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Oh, It’s Tuesday: New (School) Year Resolution OR Happy Anniversary, Fierce and Nerdy!

I don’t know about you, but I never quite grew out of thinking of the post-Labor-Day-Fall as a brand new school year. And that always makes me want to make a New School Year Resolution. Now I was a nerd, so after every summer I always vowed to be a new person once I hit school. Each Fall, I promised myself that this would be the year that I finally found my cool, dressed better, made more friends, attracted more (okay any) boys. Of course that never happened — nerd for life, yo. But as I got older, my New School Year Resolutions got more practical. My senior year of college I started vowing to read books as they were assigned as opposed to right before Finals week. In grad school, I vowed to finish everything I started, even if I didn’t think it would amount to much.

During past autumns, I’ve recommitted to Derby Dolls, decided to take every invitation that I received (which led to meeting my husband), and started Fierce and Nerdy (bt-dubs our one-year anniversary was yesterday!)

Remember letters? I actually used to be really good at returning those. But alas, they've fallen out of favor. Photo Credit: Lenore Edman

Remember letters? I actually used to be really good at returning those. But alas, they've fallen out of favor. Photo Credit: Lenore Edman

So this autumn I decided to go big or go home. I tried to think of a resolution so huge that I would feel like the queen of the world if I actually pulled it off. And I came up with this show-stopper:

I will return every single personal email and Facebook message that I get within 24 hours.

Now if you know me, you know that I’ve a spotty email reputation. Sometimes I get back to people in nano-seconds, but sometimes it takes me eons to get back to people — especially if an answer requires more than 2 sentences, logging in to Facebook, or any extra steps outside of hitting the “Reply” button.

When I was in London, my Kiwi friend, Toni B, pointed out that even an email telling people that I would respond at a later date was better than no email at all. No email at all was just rude. And though I took her words to heart, I was never quite able to execute following her very good advice. And even worse, I’ve been flogging myself for being a poor correspondent ever since. I made that trip in 2001. So I’ve been feeling extremely guilty about this character flaw for eight years. Eight years, that’s a lot of whip scars!

But that all stops today with the new school year. Even though I’m not in school anymore. But whatevs, it’s never too late to learn to be a better person.