Ringing in 2012: QLP’s New Year’s Resolutions

As of this weekend, 2011 has officially come to a close and we are now embarking into 2012 (which, if the Mayans are right, could very well be our last year of existence). That makes this year’s resolutions more important than ever. I mean, this could be your last shot to shed those 15 pounds, start drinking more water, or balance your budget! All of that being said, here at QLP we have some pretty high hopes for 2012.

Without further ado, here are our New Year’s resolutions!

To complete the new CRM tool and put live the website redesign; HOT DAMN! 🙂 – Bret B.

Go to bed by midnight. That would make my whole life happier. Yet, I can’t ever seem to do it. – Jeff P.

1) Finish removing the tattoo on my right arm and replace it with a new, more awesome one! 2) Adopt another old cat that nobody else wants. 3) Take a vacation somewhere warm 🙂 – Anthony G.

Here’s something a little different. I have decided to no longer make New Year’s resolutions. I find I get disappointed if I don’t accomplish them, and why does change need to come at the END of a year? I make self-resolutions all year long for myself. If I want something changed I do it NOW as opposed to waiting until midnight on NYE and making a promise to myself that I probably won’t even remember in the morning. – Kat D.

I have a couple New Year’s resolutions, the major one I want to fulfill is to quit smoking. The second one is definitely one that a lot of people have as resolutions, I think and that is sticking to a workout schedule – and working out 5 days a week (either to lose weight or to gain muscle). – Benjamin B.

With the addition of my second and final child (at least for now) to my family last spring, 2012 is the year I’m devoting to bettering myself to become a better wife and mom to my family and a better customer service rep to my customers. I’ve devoted myself to WW to become the slimmest and healthiest me I can be for my family. Entering my 3rd year at QLP my focus is to really strengthen my relationship with my AWESOME customers and with their feedback become the best resource I can be in assisting them to grow and succeed in their businesses through their marketing and promotions. – Kelly B.

My resolutions for 2012 are: spend more time writing and less time on the Internet, start working on learning a third language, and to play a video game the entire way through. Those are in addition to the less important “be organized” and “be more financially savvy.” It’s all about the pride of beating a video game. – Mandy K.

My most important New Year’s resolution is to spend as much time as humanly possible with my daughter. I am a single mother working full time so the moments I get to spend with her are beyond priceless (if that’s even possible). A few other resolutions are to lose weight, to go back to school, to become better with my finances and saving money, and to get a new car and house. Now, I know buying things and saving money contradict each other, but it makes sense for when I buy my new things because I will know how to budget better for them. Oh yeah, and to potty train my daughter by her 2nd birthday! (Wish me luck!) – Candice J.

For the past several years, my New Year’s resolution has been to do more reading in my spare time. Actually, that’s pretty much been my standard resolution since I was a teenager, though admittedly, I’ve never been very good at keeping it. Apart from the many random articles I read online on a daily basis, I just don’t do a whole lot of leisure reading. So, maybe I’ll try for a more achievable resolution this year: like donating to charity more often, or swearing less, or something along those lines. But even if I can’t keep them, I suppose there’s always next year. Then again, this IS 2012 we’re talking about — which means there may not be a “next year” after all. With that being said, we should all probably do our best to honor our current resolutions while we can. Now that I think about it, the best resolution would be to make this coming year the most memorable and joyful yet, because it’ll surely be our last. Happy New Year, everyone! 😀 – Joe G.

I’m giving up cookies for an entire year! It’s going to be very tough but I’m excited! And eating tons of cookies from now until the new year. – Lauren M.

My resolution for 2012 is to somehow save the show “Community” from the network purgatory NBC has relegated it to! AND to cut down on the amount of pop I drink. AND get more people to call it “pop” instead of “soda”. – Alex B.

In addition to some of the standard New Year’s resolutions that everyone and their mother says, here are a couple of mine. My New Year’s resolution is to finish the damn book I’ve been working on since 2008. That means I aim to set aside more time for my personal writing each night, set goals within my writing, and actually follow bits of the outline I’ve composed. Also, I need to learn not to be such a perfectionist when it comes to getting ideas out on the table. It’s better to have an arsenal of ideas to choose from (it can always be cut down later). With this resolution in place, hopefully I’ll at least finish my novel before the world is slated to end in 2012! – Jill T.

Exercise. Stop smoking. Become more Zen with daily life and stresses, you know…really practice that “don’t sweat the small stuff” mentality. – Serenity M.

I vow to not be a back seat driver in 2012 and beyond! I’ve been doing this since before I could legally drive, that it’s time at the age of 22 to stop. I don’t even realize I’m saying anything until after it pops out. It’s like I think I’m the one who’s actually controlling the car. I need to stop doing this or else I’m pretty sure I’ll either have to drive myself (alone) all the time or walk. Now that I’ve acknowledged the problem, maybe I can change. I hope so. – Amy S.

