New Year’s Resolutions

I’m not a great fan of New Year resolutions.

I always say I won’t make any resolutions so I won’t feel guilty if I don’t keep them. But then, with the excesses of Christmas behind me and the New Year in front, all shiny and full of hope, I find myself saying …

I’m not even going to tell you what I always promise myself. We’ve all done it, haven’t we? We’re going to join the gym to work off the Christmas pud, there will be an end to procrastinating, we’ll be nice to double glazing salesmen, etc, etc.

But what’s the point in making resolutions you always break?

This year, I’m not going to promise to STOP doing things. 2018 will be about enjoying life and trying new experiences.

Here’s my list:

  • make more time to be with friends
  • spend more time in the fresh air
  • make time to travel
  • perform more random acts of kindness, no matter how small
  • read more, without feeling guilty because I’m enjoying myself
  • spend time setting new goals and regularly reviewing them
  • clear out the clutter and enjoy more space
  • learn a new skill
  • learn to say no, kindly but firmly
  • laugh more
  • experiment with new, healthy recipes
  • be more mindful and very thankful for everything I have
  • mentor someone who would benefit from my skills
  • feel the fear and do it anyway

This list makes me smile at the prospect of having fun, being happy and embracing a joyful life, instead of groaning at thoughts of acts of deprivation that make my heart sink.

I’m so looking forward to 2018. I wish you all have a wonderful year, full of joy and happiness, with the strength to overcome any difficulties.

3 thoughts on “New Year’s Resolutions”

  1. What a wonderful list. Two things I want to do – more walking and more making. Making includes writing, music, cookery and needlecrafts, so not too specific, just being more creative.

    • Creativity always brings joy to my soul. As you say, it doesn’t matter what it is; arranging a collection of pretty leaves found after a walk, baking a cake, even altering a dress so that it fits properly all make you feel good. And walking in the fresh air is a great spirit lifter when the world isn’t quite going the way you want it to!


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