Monday, January 10, 2011

New Year's resolution: don't forget to live

re • solve—verb—to decide firmly on a course of action

re • solve—noun—firm determination to do something

I do not make New Year's resolutions. This is primarily because I don't want to put myself through a ton of stress trying to live up to some bizarre standard I can't achieve, and also because I don't know specifically what the future holds. As a mom, wife, etc. I have to be at least a little flexible for those who are depending on me.

I find myself wondering how many people made resolutions on January 1st. My guess is that there were quite bunch, since the beginning of a new year always seems like a good time to overcome all those bad habits that generally follow you around like a dog on a leash. I doubt many people actually keep those resolutions for longer than a few days or possibly weeks with the exception of a few iron-willed individuals.

In light of this, I've decided it's more beneficial for me to make a 2011 general game plan than 2011 resolutions, so I'll share my game plan creation guidelines with you here.

• Have some big goals
• Have some little goals
• Have some dreams
• Write down strategies for achieving goals and dreams
• Be flexible and realize that it's okay to make some adjustments
• Be reasonable in expectations
• Don't condemn myself when I mess up
• Shoot for the moon sometimes
• Don't forget to live

I like that last one. I picked that up on a photographer's website, and I thought it was very important since I keep my nose to the grindstone to such an extent that life passes me by sometimes. Then I look up and wonder, when did my kids grow up? Where was I? I have to remind myself not to forget to live.

What are your resolutions for the new year? Do you have a game plan?


  1. These are some terrific guidelines, Beth. Like you, I need to follow the last one: Don't Forget to Live!
    I didn't make resolutions this year, but I have decided I need to organize my office. (Still working on that, but have definitely made progress.) I'm hoping the change will help rekindle my creativity.
    Good luck with your goals!

  2. Hi Carmela,

    Office organization is a work in progress, so I hope you have great success with that! I cleaned my desk and it gave me renewed motivation to write. : )