New Year’s Resolutions suck. Who on planet Earth remembers their resolutions past June? Hell, I don’t look at them after January 2, but I thought I’d go ahead and use 6 months to make my point because of all the over-achievers who will claim to have their resolutions posted firmly at their desk as a Daily Reminder of their impending failures for 6 months or longer. Why, people? Who are you kidding?
Let’s review the New Year’s Resolutions for almost every living adult (in no particular order): 1)Lose Weight (see #2) 2)Exercise 3)Travel 4)Win Lottery 5)More time with family 6)Eat healthy. You’re lying if you say that none of those were on your list. Now, if you’re a writer *throat clearing* then you’ve also got at least one resolution that has to do with revising, starting, completing, or working on a writing project.
While I do think making a list of resolutions every January 1st is setting yourself up for colossal failure (depending on how big you go, of course…lose one pound or 10? workout once all year or go to the gym twice a week? win a million dollars or a scratch off?) I also believe having goals is important. The inherent problem with New Year’s Resolutions is that they’re the BIG ONES that are so often not realistic. While daily, weekly, monthly (you get the idea) goals are generally more attainable and thus do their job, which is to give you that periodic pat on the back we’re all seeking for an awesome job completed, and what keeps our wheels spinning on towards the next goal. Go You!
I suppose a list of smaller resolutions would be missing the point. After all, they are called New YEAR’S Resolutions for a reason, as they’re meant to be worked on over the course of the year, not achieved overnight. Maybe if we tweaked it a little bit it could still be fun to make the list (like it is for my 8-year-old, who put Clean My Room and Be Nice to My Brother, on her resolutions). Maybe I should call my resolutions: Fun Possibilities for the New Year. I mean, if you throw the word ‘Fun’ in there it changes everything, right? Fun Taxes, Fun Science Fair Projects, Fun Ironing. Trying on bathing suits fun. Fun is a magical word.
So, here’s my list of Fun Possibilities for the New Year: 1)Write another YA novel and/or find an agent and get a novel published 2)Be nice. (Even when things suck.) 3)Continue current exercise regimen but listen to my body when I need a day off (this is the actual hard part of this one) 4)Put more money in savings..enough said 5)Relax! (Haven’t since 1993…the year my first child was born) 6)Tell my family that I love them more 7)Give more hugs (if you knew me, you’d know that #6 & #7 are really hard) 8)Remember what’s important. And gradually this list has taken an emotional turn so I’ll just stop there.
What about you? Did you make any resolutions?
A new part of my posts for 2015 will be my Currently Reading and Current Favorite Workout Video blurbs. Go Me!
House of Thunder by Dean Koontz (audio edition)
The Merchant of Death (Pendragon #1) by D.J. MacHale
Stones from the River by Ursula Hegi
Killing the Beasts by Chris Simms (Kindle)
The Walled City by Ryan Graudin
Current Workout Video:
Cathe Friedrich’s XTrain Series: Super Cuts…I’ve been doing the extreme pre-mix (60 min) and I always use the same weights as Cathe. I’m pretty sore. The ab/pushup challenge at the end is awesome. I’ve pulled it off a few times now:-) *Go Me (my new catchphrase, apparently)! I’m averaging about 400 cals each workout.
Go Exercise & Keep on Writing!