New Year’s resolutions have always been a bit of a mystery to me. Until about five or seven years ago (something odd), I simply ignored them altogether. It was at that point, that my understanding of resolutions changed, which in turn changed how I approached them.
Here’s what I realized.
A resolution is simply a solution to a challenge or a problem that we want to change. More often than not when the resolution is broken down into smaller results that lead us to the big change, we can achieve it every time.
It was this approach that stopped me from drinking soda over the past eight years, reduced my cholesterol and blood pressure through small diet changes, and led me to embrace new things like drinking loose leaf hot tea (you can hear more about these on the podcast). When it comes to resolutions, I believe the smaller they are, the better we’ll do. Although for many resolutions, they lead us to take away things from our life, I like to add a little bit of both.
For 2019, I will be making 12 small changes to my life, focusing on one per month for the year. I’ll update the list as we progress through the year. Here they are.
JANUARY - Stop buying/eating bread (note to self: on your cheat day consume as much as possible)… Looking at you delicious rustic Italian loaf baked fresh daily!
Hike once a week for the month.
Ride my bike twice weekly with the little one (requires a bike trailer… looking at this one).
MARCH - Return to four workouts per week and use the tracking app for keeping up with each workout.
FEBRUARY - Read two books per month. For this one Audible doesn’t count (edit: It does count). You can keep up with my reading on Goodreads.
Make homemade ginger beer.
Eat four meals a week outside at the pick-nick bench.
Host a cul-de-sac block party.
Discover and learn about my enneagram number.
FEBRUARY - Setup and arrange three date nights per quarter.
Take evening walks with the family four nights per week.
Garden the wooded area in the backyard