My New Year’s resolution is to get in shape for my wedding in September! I’m cutting out the crap from my diet (chips and candy) and replacing it with fresh fruits and veggies! This was my resolution last year too, then a couple weeks into January I went on a cruise and all bets were off – free buffets all day, how could I not indulge :). I have a goal and deadline this year and I’m determined to make it! Also I would like to learn something new in 2012. I might take some dance or boxing classes (it will also aid in my fitness goals). – Jen F.

This is more of a goal than a resolution, but I plan on graduating and earning my Bachelor’s Degree in 2012! In addition to that, I hope to spend more time appreciating the things that I have and less time complaining. Hopefully I can check my negative attitude at the door of 2012 and start fresh with a more positive outlook. – Jenna M.

Now it’s your turn! Did you fulfill your resolutions for 2011? What are your resolutions for 2012? Sound off in the comments below!

Jenna Markowski

Jenna has a much easier time writing about the media and pop culture than she does writing about herself. She enjoys the simple things in life, like puns and typography. She is an avid fan of pop-punk, Halo 3, Spider-Man and origami, with a slight Taco Bell obsession. Her spirit animal is either a bulldog or a panda bear. You can also connect with Jenna on Google+.


  1. Jana Quinn

    What a motivated group! I like that a lot of people picked specific goals (e.g., sticking to a workout schedule, eating more fruits and vegetables) as opposed to more vague goals (e.g., lose weight). Having specific objectives leading up to a major goal is SO critical in success. Good luck, Bubba-ites!!

    • Jenna Markowski

      We’re a bunch of dreamers, apparently! Good point, Jana! Specific goals are much easier to measure and attain than something as vague as “lose weight.” Thanks! 🙂

  2. Cybernetic SAM

    I think someone should have had the New Year’s resolution to “Make sure People keep their resolutions” that way when people ultimately give up on their resolutions you can blame them instead of yourself for not keeping your new years resolution! 🙂

    • Jenna Markowski

      Haha, that sounds like a brilliant idea! Any takers for that role? 😉

  3. Candice J.

    I love this blog Jenna! You can see the variety from person to person but it looks like we are all (in one way or another) trying to improve ourselves. Truthfully, that’s the best resolution to have no matter how you go about it. I think i agree with Serenity about trying to really practice the “don’t sweat the small stuff” mentality. Life is to short to be worried about things you can’t change and people that don’t matter. I hope everyone fulfills their resolutions and reach whatever goal they aspire too! Happy New Year’s Everyone!

    • Jenna Markowski

      Thanks, Candice! I totally agree with you. As long as you’re aiming for improvement in some aspect, you’re on the right track! And it definitely wouldn’t hurt me to stop sweating the small stuff, too. In fact, everyone should probably give that resolution a shot.

      Happy New Year’s to you, too!

  4. Amanda

    I love this post Jenna! And I agree with you Candice–self improvement is one of the best resolutions to make! I have several mini resolutions that are basically different ways to improve myself and my life. I want to continue losing weight, manage our money in new ways, keep a more organized home, and so on. I am one of the people that don’t believe 2012 is the end of the world–so let’s all improve ourselves together & make it awesome!!! =)

    • Jenna Markowski

      Thanks, Amanda! Good luck with all of your mini-resolutions, and let’s hope that the world doesn’t end in 2012 and we get many more chances to make New Year’s resolutions!

  5. Lauren

    Yay!!! Happy New Years!!! 🙁 No more cookies for me!

  6. Joseph Giorgi

    Happy New Year!

  7. Rachel

    I’m not much for New Years resolutions, because all I do is fail and disappoint myself, hah. But perhaps I’ll make a 12-month goal that just happens to start in January to fully organize all my stuff at home–it’s been piling up in the spare room since grade school, and I really need to sort through and throw away stuff!

    Good luck to everyone in the new year–especially to Lauren! How can you give up COOKIES?? For a YEAR???? I can’t even imagine it. Be strong! 🙂

  8. Eric

    After my mother’s usual Christmastime baking spree, it’s not too hard to give up cookies for a year after OD’ing on them for the entirety of the holiday season (and guarantee you there’re still a stack of containers a couple feet high full of them). We may not be the family with the tree up until mid-January this year, but we will have Christmas cookies likely through the end of the month.

    I’ve got larger goals like everyone else, but I guess I feel more accomplished when I take small goals I’ve made, and add them up. One of mine’s eating healthier. I’ve not touched a salt shaker to add salt to any of my meals for a couple weeks, now, and tonight Shelley and myself are making a healthy, home-made dinner instead of dining out. By themselves, they’re not much, but added up, they start becoming something. Mind you, I’ve got a few more than that, but it’s a good start.

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