Every year we ring in the new year making bold resolutions, which most of us promptly break. Sometimes even while we’re busy making them.
“I will lose 10 pounds!” I proclaim while continuing to mindlessly munch away on leftover holiday goodies. Sound familiar?
I had long given up on making resolutions, since most were broken within a week, if not the first day of the new year. Why make them and later feel bad about breaking them? It seems like a vicious cycle to me.
But this year I decided to make resolutions again. Well, sort of. I wasn’t interested in making a laundry list of things that I needed to improve or change with little interest in doing so. Instead, I would commit to doing the things that make me happy and brighten my day.
It’s not that I’m perfect and lack areas to change or improve in my life. It just seems like a sad way to start a fresh new year, full of endless possibilities, by focusing on my shortcomings. It’s probably why I never succeeded in keeping any resolutions in the past.
My list is short and sweet. And one that I am excited to keep.
- Look Good – Feel Good. This isn’t about losing weight, although I certainly hope as a side benefit it occurs. This is about taking care of myself through eating healthy, getting enough rest and being active.
- Let the Good Times Roll. I can be a control freak; I can be a grudge holder; I can be too hard on myself. This is accepting that I can’t control everything, so I might as well enjoy the journey and trust in life’s flow.
- Do What I Love Every Day. Thank you. I will. Snuggle with Emeril. Write. Talk to friends and family. Read a book. Try a new recipe. Work on my blog. Listen to music. The list goes on.
I feel confident that I’ll look back at the end of 2011 and be proud of how well I stayed true to my resolutions. Will you?