Here we go. I am doing it, people. I am writing the quintessential blog post about my New Year’s resolutions.
But here is a fact: I have never, ever, EVER kept a single resolution I’ve made. Ever. Whether it was to work out “x” number of times a week, eat healthier food, or stop looking at my phone so much, I know I’ve never been successful. For example, we are only 11 days into the new year and I have eaten Taco Bell twice.
So for 2017, I decided consciously on a mindset that I have sub-consciously been living through for my entire life: New Year’s resolutions do not have to be me. I do not have to participate in them and I will not feel bad about not participating in them.
I will admit that, although I do not have formal resolutions, there are a few things I’m putting into practice this year: a new budget; grocery store shopping once a week like an adult; reading more books; and MAYBE going to the gym more (we will see about this one).
The difference for me about this small list of lifestyle changes is that I’m not doing it out of some sense of duty, thinking to myself “well, I’ve gotta step up my game and really make myself better this year.” I think that’s where a lot of New Year’s resolutions come from and that also might be what makes them so unsuccessful. However, I do have a genuine desire to make these changes. They get me excited! And not just because it’s a new year.
If you, my dear reader, feel passionate about new practices in your life, then I would be the first to encourage you to take steps toward a goal. If, however, you are making changes based on what you feel like your life “should” look like, then I fear you may, like me, experience little success.
Make a change because you want to, not because it’s that time of year again. That’s a type of resolution I can really get behind.