2017 New Years Resolutions

Alright, so it’s January 20th and I just decided on my New Years resolutions yesterday. But my theme of this year is self love, so I forgive myself for my late blooming.

I think that a big problem for me with New Year resolutions is that I forget about them until 11:59pm on December 31st. So in that one minute, I try to think of something that would really make me proud of myself, but not always something that is really achievable. Then, for the next two weeks after the new year, I try to reconcile with the fact that I can’t really achieve my goal, going through some disappointment and sadness, and I have noticed a pattern that has emerged in my lifetime. I have consistently made big decisions for my life in late January. I decided that I wanted to marry Mitch on January 22nd the January after we met, I decided to become vegan in late January of 2015, I decided to go back to college in late January last year. I think that all of the “New Years Resolution” talk around the beginning of the month gets me thinking, and then I finally decide on something a little later in the month.

Honestly, my late bloomer syndrome associated with resolutions doesn’t bother me one little bit. Sure, if I started thinking about resolutions around early December, I might be able to solidify some by January 1st, but I think that the new year simply gives us a good excuse to shamelessly decide on a change we want to make in our lives, when really, we are permitted to make changes in our lives any time of the year! And often, we make those changes when we are ready and motivated enough to do so, which seems to rarely coincide with the new year. I say, work on what you can work on, and don’t get upset if you can’t meet every goal every time.

I am working on that last part this year, beginning with the way that I approach the way I carry out my resolutions. I dispelled the idea that I needed to make a complete transition on the first day of my resolution and then stick to it for the rest of my life. I wanted instead to think about what goals I want to achieve in my life, and then think about how I can put that goal into something manageable. Finally, I decided if I wanted to make a measureable quota on the item on which I was working or if I wanted to simply work toward achieving it by the end of the year.

I ended up with six resolutions, some measurable and some I hope to achieve for the rest of the year.

1. Exercise for one hour once per week.

2. Only eat until full. (Food is so yummy though??)

3. Make at least 30 new recipes on Enjoying Earth.

4. Make at least 30 new Youtube videos. (Have you checked out my youtube channel yet, by the way? It’s pretty exciting.)

5. Tell myself in the mirror “I love you” at least once per day. Mean it.

6. Take five minutes of silence per day.

I have all of those written down on a little piece of paper posted on my fridge to help me remember them.

Share with me some of your resolutions that you’re working this year or just during this time. Let’s make 2017 shine!

Thanks, loves ♥

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