I am done making resolutions

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While I can appreciate a good resolution, I’ve never fallen in love with one.  One that makes me want to sign on the dotted line for a 365-day adventure.

 

I am not one to make resolutions in the new year.  To me, it is tedious work, especially, if you should announce it on social media.  I feel like someone is just waiting for me to say, “Oops!  There goes my resolution again! #nicetry #maybenextyear”  Plus, I figure, “Why put myself through the agony?  I know I will forget, my commitment and interest level which was minimal at best to start with will wane away to nothing after a few weeks.  Ha!  I am too generous.  My interest and commitment level usually fade away after a few days.

Last year, my husband and I thought we could turn over a new leaf and start 2017 with a health kick.  It was the 2017 health year.  We agreed to try Dr. Oz’s apple cider vinegar slim down.  You know the one, it’s all over Pinterest friends.  You mix apple cider vinegar, honey, and grapefruit juice.  Who knows if Dr. Oz honestly said that this was good or not, but we figured it’s on Pinterest with lots of repins and comments someone has had to have tried it before us.  Here’s the deal, have you tasted apple cider vinegar?  Kudos to you if you have completed the slim down!  In my opinion,  apple cider vinegar is HORRIBlE! Bitter, tartness, mixed with a bit of sting.

So at the beginning of 2017, we were determined to be troopers.  For 11 days, not in a row mind you, but 11 days in January we remembered to measure and mix our way to slimming down.  Let me rephrase that, we measured and mixed our way to shooting back a concoction that choked us and made us make some terrible faces.  It all ended with “Aaack, I can’t do this anymore!”  So, on the 12th morning, our 2017 will be the health year resolution faded to a distant memory.  The apple cider vinegar moved its way to the back of the refrigerator where it is still sitting in 2018.  Note to self:  I should check the expiration date on that bottle.  Hmmm…does it go bad after a year of non-use.

Now, 2018 has greeted us with its usual fanfare of December overindulgence = work it off in January.  The commercials have filled the TV and radio airwaves.  Loose pounds on us.  Join for as little as ten dollars.  The companies are trying to strike while the iron is hot and people are still thinking of resolving.  While I can appreciate a good resolution, I’ve never fallen in love with one.  One that makes me want to sign on the dotted line for a 365-day adventure.

Maybe someday, let’s say, cruising in the Caribbean for 5-6 months was a resolution I’d so be in for that fun.  Sign me up! Until then, I will appreciate and encourage those who embark on resolutions in the new year.  For me, I have decided to make my list of intentions in 2018.  On the surface, intentions don’t sound so intimidating as resolutions.  Resolutions sound absolute and final.  Intentions can be like trying something new.  Maybe this all semantics; however, I need a little flexibility and fun in my life to keep my attention going on my intentions.  Here is my list of 2018 intentions:

  1. Learn a new skill
  2. Visit a new place
  3. Try food that is new to me
  4. Take a risk
  5. Be truly present with my kids.
  6. Put my phone down
  7. Try to say yes more than no
  8. Do a good deed

I feel confident that I will be able to experience some personal success with my 2018 intentions. I won’t have to live in social media limbo waiting to announce another resolution down the drain.  I won’t be #tryagainnextyear, but I will be #solid2018intentions.  Also, I will continue to be grateful for all the people in my life and all the good around me.  What will you be doing in 2018?

All my best to you,

Heather

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