Holy heck, it’s the year 2011. Can anyone believe it? I’m pretty sure it was only yesterday that I was gathering all my hair up for a side pony, rolling up my leg warmers and sucking down a Diet Tab. Time is flying by and I, for one, am not okay with that.
I’ve never been one for New Year’s resolutions. Like a lot of people, I believe they are one giant set-up for failure and, I don’t know about you, but I think life is already hard enough. The added pressure of meeting our “never ever ever ever gonna succeed at the impossible” resolutions aren’t good for the soul. The word itself carries a pretty final insinuation. And final-anything intimidates me.
I prefer to make goals. Goals are less resolute and more hopeful. A purpose with direction, an attainable objection, a little wishful thinking. I can wrap my mind around a goal. And, often they are way more realistic than a resolution.
Resolution: I resolve to lose 50 pounds this year and never gain the weight back again.
Goal: I’m going to try and cut my Cheezit consumption down to 1/2 a box a week.
Now, I’d love to lose 50 pounds but cutting out a little Nabisco habit is definitely more in my reach this week.
Resolution: Fully embrace role as mother and wife.
Goal: Stomach at least two games of Chutes ‘n Ladders this week and one “work-related” conversation with hubby without yawning and/or expressing boredom.
Um, do I even have to explain the difference?
The examples above are actually real-life goals of mine and are merely a couple on a very long list. I actually look forward to tackling each and every one this year and am planning on approaching each goal fully equipped with an arsenal of determination and grit. Despite the “lightyear fast” speed of life I am taking my time rediscovering myself this year and, hopefully, each goal will fall into place.
So, I ask you, dear readers, are you a fan of the ever-popular New Year’s Resolutions? Are you the type to make a resolute statement and follow through, come hell or highwater? Perhaps you are a goal-setter like myself and prefer the less pressured route of life change. Or, maybe, you buck tradition altogether and see no need to fix what ain’t broke.
Whatever your bag, baby, I wish for you a healthy and happy New Year and hope this year brings you peace and love.
Lori @ In Pursuit of Martha Points says
Because I LOOOOOOOVE them.
Which is cute, right? How much I love them?
On my list this year is find the perfect purple sparkly keds and interview Ellen DeGeneres for the first ever IPoMP newsletter.
I can’t WAIT till I can tick those things off the list!
Okay, I do love me a good list so I completely understand your adoration. And, I think lists are MUCH more productive than resolutions, on account of the organizational aspect and all? 🙂
Megan (Best of Fates) says
What, cut down my Cheez-Its consumption? But that’s the healthy part of my diet!
Hey…if you’re looking to Cheezits to fulfill your calcium requirement than I would NEVER suggest cutting it out. That would be irresponsible of me. 🙂
Megan (Best of Fates) says
Ah, wise advice.
I rocked the side ponytail.
Screw resolutions…like you, I am all for goals! My only resolution is that I resolve not to make any! I just polished off the quart of Edy’s Pepperming icecream to get that out of the way for my goal of focusing on healthier choices…hey, don’t judge me…it was better than the half of a cheesecake that I was eyeing!
Oh, I would never judge you. I’m thinking you made an outstanding choice with the icecream. Cheesecake…tomorrow. 🙂
Tim Keen says
I am not big on resolutions. If whatever you are targeting as a problem in your life is not worthy of a permanent lifestyle change, then resolution is not worth the time to pursue.
Yes, goals are much better.
That’s my thought.
Wish the best for you and yours in the new year.
You know me: no resolutions! I’m all about the goals, though. Glad to see you’re setting realistic ones for yourself, though if I had to cut back my coffee habit like you’re cutting the cheese itz, I’d be losing it.
Stephanie Faris says
I seem to have developed a Goldfish cracker habit. I need to work on that.