personal level. Here are some of our New Year’s resolutions for 2017.
It feels like each year brings something else to juggle, and I often end up dropping the ball in other areas of my life. Since becoming a parent, I think I’ve managed to keep the parenting ball in the air OK, but health and personal satisfaction have been a little trickier. I spent 2016 working to get back in shape. From January 4th to present, I’ve lost 40 pounds, and I think I’m in the best shape I’ve ever been in, certainly the best since 2001. I’m determined to keep the fitness ball aloft in the New Year.
My big goals for 2017 are creative and professional. I’m still working on a series of four books that I hope to have in first drafts by the end of the year. In addition to writing, I’m narrowing my priorities to focus on work that I find rewarding, and professional relationships that appreciate and reward me.
Oh, how I hate New Year’s resolutions. They always seem more like lofty goals than resolute actions or else are just too easy. As I try to wrap up 2016 and get to some last-minute items on my agenda, I’m reminded that, like others with similar interests, I tend to get very excited about certain tech or certain media, only for hot items to languish in the box once acquired. This backlog of cool stuff always gets slammed as the holidays ramp up. This year, I’m really going to try to make sure that I don’t load up on gadgets and other associated media that I don’t have enough time for. Wish me luck!
My resolutions are two-fold:
1. Be healthier. I definitely possess a fat gene. To keep it in check, I’ve been running at least once each week for the last three years. I ran my first half-marathon in September, but have slacked off since then. I started running again, but I’m now 20 pounds overweight. It’s time to step it up a notch by trimming out some of the unhealthy foods that I enjoy and eating smaller portions. Let’s do this, 2017!
2. I’m not one to purchase newer models of things that I already own when the old ones still function. For example, I drive a 2003 Toyota Echo that has 301,000 miles on it. I’m frequently asked when I’m going to buy a new car, but I don’t see why I’d buy another when this one still runs fine. In similar fashion, I haven’t upgraded to a 4k or Atmos home theater yet because my current 7.1 setup still works just fine. My goal in 2017 is to run my system into the ground. My Onkyo receiver is still in tip-top shape, but if I could get my 1080p TV panel to go out, I’d need to replace it with a 4k model. When I’m doing that, I might as well upgrade the audio system too, right?
Adam Tyner (DVDTalk)
When I got married a couple of years ago, my wife and I agreed that we’d move into my current house, spiff it up, and get it ready for resale. The plan was always to move to a new house of our own in 2017, and I resolve to live up to that promise. As part of the deal, I get a shiny, new home theater, so I’m especially excited to see what CES has to offer next month. I guess that also means that I resolve to buy movies on Ultra HD Blu-ray whenever possible to be ready for my new setup, even though I already know I’ll never get around to suffering through the likes of ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ a second time.
As I look around at my home theater, I see shelves full of Blu-ray discs that I’ve never watched. Some are movies that I’ve seen before (either in theaters or on previous home video formats) and haven’t found time to rewatch on Blu-ray, but many others were blind buys that I’ve never seen at all. At this point, more of my disc collection is unwatched than watched. The situation is getting ridiculous. For 2017, I’m going to try to set aside at least a couple hours a week to watch some of these Blu-rays. Finding time to do so will probably mean giving up some TV shows that I’ve clung to despite losing interest in them.
What are your resolutions for 2017? Tell us in the Comments.
The blog will take another vacation day on Monday, but we’ll be back here on Tuesday. Have a Happy New Year’s celebration, everybody!