I'm torn about New Year's resolutions. They're promising in theory, but usually turn into these unrealistic challenges we create for ourselves. Instead of embracing the upcoming year with energy and enthusiasm, I end up dreading my new pledge to hit the gym and eat more vegetables. Besides the statistics that show how few people follow through on their resolutions (it hovers around 10%), I've decided to take a different approach this year. I want to start the year on a positive note - one that celebrates and rejoices in the little moments instead of focusing on changes that need to be made. So here are a few of the things that I'm looking forward to doing this year: Light candles with dinner. Climb back into bed on the weekends without feeling guilty. Plan a vacation. Wear high heels to brunch with friends. Spend more time outside. Be nicer to myself. Eat breakfast for dinner. Rearrange furniture. Visit more museums. Host monthly game nights. Take cooking classes. Hear more live music. Go to the movies, if not just for the popcorn/soda/candy. Buy our first piece of art. Declutter, constantly. Plan surprise date nights. Take day trips. Speak more Spanish. Less text messages, more calls. And with just a slight shift in perspective, I'm much more excited about the year to come. It's going to be a good one, I can feel it.
A New Year
I'm not a big believer in New Year's resolutions, at least not the get-down-on-yourself variety that suggest there are numerous problems that need fixing. There's no need for shaming oneself or getting down about past promises that have gone unfulfilled. It's the start of a new ...read more