New Year’s Resolutions are a funny thing. Each year we make a series of promises to ourselves. It is a quirky tradition that I eagerly embrace as though the opportunity to remake oneself only comes once a year. There is something magical about being able to thaw out the “good side” of yourself just in time for the new year and just in time for that “good side” to finally end its hibernation. Good bye to the “bad side.” The side that snacks at night, the side that gossips, the side that chooses to be selfish can finally be overcome this time of year by the strength of one’s resolutions. Of course, I am not naive and know that resolutions can also become empty promises and that habits are the hardest to change. Yet, I believe today is the day make and believe in my the promises, to remind myself of the magic of New Year’s Eve, and to finally thaw out my inner potential that will help make 2013 another great year.
2012 was a spectacular year: Obama was re-elected, we moved out of our tiny apartment and we bought our first home, my nephew was born (and added himself to an already amazing family of brother, sister-in-law, and little niece), my best friend got married, I went to Costa Rica, made new friends, enjoyed “old” friends, spent much needed time with family, celebrated my one year anniversary with David, and so much more. It will be bittersweet to say goodnight and goodbye to such a good year, but I am looking forward to all that 2013 will hold!
1. Veggie Belly: Since taking the vegan pledge about one month ago, I have felt more lively. It is not as hard to be a veggie belly as I thought. While I took a few days over the Christmas week to “treat” myself to holiday traditions, I am renewing my pledge to focus on veggies, my health, and my spirit. Only by balancing these alongside the day-to-day will everything else settle into place.
2. Appreciate and Foster Relationships: Having a birthday the day after Christmas teaches me a great deal about friendships. The 26th is the nation’s post-holidays “coma” day. A day when most people can finally take the breath they have needed since Thanksgiving. Some friends call to wish me a Happy Birthday. Each year, I am always SO surprised by this and happy to receive calls from loved ones. This year in particular I want to make sure I honor each relationship in my life and foster them more with the gift of some TLC.
3. Save Money: Ah…this one is important. While David and I are blessed with our life together, it is always a good practice to save for a “rainy” day. Therefore, it will be my prerogative this year to begin saving money in a conscious and consistent way.
4. Be Crafty: Nothing is better than homemade from food to a wooly hat. My friend, Skye, and her friend, Ashley, are crafting divas. They knit, sew, cut, paste, dream, and create. And, they have a ton of fun doing it. There is a kernel deep inside of me that wants to participate in these hobbies and crafts and therefore I am going to let this kernel grow and see what becomes of it. Get ready world…I am going crafty!
I hope you have a wonderful New Year and that your resolutions help you stay focused, happy, and healthy in 2013.