New Year's Resolution 2013


This year, I'm keeping my New Year's resolutions simple.  The ever popular "weight loss" resolution is not on my list.  This year I want to actually be able to attain some of my goals.  So, here it goes.  I will drink more water every day.  I will exercise more.  I will spend more time in faith .  Notice, I didn't include any deadlines or specific numbers.  Yes, 8 glasses of water per day & 30 minutes of exercise 3 times a week are recommended.  And every religion has a set of rules and/or commandments.  However, I have tried to follow recommendations & rules in the past.  When I have failed, I've felt disheartened and very much a failure.

So, this year, I'm letting go more.  I'm just trying to do "more."  Perhaps without strict rules, there will be more freedom and success.  Maybe that's the trick. Maybe by letting go, you receive more.
So what are your New Year's resolutions?  Do your kids have any?  Keeping it simple is the key with kids.  Consider, "I will eat more vegetables."  "I will make my bed more often."  "I will say, I love you, more."  Maybe you and your children can share some resolutions?  Generally, there is more success in numbers.

If you'd like to find some easy New Year's resolutions for your kids, the American Academy of Pediatrics has a great article, https://www.healthychildren.org/English/news/Pages/Healthy-New-Years-Resolutions-for-Kids.aspx. 


New Year's Resolution: Self Kindness

By now, you probably have your New Year's resolutions.  If not, consider this unusual resolution ... Be kind to yourself.  Give yourself some credit. You probably have a lot on your plate. There are plenty of people out there who are more than willing to be harsh to you. You don't have to be one of those people too.
Or have you run into the thought that your resolutions are too difficult, too many, or already broken?   How about trying something different this year?  Pick one goal & keep it simple.  The laundry list of what you would like to change in your life is often unattainable if the list is too long & too hard. 

Or like many of us, is your resolution to lose weight?  Again, be kind to yourself.  How about focusing on the month's weight loss goal instead of the year?  You are more likely to succeed if you try to change one goal by working on it one day at a time.
How about an even "simpler" resolution?  Do you wish you had more time with your family?  Quality time is crucial.  It doesn't have to be an extravagant vacation.  You don't even have to leave the house.  How about a board game or other uninhibited play?  You would be amazed at what 1 to 2 hours of play, every two weeks could do for your family.

If you can, share this process with your child and/or family. Your internal growth is something they can learn from and follow.  Not to mention, they might offer you a great deal of support.

I hope you all enjoyed your New Year's Eve celebration.  As for my family, it was quiet; just us three.  Quiet is a very rare and special treat.  Dick Clark's New Year's Eve is still amazing!  Screaming the countdown - still my favorite part.

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