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MANN: Are your New Year's resolutions on track?

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January 04, 2018 - 12:00 PM

 


OPINION


We are four days into the new year, and this year truly feels like the year something great is going to happen — perhaps more than one thing.

Maybe it is all the crisp weather that has me energized with optimism, or the fact my son is FINALLY sleeping through the night….I’ve a feeling I’ve just jinxed myself.

Despite celebrating Christmas on Jan. 3, and having to explain to my daughter why Santa was still coming to our house, but had to suddenly leave the mall — maybe a reindeer emergency — I’ve left 2017 exactly where I should…in the past.

And I want to make some resolutions to get me geared up for 2018.

Yes I know you usually enter the new year with resolutions already made, but I’ve been busy.

Better late than never.

I love reading about other people’s resolutions — there is definitely a wide spectrum of ideas, from losing 10 lbs., to speaking one’s mind when the opportunity presents itself, to sourcing food locally — all perfectly good ideas. 

And then you can search the internet for lots of ‘unique’ ideas for resolutions: Make a new friend every week. Write a letter to yourself during the month of January outlining everything you want to accomplish throughout the year and then read it at the end of the year. Finish a chapstick!

There are those people who think resolutions are a dying fad (or a fad they want to see die). Maybe they view resolutions as an acknowledgement something is wrong and needs to be improved (which could be seen as negative), or maybe they just continue to forget the following through part and so the constant ‘failure’ is a bit of a downer.

Or maybe they just don’t have time to sit down and think up ideas for resolutions.

I can’t seem to turn my brain off when it comes to resolutions.

I can’t seem to turn my brain off in general.

I have a lot of resolutions — not just at the beginning of the year but every month, day and sometimes every hour depending on whether or not I ate that piece of ice cream cake I promised myself I wasn’t going to eat.

I have good intentions, but the cake, doughnut or pie always seems to win.

But in all seriousness, to me resolutions are a great thing because they give you focus, motivate you to move ahead with something and hold you accountable when you don't achieve what you set out to achieve.

You don’t have to feel like a failure if things go sideways and your resolution doesn’t pan out the way you wanted it to, it just means you need to do some tweaking, or go back and start again.

I won’t divulge my whole list of resolutions because in all honestly there just isn’t the word count, but I will share one of my top thoughts for 2018.

I am going to resolve to live and let live. It sounds simple and cliché and a little bit of a cop out, but really for my personality, it is perfect. Time to stop over-analyzing every bit of my life.

What are your New Year’s resolutions?

— Becky Mann is a 30-something, red haired, mother of two, trying to navigate this life as best she can. She enjoys talking to people and discovering their stories. Still trying to balance her personal and professional life, she juggles work and play. In her spare time Becky can be found visiting with friends, spending time with her family and saving time by reading while walking. She knows there is so much more to come and is looking forward to the continued adventure.


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