Resolve to Evolve

My New Year’s Resolutions are usually something achievable with little or no effort on my part. My traditional resolutions have been things like: Don’t get a terrible haircut this year.
Or
Keep being awesome.

But a true resolution should be something that betters you or your community. So things like avoiding a shitty haircut shouldn’t really make the grade, resolution-wise.

I have been thinking lots about my upcoming resolutions.
Much of this is fuelled by the fact that I don’t want to get depressed when I inevitably fail to achieve my admirable resolution. Curing Cancer or achieving World Peace sure sounds great, but that’s just setting myself up for failure.

I have realized lots of what makes a resolution achievable is in the wording. Resolutions are a contract with yourself, so if the contract is ironclad that you will “workout for 3 hours a day” you are destined for a sucky year. Because by January 4th you might not feel up to it….decide to eat an entire cheesecake instead and then write off the rest of the year.
Or say, “I will volunteer at the Old Folks Home every day after work for the whole year”. That might not work out. But if you make a resolution slightly more vague by saying “I will volunteer with seniors more often”, then sure, that’s very do-able.
You could do it 6 times and win your resolution goal!

This year I was going to tackle some pretty intense stuff, but I have word it just right so I don’t get discouraged and quit right away.

Here are my resolutions *deep breath*:

1- Get back into more regular workouts. More regular then never. Which is what I have been doing for the past year.
I am starting with a teeny a 7 minute daily workout routine. So I will *try* to accomplish at least a 7 minute workout everyday.
And then, upwards from there!
Maybe by the end of the year I’ll be up to, like, 12 minutes of working out each day.
Good job, me!

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2- Make strides to eventually become vegan. I have been slowly working my way along this journey for years. And this year I think I finally managed to give up meat completely. So the next step is dairy completely.
I think I am doing great, but then I realize something like instant miso soup has bonito powder in it. Darn!
Disappointing, but it doesn’t mean back to square one of eating steaks for dinner each night.
I know this is a long ongoing process, but it is one I am happy to undertake. Hopefully by this time next year I will be much further along with my resolve for improving the lives of animals and helping to find a better balance with consuming v. environmentalism.

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3- Respond to people saying “Thanks!” with “Welcs!”.
Okay, this isn’t exactly going to make the world a better place, BUT my mom does this. She is the only person on planet earth I know that does, and I think it’s adorable.

So there you have it! My resolutions to be less of a terrible person.

What’s on your plate for the upcoming year? And how are you going to ensure success?

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6 Responses to Resolve to Evolve

  1. Mary says:

    You aren’t a terrible person already, so clearly any “improvements” will just make you more awesome.

    I think I’m too selfish to make any real resolutions–either that or I’m so old that I’ve already made all of them and either kept them or proved that I can’t so what’s the point of making them again. Well, I could resolve to keep doing some things:
    –Keep holding my temper.
    –Keep walking almost every day and swimming most days to lose the last 40 pounds.
    –Keep smiling at strangers.
    –Keep noticing the beauty around me.

    Oh, I could make a resolution to be a little more sensible about money. I’ve spent the last three months spending, spending, spending. So what constitutes “a little more”?

  2. Lynn Bee says:

    Oooooh! Holding your temper and smiling at strangers are good ones. I seemed to have mastered my temper quite well when I stopped being a work boss.
    Being more sensible about money is a tricky one, and we could all probably do with a bit more sensibleness!

  3. Leah says:

    Strides towards a vegan life is a big goal and you can totally do it. Taking your time and taking steps will get you there! It’s not easy but you can do it. I have trouble thinking one person (myself) can make a difference but at the end of the day it’s just not right what goes on in this world to living things. I don’t know if adopting vegan habits is my end goal but I’m happy that I’ve cut out factory farmed meats from my life this year, which pretty much means no old favourite comfort restaurants. One step at a time.

  4. Lynn Bee says:

    Nice work Leah! Not only is cutting out factory farmed meats great for the animals, it’s a healthier choice for you and the environment, too!
    You rock!

  5. danielle says:

    You will be happy about mine: no more disposable cutlery use at work! In Jan of 2015 I started bringing my own lunch with me from home every day. That has been super! But! I use too much plastic cutlery! Not in 2016 though!! :)

    Yours are super. You can do it!

  6. Lynn Bee says:

    Good job bringing your own lunch, Danielle! And I know you can totally do the cutlery challenge, too! You are a great inspiration!

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