My fourth New Year's resolution was one of my favorites, and probably the most empowering.
I had a couple bumps in the road in the beginning of the year -- like dating a guy who was great aside from his lack of attentiveness, only to start dating someone else who was all about me but picked fights constantly.
But by June I was finally single again and found my stride -- and developed my lowest tolerance for bullshit yet. Now when a guy acts like a douche, he hears about it and gets cut from the roster. I know what I'm worth and have going for me and don't feel the least bit compelled to settle for less. So if you want to act like a dick -- to a girl who's fun and low-maintenance, likes beer and football, and can cook and mentally keep up with you -- then suit yourself. Next! (I'm certainly not perfect, but confidence is key. Get some.)
In 2012: Keep on my current trajectory. I've never been happier and a lot of that has to do with being single. If someone isn't perfect for you, you're wasting your time. There are enough things in life that can be mediocre -- love shouldn't be one of them.
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