Resolutions, objectives, habits, goals: What’s your preference? Many people don’t like making resolutions at the beginning of the year because it’s just too much pressure. I like to plan for positive changes in my life but I’m past the age of making grand resolutions. Resolutions should make your life better but not be a burden. I find that making small, baby-steps resolutions is more realistic and amusing. I was going to give you a list of 10 small resolutions for this year but, in the spirit of keeping it small, I decided that six was enough.
- Pamper my hands and feet
I’ve decided that my hands and feet will be the featured body parts this year. In addition to applying copious amounts of creams to the said body parts, I think wearing rubber gloves for washing dishes is a good idea. And easy. Really easy.
Also, someone told me a new reflexology place has opened in our neighbourhood so I’ll be visiting it soon. How likely is it that I’ll keep this resolution? Highly likely!
- Drink green tea
I’ve always thought that I didn’t like green tea but I’ve discovered that there are some that I really like. Green tea has powerful health benefits and has been researched quite extensively. I think I can easily add a cup or two a day. (For more info on green tea, see 10 Proven Benefits of Green Tea)
- Buy no more books
I read about 30 books a year, both fiction and non-fiction. My appetite for books far exceeds my reading capacity. This year, if there’s a book I want, I will put it on my wish list until the pile on my night table is reduced. This is a non-action resolution. You need one of these.
- Eat seeds
Seeds are full of vitamins, amino acids, fibre, omega-3 and all sorts of good stuff. This year I’m adding more seeds to our diet. I’m planning to add flax seeds in my smoothies, sunflower seeds in our salads and hemp seeds in muffins. How long could that take? Five seconds?
5. More opera
I’ve never been a fan of opera mostly because I’ve never really had a chance to see many. My friends who know more about this than I do have been taking me to see Live at the Met, transmissions of the Saturday afternoon opera at the New York Metropolitan Opera. I’m loving it! I want more of this.
6. Play more games
Playing board games with friends is such fun, why don’t I do it more often? I’m blessed with a partner who loves games so in addition to playing, maybe we’ll treat ourselves to a few new games this year. Any suggestions?
If you have made resolutions and would like to know more about how to keep them see this article. You will find out that how you formulate the resolutions is key to keeping them. The Three Most Important Tactics for Keeping Your Resolutions.
Thank you to everyone who commented on my blog this past year. Your comments make me very happy. Special thanks go the the top commenters Holly (of Jittery Cook) and Louise, closely followed by Chris, Melanie, and Elaine.
Here are my favourites from 2014. Some have been published before and some are from my archives.