Does anyone make resolutions anymore?

new year

new year

This is a serious question.

I don’t think I know one real, live person that I’ve met in the flesh who has made a resolution this year. I mean, I know plenty of people on the internet who are talking about resolutions, but did you make one?

For the last couple of years, I’ve taken a different approach to the whole resolutions thing. Instead of picking something that I know I’ll almost immediately feel like a complete failure about (see: quit sugar, lose twenty pounds, stop multitasking everything into oblivion), I’ve been choosing a word to make the theme of my year.

A theme is way less daunting than a resolution, which feels like a promise you can’t dare break—even if maybe you changed your mind about it because something came up that is infinitely more important. Resolutions are just too much freaking pressure. A theme is something I can handle.

This year, my word is LEAP.

I have this tendency to talk myself in circles around things. More often than not, I’ll talk something to death and completely lose interest in it before I’ve even really gotten started. It’s annoying (just ask my husband).

This year I want to think less and jump more. I want to build the confidence of knowing that I can figure it out on the way. Most importantly, I want to stop circling things because of fear.

First step? That children’s book that’s been gathering dust in the digital caverns of my laptop. I’m going to rework it slightly and then I’m going to pitch the crap out of that thing. Because the worst that can happen is that everyone will say no—and that’s really not the most terrible thing that has ever happened, it it?

Another thing I’d like to work on is gratitude. Losing sight of the things I’m grateful for is one of the byproducts of manically talking something to death. I spiral downward, thinking of all of the things that could go wrong instead of thinking of all of the things that are right. Maybe if I just leap, I’ll have an easier time with that?

To help me out, I switched my desktop wallpaper to the image below. I love it so much.

“Wear gratitude like a cloak and it will feed every corner of your life.” desktop wallpaper

You can download it here if you love it too. For more inspirational quotes to kick your new year off, check out my post on Glamamom.

Did you make a resolution this year?

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  1. I probably make goals more than resolutions. A goal seems like something that is kind of there and, like in football, you get a few tries to get there before you have to punt. The resolution is more of that something that you have to be *all the time*, i.e., I resolve to be more resolute. [Bang the gavel]. The resolution for 2017 is starting out as “Put down the phone” since the five year old has told me that I need to do that (If your kid tells you you should do something, then it’s probably true.) It may morph to “Put down the phone with the kids.”

    1. I couldn’t agree more!

      And put down the phone is a great one! I can’t tell you how often I have conversations with my older daughter about cutting down screen time when I have as much of a problem with it while she does (Instagram is my Kryptonite). Maybe I should make it a shared goal for the two of us— we both might actually listen that way!

  2. I, too, worked around my “words” for the past few years and it proved to be a better practice. So this year 2017 again, I figured out three words that will govern my actions and decisions!

    And I designed seven categories of broad goals for the year based on those words.

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