Along with all the articles at this time of year about new year resolutions are articles about how by the end of January, most people have abandoned their resolutions.
“Resolutions I can keep” is an idea I got from my daughter. When she told me hers, I was delighted because they seemed so doable instead of inspirational. I’ve borrowed a few from her to adopt as my own, and added to the list.
1. Drink more water. Whenever I’m hungry or bored or in a transitional moment from one activity to the next, I’ll get a big glass of water.
(I just got up and got myself a glass of water.)
2. Shop consciously. I’ve been down the Konmari decluttering route — I’ve got the “does it bring me joy” thing down –and the, “if you haven’t worn, used it in 6 months” get rid of it route. Now I’ve got to learn to buy smarter.
I’m aware that every time I buy something, I’m making a commitment to bring that thing into my life and home and let it take up not only physical, but mental/emotional space. The question I will ask myself before I purchase is: “Is this a future garage sale item?” 99% of the time the answer is yes. So, no. The next question is: “Do I need this?” No, again.
To that end, shopping consciously for me means: buy local whenever possible. Buy only what I need. One in/one out. And: don’t buy. For grins, I will also keep a virtual bank account of $ I don’t spend to see how much I’m saving. Maybe I’ll put that money into a travel account.
3. Write everyday. Okay, I’m cheating. I do write every day. I can’t live without writing — either on my blog, as a guest blogger, in my journal, some lines of poetry, or on the two books I’m working on.
4. Love my body and my face. Instead of making a resolution to lose x pounds, or complaining about my aging face, it’s so much easier to put on my lipstick, comb my hair and get out in the world with a smile.
5. Go for a walk or exercise every day.
6. Be present. Live mindfully.
7. Don’t judge people.
8. Take my time for a measured appraisal before saying, “Yes.” I will say, “Let me get back to you” and give it a think. I want to open up opportunities, but I’m tired of being a people pleaser.
What about you? Any resolutions that you can keep? Give us your ideas.