Everybody always talks about their New Year’s resolutions this time of year. And we all really mean them. We all really want to make some changes… usually for the better.
But the reality is, we probably set big lofty goals that would require more changes than we can handle all at once. And then guess what happens? We feel bad that we couldn’t keep to them, vow to try harder, and then probably give up. All within the first week.
I say this because I do the same thing. Every. Year. I’m going to organize my house, exercise every day, eat right, sleep more, spend more quality time with my son/husband/dog. Great ideas. Something I will work at every day. But I’m going to take baby steps. I’m not going to hold myself accountable to big promises and then feel let down when I don’t keep up with them.
So I invite you to share with me in 10 New Year’s resolutions I’m setting for the year. These are resolutions that I know I can keep. And then maybe I’ll feel confident enough to do the big lofty stuff. And I encourage you to make New Year’s resolutions you can keep too!
1. I resolve never to set foot in a gym.
Because I don’t really want to hang out with meatheads and young, fit girls wearing oh-so-stylish workout wear while I huff and puff just walking into the gym. Plus it smells like sweat in there and I here people grunting a lot.
2. I resolve to play more video games.
Yes, you read right. I just need to make sure it’s the good kind. Like Wii Fit or Wii Sports Resort. Or the Just Dance game I asked for and didn’t get for Christmas. Oh, and Angry Birds. You know… for the mental challenge.
3. I resolve to wear more tight fitting clothes.
This means either that I resolve to get more comfortable with back flab and my spare tire or I have to lose a few. But the pressure is about the clothing. I can handle that.
4. I resolve to sit outside for 10 minutes a day with no sunscreen and no sunglasses.
Believe it or not, many of us have a vitamin D deficiency. It’s kind of sad, really, because it comes from a lack of sunlight. I’m not asking to get cancer or anything. Just giving my body what it needs.
5. I resolve to play more with my son.
Preferably outside. This means running around the playground or riding bikes or throwing a ball. But if we all revisited and embraced our childlike tendencies, we wouldn’t need to hole ourselves up in a gym in the first place.
6. I resolve to take more pictures of my family.
Don’t judge me but when looking back at my photos over the past 4 months, I found that I took pictures mostly for my blog. It’s fine if they incidentally end up there, but I’d like to make sure in 20 years time, I remember my family more than my blog.
7. I resolve to take my dog for a walk every day.
Yup, I’m kind of lazy. And she’s a little dog so it’s easy to put her outside and let her right back in. While I really can benefit from the exercise, I need to do it for her. She doesn’t get to watch TV (well, she does but probably doesn’t enjoy it) so the outdoors is her entertainment. I kind of enjoy it too.
8. I resolve to read a book.
I used to love reading books. But in the electronic age, it’s easy to use a phone, an iPad, a laptop, or even a TV to occupy our time. I read blogs and websites and Twitter and Facebook updates. But sometimes, I think it might be best to read more than 140 characters at a time.
9. I resolve to take more showers.
I know what you’re thinking. I must be pretty gross if I need to add this to my resolutions. The reality is that I take a bath every day. And I love it because it’s relaxing and enjoyable. But it also turns into an event. A long one, at that. I need to go back to functional cleaning (i.e., showering) and save the relaxation for the evenings, when I can afford to enjoy it.
10. I resolve to start fresh in every year.
It’s just another day. You can’t feel that it’s a new year but it’s definitely a time for renewal. With lots of potential change in store for my family this year, I’m ready to clean out the closet, the inbox, the reader, and the kitchen sink. Start fresh and keep the clutter away. At least for the month of January.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
Care to join me in any of my New Year’s resolutions? At the very least, tell me the one thing you resolve to do in this year!