When I first started writing this post it was that awkward time between Christmas and New Years Eve when your mind starts to wander. Perhaps it was the extra chocolate, carbs or down time that got me thinking about the coming year. Either way, I’m writing today about New Year’s Resolutions my New West friends. (I know, insert groan here).
Ringing in the new year or starting it off with a drastic change is pretty common. At my local grocery store they are already stocking their aisle ends with low carb shakes, protein bars and granola. And I’m already reading posts from friends about 2019 being the year they lose weight or get fit for good.
Instead of “New year, new me,” how about flipping that script and doing more of the good things you did in 2018? Start with listing five important moments in 2018. Next: what did you do to get through those moments? Was it a tough project? Public speaking? Challenging family situation? Next: What did you do right to succeed or learn from those moments? For 2019: resolve to do more of those things.
For those struggling or wanting to consider some more solid resolutions I’ve put together an alternative list of New Year’s Resolutions:
- Introduce yourself to your neighbour (especially if you live in an apartment/condo)
- Give up buying coffee/lunch/snack etc for 1 day a week and donate those funds to a non-profit you support.
- Commit to volunteering for 2 hours a month to a local organization
- Make a goal of walking/running/cycling a certain number of times in the year
- Note: I made a goal of running 100 days in 2017. The distance was not important, just the commitment. And I completed it!
- Write one nice thing about yourself every day in a book
- Every Friday (or another day of the week) send a compliment to each of your employees
- Write a letter (with real postage) to someone (note: some prices go up January 14, 2019!)
- Commit to recycling and composting/separating organics more thoroughly
- Buy one grocery staple from a local vendor or farmers market
- Try a new recipe once a week
Be creative – paint your resolution, draw out a goal in your bullet journal, add some colour.
My resolutions you ask?
- Attend a weekly yoga class
- Do a set number of burpees per gym visit (they’re that full body movement that gets you every time)
- Read 1 book per month (I’ve been on more of a podcast kick this year)
Ultimately small steps and doing more of what I love and what I know is good for me.
So, New West, feel free to share your New Year’s Resolutions below in the comments (or your anti resolutions!)