I’ve come across many posts by writers sharing reasons why they don’t make New Year’s Resolutions. Well, I will also add to that number. I don’t actually make proclamations about what my New Year’s Resolution will be for the New Year, instead, I do my best to set attainable goals that I focus on throughout the year. On those occasions I don’t meet all of the goals on my list, I treat them like “rollover minutes” and will carry them into the next year.
So this year, I will share some of the resolutions I should make:
1. Maintain a healthy lifestyle that includes exercise, healthy eating and plenty of rest
2. Take time to enjoy hobbies I used to love – scrapbooking and making beaded jewelry. Allowing oneself the opportunity to be creative and make “art” can actually invigorate your mind.
3. Live in the moment – I do this anyway, but just want to remind myself to keep doing it.
4. Never stop walking in my purpose and continue to LOVE what I do.
5. Never stop learning. I absolutely love to learn new things and learn from others. The moment we think we know it all is the moment we stop living.
6. “Life is full of moments just begging to be caught” and my goal is to capture every moment. In recent years, I’ve come to realize I’m a closet photographer. I often say that I love the “simple things in life” and it is those things that bring me joy… a sunrise, sunset, snowfall, a wintry day or a simple street sign that articulates my mood at that moment. Pictures and video allows me to reflect on my joys, sadness, happiness, accomplishments and desires. I will capture more of that in 2014.
7. Smile more… a smile is a free gift to others that can literally change the course of someone’s day. People (especially in New York City) are often in a hurry, rushing here and there, faces buried in our mobile devices that we don’t realize how much a smile can warm a room. Smile… it’s infectious.
8. I will continue to listen to what I refer to as “happy” music. Don’t get me wrong, I do love the occasional slow jam, and can relate to a lot of the latest love songs – but when the sun is shining bright and I’m in my car in the middle of the afternoon, slow songs is not my idea of happy. My definition of “happy” music consists of light, upbeat, empowering and fun lyrics.
9. I will stop ditching my ZUMBA class. It is said that regular exercise cannot only help in the prevention and management of certain health conditions, but exercise can also improve your mood, lift your spirits and increase self-esteem. With regular exercise, the body produces endorphins, which improve immunity and you attain a happier state of mind.
10. Allow myself time to do nothing. Many people have a theory that in order to be productive, we have to stay busy. Newsflash – busy doesn’t mean you’re productive. I find that when I allow myself a day of what I call “mindless activity,” I feel refreshed, energized and refueled.
11. Lastly, I will schedule a “digital hiatus” whenever necessary. I love all things tech and embrace all of the latest digital trends; however, it’s dangerous to let any one thing consume all of my time. And it’s important to know when to turn off my device and engage with people offline, build relationships and focus my all of my energy toward things that require my attention.
So, here are just a few of the New Year’s Resolutions that I should make for 2014. Will I make them – absolutely! But instead of referring to them as resolutions, I will consider them goals and lifestyles that I will continue to pursue throughout the year and modify accordingly. Maybe you’ve made similar resolutions (or goals), either way, whether we call it resolutions, goals or ambition, make it realistic and don’t be discouraged if you don’t fulfill one of your resolutions. Failure to complete a goal doesn’t make you a failure – reevaluate your goals and make adjustments as necessary. Have fun, be productive and have a wonderful, prosperous new year.