As 2014 draws to a close, it’s time to reflect on the previous year, make note of all our shortcomings, eat an entire sleeve of Oreos in the dark while wallowing in self pity — and then resolve to try harder next time. Here are five videos of cats working out, doing work, and generally getting their crap together to help you kick 2015’s ass, based on some of the most common new year’s resolutions.
1. Diet and exercise
This super fat Japanese kitty weighs more than 26 pounds and measures 29 inches around. Chubby kitties are cute, sure, but this handsome fella proves there’s a limit. He has trouble walking, is indifferent to toys, and cannot clean or scratch himself. To help him get healthy again, this kitty is turning to diet and exercise — particularly, a kitty-sized treadmill that he mistakes for some kind of fancy moving bed. If this guy can do it, so can you!
2. Reading more books
Even if you’re just looking at the pictures and making it up as you go along like the little girl in this now-famous video, reading more books will broaden your worldview, spark your curiosity, and kickstart your imagination. I personally am aiming for two (non-grad school-related) books per month. Got any good cat-related reads? Post them in the comments!
3. Getting organized
When you’ve let your office descend into disarray for as long as I have, attempting to get organized can feel as futile as this mother cat’s attempts to keep her babies from slipping down this playground slide. But hey, I’ve got to start somewhere. Now which one was the “homework” pile again? Underneath the “half-finished short story” pile, you say? Ah. It’s going to be a long day.
4. Saving money
This detailed video teaches you how to turn your dollar bills into adorable origami cats a la maneki-neko, a Japanese lucky charm said to bring good luck and fortune to its owner. If I fold all my dollar bills into origami kitties and line them up on the windowsill and give them all names, perhaps I’ll feel less compelled to spend them on soy lattes?
5. Living life to the fullest
If anyone knows how to make the most of a moment, it’s Lil BUB. Need proof? Check out this hourlong video of her napping and purring and squeaking and chirping by a magical crackling yule log. This year, seek to enjoy everything as much as BUB enjoys this fireside nap.
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About Angela: This not-crazy-at-all cat lady loves to lint-roll her favorite dress and go out dancing. She also frequents the gym, the vegan coffee joint, and the warm patch of sunlight on the living room floor. She enjoys a good cat rescue story about kindness and decency overcoming the odds, and she’s an enthusiastic recipient of headbutts and purrs from her two cats, Bubba Lee Kinsey and Phoenix.