New Year’s Resolutions Need Not Apply

I’ve never understood New Year’s Resolutions.  I don’t believe the hype.  I guess that I’m just not a New Year’s Resolution kind of gal. It’s not that I am so perfect that there is no need for improvement–nothing could be farther from the truth. I just figure that I am a continual work in progress, and progress happens all year long, not beginning January 1st.

There is always something to work on. So why make a huge list of major life changes that must begin on a specific date before true happiness can occur? According to whom? You’re setting yourself up for failure. I’d rather take stock in what I know to be true, and work out the details of the rest.

I love God.

I love my husband.

I love my family.

I love myself.

I love my life.

Everything else is just details.

So in the spirit of rebellion, here are my:

Top 5 New Year’s Resolutions That I Refuse To Make:

1.  I will not join a gym. I will continue to walk out my front door to walk, run, or hike for miles. No fancy equipment needed. And it’s free! I figure if I don’t exercise at home, then I’m certainly not going to drive somewhere else to exercise. For a fee, no less.

2.  I will not diet. Diets don’t work. Lifestyle changes do. Eat less. Move more. Believe me, with the way I cook, I’ve got a lot of comfort food to walk off!

3.  I will not give up sugar or caffeine. Everything in moderation.

4.  I will not purchase any home organization products. If I have so much stuff that I need to purchase storage bins in which to organize it all, then I have too much stuff, and it’s time for a good purge. I have also embraced the fact that although I crave constant organization, my life at the moment does not allow it. This is as good as it gets on the organization front.

5.  I will not add unreasonable self-imposed deadlines to my “to-do” tasks. Delegation is the rule here.  Things will get done when they get done. Cleaning baseboards and the like are nothing to stress out over.

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  1. says

    I totally agree with you on the resolution thing! I tried to think of a resolution I would make, and it just cheapened the ideas I had…

    So, I’m with you—I’ll just keep doing things the way I do them, and avoid the disappointment of not upholding resolutions later.

    Happy New Year :)

  2. says

    Can I just make your un-resolutions mine too? I was reading down the list and was like…yes! Uh huh. Agree.

    I really don’t understand why people get all fussed about #5. Who needs a slave driver, right?

    Have a happy and healthy new year – may your family have a blessed 2011 :)

  3. says

    I’m joining your cause – no resolutions! I did make one promise to myself for 2010, and I plan to continue it for 2011. I committed myself to always trying new things. Whether it’s selections on a restaurant menu or hobbies or books or movies or travel…I will choose something new I’ve never tried before. I had so much fun with this over the past year, I’ve decided to extend it into 2011. I’ve had the best time getting outside the box…even when it’s something small. Try it! It’s liberating.

  4. says

    What a refreshing post! I loved your thoughts on organizational systems. Getting rid of “stuff” is always the best way to handle clutter.

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